Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Florida's Greatest Food Challenges

Forida is known as a place where everything is bigger and better - the theme park rides, the sports and certainly the food. If you're the competitive type, why not check out some of the restaurants below, all of which offer unique challenges for the truly hungry.Whether you're sweltering over the Inferno Soup at Nitally's, chowing down a 48oz steak or eating ice cream from a kitchen sink, you're sure to have a great story to take home with you whether you pass the test or not.

 48oz Steak Challenge at Don Shula's Steak House

Launched by former NFL coach Don Shula in 1989, this restaurant chain quickly gained a reputation as one of the best places in Florida to sink your teeth into some prime Angus beef. Each restaurant is themed after the Miami Dolphins' "Perfect Season" that Shula presided over in 1972, when the Dolphins became the only team in NFL history to finish the entire season undefeated.The chain is almost as famous for its 48oz Porterhouse steak, dubbed "The Shula Cut". Holidaymakers who manage to finish all of this titanic T-bone in one sitting are rewarded with induction into the restaurant's 48oz Club, which would certainly provide a few bragging rights back home. However, guests have their work cut out for them if they're planning to beat the record of superfan Taft Parker, who to date has eaten over 175 of the giant steaks - earning a commemorative football from Don Shula himself for his achievement.

Shula's Steak House Orlando, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

Inferno Soup Challenge at Nitally's

If you've got a taste for the spicy stuff, you may have finally met your match at Nitally's Thai-Mexican restaurant in St Petersburg, Florida.This challenge isn't for the faint of heart: the Inferno Soup contains fresh ghost pepper. At over 400 times stronger than Tabasco sauce, it's the hottest chilli known to mankind - in fact, it's so hot the Indian government has reportedly considered using it in non-lethal hand grenades. For good measure, the restaurant throws about a dozen other varieties of pepper, including three kinds of jabanero, into the dish.The owners of Nitally's initially offered a $150 (£96) reward to any steel-tongued guest who can finish the soup in less than 30 minutes, but as of July 2011 not a single customer has managed it - prompting them to raise the jackpot to $800 (£512).

Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine, 2462 Central Ave, St Petersburg, Florida 33712

The Kitchen Sink at Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour

Americans love to round off a meal with a good ice cream sundae, and entering this classically-styled parlour in Dania Beach, Florida is like stepping back in time to the age of soda jerks, Cadillacs and rock 'n' roll. There's also a dessert on the menu that's a meal in itself and then some. The Kitchen Sink isn't just a clever name - it really is served in a full-size kitchen sink, plumbing and all. The servers behind the counter are invited to let their imaginations run wild putting everything they can think of into the colossal sundae, with toppings including marshmallow, chocolate, strawberries, cherries, fudge and sprinkles.
In this case there's no reward for finishing the food besides the satisfaction of a job well done, but at $12.95 (£8) per person - for a minimum of four diners - it's a whole lot of ice-cream for your cash.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour, 128 South Federal Highway, Dania Beach, Florida 33004