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You can't finish that: Atlanta's 9 most epic foods

Published On 08/20/2014 Published On 08/20/2014
Sebastian Davis

If you've checked our list of Atlanta's best fried foods, or best brunches, or best chicken & waffles, or if you're, say, the 350lb former Falcon Grady Jackson, then you probably eat a ton.

Unfortunately for you, that's no guarantee that you can take down the massive eats on our list of the ATL's nine most epic menu items. But hey, if you do, you might just win a t-shirt.

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Pho King Challenge

So Ba (address and info)
East Atlanta
How to eat it: a straw might help
96oz of liquid, 20oz of meat, and three pho bowls worth of the good noodles, sprouts, and jalapeños you love. It’s basically a pho gallon challenge. You get one hour, and once you start, you can’t get up. The good news is that it’s only $25, and you get a T-shirt. Oh, and if you happen to be buds with Adam Richman, they’ll give you a $500 bounty if you can get that man to attempt it.

BOCADO Atlanta

The Wimpy Plate

Bocado (address and info)
How to eat it: with a ton of napkins
Three of Bocado’s famous double stacks join forces on one plate to form a six-headed beef Hydra. It’s off-menu, so you have a chance to impress/horrify your dining partners when you ask for this gluttonous experience. It’s like you know the beef, cheese, and pickle password.

Big Pie In The Sky Pizzeria

The Carnivore Challenge

Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria (address and info)
How to eat it: use the buddy system
With the most square feet of any item here, this 30in, 11lbs behemoth is so imposing, you’ll need two people to fight it. Performing this feat will win you and a buddy $250 cash, as long as you follow the rules: one hour, no leaving the table, and, for everyone’s sake, no “disposing” of pizza mid-challenge, please. You’ll be made to clean it up yourself. Seriously.

LoriBell's Frozen Custard Creations

Big Dog Challenge

Loribell’s Frozen Custard Creations (address and info)
How to eat it: press your tongue to the top of your mouth between bites to stave off brain freeze
This dog bowl (hence the name) full of custard awaits the brave. Oh, and if you consume all 30oz of creaminess with just a spoon in five minutes, they'll give you an “I am custard” T-shirt for your trouble/pleasure.

The Square Pub

T-Rex Challenge

The Square Pub (address and info)
How to eat it: with handfuls of tots between burger bites so you keep your sanity
Decatur isn’t know for it’s excess, so this 1.5lb triple-decker burger is extra special, and not only because of all the cheese, bacon, fried eggs, fried onion straws, and other sundry condiments. Eat it in under 30 minutes, and it’s free... as long as you all finish of the of chili cheese tots too.

Chuy's - Atlanta

Big As Yo Face Burrito Challenge

Chuy’s (address and info)
How to eat it: with a big glass of water
Join the likes of Joey Chestnut and cram something as big as your face in to your... um, face. The reward for downing two of these giant tortilla-based cylinders? Another free burrito. Seriously, the prize is basically mocking you. And it will haunt you from your fridge for days as you digest the first two.

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Big Slice Challenge

Vinny’s N.Y. Pizza & Grill (address and info)
How to eat it: use a knife to cut out smaller (yet still huge, obviously) hunks
You’ll have to kick out your date because there will be almost no table space left after this thing lands. The topping-laced triangle comes in the shape of a regular slice, although that's just Vinny’s showing off, and you up if you try to eat something that takes an entire baking sheet to cook.

Sebastian Davis

The Triple Coronary Bypass (aka The Super Stack Burger)

The Vortex Bar and Grill (address and info)
Little Five Points
How to eat it: from top-to-bottom with a pitcher of beer
Let's look at this leaning tower of meat and cheese from the top: a grilled cheese sandwich, bacon, cheese, fried egg, beef patty, a grilled cheese sandwich, bacon, cheese, fried egg, beef patty. And repeat. Also, it’s balanced in a giant bowl of french fries and tots covered in Vortex’s cheesy, gooey sauce.

Ann's Snack Bar

Double Ghetto Burger

Ann’s Snack Shack (address and info)
How to eat it: use the plastic fork and knife like a spatula
Miss Ann’s signature sandwich is enough of a Leviathan by itself, but there are a few options that'll take it to the next level, and that includes getting your double cheese burger with the chili, deep-fried bacon, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. If you can convince them to slap another patty on there, go for that, too. Also, you’re our hero.

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1. So Ba East Atlanta Village 560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316

This Vietnamese resto has some great eats, including the Pho King Challenge, which isn't for the faint of heart. This monstrosity is the equivalent of three pho bowls all in one.

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2. Bocado 887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Bocado's burger -- two patties of blended short rib, brisket, and ground chuck, topped with American cheese and butter pickles -- is one of the best in Atlanta. You may very well come here for the burger but end up more than satisfied with the rest of the contemporary dishes, like deviled eggs that'll rival your grandmother's, a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich that's near impossible to recreate at home, and a lobster roll special that'll transport you to Cape Cod on first bite.

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3. Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria 2090 Baker Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 (Kennesaw)

If you're "hungry for pizza" you should be "starving for Big Pie in the Sky." You and your buddy COULD get single slices that're a reasonable size, or you could take on an 11lb behemoth that looks like it should be attached to the axle of a Hummer.

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4. LoriBell's Frozen Custard 3221 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152

They've got some of the best custard in Georgia. If you're really adventerous, try the Big Dog Challenge: a dog bowl full of custard that you have 5 minutes to down (it's 30oz of creaminess all together).

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5. Chuy's 118 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30346 (Perimeter)

Doing more for the community than Trudy Campbell’s boobs is Chuy's, an Austin-based casa de Tex Mex, which tasked the same local artisans who handled the original to design this one, which gets steel palm trees made by a guy they found living on a beach (for reals), an infinity-mirrored Elvis shrine inspired by a painting bought in a shop near the flagship, and 1000 ceiling-dangling wooden fish hand-carved in a Mexican village El Guapo apparently hasn’t heard about and begun terrorizing yet.

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6. The Square Pub 115 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

The Square Pub is a neighborhood staple, serving Decatur’s bar goers high-quality pub food with a Southwestern bent. The craft beer list is sizeable, with nearly 20 selections on draft (offered in both pints and shortys, so you can taste through the list) and twice that in bottles. The menu is Tex Mex adjacent, with items like green chile queso, pork belly mac and cheese, and Aztec veggie quesadillas. There’s also a fully loaded, 1.5lb triple-decker bacon cheeseburger, and if you can finish it in under 30 minutes, it’s free (disclaimer: not for the faint of heart). But the reason you should go to The Square Pub, to validate your trip to Decatur, we’ll leave you with these two final words: Frito pie.

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7. Vinny’s NY Pizza & Grill 6590 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30045

NYC comes to the ATL in the form of pizza. Try the Big Slice Challenge if you're up to it. It's an entire baking sheet full of pizza (in the shape of an actual slice) that's full of toppings.

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8. The Vortex 438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

This sibling-owned bar and restaurant in Little Five Points is a self-proclaimed "Official Idiot-Free Zone," and they're notorious for kicking out rude or high-maintenance customers to create a laid-back and fun crowd (they're usually pretty young, too). It's hard to imagine why anyone here would be picky with their food when they've got such a massive selection of whopping, diverse signature burgers like the Hawaiian-themed Freaky Tiki and the Holy Guacamole (self-explanatory), along with a hefty selection of local draft beers (and beer cocktails), cocktails and shooters.

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9. Ann's Snack Bar 1615 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

The burgers at Ann's snack bar, some of the best in Atlanta, could qualify the Kirkwood spot as the eighth wonder of the world. The voluptuous, hand-pressed Ghetto Burgers bring chili sauce, bacon, a super-secret seasoning, fat pieces of onion, and fried bacon together in a burger that's admittedly difficult to eat but so worth the mess (you've just gotta dive right into this one). There isn't ample seating, but after a short wait you can sit along the bar and watch it get made right in front of you, which, trust us, will work up an appetite large enough to tackle it on your own.



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