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Man Vs. Food Comes to Rochester: Adam Richman Vs. Joey Logano (Rochester Blog)

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Man Vs. Food Comes to Rochester

The Food Network’s Adam Richman takes on NASCAR Racer Joey Logano

Joey Logano & Adam RichmanHave you ever been to a restaurant, and while paging through the menu or perusing the walls, noticed that the establishment has put together an eating challenge? Often the restaurant will take their most popular item, or items, and either make them really big or pile them all together in a massive collection of greasy goodness. Sometimes people who have managed to consume this massive amount of food have their pictures on the wall. I know every time I see these contests the first thing that goes through my mind is: what kind of person can manage to eat ALL that food??

Well, if you’re familiar with the popular television show on the Food Network entitled “Man vs. Food,” then you know the answer to that question. Adam Richman, the host of “Man vs. Food” isn’t as big as you may expect, but he’s certainly not small. Over the past few seasons of the show, he has acquired quite a reputation for his ability to put away large amounts of food in relatively short periods of time. He’s put away four plates of seafood, the spiciest chicken wings imaginable, omelets the size of serving trays, and a massive burrito that would have a hard time fitting out the drive-through window at Taco Bell.

But even a man like Richman who appears to be invulnerable to the effects of greasy food can’t escape the health issues associated with these cholesterol-heavy items. While he still hosts the show, “Man vs. Food,” it has since been redubbed “Man vs. Food Nation,” where celebrities are invited on the show to take on these challenges once attempted by Richman himself. It’s a different show, but definitely still entertaining.

Recently, this new version of “Man vs. Food” came to Rochester. Not only did they take on an eating contest, but they also visited several other unique food attractions in the area. Two of these places may sound familiar – I’ve written about them before, as they serve incredibly popular food items native to Rochester that have attracted visitors from all over the country.

Richman visited Nick Tahou’s, the home of the original Garbage Plate. Much like it sounds, this dish is a pile of family picnic favorites, combining your choice of hamburger, cheeseburger, mac salad, baked beans, French fries, and/or homefries. Tons of places in the area have their own versions, but Nick Tahou’s is where it all began. Richman also visited Campi’s, a place known for their amazing steak sandwiches, which tend to be about a foot in diameter.

But the main attraction of the Rochester episode was the food challenge at Sticky Lips Barbeque. I’ve mentioned this place before as my personal favorite for ribs, but they are also very well known for their pulled pork as well. As a result, Sticky Lips put together what they call the “Atomic Bomb Challenge”: one pound of pulled pork, covered in melted cheese on top of two eight ounce burgers, with eight strips of bacon, four layers of red onion, lettuce, and tomato covered with spicy meat sauce and stuffed in a huge bun with a side of their signature crispy French fries. Yum.

The celebrity that took on this challenge was NASCAR racer Joey Logano, a 21-year-old driver who, upon finishing his race at Watkins Glen a few hours earlier, took on what was arguably a much tougher task. Only one person has ever been able to complete the challenge – consuming this massive spicy pile of meat in 30mins. While Logano started off strong and heeded the various advice from Richman, he was ultimately unable to finish the plate in the time allotted.

Definitely check out these three Rochester locations for some of the best food around. I don’t know that you necessarily need to take on the Atomic Bomb Challenge, but Sticky Lips, Nick Tahou’s, and Campi’s all have other wonderful food items that will make the trip worthwhile.

James Hallahan is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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