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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Edible Feats: Wacky San Francisco Eating Challenges

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click to enlarge You can do it, baby: Bay Shabu Sushi Sake's four-pound Killer Whale Roll. - BAYSHABUSUSHISAKE.COM
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  • You can do it, baby: Bay Shabu Sushi Sake's four-pound Killer Whale Roll.
Why should East Coasters scarfing down hot dogs have all the fun? There are a few notable eating challenges to enjoy right here in San Francisco. No cash prizes are awarded, but if you can clean your plate at one of these places, heaps of intangible glory ― along with a free meal and maybe your photo on the wall ― are all yours.

The Killer Whale Roll ($29.95) at Bay Shabu Sushi Sake (68 West Portal at Vicente) weighs four pounds and contains shrimp, crab, eel, "very" spicy tuna, vegetables, avocado, and tobiko. There's just 30 minutes on the clock available to tame it.

We mentioned the soup challenge ($22)

at Pho Garden (2109 Clement at 22nd Ave.) when it launched last summer,

but now we have a visual on what it's like to encounter a steaming bowl

of pho containing two pounds of noodles and two pounds of beef and

tripe, with a one-hour time limit to consume it. Our homies Gus and Big

Jon, the two "hungry big guys" of local program We Eating, recently took the challenge and filmed it for our amusement.

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