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February 28, 2011

83 places where you can get a BIG meal for free

tinytacoFrom Daily Cognition, a list of 83 places where you can get your meal free if you eat the whole thing. You know, a 5-pound hamburger, a 28-inch pepperoni pizza (that you have to finish in less than an hour), that sort of thing.

To quote Cate Blanchett, "Gross."

Anybody ever try one of these things?

What's the biggest thing you ever ate?

Related story: The University of Maryland's competitive eating team

Baltimore Sun photo/Lloyd Fox

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 9:06 AM | | Comments (3)


There's an icecream parlor near Phoenix, called "Farrell's." They have something called, "The Pig Trough." If you eat it all, you get a ribbon. I did it, got my ribbon, but was hypothermic when I left. (We're talking AZ in summer and having to turn the heat on in the car.)

Hey, was that the one in Scottsdale? I went to that one (and a couple in California) a bazillion times growing up. I googled Farrell's to see if there were any in Texas and hardly any locations exist now! Marriott's almost killed the franchise, big jerks!

The night before I moved to Germany (way back in the 80s) I went to a Farrell's in Southern California with a bunch of my friends and we had one of those 30 scoop sundaes. When they found out I was moving overseas the staff covered the top with little American flags. Ha! We were ice cream wusses though and could not finish.

There was a Farrell's right in Golden Ring Mall in the 80's. I remember that they would parade the pig trough through the rest of the restaurant before serving it. Their hot fudge was absolutely superb!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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