Best Feat of Culinary Strength San Francisco 2013 - The Challenge at Pho Garden
When it comes to pho, we're usually satisfied by a "small" order and overwhelmed by a large. So we're probably not the best candidates to take The Challenge at Pho Garden, wherein contestants must eat 2 pounds of rice noodles, 2 pounds of combination beef and tripe, and 4 quarts of broth in less than an hour to get a free meal and their photo on the wall (though, truth be told, you don't have to finish the broth; just the meat and the noodles). The restaurant estimates that between three and five thousand hopefuls have attempted the challenge in the four years it has been offered, and only 300 have succeeded. We hate to think about the effect of 2 pounds of rice noodles on the intestinal tract.