If there's one thing that Buffalo is known for it's over-the-top dishes–other than snow of course. As the namesake of an internationally loved bar food like Buffalo wings, you know that chefs in the city know how to appeal to the glutton in all of us. So if you find yourself looking for a challenge and you think you can handle the pressure, here are six gluttonous dishes that you'll only find in Western New York. You never know, if you're able to finish one of these dishes you could be on the fast track to becoming the world's next big competitive eater.
Burrito Bay's 'The Glutton'
Weighing in at three pounds, 'The Glutton' dominates any of the dishes on this list in sheer size. This monstrous burrito is made up of everything and anything on the restaurants menu of toppings. The dish is part of a challenge concocted by the restaurant to lure in patrons looking to take on a challenge, but it's not all as it seems. The challenge is to eat two of these burritos in under 30 minutes to win a t-shirt and have your picture hung on the wall among other victors. Are you up for the challenge?
Duff's Armageddon Sauce Wings
They may look harmless but Duff's Armageddon wings are truly deadly. Lathered in a a sauce that registers 850,000 Scoville heat units, this sauce is nothing to take lightly. By comparison, regular hot wings at Duff's are 35,000 SHU making these wings 24 times as spicy. If you find yourself feeling courageous but want to lean into such a challenge the restaurant also offers superhot and death wings at 150,000 and 500,000 SHU respectively.
Chef's Spaghetti Parmesan
Chef's has been a Buffalo staple since the restaurant opened in 1923, serving the large Italian population of the blue collar city massive portions for a fair price. It could be argued that their legendary spaghetti parmesan is the secret to their success. The heaping dish is the brainchild of late owner Lou Billittier who was looking to create a dish that would make his restaurant stand out, and he succeeded. The dish is made of a heaping serving of traditional spaghetti and totally covered with mozzarella cheese, finished under the broiler.
King Condrell's Kitchen Sink Sundae
If you're an ice cream fanatic then this is the perfect place for you. Chocolate and candy company, King Condrell's, offers one of the largest sundaes in the country with a staggering 16 scoops. The towering concoction can be an assortment of your choosing from their menu of flavors, two sauces, four toppings, cherries and whipped cream.
Brawler's Back Alley Deli - The Barrel
It may seem lavish to spend $39 on a sandwich but I can guarantee that you'll be full for weeks. The towering dish offered by Brawler's Back Alley Deli is made up of all of the meats and cheeses offered at the restaurant and is served with a side of cole slaw, just in case you didn't get your fill. The restaurant does offer a deal though for any of their customers willing to take on a challenge, if they finish the sandwich it's on the house.
La Nova's 'Big Ragu' Pizza
Like most of the restaurants on this list, La Nova is a Buffalo tradition. Having served the community for over 60 years, the restaurant has earned a devout following among chicken wing and pizza lovers for their quality dishes. But it's not just the quality that draws in fans, La Nova makes a point to offer super-sized dishes that dominate their competitors. Their most popular giant dish? The 'Big Ragu' is a 30-inch pizza that can be cut into 44 slices.
While Buffalo may have earned a name for itself as the home of the chicken wing, these dishes are the ones that are unforgettable. Whether they are towered high or packed with calories, these meals will fill you up for days on end. So if you're looking for a restaurant that offers a challenge then these are the spots for you.