Getting served beer by monkeys in Japan, eating naked in New York or eating curry out of a mini toilet bowl in Taiwan? It’s all in a day’s work for travelling foodie and TV host Bob Blumer of World’s Weirdest Restaurants. Each half-hour episode follows the travelling foodie to offbeat and outrageous eateries around the world and Blumer shares some of his finds here.
Giligin’s Bar (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
The menu features food challenges, including a 13-egg omelette and there’s a minibar—Chuey’s Mini Bar—built especially for little people.
“They pride themselves on cheap drinks, huge portions and every night is some special occasion. You kind of feel like you’re walking into a frat party.”
Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Housed in a converted foundry, this 23,000-sq.-ft. Williamsburg hangout features 10-pin bowling and food by the prestigious Blue Ribbon Restaurants group.
“It’s a large bowling alley meets concert venue meets a restaurant. It’s a big space, and a lot of things are going on at the same time. It’s like a hipster bowling alley.”
Supperclub (San Francisco, Calif.)
The type of place where you can expect to recline on beds and eat locally sourced cuisine off painters’ palettes. Each month, the concept changes.
“The theme when we went was White Trash Christmas so the menu revolved around that. The quality of the performances and the artists and acting was amazing. It blew me away.”
7 stomach-punishing food challenges
Now, food challenges are sprouting up in restaurants all over North America. The prize is no longer a shiny blue ribbon, but bragging rights among friends, a T-shirt and most often, a free meal. To satisfy your hunger (and ego), we trudged through the typical burgers, pizza and hot wings fare to find the hardest and heaviest food feats. Gros appétit!