Eddie’s Bar & Grill
1283 Bayshore Blvd
Dunedin, FL 34698-4245
First, sorry about the poor quality of pictures, I forgot to pack my normal camera, so all of these were shot using a camera phone (except for the logo and outdoor shot, which I cribbed from Eddie’s). Eddie’s at first glance may appear like a tourist trap, but it strikes me more as a local haunt. They have a couple ‘thatched’ tiki huts outside, and arcade games like skeeball inside. The “dining room” is paneled in wood and features TV’s in cubby holes ringing the bar, and unfortunately the TV’s look like they were purcashed in the early 2000’s as they’re all about 28-30 inches. If you’re going to watch “the-big-game” you may want to consider a diffferent bar.
I first came to Eddie’s on an invitation to have a drink. Girls get an “all-you-can-drink” bracelet for $5 on Tuesdays. They also offer $1 tacos (the only reason I came out). The tacos were surprisingly large and good for being $1; they were packed with meat and unfortunately this foreshadowed the night as Eddie’s began to fill up with alcoholic girls and meatheads looking to score… clearly not my kind of crowd. I fell slightly off track, the reason I came back to Eddie’s on a sweltering Saturday afternoon is a menu item that caught my eye:
…a challenge for champions, and with my love for burgers a worthwhile endeavor. It might be difficult to read, but the menu reads that they bring you 1lb of Fries and 3lb’s of Burger. So, on returning I ordered a water and the Eddie’s Monster Burger… and proceeded to wait 45 minutes for the food to be cooked. While waiting for my beast to be cooked, my lady ordered Fried Mushrooms and a side salad:
This is after about 20 minutes of eating this monster plate of mushrooms, the picture does not do the quantity of food justice. The salad was what you would expect when ordering a side salad. Later in the day, I baked the remaining mushrooms and even reheated they were fairly good.
From here you can see the massive quantity of fries. What may be difficult to see is how deep this dish is, it’s more like the dog-bowl for Beethoven (see ‘Huge Slobbering Dog’ from lame family movie).
What you may be able to ascertain from this shot, is that the burger is in fact larger than my head.
Yes, this is fucking huge. I have most likely bitten off far more than I can chew. When the burger came out the owner of Eddie’s (his name is… Eddie) came out and shook my hand, gave me some encouraging words and informed me that 10 people have attempted this monstrosity and that only 1 person had even finished the plate. Eddie is one of those older guys that you immediately like. He’s got a bit of a lewd mouth, and a friendly manner.
So, into the fray I go. I decided that I would start off with the fries as I felt like they would be more difficult to muscle down at the end. My strategy was a bit off in retrospect, as the sheer mass of the burger is fairly daunting after you rip into it. My only fluid would be water (I eventually had a couple sips of diet pepsi just to change up the flavor of what I was consuming/clear the palate). What I neglected to state was that 3 pickles were tossed into the hot mess, not that it drastically changed the quantity there or made the challenge more daunting.
After about 7 minutes I had cleared the majority of the fries and moved onto the burger which I loaded up with Mustard and Ketchup.
Above is a shot at the 10 minute mark. I could feel myself begin to slow down. I had developed and insidious feeling that I was going to hit critical mass. One thing to note, before going into a food challenge you should try to expand your stomach. Whether you do that through good ‘ole over-eating or eat huge salads with every meal and keep packing it in when you’re feeling full. Prior to this challenge I had been reducing my daily intake throughout the past 2 weeks, trying to be healthier. In hindsight, this was a poor decision to assist in crushing this challenge.
As you can see here at the 15 minutes mark, my progress has great slowed. I’ve only managed to eat a bit more of the bottom half of the burger, pack a way a few more fries and finish the pickles.
Above, you can see me at the 20 minute mark. By the end of the 30 minutes, I hadn’t pushed much further than this, I tossed down a few more bites of burger and bemoaned how packed I felt. In terms of the food, the fries were excellent as they were thick-cut, seasoned well with salt (and no other seasoning) and cooked well; crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. As for the burger, my only beef with the beef is that it lacked salt and pepper… it tasted like it was only lightly seasoned. The actual meat itself was good and cooked to my specification. According to our waitress, the burger was created from 6 other of their “normal” burgers.
In closing, I was bested by this beast of a meal and had to dish out the $24.99 for the plate. Come visit me and I dare you to give it a shot.
-Matt in Tampa