Friday, March 27, 2015

Eat a five-pound meal? Leave it to a pro

Not just any guy polished off a record at Jake's Sandwich Board.

Eat a five-pound meal? Leave it to a pro

Dave Goldstein (center) with Jake´s partners Sean Stein (left) and Gary Dorfman.
Dave Goldstein (center) with Jake's partners Sean Stein (left) and Gary Dorfman.

Jake's Sandwich Board, at 12th and Sansom Streets, laid down an offer nearly two weeks ago:

Anyone who eats the entire "Jake's 5-Pound Philly Challenge" -- a two-foot sandwich (steak, pork, brisket, or all three), four soft pretzels, a box of Tastykakes (Krimpets or Kandy Kakes), 24 Peanut Chews, and a Champ Cherry soda -- gets it for free and gets his or her photo on the wall.

Jake's reports its first winner: David Goldstein, who needed 34 minutes and 48 seconds.

The name might be familiar to you Wing Bowl fans: 

He's the competitive eater known as U.S. Male, who as I reported a year ago ate five pounds of "mudbugs" to win a contest in Atlantic City.

Update: "I thought this one was awesome," Goldstein said of the challenge. "It's not just one food item and being a Philly native, it was all my favorite foods. I just wish it was Frank's black cherry, and not this [stuff]."

After a two-hour breather, he said, "I grilled myself some burgers at home."

Michael Klein
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