He beat out the hulking man who trained by eating a burrito for lunch. He beat the showman with the luchador mask who was seen sipping Tecate in preparation. He beat a guy simply known as "Kook," who had one of the most energetic cheering sections.
Andrew "A-Bomb" Lane, 39, of Denver won last night's taco-eating competition at Mezcal, 3230 East Colfax Avenue, and as one of the most in-shape eaters there, he pulled a "Situation" by showing off his abs afterward. It made sense: If you've ever seen clips of eating competitions on cable news, then you know that the winner is usually the fittest person the room.
The competition started with thirty competitors -- each of whom paid $15 to compete -- and a plate of fifteen tacos. At the end of the first ten-minute round, seven eaters remained. After the second ten-minute round, it was down to two: Lane and Mike "Miguel" Walck, who looked like he played D-1 college football (if not, a recruiter messed up somewhere). Round Three: With Fancy Footwork by Chromeo bumping over the restaurant's sound system, Walck squinted at the tacos in front of him -- the final round is a three-minute sprint to eat as many tacos as you can -- took one bite, got up and walked out of the restaurant.
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Rob "Rob Dog" Crawford, bar manager at Mezcal, says the competitions will be held quarterly, with the next one set for January.