At 8 p.m. tonight, Adam Richman, the star of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, who travels the country "in search of the biggest, baddest food challenge," takes on the seven-pound burrito at Jack-n-Grill, Jack Martinez's New Mexican restaurant at 2524 Federal Boulevard.
Richman doesn't finish the burrito. See for yourself tonight on the Travel Channel.
I was at the restaurant for five hours back in January, watching while the Travel Channel crew worked its way around the extended Martinez family to set the stage, watching as a Jack-n-Grill regular managed to finish an entire seven-pound burrito, earning himself a place on the Jack-n-Grill photo hall of fame and free lunch the very hard way. (A woman who finishes the burrito gets to eat free for good.)
And then came the main event: Richman sat down, and Martinez -- Richman said he looked like "the devil" -- brought out a burrito bigger than a newborn baby. It filled the bowl: a dozen eggs, pounds of potatoes, a pound of ham, lots of cheese, and Jack-n-Grill's excellent green chile. Richman managed to keep up a running commentary with the crowd even while shoveling in spoonfuls -- big spoonfuls -- of the stuff.
But about two-thirds of the way through, Richman surrendered. Food wins.
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