Saturday, November 20, 2010

Good Eats: The MAC-DADDY Challenge at Mac 24-7

One restaurant that caught my attention was Mac 24-7.  It was featured on Travel Channel's show "Man vs. Food" with Adam Richman for the Mac-Daddy Challenge.  The cuisine here is modern American, which the restaurant likes to say is a collection of several different tastes and flavors.  You can get anything from a cheeseburger, to saimin, or fried snickers bar.  

Located in the Prince Kuhio Hotel at 2500 Kuhio Avenue, it is the only restaurant in Waikiki open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The menu is tasty and the servings are big, which brings us to the challenge.

The challenge is to eat 3 fourteen-inch pancakes with all the topping (up to 1 pound of blueberries, macadamia nuts, pineapples, chocolate chips, pecans, or coconut) by yourself in 90 minutes.  These aren't just pancakes, these are MAN-cakes.  Those things are huge!  If you finish this Herculean task, then you too will have your picture on the Hall of Fame, a T-shirt, and the title of Mac-Daddy.  One of the winners finished the challenge TWICE!

If you really want to try the Mac-Daddy Challenge, be warned.  Even though more people won this challenge since the episode first aired, this massive mountain of MAN-cakes will fill even the most famished diner.  Check out the You-Tube video of Adam Richman's attempt.  If you get on the Hall of Fame, I will throw in a bottle of Jack Daniels I got at the Jack Daniels' Distillery.  Any takers?

As you walk into the restaurant, its simple furnishings belie its large plates.  There is a larger dining room in the back, but that is for the evening crowd.  

I couldn't stomach the 14 inch pancakes, so I decided to go with the eggs benedict royal.  It's hard to get an idea of the serving size because of the big plate, but the meal is filling.  As an added bonus, the coffee mug is huge!  The waitresses constantly refills it and I'm in coffee heaven.  The hollandaise sauce on the benedict was great, smooth and you can taste the butter used to make it.

If you want something crunchy for breakfast, try the waffles.  The plate is normal size, the waffle is warm and crunchy and you get a big serving of strawberries and whipped cream.  Look at the size of those bowls!

If you're up for a complete breakfast, get the Mac Attack.  It's two (regular sized) pancakes, bacon, sausage links, two eggs, and breakfast potatoes.  This is a big plate and a big breakfast.  The pancakes are the same pancakes as the Mac-Daddy Challenge and are delicious.  Nothing beats fresh blueberries in your pancakes and as a topping.

Very filling, though not as filling as the Mac-Daddy Challenge.

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