Grub Street Chicago reports: "The standing world record time for eating Wiener and Still Champion's three-pound, seven-inch-tall Triple Undisputed Burger (a.k.a. the 911) was totally destroyed over the weekend, when an unnamed diner slammed down the entire thing in 38 minutes (not counting the additional 15 minutes he needed to rest afterwards before he was able to walk)." Read it here.
Fred writes: "Thanks for creating a beast of a burger...it was quite the experience. I actually came in with a few buddies during lunch break and I did not intend on ordering the 911 burger. I was actually going to order a pizza puff! But after some heckling from one of my friends I decided to give it shot when I was in line to order. The guy that actually took my order (Gus) asked "Are you sure?"...and I told him "yes". We asked if there was record for the fastest time and he told us that it was eaten in 48 minutes. So I waited for the burger to be cooked and as they called me to get it at the counter I saw the burger slanted to the side with two skewers sticking out from the top and I thought to myself "There is no way I am going to finish it 1. even if I had the intentions of breaking 48 minutes and 2. I probably can't through half of it." I just wanted to finish the burger, LOL!
So I sat down took the top bun off and they started the timer. For the first 3 patties I did it by singles. After that I doubled up on the patties. It was not bad at all half way through. And it didn not feel like I was going after a 3lbs. burger. After I was done with the patties I took my time with the buns. By then it was 30 minutes and I already knew that I broke it and I wanted to break the record by at least 10 minutes. And honestly, the hardest part of the burger was eating that bottom bun because it was soaked . If I had doubled up on the patties from the beginning and taken the bottom bun out before I started I probably would have gone under 35 minutes. I did not feel as stuffed as I thought I would have...I took a 15 minute walk afterwards and it didn't feel like I ate a 3lb burger."
WOW!!! Thanks, Fred, for sharing the story of your awesome hamburger adventure!
Time Out Chicago just listed Wiener and Still Champion as one of six "great joints" in Evanston. "Everything here is done the way it should be: Chicago dogs exhibit their proper snap, thin burgers are served on fresh, fluffy rolls; and the fries-- well, we know this is a hot-dog joint, but the fries are so perfectly crisp that they steal the show." Read it here...
Wiener and Still Champion was featured on ABC7's Hungry Hound segment back in November, 2006. As Gus said back then: "It was cool that they featured Poochie in the same segment. A couple of interesting facts. The Wiener and Still Champion was first called Poochies II when it first opened in 1975. My uncle who ran M and H Grill, a Winnetka/Hubbard Woods institution for 30 years, is also the uncle of the owner or Poochies. Small little hot dog world!"
Not everyone is as enamored with the thought of a three-pound monster Triple Undisputed (aka the 9-1-1) burger. Marcus Leshock's link to the WGN-TV story on Windy Citizen yielded some refreshingly honest feedback. Commenter Richard G. said, "a better name for this burger would be 'colon cancer on a bun.'" Ouch. Maybe if you ate it every day for six years. Thankfully, it wasn't unanimously reviled. "Stories like this," shares commenter M.V., "always make me hungry." Stop on in, M.V., we'll have your big burger ready to go.
Click on the WC button to add your own vote.
We were featured on the Nick Digilio show on WGN 720 AM on the evening of Saturday, November 7th just before midnight. As Nick points out, we're easy to get to on public transit, located just feet from the Dempster purple line stop!
Here's a link to Saturday's segment.
Ha, that wasn't enough, apparently. Nick brought us up again on Sunday, November 8th. Talking about our new website, telling Ted to check it out. "The corn batter they use...unbelievably delicious!" Thanks, Nick!
Here's a link to Sunday's segment.
Wiener and Still Champion was featured on WGN-TV on Friday night's 9:00 news. Anchor (and Vegetarian) Mark Suppelsa didn't seem to hip to trying the three pound 9-11 burger, but Marcus Leshock sure seemed to enjoy it!
Here's the video from WGN-TV, and you can find screen captures from the story here.
Update: Here's the full 02:39 video of Marcus Leshock's three-pound ground beef adventure, as featured on the earlier 5:00 news on WGN-TV.
Marcus called our burgers "quite tasty," though expressed some reservation about eating nine-at-a-time.