Two Minnesota Sandwiches on Man v. Food ‘Best Of’ List
It's been nearly 15 years since the world of extreme eating was brought front and center to our TV screens with the launch of the show Man v. Food.
Back in 2008, original host Adam Richman cross-crossed the country finding the most over-the-top food challenges for the Travel Channel audience. Each episode would culminate in Adam (man) or the menu item (food) winning the struggle.
That version lasted for four seasons, before being revived in 2017 with a new host (Casey Webb) and beginning with season eight, a new home, The Cooking Channel.
In honor of the show's 15th anniversary and the 175 episodes that have been recorded so far, Mashed has compiled a list of the 12 best sandwiches ever featured on Man v. Food.
Two of the 12 are from Minnesota.
In May of 2018, Casey made a Season Seven stop at Lu's Sandwiches in Minneapolis for the 'Food Bánh Mì Sandwich Challenge', featuring a 2.5-foot, 4-pound bánh mì sandwich - a French baguette filled with marinated pork shoulder, pork paté, cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon, jalapeños, green onions, mayo, and butter.
The other Minnesota sandwich to make the Mashed list was also featured in Season Seven with a July 2018 stop at Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth.
Casey was there for the 'Man Pig's Trough Challenge', which features three slices of homemade pie topped with 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream and other fixings, but during that visit tried the restaurant's best-selling sandwich, the Cajun Finn, which is made with smoked Cajun salmon, onion cream cheese, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, and lettuce on a rustic stirato roll.
The sandwich is so popular that Northern Waters even sells a Cajun Finn Sandwich Kit online for $70.
Those are just two of the eight stops that Man v. Food has made in the Tri-State (South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota) in the past 15 years.
- Season1 (March 25, 2009): Minneapolis - Meterbratwurst Challenge
- Season 3 (October 6, 2010): Des Moines - Adam Emmenecker Sandwich
- Season 4 (October 5, 2011): St. Paul - Lucy Challenge
- Season 5 (September 4, 2017): Des Moines - Showdown Challenge
- Season 7 (July 23, 2018): St. Paul - Food Holy Crêpe Challenge
- Season 8 (March 10, 2020) Deadwood - Cowboy Showdown Challenge