Photos: the Gena’s Pancake Challenge

May 25, 2010

Last Saturday, a bold three of us attempted the Gena’s Restaurant pancake challenge: eat three of their whopping pancakes in one sitting, and you’ll get your picture on the wall. Over the years many have attempted it; only 14 have succeeded. Some strategies we discussed:
– don’t use too much syrup (the advice given by the servers)
– listen to relaxing music ahead of time
– drink water
– drink coffee
– put something in the pancakes (blueberries, chocolate chips, etc)
– use whipped cream instead of syrup
– vary the texture of the pancakes (this is what really did us in: the constant texture of the pancakes. Your body just gets sick of it.)
– order something salty to go with it: bacon, eggs, etc
– order the pancakes to go (they appear smaller that way), but then stay to eat them

The four of us made a valiant effort, but alas, none of us succeeded. The servers from Gena’s brought the pancakes out one at a time. We delightfully sank our teeth into the first pancake, everyone eating at a moderate pace. Contrast that with the second pancake, in which we all slowed down or ground to a halt. We even took the suggestion of the servers and all ordered blueberry pancakes. They said we can add anything to the pancakes, and a little bit of tart fruit seemed to make sense.

Megan making steady progress.

Chip taking one for the team.

Jeremy is defeated.

I am overcome by pancakery.

The taste of defeat is the taste of pancakes.

Just looking at this makes me feel ill.

All of our third pancakes to go.

The final tally:
Chip: 1.1 pancakes
Jeremy: 1.2 pancakes
Megan: 1.5 pancakes
Nick: 1.5 pancakes

Jeremy certainly led the pack with his “in it to win it” attitude, but I think Megan gets the victory here. She calmly ate half the challenge, then stopped while she was ahead. She probably could have kept going, but she wisely quit.

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