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Up for a challenge?

Area eateries offer menu items for the competitive

By Jill Bagniefski
On February 16, 2011

There are a number of establishments in La Crosse with good food at great prices and several restaurants that offer food challenges.  Whether you prefer pizza or seafood, those on a student budget will want to check out these options.

Marges on Rose at 833 Rose St. cooks up a breakfast called Unk's Mess.  You name it – it's in there.  If you can finish the whole plate you can have your picture taken for "The Wall of Shame."   Or you may want to try the jumbo burrito and have your picture posted as well.  

 Polito's Pizza at 116 S 3rd St. bakes a 28 inch, 12 pound sausage and pepperoni pizza, and if two can finish the whole thing in less than one hour, they win $500.  That's worth a try.

Neuie's Varsity Club at 1910 Ward Ave.  also has a pizza challenge.  If two people can finish a 30 inch deluxe pizza in less than one hour, they win $250 cash and a $250 gift certificate.

  Buffalo Wild Wings on Highway 16 just past the mall has a blazing wing special.  If you can manage the heat through twelve wings in less than two minutes, you win a T-shirt, and if you can finish in less than six minutes, you can post your photo on the Blazing Challenge Wall.

Old Style Inn features Mexican night every other Tuesday.  Enjoy all the burritos, tacos and pizza you can eat for $10.  Margaritas are also on special for $3.50.  Old Style Inn has been well-known for many years for their $4 burritos in a boat every Tuesday.

A little known steak and seafood restaurant named Boot Hill Pub opened in 2008 within biking distance of campus just over the causeway at 1501 St. Andrew St.  in the old La Crosse Rubber Mills building.  There is a large sports bar attached to a casual restaurant and a charming outdoor patio area with a fountain, foliage and Chinese lanterns that provides a romantic mood in the warmer months.  The menu is extensive and a soup and salad bar is included.  The food is very good, but the best part of dining at Boot Hill is the extremely reasonable pricing.  

  Some of the best burgers in town can be found at the Sports Nut tavern at 801 Rose St.  Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday you can purchase a taco big enough to suffice for a meal for $1.50 at Fish's Bar at 1452 Caledonia St., and over a dozen sauces are provided.  

   On Wednesday nights, you can peel a dozen shrimp and have them prepared your way for $3 at the Logan Tavern at 1400 Caledonia St.   You may prefer the soup and salad buffet at Piggy's every weekday from 11a.m. – 2 p.m.  It offers a diverse array of soups, salads, dressings and fantastic bread sticks – all you can eat for $8.95.  

  One of the biggest bangs for your buck can be found at the Great Wall at 322 Main St.  For $16 you can purchase three entrees and feed no less than four people some of the area's best Chinese food.  They deliver in less than one hour and provide menus for future orders.

 Howie's Hof Brau at 1125 La Crosse St. has a new Friday night special including $2 pitchers of beer and $3 burgers made to order.

 Whiskey River Saloon just opened in August at 223 Pearl St.  They will fill a large plastic boot with over forty ounces of domestic beer and throw in four shots for $8.  On Wednesday wing night you can purchase a pound of wings for $1.50.  

  Top Dawgs is located at N8292 Hwy 108 in Mindoro.  It's about thirty minutes from campus, but it's a very scenic drive and passes through the well-known Mindoro cut where the road was carved straight through the center of a large bluff.  Clean your plate of their four pound hamburger and win a T-shirt.


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