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While in Phoenix for the NASPA conference I decided to try a Man vs Food restaurant with our friends Michelle and Keith. Alice Cooperstown makes no attempt to be anything besides it’s namesake. This is a place that is all about music, beer, and bar food across from a stadium. We arrived and sat outside while we waited to order. I decided to go all out and order the “Adam Richman’s” Bases Loaded Big Unit hot dog. This rediculous hot dog was a 22inch Vienna Beef dog loaded up with their “nightmare” chili, bacon, cheese sauce, sauerkraut, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, relish, cheddar cheese, and a boatload of fries. A short while later the unreasonalby large dish arrived at our table. This is what I was had gotten myself into.
Yes, this hotdog is as insane as it looks, and this is a true foodventure statement. I do not like hot dogs. But for the love of eating and the spirit of the list, I dove right in. I will say that this was a hot dog made with good meat though after 4 bites I was pretty much over it. The toppings were intense, it was really just everything possible piled high on the dog. As you obviously determined this was a knife and fork affair and it took some time. About half way through I hit something I had never hit before, the dreaded food wall. It was time to buckle down and make this happen. It took everything I had to go bite by bite but with the cheers of Keith and Michelle, I reached my final bites. After what I would say was a half hour I downed the final bite and stood up victorious!
Our time at Alice Cooperstown was fun and stomach busting but not necessarily a place I would frequent if I lived in Phoenix. Michelle, Virginia, and Keith said that their food wasn’t bad either. I was so full yet everything I ate was beyond greasy so I needed to balance things out. To the victor go the spoils!
P.S – I ran 12 miles the next morning so all was well with my waistline.
Overall Review: 5/10
Check out Alice Cooperstown and their “Big Unit” here