Cheesesteak Challenge at Tony Luke’s

cheesesteak challenge at tony lukes

Last night on Man v. Food Adam ventured to Philadelphia to try out one of the most famous foods to come out of a city, ever; the Philly Cheesesteak. I’m not sure how long Tony Luke’s has been open, but the cheesesteak challenge was brand new when Adam and company visited the restaurant earlier in the year. There is no mention of the challenge on the website (that I can find) so I hope it’s still going on and is still the same as was mentioned on the show last night. So if you love cheesesteak and are looking for a good challenge, Tony Luke’s has a 5 pound cheesesteak covered in your choice of cheese and tons of onions waiting for you.

Cheese Steak Food Challenge

  • 5 lbs of Cheesesteak w/ Onions and your choice of cheese.

Food Challenge Rules/Prize

  • 1 Person
  • 1 Hour to complete
  • Prize: Picture on the Wall of Fame
  • No rules mentioned, but be sure to ask your server before attempting.


Tony Luke’s
39 East Oregon Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215.551.5725 |

[photo is cheesesteak from Tony Luke's but not the 5 lb challenge Cheesesteak, please send a picture if you have one]


  1. Big E

    October 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Well I did take the challange. I did eat the entire thing two weeks ago. I did not get a refund. They took my number name and address. they told me they will call me when they get the shirts made up. Its been 2 weeks? I havent heard from them?

  2. admin

    October 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for the comment Big E, I wasn’t aware that there was mention of a refund or even a t-shirt, neither of those were mentioned as a prize on the Man v. Food episode, just the picture on the wall. But congrats on finishing the challenge!

  3. SuperMARIO

    October 29, 2009 at 6:49 am

    I’ve checked out the website and it claims that you get a picture taken and t-shirt.

  4. Vince Swagstrong

    November 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    There Is No Refund Shirt N Wall Of Fame Thas It I Got My SHirt I Ate It IN Under 20 Minutes They Need 2 Rename It 2 The Vince Swagstrong Cheesesteak Challenge and They Need 2 Change The Time Then It Would Be A CHallenge

  5. Kevin

    February 24, 2010 at 4:54 am

    No, Vince. What they need to do is get you some English spelling and grammar classes. The Internet is not for people like you. Please quit.

  6. Tim

    March 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Kevin, you sir win 10,000 internets!!

  7. mike

    August 4, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I am two weeks from taking this challenge. I havent been to their website or anything so I am not sure of any rules. I do know that I am going down there as one hungry dude. I may have to eat two just to degrade tony lukes challenge. Kidding. :+).

  8. Frank

    September 24, 2010 at 4:31 am

    hey how much is the challenge and do you need to call ahead to do it?

  9. Anyhony

    October 5, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Your cheesesteaks stink. Pats is where it’s at.

  10. Heather

    October 9, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Pat’s SUCKS. Saw mice scurrying in and out of the wall during my first and last visit there. Eff ‘em.

  11. Erica

    December 13, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I happen to know a guy who did do this challenge & killed all of you. Jonathan Squibb… 4 minutes 54 seconds. That’s right!! Under 5 mins. I not only know him, but there is a video of it on facebook. Check it out. It’s NUTS!!!

  12. Erica

    December 13, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Oh I’m sorry his Facebook pg is Jonathan “Super” Squibb. A little over a lb per minute. Again, just plain crazy to watch. Go see for yourself. :)

  13. Lori

    June 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I am actually watching the challenge on Man V Food right now and they were giving Adam and Tony 1 Hour to finish it, but yeah I did not hear them mention what type of reward would be given. I would like to know if the cheese they are using is the actual “Cheezwiz” you can buy in the supermarket or is it a special recipe? It sure looks good! :)

  14. Anonymous

    February 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Time limit is 1 hour.

    • admin

      February 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks, we’ve updated the post.

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  16. Reesey

    August 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Which one did Adam do the challenge at because I went to the one on E.Oregan and didn’t see his pic? I came because he said so lol

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