Wintzell’s Oyster House (Mobile, Alabama) record category

Kristen Amy McElhaney ate 223 oysters to break the women's record at Wintzell's Oyster House in Mobile, AL, a mark which had stood for 22 years. The effort raised $5,000 for the Distinguished Young Women program. has a profile of Ken Orndoff, who has held the house record of 421 oysters at Wintzell's Oyster House in Mobile, AL for over eight years.
Man vs. Food is reportedly recording in Mobile, Alabama. (video) update Lagniappe Mobile has more information. The challenge restaurant will be Wintzell's Oyster House.
Samantha Stabb set the women's record at Wintzell's Oyster House in Pensacola by eating 264 oysters in 20 minutes.
WKRG reports that Ken Orndoff broke a 7 year old record at Wintzell's Oyster House in Mobile, Alabama by eating 421 oysters in an hour. During the attempt, oysters entered his mouth more than 421 times. (See this video for an explanation.) has an article and gallery about the eating contest at Wintzell's Oyster House held for competitors in the Junior Miss pageant. Julia Springate of Kentucky won the contest with 74 oysters. Junior Misses from Vermont (59 oysters), Wyoming (55) and Delaware (45) also broke the previous record of 44.

Link Buffet: January 12, 2009

  • Review of Quest for the Golden Hot Dog
  • 4 person USA vs. Canada team slider eating contest in Toronto on February 8, 2009. “Furious” Pete Czerwinski will captain the Canadian team
  • List of all Wing Bowl 17 finalists on “Obi Wing” and “Damaging” Doug are the only repeat competitors at this moment I am aware of
  • Wrestler “The Executioner” sets restaurant record by eating 10 pattie burger
  • Picture of menu at Wintzell’s Oyster House which lists the current oyster eating records (Men – Joe Evans: 403, Women – Julia Ward: 280)
  • Picture of Sonya Thomas and Rickey Henderson (on right) from the 2005 San Diego Golden Palace qualifier. Rickey Henderson is expected to be announced as one of the new baseball Hall of Fame members today

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Link Buffet: April 26, 2008

The Indepedent of London has an article about the oyster eating challenge at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Mobile Alabama:

The genuine smile is harder to find in the US than anywhere else on earth. On the East and West coasts, people smile because they’re feeling smug. But in Alabama, people smile because they want you to be happy. It’s evident in the 1920s canteen-style interior of Wintzell’s, where the walls are covered with ancient, handwritten signs of folksy, homespun wisdom (“Unfortunately, there is a widespread view that the proper lubricant for a political machine is palm oil rather than elbow grease” is one example).

An Indepedent reporter took a tour with Famous Fat Dave in New York City.

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Oyster eating contest on the Travel Channel yesterday

AmazingStace reports that last night’s episode of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel featured the cuisine of the Gulf Coast. An oyster eating contest at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Mobile, AL appeared in one of the segments. The winner ate 430 oysters in an hour. I will try to catch the episode if it reruns.