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Posted on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 2:33 p.m.

Tios hosted 'Travel Channel's Man v. Food' eating challenge on Thursday

By Jenn McKee

What local eatery was the focus of “The Travel Channel’s Man v. Food” on Thursday?

Tios Mexican Café. Though the restaurant had been open at lunchtime — with one sheet of paper taped to the door prohibiting the use of cameras, video, and audio recording equipment on the premises, and another sheet informing customers that they might be filmed while dining — Tios president (and son of Tios founder/owner Tim Seaver) Jeremy Seaver confirmed that Tios would be closing its doors at around 3 p.m. for the purposes of filming.

“(‘Man v. Food’ host Adam Richman) is going to be here today,” Seaver said on Thursday. “He’s scheduled to come in this afternoon. … The food challenge is Mount Nacheesmo. It’s basically a five-pound plate of nachos.”

According to Seaver, the show filmed a segment at the Maize and Blue Deli on Monday, and previously reported on “Man”’s visit to Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger.

Blimpy owner Rich Magner had a good experience with the television crew.

“They were really nice,” said Magner. “Adam Richman is a really nice guy. I’ve heard he comes off nice in the show, but I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never seen it. I don’t watch a lot of TV, especially at that time of night.”

Both Magner and Seaver reported that the planned air date for the Ann Arbor episode of “Travel Channel’s Man v. Food” is Oct. 20. The show’s website describes how Richman seeks out “the biggest and best eats our nation has to offer, including some of the craziest eating challenges around.”

“It’ll be their season finale,” said Seaver.

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.



Thu, Oct 14, 2010 : 11:34 p.m.

How did they not go to Zingermans and who goes to A2 for Mexican Food? I lived in A2 for a while and never found decent Mexican food. Zingermans got screwed.


Fri, Sep 10, 2010 : 9:05 a.m.

Tios is all sombrero - no cattle when it comes to "quality" "mexican food". Do they still charge for each individual side of salsa and each basket of chips? Their food is horrid.


Fri, Sep 10, 2010 : 7:19 a.m.

I have enjoyed several meals at Tios. They have excellent food, a pleasing atmosphere and attentive servers!


Fri, Sep 10, 2010 : 1:06 a.m.

I'm with Jake on the Maize & Blue! #69 ALL_THE_WAY!


Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 10:42 p.m.

tios is not worth the case of squirts it will give you later. worst psuedo mex, one notch above Toxic Hell Toca Bell

Jake C

Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 9:52 p.m.

Maize & Blue Deli is an awesome underappreciated place that was a great choice for the show, since it's usually overshadowed by Amer's and of course the obvious Zingerman's. And Tios is a good restaurant, but having eaten there for years I wasn't even aware of a "Mount Nacheesmo challenge". It wasn't invented just for the purpose of getting on Man Vs. Food, was it? In my book, having Adam try to beat the Blimpy Burger patty record would have been a better challenge, but what's done is done!


Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 6:03 p.m.

Considering Tios is not good food, I think the nachos will win this one. I'm with Hmm on this one, you may win, but the diarrhea will get you in the end.


Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 5:24 p.m.

Will "Man vs. Heart Attack" be premiering the week after the "Man vs. Food" season finale?


Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 4:50 p.m.

Go with God, Adam.


Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 4:11 p.m.

... must be really hard-up for new "challenges". Ughhh!


Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 2:39 p.m.

Of all the places to hit up in this town they chose Tios? that's disappointing.


Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 1:56 p.m.

And after Adam eats the nachos the REAL challenge begins, which will be to see if he can eat their food without spending the next 2 hours in the bathroom. Man 0 Food 1