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Northland restaurants featured on Travel Channel

Casey Webb (right), host of the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food," films an interview with Ethan Casady of Two Harbors at Betty's Pies for an upcoming episode. Casady attempted the "Pig's Trough" food challenge, but had to quit after 14 minutes. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News-Chronicle)

The Travel Channel spotlighted several Northland restaurants Monday night.

In an episode of "Man v. Food" debuting last night, which was filmed in April, host Casey Webb visited the Northern Waters Smokehaus and Breeze Inn in Duluth, but centered on a food challenge at Betty's Pies near Two Harbors.

In each episode, Webb participates in a restaurant's eating challenge, which are typically large portions of food that must be finished in a certain amount of time.

At Betty's Pies, that meant the "Pig's Trough:" Four slices of pie, four scoops of ice cream, a pound of various toppings, whipped cream and a whole banana — all drizzled with caramel and chocolate. If a customer can finish the challenge within 20 minutes, they earn a T-shirt.

At Northern Waters, the show featured the Cajun Finn, a sandwich with "haus-smoked Cajun salmon, scallion cream cheese, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini and lettuce on stirato," according to their menu. It was not part of an eating challenge for the host, however.

"We are once again very humbled to gain national exposure," Northern Waters wrote on their Facebook page Monday.

The episode will air again at 11 p.m. tonight and at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday July 14, according to the Travel Channel's schedule.

Earlier this season, the show also visited St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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