The Most Outrageous Restaurant Dish in Every State Gallery
The Most Outrageous Restaurant Dish in Every State Gallery
Restaurants have long been known to come up with quirky gimmicks to get customers to come through their doors. With the rise of social media, many are clamoring to be among the most Instagrammed restaurants, with one Boston steakhouse even shelling out $10,000 for an Instagram table their patrons can use for their food snaps. The most common method of attracting customers and social media attention, however, is the menu itself. As a result, many awe-inspiring, impressively creative, and sometimes downright dumb food trends have come to fruition. There is currently no shortage of totally over-the-top entrees in restaurants across the country.
In order to determine the most outrageous restaurant dish in each state, we started by combing through our own previous stories, such as our coverage of over-the-top hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more. We then took a deep dive into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, and Google, as well as Instagram to get an idea of which dishes are being talked about the most by locals and tourists.We found that many wacky dishes were purely so due to their sheer size; Americans, after all, do love their high-calorie, gargantuan-portioned meals. Others had unexpected ingredients, from Cheetos to entire fried eggs. If you're looking to up your Instagram game or even just your culinary daring, take a bite out of the most outrageous restaurant dishes in every state.
Alabama: The Mugshot, Mugshots Bar & Grill (multiple locations)
If you manage to down this daunting $25 burger at Mugshots Bar & Grill in under 12 minutes, you can have it for free along with a T-shirt. Don't get your hopes up though; consists of three patties, six strips of hickory-smoked bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, and red onions - with an onion ring and hand-battered pickle stuck to the top with a toothpick, for good measure. If you have room, it's also served with beer-battered fries.
Alaska: Seward's Folly, West Rib Pub & Grill (Talkeetna)
At West Rib Pub & Grill, they have the most American and most Alaskan of burgers in Seward's Folly. The monstrosity contains 2 pounds of caribou meat, half a pound of smoked ham, and 6 ounces each of Swiss and American cheese, as well as 12 strips of bacon. If that's not enough for you, you also get a pound of fries on the side, and if you can eat all of it within an hour, you get a free Seward's Folly T-shirt.
It might not seem as outrageous to you if you're very familiar with Southwestern cuisine, but for much of the country, eating rattlesnake isn't exactly one thinks of when planning their dinner. Listed on the appetizer menu, the rattlesnake at Rustler's Roost is fried up and served with chipotle ranch dressing and fresh prickly pear cactus fries. If you happen to fall in love with it, don't fret; rattlesnake is available canned.
Arkansas: Hubcap Burger, Ed Walker's Drive-In (Fort Smith)
Ed Walker's Drive-In is a drive-in and diner with a 1950s vibe and a classic menu that contains many items that have been served since 1943. The most impressive, however, is their Hubcap Burger - named due to its size, as the patty on the giant bun weighs 5 pounds!
Sakana Sushi Lounge takes the squid ink food trend to the next level with these baos. Stuffed with pork belly that's been oven-braised for an hour and a half, the buns are naturally colored with squid ink and have a delicious, nutty taste. The sandwich is topped with black garlic and black sesame aioli, as well as homemade pickles and microgreens, adding a pop of color to the otherwise goth-looking burger.
Colorado: Hot Cheetos Spam Musubi, Poké House (Denver)
Spam musubi is a popular snack in East Asia and Hawaii; normally it consists of grilled Spam on a block of rice, wrapped together with nori, or seaweed paper. At Poké House, their spam musubi is made burrito-style, with the spam being entirely wrapped in rice and nori. You can add different toppings to it - including Hot Cheetos dust!
Connecticut: 2-Foot Works Dog, Doogie's (Newington)
America loves its over-the-top hot dogs, and this hot dog joint in Connecticut is famous for them. Doogie's is known for their 2-foot hot dogs which you can get in any style, but the most impressive is if you manage to down it with "the works": chili, cheese, onions, and peppers. If that's a bit too much for you, they also sell 10- and 16-inch hot dogs as well.
Delaware: Chelsea Burger Challenge, Chelsea Tavern (Wilmington)
Take on six half-pound patties stacked with cheese and bacon throughout, served with a 1-pound side of french fries. Finish it all within 45 minutes and not only is it free, but you get featured on Chelsea Tavern's Wall of Fame.
One of the most authentic Irish pubs in America, McGuire's Irish Pub sells a wide variety of delicious Angus steak burgers, custom ground and handmade with their own seasonings to be served alongside Irish potato fries or homemade baked beans. If you're not sure what to pick from the 25 options, however, you don't even have to. Go with the Garbage Burger, and you get to have literally everything - the recipe calls for throwing a bit of every ingredient into the mix, including a hot fudge sundae on top!
Georgia: Quadruple Coronary Bypass Burger, The Vortex Bar & Grill (Atlanta)
If the name didn't make it clear, this is a dish with which you should proceed with caution. Known for its burgers, Vortex serves a Quadruple Coronoray Bypass made with four 4-ounce griddled sirloin patties, two 8-ounce flame-grilled sirloin patties, eight slices of Texas toast, four fried eggs, 27 strips of bacon, and 28 slices of American cheese, and topped with grilled onions, mayonnaise, and relish. If that somehow isn't enough for your appetite, it also comes with 20 ounces of fries and tater tots covered in melted cheese and bacon bits. The Coronary Bypass Burger is available as a Double or Triple as well, but all three have limited availability; you can order a Single any time, however.
Hawaii: Notorious B.I.G. Moco, Da Kitchen (Kahului and Kihei)
The ultimate Hawaiian comfort food and the state's favorite breakfast, loco moco traditionally is made of a hamburger patty on top of white rice, which is then, in turn, topped with a fried egg and brown gravy. At Da Kitchen, however, they take it further; the Notorious B.I.G. Moco has fried rice topped with a pork patty, gravy, homemade chili, two eggs, Portuguese sausage, bacon, cheese, mushrooms, onions, and of course, Spam on the sides.
You'll find this deceptively delicious dessert at most fairs and outdoor events in Boise, but it's the Ice Cream Potato at one of the best drive-in restaurants in America that's famous. As much as Idaho loves its potatoes, this one isn't real - it's actually vanilla ice cream in a baked potato shape that's been coated with cocoa powder. The "sliced" part is filled up with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and chocolate syrup. You can also get "butter" (yellow frosting) and chives (green sprinkles) on top.
Illinois: TACOlato, Pizza Parlor Bar (Chicago)
Pizza Parlor Bar has a door right next to the main entrance which leads to its Dessert Dealer, home of delicious ice cream, cupcakes, cookies, cappuccinos, and dessert tacos. Those dessert tacos, known as TACOlatos, are the perfect Instagram fodder, full of colors and an impressive amount of sweets. Made with sweet waffle shells, they're filled with gelato or ice cream and then covered in loads of toppings. Popular choices include Unicorn Dreams (a confetti sprinkles shell with birthday cake ice cream, fruity marshmallows, gummy worms, rainbow airheads, blue-raspberry sauce, and whipped cream on top) and Cookie Monster (a double chocolate shell with cookies and cream gelato, mini chocolate chips, Oreo pieces, fudge sauce, and topped with whipped cream and maraschino cherries).
Indiana: The Double All In, Best Bet Breakfast & Lunch (Noblesville)
At poker-themed Best Bet Breakfast & Lunch, there's a food challenge that has you pick a card from a deck in order to determine how long you have to finish their "Double Dog Dare You All In Challenge." You have anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to finish their Double All In: a breakfast dish made with a double order of tater tots, six scrambled eggs, diced ham, sausage, onions, green peppers, jalapeños, and shredded cheddar cheese on top. You'll only get a T-shirt if you win, though, so if you find it's not worth it, you can always go for the simple All In, which is half the size.
Iowa: Adam Emmenecker Sandwich, Jethro's BBQ (Des Moines)
The Adam Emmenecker sandwich was inspired by athlete and former college basketball star Adam Emmenecker, having been made with all of his favorite foods. It consists of a big pork tenderloin and two Angus steak patties on top of which are piled applewood bacon, Texas brisket, fried cheese cubes, and Buffalo chicken tenders. The whole thing is then drenched in melted cheddar cheese and white cheddar sauce and served with your choice of side. Try going for the Adam Emmenecker Challenge, in which you have to finish the entire sandwich and a pound of waffle fries in 15 minutes. Win and you'll go on the Wall of Fame; lose, like Adam Richman did on the popular reality TV show "Man vs. Food," and you'll join him on the Wall of Shame.
Kansas: Death Star, Wake the Dead Breakfast Bar (Lawrence)
Located in the hipster-friendly town of Lawrence, Wake the Dead is a great place to have breakfast for dinner - or any other meal for that matter. Order the Death Star, which consists of egg, cheese, and ham or bacon, topped with lettuce, tomato, and Sriracha aoili - all of which would be normal enough if it weren't for the fact that it's sandwiched between two halves of a doughnut.
Kentucky: The Louisville Lip, 502 Café (Louisville)
Louisville's 502 Café serves up a monster of a sandwich that, provided you finish it in 24 minutes, can earn you a free meal and a photo on the café's wall of fame. It's a tall order, however - literally. The Louisville Lip is served on Texas toast and consists of a full pound of their house-blended burger and a quarter pound each of brisket, pulled pork, and pork belly. All of that is covered in brisket chili and topped with onion rings and beer cheese, with a side of tater tots.
Louisiana: The Boudreaux, Katie's Restaurant & Bar (New Orleans)
Louisiana is known for its Cajun cuisine, and this pizza served by Katie's is a wonderful homage to it. The Boudreaux pizza pie is notably topped with cochon de lait, or roasted suckling pork, as well as fresh spinach, garlic butter cream reduction, red onions, roasted garlic, and scallions.
Maine: Federal Deficit, Governor's Restaurant (multiple locations)
You can never go wrong with a totally over-the-top ice cream sundae, but the Federal Deficit at Governor's Restaurant is so much more. The awe-inspiring dessert combines all of their specialty desserts into one big bowl. Their Brownie Delight and Real Strawberry Shortcake are combined with a banana split and six other large sundaes; the dessert starts with a vanilla ice cream base and has marshmallows, a banana, biscuit, and brownie, and is topped with blueberries, cherries, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, nuts, caramel, peanut butter, hot fudge, and sprinkles.
Maryland: Spaghetti Pizza, Pasta Mista (multiple locations)
A Neapolitan-owned and operated pizzeria that takes pride in its classic Italian cuisine, Pasta Mista's three locations are particularly known for their creative pizza pies. Try the chicken ranch, pesto Margherita, or the ziti and sausage. The most intense, in our opinion, however is the carb-loaded spaghetti pizza, made with a double crust and stuffed with spaghetti, tomato sauce, and mozzarella, Parmigiano and ricotta cheeses.
Massachusetts: Cube Toast, Double Chin (Boston)
An Asian fusion café owned and operated by the Chin family, Double Chin has made waves on Boston foodstagrams for its cube toast - a treat made with brioche that's been made like French toast and then stuffed with small pieces of French toast, as well as fruit, mochi, cereal, Pocky sticks, and condensed milk, as well as some kind of flavored sauce and ice cream depending on the type of cube toast you order. Try the Matcha Ma Call It (made with green tea ice cream and chocolate syrup), or if it's your birthday, order the It's Mah Birthday (made with strawberry ice cream and chocolate sauce, with macarons on top and served with a birthday serenade).
Michigan: Avocado Spiral, XushiKo (Dearborn)
Avocado lovers will revel in this appetizer at XushiKo, a Japanese fusion hibachi grill and sushi bar. An entire avocado is stuffed with your choice of salmon or tuna, as well as lemon and scallions.
Minnesota: Bludgeon of Beef, Manny's Steakhouse (Minneapolis)
The folks at Manny's Steakhouse must be true pros at grilling steaks - you have to be in order to properly cook this huge hunk of meat. The aptly named Bludgeon of Beef is a whopping 54 ounces.
Mississippi: Whammy Burger, Burgers & Blues (Ridgeland)
Another burger made famous by "Man vs. Food," Burgers & Blues' Whammy Burger is an intimidating tower of three patties, each weighing a full pound, held together by four bun halves and a metal skewer. Toppings include lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, onions, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, and the burger is served with over a pound of fries and a vanilla milkshake. Finish the five-and-a-half-pound burger within 30 minutes, and win a free meal and a T-shirt, as well as a place on the Wall of Fame. Break the standing record and win $1,000 cash.
Burgers & Blues/Yelp
Missouri: The Spaghetti Challenge, Mama's on The Hill (St. Louis)
Americans love their spaghetti and meatballs, and at Mama's on the Hill, you can get spaghetti with a meatball that's not one, but two pounds heavy. The glorious entree consists of the mammoth meatball sitting on top of an equally large portion of spaghetti and marinara sauce with quite a bit of Parmesan cheese on top. The $24.95 dish is dine-in only, and if you manage to down all of it, it's free of charge.
Why look for the best pancakes in the state when you can go for the biggest? Stella's Monster Pancakes are 12 inches in diameter, and a stack of four is just $8.95. You can order them in buttermilk, wheat, or gluten-free versions, and extra toppings include apple chunks, walnuts, blueberries, strawberries, and huckleberries. Eat four of these and you'll get a cinnamon roll for free.
Nebraska: Ricotta Berry Pancakes, Amato's (Omaha)
Amato's is known for their ricotta berry pancakes, a creation of the restaurant itself after a customer requested that the restaurant put its house-made ricotta into their order of pancakes. The pancakes are made with ricotta in them, as well as your choice of raspberries, blueberries, or triple berry, for a breakfast so sweet you don't even need syrup.
Nevada: Hot Beast, Truffles N Bacon Café (Las Vegas)
At Truffles N Bacon Café, you can order a beastly burger that's sure to give you great fuel for your Instagram feed and a likely stomachache. Made with an Angus beef patty, the Hot Beast is topped with pork belly, tater tots, serrano chile, Hot Cheetos, melted cheese, Korean mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, and a sunny-side-up egg to finish off.
New Hampshire: Feedbag Shovel, KC's Rib Shack (Manchester)
While barbecue has its variations around the world, no one does it quite as good - or quite as big - as Americans. At KC's Rib Shack, you can get more than your barbecue fix with the Feedbag Shovel, a literal shovel full of 6 pounds of amazing barbecue. The dish, or shovel, contains a full rack of spare ribs, half a pound each of pulled chicken, pulled pork, and beef brisket, one smoked sausage, and a pint each of two side dishes, as well as four pieces of cornbread on the side.
New Jersey: Taco Pizza, Tony Boloney's (Hoboken and Atlantic City)
If you love tacos and you love pizza, you don't have to choose between the two at Tony Boloney's. Their Taco Pizza is made with a 120-year-old family recipe for six-hour Jewish brisket, turning it into carne asada, as well as chipotle sauce, hand-pulled queso, and multiple tacos lined up around the pizza as toppings. On top, guacamole, pickled jalapeño crema, and esquites are added on. The Taco Pizza is available by the slice whenever you want, but if you want to order an entire pie, you'll have to pre-order for Tuesdays at the Hoboken location and Thursdays at the Atlantic City location.
New Mexico: Travis on a Silver Platter, Grandma Warner's K & I Diner (Albuquerque)
K & I Diner is famed for its Travis burrito - particularly the Travis on a Silver Platter. This 8-pound burrito is made with three flour tortillas and stuffed with beef, beans, and delicious red chile sauce. Covered in cheese and a gigantic pile of french fries, if you manage to finish it by yourself in an hour, you can have it for free.
New York: Golden Opulence Sundae, Serendipity 3 (New York)
One of the most expensive restaurant dishes in the nation, period, famed dessert spot Serendipity 3's Golden Opulence Sundae has a $1,000 price tag and you have to make a specific reservation for it in order to enjoy it. What makes an ice cream sundae this expensive? It's made with three scoops of top-quality Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream made with Madagascar vanilla beans and is covered in 23-karat edible gold leaf. If that weren't enough, it also has one of the world's most expensive chocolates, Amedei Porcelana, drizzled on top in syrup form, as well as chunks of a rare Chuao chocolate made from cocoa beans off the Venezuelan coast. Also added to the jaw-dropping dessert are gold-covered almonds, chocolate truffles, candied fruits from Paris, marzipan cherries, and a small bowl of unsalted caviar infused with orange, passion fruit, and Armagnac.
North Carolina: The Lookout Twisted Biscuit, Blue Ridge Biscuit Company (Black Mountain)
Blue Ridge Biscuit Company, located in western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains, specializes in delicious biscuits, and their Twisted Biscuit sandwiches are a great way to enjoy them. Order The Lookout, a biscuit filled with fried chicken, bacon, and cheddar cheese and then covered in gravy.
North Dakota: The Pig Out Omelet, Mr. & Mrs. J's Restaurant (Devils Lake)
Omelets are a great breakfast food, and if you can't get enough of them, Mr. & Mrs. J's Restaurant has the perfect dish for you. Order their Pig Out Omelet, made with an entire carton of eggs and full of vegetables, cheese, and meat, plus hash browns and toast on the side. Finish it within an hour, and you'll get a free T-shirt too.
Mr. and Mrs. J's Family Restaurant/Facebook
Ohio: Croque Madame Hot Dog, Senate Restaurant (Cincinnati)
Located in Cincinnati, Senate has some of the best hot dogs in the country, and their Croque Madame hot dog is worth a bite. The beef hot dog is topped with ham, bechamel sauce, and a poached egg on a brioche bun.
Bread & Butter's version of the bloody mary is garnished with so much food that it's a dish in itself. On top of the Hail Mary, a drink large enough for two, are fried chicken bites, bacon, celery, brioche croutons, smoked provolone cheese, pepper jack cheese, and pickles.
Portland burger joint Stoopid Burger has plenty of inspired creations, but the most impressive is their Ignorant Burger. Take on three patties and three cheeses, topped with bacon, ham, steak, hotlink sausages, and two eggs, as well as grilled onions, jalapeños, and mushrooms. It doesn't end there; on top of that is pineapple mango habanero chutney, an onion ring, and a chicken strip or fried fish, as well as fries on the side. At $40, it's one of the most expensive burgers in the country.
Pennsylvania: Barclay Prime Cheesesteak, Barclay Prime (Philadelphia)
Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteaks, and you'll find all kinds of variations in the city that perfected it. Barclay Prime's version, however, is in a class of its own. Made with wagyu rib-eye steak, it also contains foie gras, onions, and truffled Cheez Whiz on a fresh-baked sesame roll. Served with half a bottle of Champagne, it'll cost you $120, making it the most expensive Philly cheesesteak in America.
Rhode Island: The UMac, UMelt (Providence)
UMelt specializes in indulgent grilled cheese sandwiches, and their signature sandwich tops the rest. Made on thick-cut sourdough bread, it consists of cheddar cheese, macaroni and cheese, and barbecue pulled pork.
South Carolina: Hominy Grill, Charleston Nasty Biscuit (Charleston)
The Carolinas sure do love their biscuits, and they love to drench them in gravy. Hominy Grill's Charleston Nasty Biscuit has fried chicken breast and a bunch of cheddar cheese on a biscuit that's then covered in delicious sausage gravy.
South Dakota: Monster Nacho Challenge, Overtime Sports Grill & Bar (Sioux Falls)
As far as over-the-top nachos go, Overtime Sports Grill & Bar has a monster platter that patrons can eat for free if they eat it all within 45 minutes. The Monster is made of a pound each of chips, seasoned ground beef, waffle fries, and cheese, as well as 4 ounces each of black olives, jalapeños, onions, and tomatoes.
Overtime Sports Grill & Bar/Yelp
Tennessee: Buffalo South, The Grilled Cheeserie (Nashville)
You'll find some of the most extravagant grilled cheeses at The Grilled Cheeserie, a Nashville eatery with plenty of interesting options. The Buffalo South is made on country white sourdough bread and contains pepper jack cheese and pulled organic chicken, with Buffalo sauce, blue cheese aioli, and pickled celery on top.
Texas: 72-Ounce Steak, The Big Texan Steak Ranch (Amarillo)
Everything really is bigger in Texas, particularly the famous 72-ounce steak at The Big Texan Steak Ranch. If you can eat it all in one hour, you can have it for free. The challenge is said to go back to the restaurant's early days in the 1960s when its owner held contests among local cowboys to see who could eat the most. One day, a contestant ate five steaks, a salad, a shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, and a bread roll; the steak came out to four and a half pounds, and so the 72-Ounce Steak Challenge was born.
Utah: The Kitchen Sink, Angie's Restaurant (Logan)
Ice cream lovers will really enjoy indulging their sweet tooth at Angie's Restaurant, where The Kitchen Sink reigns as the most eye-catching dessert. Mounds of vanilla ice cream fill what really does look like a kitchen sink, topped with two entire bananas plus three other toppings of your choice, and finished off with whipped cream, chopped nuts, and a cherry. If you manage to finish the entire thing, you'll even get a bumper sticker.
Vermont: Chuck Norris, Handy's Lunch
Breakfast sandwiches can come in all types, and Handy's Lunch has plenty of options for those stopping by for a morning meal. Named for actor and martial artist Chuck Norris because it really packs a punch, the Chuck Norris is made of four layers of French toast sandwiching four eggs, five meats, and cheese.
Virginia: The Big O, The Grilled Cheese Bistro (Norfolk)
Known for their outrageous grilled cheese sandwiches, the Grilled Cheese Bistro gets quite daring with the Big O, a dish that, at first glance, seems like it's off the dessert menu. However, it is very much a part of the grilled cheese retinue here; made with chocolate French toast, it's filled with peanut butter, Nutella, banana, local applewood bacon, and mascarpone cheese.
Washington: Honey Toast, HardWok Café (Seattle)
HardWok Café's colorful honey toast is prime Instagram fodder, a dessert treat reminiscent of South Africa's iconic street food, bunny chow. Bread is filled with ice cream, fruit, and other sweet treats in a dessert so big you may have to share it. There are different varieties, including banana royal, caramel ice cream, chocolate sensation, strawberry custard, and apple.
West Virginia: The WidowMaker, Hillbilly Hotdogs (Lesage)
Hillbilly Hotdogs specializes in outrageous hot dogs, and the WidowMaker is its peak. The 30-inch hot dog holds a 2-pound sausage and has 4 pounds of toppings.
Wisconsin: The Bloody Beast, Sobelman's Pub & Grill (Milwaukee)
The Bloody Beast is yet another bloody mary gone wild. In addition to all the signature garnishes of a regular bloody mary, it also has a colby-jack cheeseburger slider and bacon-wrapped cheese balls on top. There's even an entire fried chicken skewered on there.
Wyoming: The Hog Trough, Tasty Bones BBQ & Bakery (Cheyenne)
Tasty Bones is a great barbecue place in Wyoming, and their Hog Trough sandwich is pretty impressive. Two grilled cheese sandwiches serve as the buns, holding a half-pound burger patty topped with brisket, pulled pork, kielbasa, and coleslaw - all of which comes together in a sandwich that just might change your life.
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