One common love that all humans share is the love for food. We can all agree that there’s nothing better than an all-American burger on a summer afternoon, and that sometimes you really just need a heaping plate of pasta. For some people though, food isn’t just a component to life – it’s a way of life. Some people are foodies, and are very specific about the foods they eat. Organic, fair-trade, cruelty-free… the list goes on and on. And then, there are the extreme eaters, who are a little bit more casual when it comes to preferences.
Extreme eaters are the people who eat 15 hot dogs in three minutes, just because they can. Extreme eaters are also the individuals who have to try seemingly disgusting food challenges just because they know they can stomach it. Shows like Man vs. Food show us just how serious these big eaters are. Man vs. Food
host, Adam Richman, has consumed some wild menu items. Richman has eaten a five pound steak, a seven and a half pound burger, 15 dozen oysters, and a lot more, all in the name of extreme eating.
Another group who are infamous for extreme eating are the boys from Epic Meal Time on YouTube. Harley Mortenstein, Muscles Glasses and the rest of the gang have done risky things – from eating ghost peppers to drinking 20 year old bottles of Pepsi – these are not recommended. How sophisticated are you when it comes to eating? Would you eat a glazed donut cheeseburger? If the answer is yes… Here are 15 of the most outrageous restaurant menu items that you could try.
15. Coldstone’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shake
The success of Reese’s candy proves just how great the classic peanut butter and chocolate combination is. Coldstone has their own rendition of this in shake form. While the menu item may not be cringe-worthy and might even make your mouth water, a study by Men’s Health named this shake one of the worst things for you to drink in America. The shake has 2,010 calories and holds the equivalent of 68 pieces of bacon when it comes to saturated fat. Not only that, but the shake is loaded with 153 grams of sugar, which is the same as eating 30 chocolate chip cookies. This shake should definitely be saved for cheat day.
14. Sushiritto’s sushi burrito
Sushi lovers, this one is for you. Why have small rolls when you can have an entire sushi burrito? San Francisco’s “Sushirrito” took Reddit by storm, and to skeptic’s delight, this incredible food innovation is real. Sushirittos are stuffed with raw fish, veggies, condiments, and rice, just like you’d see in a sushi roll. Peter Yen, Sushiritto founder, had a dream to make eating sushi fast, fresh, and environmentally conscious. Unfortunately, you can’t customize your Sushiritto like you could customize your sandwich at Jimmy John’s or Quizno’s, but there are eight menu items to choose from. Could you handle a whole sushi burrito?
13. Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt
Some may argue that cheese is healthy for you. In fruit and cheese plates, when you get three or four slices of cheddar cheese, it can be. On the other hand, when it’s fried and breaded and lots of oils are introduced, it’s not so healthy anymore. Cheese, melted or not, is a favorite for tons of people and the Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt caters to that audience. This sandwich is made up of two slices of Texas toast, two slices of American cheese, and then four mozzarella sticks stuffed inside the sandwich. If that isn’t cheese-ception, what is?
12. Jack in the Box’s Bacon Shake
In America, it’s almost a crime to not like bacon and to not eat it with every meal that it’s offered. There are bacon bits for salads, bacon pieces for donuts… It seems bacon is creeping into recipe for a lot of food. So, it’s no surprise that Jack in the Box sports a Bacon Shake. The bacon shake doesn’t have real bacon in it, but it has bacon flavored syrup. Other ingredients include vanilla ice cream, whip cream, and a cherry on top. The bacon shake also has some calories… 1,081 of them, in fact. As for saturated fat, the bacon shake has 37 grams. All in all, the bacon shake is probably something to only try once…or maybe split…among six people.
11. Arby’s Meat Mountain
Arby’s is infamous for their delicious roast beef sandwich and incomparable curly fries. Something else they’re famous for is the Meat Mountain. The Meat Mountain is composed of a chicken tender base, and then topped with roasted turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, brisket, corned beef, Angus steak, cheddar cheese, and then of course, bacon. The Meat Mountain totals out at a whopping $10 for a fast food sandwich. The sandwich isn’t promoted or offered on the regular Arby’s menu – it’s a “secret menu” item, but many employees are familiar with the concoction.
10. Vinnie’s Pizzeria Pizza topped with pizza
Pepperoni, cheese, and sausage are just a few great toppings to adorn a pizza with. Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn took this classic dish to the next level and offers pizza, topped with more pizza. This doesn’t just mean adding extra of every topping, either. Vinnie’s literally puts little slices of pizza on top of the main pizza, creating a pizza lover’s heaven. Vinnie’s invention went viral after posting a picture of a pizza, topped with pizza, on Instagram. It’s rumored that New York has some of the best pizza in the world, so budgeting for a trip to Vinnie’s is almost too easy to justify.
9. Beth’s Cafe 12 Egg Omelette
Seattle is known for being addicted to coffee, rainy weather almost every day of the year, and the Space Needle. Another honorable mention that puts Seattle on the map is Beth’s Cafe, a small traditional diner that’s been around since 1954. Beth’s has regular breakfast food, like corned beef hash, country fried steak, and a breakfast burrito, but it also has the monster 12 Egg Omelette. This omelette is stuffed with chili, salsa, sour cream, and cheese. The omelette is intended for one person, but most order it to share with friends. This omelette was even featured on Man vs. Food. Seattle locals have also been known to video tape themselves attempting to eat the entire omelette and uploading it to YouTube.
8. McDonald’s Land, Sea and Air Burger
Another product of the “secret menu” hype is the Land, Sea and Air burger from McDonald’s. This burger sports three kinds of meat, and three slices of bread, making it a pretty tall, messy sandwich to tackle. The Land, Sea and Air burger has beef, fish and chicken, along with lettuce and cheese, and whatever else comes with each sandwich separately. The process to getting this burger isn’t too complicated – to try it, order a Big Mac, a McChicken, and a Filet-O-Fish all at once. From there, put the McChicken and Filet-O-Fish patties inside of the Big Mac buns. Then, you have your Land, Sea and Air Burger.
7. Pizza Hut’s Triple Threat Box
Available during the holidays is Pizza Hut’s Triple Threat Box. The Triple Threat Box is a large box, with three drawers and each drawer holds a different course. For only $19.99, the Triple Threat box comes with a pizza in the first drawer, another pizza in the second drawer, and in the third drawer, an eight slice chocolate chip cookie pizza, next to several bread sticks. The idea behind the Triple Threat Box is that it’s an easy, delicious way to feed families and provide more than just pizza. However, one does wonder how many people ordered the Triple Threat Box for themselves.
6. KFC’s Double Down
The Double Down sandwich from KFC comes and goes, being discontinued and then brought back by popular demand. What makes the Double Down so mouthwatering? Instead of using boring old hamburger buns, this sandwich uses two Original Recipe chicken fillets instead. In between the fillets is bacon and two different kinds of cheese, along with the Colonel’s secret sauce. The sandwich is also made available with spicy chicken fillets or grilled chicken fillets. In the Philippines, there is also the Double Down Dog, which is a hotdog in a chicken fillet bun. This sandwich comes with your daily recommended sodium intake and 540 calories.
5. Little Caesar’s Bacon Wrapped Deep Dish Pizza
It’s no surprise that pizza is the food of choice when it comes to taking it to the next level and seeing what else can be added. Little Caesar’s does just that with their Bacon Wrapped Deep Dish Pizza. It’s a regular deep dish pepperoni pizza, except the crust is encased in three and a half feet of bacon. For $12, pizza lovers can enjoy a hot, mediocre pepperoni pizza and then actually want to eat the crust because with every bite, there’s crispy bacon. A single piece of this pizza has 450 calories, and has 23 grams of fat.
4. Col. Mustard’s Phabulous PHAT Burgers
Based out of Jacksonville Beach, Florida is Col. Mustard’s Phabulous PHAT Burgers. Florida doesn’t need any help when it comes to reaching headlines, but this burger place put them on the map for something interesting. At Col. Mustard’s, visitors can get a regular burger, along with tons of specialty burgers. What makes them special is the 4, 5, and 6 Banger challenge. Instead of doing a double or triple patty, diners are encouraged to challenge themselves with four patties, five patties, or even six patties piled into a single burger. Each patty weighs over half of a pound, so it’s definitely a dense meal if the challenge is accepted.
3. Pizza Hut Hot Dog Bites Pizza
For those who just can’t get enough processed meat, the Pizza Hut Hot Dog Bites Pizza is a dream come true. It’s a large pizza, with any toppings of the buyer’s choice, but instead of coming with plain old crust, the crust is ringed by individual little hot dog bites, reminiscent of the ones mothers make on the weekends in the oven. The hot dog bites can be wrapped in a regular crust, or a pretzel crust with rock salt. In the UK, instead of having individual bites, the crust is wrapped with one long sausage, making it a little bit harder to share. For only $11.99, you too can try this extreme pizza.
2. Tim Horton’s Buffalo Crunch Donut
Donut lovers (and spicy food lovers), gather ’round. Tim Horton’s creates the Buffalo Crunch Donut for special occasions. Residents of New York are most likely to try this donut, as that’s where it is sold from time to time. This donut is a Tim Horton’s yeast donut, doused in hot sauce, topped with spicy kettle chips, and then has an additional hot sauce center. This donut is also adorned with a buffalo sauce frosting, packing on the heat. With a crazy food invention like this, mixed reviews are common. However, those who tried the donut agreed that it held up well and didn’t get soggy despite how much sauce was weighing it down.
1. The Luther Burger
Coming in at number one for the most outrageous restaurant menu item available to order is the Luther Burger. The Luther Burger is a good old-fashioned hamburger or cheeseburger, but instead of using bread buns, these burgers are encased between two glazed donuts. The Luther Burger is seen around the world – it’s popular at county fairs and street festivals, but this unique burger was created at Mulligan’s Bar in Decatur, Georgia. The story behind it is that the cook ran out of hamburger buns and just went with what he had – donuts. The name comes from R&B singer Luther Vandross, who apparently loved the burger, but it’s also commonly called the “Donut Burger”. This adventurous eater’s dream typically clocks in at over 1,000 calories and 45 grams of fat.