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November 3, 2009

Top 10 Restaurant Pig-Outs



When I posted an earlier entry on heart attacks on a plate, I didn't think I would get a Top 10 out of it.

But sure enough, all of you came through. I had more than enough ammunition for a Top 10 Restaurant Pig-Outs. Thanks for your suggestions.

I loved this comment by Trixie, which epitomizes the enthusiasm with which you approached this topic: ...

Am I wrong to admit that I would actually like to try a beer battered burger? I mean seriously, break it down...Beer, batter, and burger. How could it be bad?

Anyway, it's not enough to sit home alone in front of your TV and consume the contents of your fridge. If you're a serious pig-outer, you'll have to try these. And if you want more suggestions, please check out the original post. I just ran out of numbers or I would have included them all:

* Ale Mary's Saints and Sinners sandwich, served at brunch: fried egg, sausage, bacon, and cheese between two Krispy Kreme honey-glazed doughnuts.

* Chick & Ruth's Super Colossal Reuben with two meats (three pounds), cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on grilled rye with a six-pound milk shake.

* The Dizz's Fat Ass Crab Skins: Baked potatoes hollowed out and filled with cheese, bacon, and crab (served with a side of sour cream).

* Fogo de Chao's all-you-can-eat meat fest. Because it costs $46.50, you want to eat a lot to get your money's worth.

* The beer-battered burger stuffed with cheddar and deep fried, called the Heart Attack on a Plate, at Mother's Federal Hill Grille.

* The Pigwich at the Parkside: scrapple, bacon, ham, American cheese with tomato and onions on a hoagie roll with a side of fries.

* Brunch at Ryan's Daughter. I was going to say any all-you-can-eat brunch, but I looked at the menu and out of 16 items there is one vegetable (broiled tomatoes) and the fruit is a "seasonal fruit display." Every other dish is a pig-out waiting to happen.

* The 48-ounce Porterhouse at Shula's Steakhouse. Someone named Taft Parker has eaten 175 of them.

* The Great Steak Challenge at Steak & Main: a 26-ounce Delmonico steak, an 8-ounce filet mignon, a 12-ounce New York strip, a 12-ounce veal chop, and 16 ounces of flat iron steak, as well as a baked potato and a side of vegetables.

* Vaccaro's Little Italy Monday Night Special. All the dessert and coffee you can eat and drink for $12.95. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., holidays excluded.

(Amy Davis/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:32 AM | | Comments (30)
Categories: Top Ten Tuesdays


I can see it now. Someone will no doubt order the "Fat Ass Crab Skins" (hold the sour cream) with a diet soda.

1) I've been in more food-pain than discovering the all-you-can-Korean BBQ at Wong Galbi on Rolling Road. Oh, the delicious agony!

2) I feel like this is also a good time to point out This is Why You're Fat to readers who haven't yet discovered it, as a public service.

Well this is embarassing -- just noticed someone pointed TWYF earlier in the week.

I blame jetlag. Carry on.

Well, I'm glad you didn't just abandon us. EL

Dahlink, I know you'd be all over the "Fat Ass Crab Skins"! Come on, aren't you dying to go there just to be able to say to someone "I will take an order of the Fat Ass Crab Skins, s'il vous plaît".

Only in America.

Man Vs. Food - did both the Chick and Ruth challenge and Steak and Main challenge. Didn't catch the Chick & Ruth's episode to see if he did it, but he def. couldn't eat all the steak!!!

Monday night's at Vaccaro's. Diabetic coma!!

I'm trying the steak challenge at Steak and Main this Friday.

There are certain days on which the 48 oz at Shula's seems completely within reason. At least, until I actually see it. Skip the starches, though..they just take up valuable stomach room.

Dahlink- that's me. So many years drinking diet soda that real sugar soda tastes odd to me now. And, I'm not a huge fan of sour cream either.

I can't image eating $46.50 worth of anything in a sitting...

O.K. Maybe Truffles...

There's an online report that the Wong Gal Bi on Rolling Road has closed...........

If I knew I had some serious life threatening illness or that a nuclear attack was going to take place, I would spend my last Monday in Vacarro's, happily stuffing down cannoli and coffee (with splenda, Dahlink!)

Is anyone else thinking of the "Who can eat the most fried chicken" story that Art Donovan has told 10,000,000 times? (I think it involved my namesake versus someone else, but I am recently out of the hospital and a bit foggy on details). I am pretty certain that it is in "Fatso" (Donovan's excellent autobiography). Please someone who isn't under the influence of NO2 withdraw help me out here!

Maggi - caviar - lobster - crabs - imported cheese - I can go on and on

Caligula and his fellow Romans would haved loved living in America in the 21st century.

Vacarro's is o.k. but for real Italian pastry and a warm welcome, I love Piedigrotto on Bank Street.. You feel like you are in Italy.

Vaccarro's is amazing, not only the cannolis but the cookies as well, I've loved them since I was a little kid.

I saw that burger on the Mothers menu but I've never been there to actually sit down and eat. If I do, that's what I'm getting.

Vacarro's stuff is huge, but not all that tasty, although I like the hazelnut gelato. I'm with Maria - Piedigrotto has the real stuff. Their bread is pretty bad, though.

The bread of ALL bread!

sorry about the double post. I realized that I hadn't filled out the info portion of the program and the blogware evidently accepted it anyway.

Lissa, you are right about the pastries but the cannolis and the cookies (especially the pine nut cookies) are great!

Here's a pigout that won't bust the wallet. RoCK took me here this weekend. And YES, the seafood was tasty, even on a Sunday! . Here's the 411. And yes, we ate the whole thing.

Tamar, you had me at "delivery"!

Vaccaro's Little Italy Monday Night Special. All the dessert and coffee you can eat and drink for $12.95.

Yabba dabba diabetes!

Colonel, I'm going to take away passe phrase points for using "411", but I'm going to give you je ne sais quoi points for including a photo of a garbage can in your slide show. So, all-in-all it is a wash.

The sub, however, is excellent.

Well, I have to get back to my main activity for the day: celebrating Tony Danza's birthday.

OMG, Vaccaro's best deal is FREE dessert on your birthday, bring id. I used to do that for RoCK's birthday and at this rate, that will be his present again.

captcha = debit and

Not this year!!

Col Tamar, is picture #10 the cream of crab soup? That looks really thick. I love cream of crab, but sometimes if it is too thick, the consistency throws it off for me.

It was. It was thick, but not in a gross way. I think it was because it was properly seasoned.

I received 1 st home loans when I was 25 and that aided my relatives a lot. But, I need the secured loan once more time.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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