Recently, Mark went to the US to take care of some business. While he was there, he blogged on the size of fountain drinks at a gas station on the way to Boston. Mark says:
I’ve been living abroad for a while, and it’s given me a slightly different view of stuff at home than I’d have if I’d stayed…. I’m used to the large size [drink] being 22oz or something like that. Even drinking the second biggest size drink I saw at the gas station left me feeling like I’d just put my pancreas through a strainer. I mean… who drinks half a gallon of soda in one serving? Seriously…
I talked about that article with my friend Mike back in New England and he told me about some giant sized portions at some local restaurants. Mike got some shots and the story behind these monster dishes for us. Are you ready for this?
This is the small chicken cutlet sub at King Cutlet in Salem, NH (a small restaurant chain). The price for this size is US$5.95 to $6.15 depending on how you order it.
Now, onto a place in Lynn, MA, where Mike is from. This restaurant is called the Ha Lin and they serve the usual mysterious stuff that passes off as “Chinese food” in the USA. Weighing in at US$9.25, we have (from top left to right, and down), 2 chicken “teriyaki” (which is nothing like any teriyaki I’ve had in Japan or elsewhere outside of the US), 4 chicken “fingers” (a batter fried ball of grease with some boneless chicken at the center somewhere), a pile of nasty brown fried rice (which is how they recycle and sell old rice, as opposed to fresh fried rice with no artificial coloring), a serving of “General Gau’s Chicken” (a bastardization of honey chicken dish from China), and 4 “crab rangoons” (which are totally unheard of in Asia).
Look carefully at the sign.
They can’t even spell “Chinese.”
Now, are you ready for something really huge?
How about something so big that:
- The side dish weighs 5 pounds?
- The restaurant gives you an hour to consume it?
- If you finish it, they will give you 100 bucks and name it after you?
You get a burger that is piled with 10 half-pound patties, and the sky-high stacking is held together by wooden teriyaki sticks. It includes 20 strips of bacon, 20 slices of cheese, and 5 pounds of fries.
The Eagle Deli Challenge is served to 1 person and it costs US$50. If that one person can eat everything in 1 hour, they will receive US$100 and the Eagle’s Deli will name the burger after you. Click here to download their take out menu (PDF) where you will find the Challenge.
Since its still called the “Eagle Deli Challenge” could it be that no one has been able to finish it all in 1 hour? We have no idea if anyone has ever ordered The Challenge but I would love to find out!
Thanks to our friend Mike from Lynn, MA for this excellent field report!