Henry Chandler has built a bastion of bayou culture in a laid-back environment at Henry's Louisiana Grill. Moderately hungry diners can enjoy classic dishes like hush puppies, jambalaya and etouffee, but the legend that lures Josh Denny there is the nine-foot po' boy called The Big Bayou Monster. This massive sandwich boasts thirty pounds of fried shrimp, crawfish, oysters and alligator topped with a tongue-quivering remoulade.
The chili at this Cincinnati institution can be served plain, 3-way, 4-way, 5-way or 6-way. Learning the lingo didn't take long for Guy Fieri. He ordered the 6-way, which includes everything: chili, spaghetti, beans, onions, cheese and fried jalapeno caps. When Josh Denny stopped by, he took on the ultimate chili challenge, a hefty dish aptly named No Freakin’ Way. Massive portions of spaghetti, chili, Cheddar cheese and jalapeno caps are piled together to create this 8-pound masterpiece.
Can’t choose between pie or cake? Head to David Burke Kitchen and have a slice of the Piecaken. This monstrous dessert is made up of a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie and a layer of spice cake with cinnamon buttercream between each layer. Oat crumble adds crunch to the outside of the dessert and it is topped with gooey apple pie filling.
Former fireman Sean Gregory knows a thing or two about smoke. These days, he’s serving succulent barbecue at his firefighter-themed restaurant, where locals crowd in to sample the smoked meats and stellar sides such as rosemary-laced cornbread and nachos topped with pulled pork. Josh Denny stopped in to take down the towering Flatliner, a five-pound sandwich that comes stacked with a heap of meat, including a burger patty, brisket and pork loin, all smothered in layer upon layer of cheese.
Celebrity sightings are well within the realm of possibility during a night out at LAVO, located directly on Las Vegas Boulevard. Settle in and treat yourself to the award-winning Kobe Meatballs served with sausage ragu, whipped fresh ricotta and garlic crostini. For dessert, grab a few friends and try the Strawberry Skyscraper. This towering creation is brimming with shortcake, fresh whipped cream and pounds of strawberries. Josh Denny deems it, “a work of art.”
This spot brings the flavors of Chicago’s Italian-style dishes to the denizens of Louisville, Kentucky, who crowd in for a taste of favorites such as a 5-pound Italian beef sandwich. Sliced beef is slathered in au jus, then piled onto a 12-inch roll that’s layered with sauteed onions, green peppers, mushrooms, cheese and sausage to create The Godfather, which Josh Denny deems “the boss of sandwiches.” The meaty masterpiece is finished with ladleful upon ladleful of au jus, giardiniera and marinara sauce.
Stray Dogs has a little something for everyone but Josh Denny came to grab a bite of the monstrous 9-pound doughnut called the B.F.D. A proofed doughnut the size of a wagon wheel is dropped in the fryer and then filled with luscious chocolate ganache. The gargantuan treat is finished with vibrant pink frosting and sprinkles. “If making doughnuts this big is wrong, I don’t want to be right, “said Denny dubbing it, ”the perfect doughnut.”
A Latin American classic gets supersized at Garrido's Bistro and Pastry where a hubcap-sized arepa called The Punisher is stuffed with fifteen pounds of pulled beef, chicken, avocado, plantains and cheese.
Cinnamon lovers will think they have died and gone to heaven at The Divine Cinnamon Roll Deli which features all kinds of cinnamon rolls, other baked delights and specialty sandwiches. But The Cinnamonster is the starring attraction and the reason for Josh Denny’s visit. Softball-size gobs of frosting top this steaming 12-pound cinnamon roll which is then covered in a sweet-and-savory maple-bacon topping.
In addition to its craft brews and crowd-pleasing burgers, this joint offers Extreme Milkshakes that are a 3-D culinary extravaganza. Chef-Owner Joe Isidori begins his towering bonanzas of sugar and ice cream by affixing candy to old-school soda fountain glasses using cake frosting as glue. The extreme options come in four flavors: Sweet n’ Salty, The Cookie, Cotton Candy and Sour Power. For Halloween, they create a special shake called the Candy Cauldron which is garnished with sweet treats, candy corn and a whole candied apple.
The Bakn Quake is the creation that calls Josh Denny to this pork mecca. The dish features a massive pancake topped with a dozen fried eggs, a pound of cheese, seven types of house made bacon and greens tossed in honey produced by on-site bees. “Look at this thing. This is crazy,” Denny said of the mammoth pancake taco.
This tiny jewel of a restaurant dishes up a quirky, homey vibe, thanks to the offbeat art and oversize plates of food. The bustling spot attracts droves of Virginia Commonwealth University students and other diners, with Josh Denny taking a trip here just to tackle the massive CSS Manassas sandwich. Four fillets of rainbow trout are fried until crisp and golden, then stuffed into a 24-inch-long roll and loaded with tomatoes, lettuce, sliced radishes and a spicy layer of Cajun tartar sauce.
Diners head here for comfort food dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients like the grass-fed Florida beef used for the Jalapeño Popper Burger. This monster of a burger is actually composed of two deep-fried patties with a heat-packed surprise inside: a spicy, creamy jalapeno-and-cheese filling. The Full Tank is the creation that stops Josh Denny in his tracks. The three-pound sandwich is constructed with two burgers, a deep-fried pulled pork patty and a patty of deep-fried pimento cheese. "You need to patent that my friend," says Denny.
Owner and chef Mike LaSage keeps hungry diners coming back with his classic pulled pork, smoked wings and brisket. Josh Denny comes for Chef LaSage's most-monstrous hits which include his pork rind nachos, a Bloody Mary that eats like a meal and his over-the-top five-pound muffuletta aka Death by Sandwich. The massive Death By Sandwich is piled high with pulled pork, pepper jack sausage, deboned ribs, bacon brisket, collard greens and coleslaw.
Burger lovers crowd in to this joint for the beef patties smothered with ingenious toppings. Josh Denny couldn’t resist the Macho Nacho, a massive creation that comes stacked with a trio of 12-inch patties covered in molten cheese. This burger is shot through with nacho-inspired flavors, thanks to the addition of guacamole, pico de gallo and chipotle mayonnaise. “The pico’s bite balances perfectly with the rich guac and cheese,” Josh declared after tucking into the towering creation.