Built on classically barbecued meats, Porkopolis is packed with return customers hungry for a taste of their unique smoky sensations. Josh Denny came for their crowning achievement, the Triple Brady Bacon Burger, a 14-inch-high sandwich piled with three juicy hamburger patties and three different types of pork, jalapeno coleslaw, cheese and sauce. "This is getting crazy,” exclaimed Denny as he assisted in the construction of the the towering creation.
People come from all over for the authentic BBQ and the gargantuan dishes at Rollin Smoke. The Triple Gut Buster, a thirteen-pound, two-foot sandwich overflowing with three types of smoked meat and waffle fries is Josh Denny’s formidable foe. “This thing is impressive,” gushes Denny.
At Boca Tacos, Chef Maria Mazon grinds chiltepin – pea-sized, wicked-hot chiles that grow wild in southern Arizona – into her unique and ever-changing salsas. The salsas are served with signature made-to-order red tortilla chips. The restaurant also houses a true wonder called The Titanic Taco Dog. This five-pound taco is piled high with pinto beans, a salsa made from cactus buds and 10 bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Denny dubbed it delicious and praised the unique salsa.
Arizona’s past and present come together in the home-style, south-of-the-border cuisine at El Palacio. Josh Denny made a pit stop for the massive five-pound burrito stuffed with their signature tamales, a whole chile relleno, rice and beans, red and green sauce, cheese and avocado. “It’s really delicious,” said Denny of the colorful masterpiece.
Pie-Sci Pizza is home to a Motown mash-up called Pizzagna. This behemoth is a enitre Detroit-style pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni and two pans of lasagna.
Adventurous eaters head to Beetle House for a Halloween atmosphere anytime of the year. The menu is collection of food inspired by popular thrillers and other things that go bump in the night. Josh Denny tried the Platos de Los Muertos, a layered monster of seafood, rice and pasta. Diners also love the deliciously gory Sweeny Beef.
Henry's is a popular spot because of its big portions of classic Southern food but The Hungriest Bennet takes this idea to another level. “This is like the South on a plate,” says Josh Denny before he digs in to the 12 1/2 pound Herculean hash brown casserole of shrimp and grits, country fried steak and cheesy waffles all drenched in thick gravy.
Piranha’s may be a party spot, but Chef/Owner Mike Hanlon serves seriously inventive eats. Josh Denny started with the Cap & Egg sandwich piled high with spicy Italian ham, provolone cheese, eggs, coleslaw and fries, then moved on to the Doughnut Burger composed of an 8-ounce patty, fried eggs and crisp bacon sandwiched between 2 glazed doughnuts. His ultimate indulgence, though, was the 10-pound Titan Cheesesteak stuffed with grilled steak, provolone cheese, a mound of coleslaw and a heap of fries.
Crowds pack in to Bard’s for the craft burgers and Cincinnati-style chili. There’s even one dish that combines them both: the Cincinnasty. Six cheese-smothered beef patties are layered with bacon and a Cincinnati breakfast meat known as goetta, then crowned with grilled onions and chili. The result is a 5-pound burger that Josh Denny says is “stacked with Cincinnati attitude.” The fried cheese curds are another menu favorite. Each nib of ultra-fresh cheddar cheese is coated in a crunchy golden crust.
People pour into this bustling beer garden for the German brews and bites. Popular picks include the sauerkraut balls and schnitzel, but Josh Denny couldn’t resist the sandwiches. He started with a beer-battered cod sandwich, then tackled a sauerbraten sandwich stuffed with thick slices of wine-marinated beef roast. The most over-the-top creation of them all, though, proved to be The Uber Terminator, which stars a 38-inch grilled Mettwurst sausage laced with paprika, garlic and cayenne pepper.
At Black Sheep, classic Southern charm combines with a spicy Asian kick. The Korean short ribs are a popular dish, but the legendary Riduckulous Banh Mi is what takes centerstage for Josh Denny’s visit. A five-foot baguette is stuffed with succulent duck meatloaf and multiple veggie toppings. “It’s not just huge ... it's huge with flavor,” says Denny.
This neighborhood spot is known for its menu stuffed with massive diner staples of both the American and Greek varieties. Josh Denny was left impressed by the flaky spanakopita stuffed with feta and spinach, as well as the cheese-smothered skillet composed of perfectly grilled meats and vegetables. But the dish that really blew his mind was the Greek Feast, a 17-pound gyro brimming with chicken, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and housemade tzatziki.
Along with all the classics you expect from a traditional Jewish deli, Sarge's Delicatessen builds a holiday sandwich that could last for eight nights called The Monster. The massive meal contains giant slices of rye bread stacked with house-made pastrami, corned beef, roast beef, salami, turkey and coleslaw smothered in Russian dressing. Not in NYC? Sarge’s will ship The Monster to you.
Crowds line up down the street to bite into the fresh Montreal-style bagels at this Philadelphia spot. The wait is worth it, as Josh Denny found out when he was lured here by The Whale, a 14-pound creation that he deemed a “bagel leviathan.” Smoked salmon delivered fresh daily from Brooklyn is heaped on a massive bagel that’s piled high with mounds of cream cheese, hefty slabs of tomato and a thicket of sliced onions. Two pounds of housemade whitefish salad and a flurry of capers complete the creation.
This bar offers games to play and games to watch on flatscreen TVs. Order from the wondrous burger menu or go meatless with buffalo cauliflower, then dive into fanciful towers of dessert waffles. During the holidays, they go all out with The Stocking Stuffer, a red velvet waffle tower layered with ice cream and raspberry sauce and topped with candy, doughnuts, gummy bears and an entire slice of red velvet cake.