Tom Pizzica delights in Chef Tara Simon's crafting of a new twist on pigs in a blanket: bacon candy. At The Sticky Pig, she creates combinations such as coconut and curry, strawberry jam and Pop Rocks, and rum and pineapple all with candied bacon. It's just as delicious as it sounds.
The really big pizza at Virgilio's Pizzeria is aptly named The Hugilio. Measuring more than 2 feet wide, The Hugilio weighs in at 11 pounds, as it's topped with piles of mozzarella and homemade sausage. As Tom Pizzica learned, a sports team is a prerequisite for finishing this beast.
The motto at San Felipe's Cantina is that every meal should be an event. Along with a menu of classic party foods (Nachos Grandes and World Famous Fish Tacos), San Felipe's serves the outrageous seven-pound El Gordito Burrito that requires a half gallon of San Felipe's Colorado hot sauce.
On Outrageous Food Tom Pizzica checks out the super-spicy Taco from Hell at Rockin' Taco in Chicago -- with a challenge to see who can pack away the most.
Head here for decadent treats like the massive Pumpple Cake. Pie and cake are creatively (and deliciously) combined to form the Pumpple. A top layer of apple pie-stuffed vanilla cake is stacked atop a base of pumpkin pie-stuffed chocolate cake, with buttercream frosting holding this beauty together.
Breakfast lovers go berserk for Heart and Soul Cafe's incredible breakfast plates. But The Suicide Stack had Outrageous Food's Tom Pizzica stuffed to the brim. There are more than 13 layers (and 35 pounds) of breakfast goods on the plate of eggs, ham steaks, hash browns and ladles of country gravy.
Punky's Pizza with vodka sauce has been luring customers to its old-world restaurant since 2002. But it wasn't until the restaurant introduced panzarottis that customers began stretching their waistbands. The 6-pound bread pocket is stuffed to the brim with cheese, mushrooms and homemade salami.
Jeremy "Lumpy" Sturgill opened Lumpy's Diner with a few "big ideas," including offering a menu with more than 15 styles of fries. Tom Pizzica of Outrageous Food still couldn't believe the 6-pound Kitchen Sink omelet or the Famous Dog Pounder, a monstrous 4-pound beef hamburger.
Tom Pizzica raves about the special at Smokin' Betty's: a Thanksgiving Tur-Duck-En burger that features homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, Southern-style gravy and sweet potato ribbons. Chef Artt Ward adds bacon for extra flavor and uses duck mousse with Port wine to class up this local favorite.
Outlaw Chef Catering makes food the way it was made way back when. With chuck wagon in tow, Chef Terry Chandler delivers a unique gastronomic catering experience. For an authentic cowboy plate, try the famous Son of a Gun Stew, comprised of cow's tongue, beef cheeks and more.
On Outrageous Food, Frankie's South Philly Cheesesteak attempted the impossible: to make the longest Philly cheese steak. Although they came short a few hundred feet, their shorter restaurant versions don't fault on flavor, with ingredients like broccoli rabe, Italian provolone and, yes, Cheez Whiz.
As the name suggests, this Pennsylvania spot puts out plenty of wings -- 1,330 flavor varieties in total. Choose from classics like bacon-cheddar or honey-garlic ranch, get weird with chocolate s'mores, pumpkin pie or fruity pebble-crusted chicken, or try the hottest wing of all: Nuclear Hell 2.
Though Tom Pizzica of Outrageous Food originally visits McKinney, Texas, to help The Pantry Restaurant create a 5-foot pie as a thank-you to local police and firemen, he falls in love with Chef Shelly Kendall's signature chocolate chip pecan pie. Open for lunch, this locale is rustic and inviting.
Tom Pizzica of Outrageous Food is impressed by the chef of Sumo Grub -- frying fanatic Jason Sum Jr. -- who insists on frying "stuff that everybody likes," such as burgers, Kit Kats, Twinkies and mac 'n' cheese. All of this is coated in crunchy homemade panko and served hot in Berkeley, Calif.
Feast may be doing a "full throttle assault on Peter Cottontail" says Frank Bruni on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, but its hearty European-style cuisine has earned rave reviews from across the country. The fried rabbit liver and kidneys may be simple, but it easily makes Bruni's best-of list.