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.
Fat Sandwich's enormous hoagies make it a popular hangout for local sports teams, and the hometown winner is undoubtedly The Big Fat Ugly. Outrageous Food's Tom Pizzica helped assemble the behemoth, which consists of 25 ingredients, including four cheeseburgers tightly wrapped in a bread roll.
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.
Since 1956, Jaxon's has been scooping out giant ice cream sundaes — and when we say giant, we mean giant. Outrageous Food's Tom Pizzica (and a junior basketball team) barely finished The Kitchen Sink, a sundae with 36 scoops of ice cream. Note: The Kitchen Sink is for parties of four or more.
The Clinton Station invites its customers (and Outrageous Food host Tom Pizzica) to experience the "8th Wonder of the World." Known for their burgers that come in 1-pound, 7-pound and 30-pound portions, Clinton Station Diner beat their own record when they created this gargantuan 105-pound burger.
Housed in a former Catholic Church, The Church Brew Works is where "the menu is as outrageous as the atmosphere," says Tom Pizzica on Outrageous Food, where he learned of the smoked salmon, rattlesnake and crocodile pierogi. For a heavenly pairing, try all three with the award-winning lagers.
Tom Pizzica fell in love with a signature dish from the Tin Star Cafe & Donut Haus, The Glutton Sandwich, which piles barbeque on a cinnamon apple fritter, resulting in an ideal combo of hot and cold, spicy and sweet. Tom hits it off with Chef Andrew Schutt, exclaiming, "that is AWESOME."
Papa Bear's Restaurant in Muskegon, Mich., provides a haven for breakfast lovers. Order from the long menu of omelets stuffed with corned beef hash. Or try The Grizzly hash browns packed with sausage, veggies and more. It may be "too big" for some, but it's "just right" for four to six people.
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.
Gelato genius Pete Palazzolo offers Tom Pizzica of Outrageous Food a taste of Polish Sausage, one of his 600 flavors (from classic vanilla to White Chocolate Poppy Seed), which he combines with honey, allspice, and currants. Tom was ecstatic about this treat, exclaiming, "It really works!"
Chicago's Dog House opened as a mix between fast food and gourmet eats. The eatery serves traditional Chicago dogs, as well as weekly hot dog specials where you can sample pheasant, rabbit and alligator dogs. Make sure to try the potato Frips — not quite fries and not quite chips.
As the name suggests, Stuffy's II loves portion sizes that leave customers stuffed. In addition to 12-egg omelets and massive elephant ear cookies, Stuffy's II is known for scratch-made cinnamon rolls. Tom Pizzica unlocked his jaw for these dinner plate-size rolls with three cups of icing.
The Brooks family of B&B Grocery created The Killossal, which is piled high with deli meat, pork tenderloin and burger patties. Tom Pizzica calls it "absolutely gorgeous," but also suggests the other more traditional sandwiches, such as the local favorite, Garlic Sausage and Kosher Corned Beef.
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.
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.