Where to Find the Best Ginormous Food in Charleston
Josh Denny visited local hot spots across Charleston to experience some of the city's most-massive eats. Find out which restaurants he went to and what he tasted.
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Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
"It's 14 pounds of Mexi-Cali madness," Josh says simply of the Big Pappa Nachos from Mex 1 Coastal Cantina. This crispy-chip skyscraper features layers of gooey queso, hearty black beans, and succulent pork and chicken. When it comes to toppings, it's all about the classics, like pico de gallo and guacamole, as well as something less expected: a pile of golden fried shrimp, which prove to wow Josh with unexpected flavor.
Kitchen 208 is known for next-level takes on Southern fare, Josh explains, and indeed the Belle-Gem Triple Play brings to life a chicken-waffle mash-up in new ways. This 16-inch-tall tower features four whole waffles, each studded with bacon, as well as cheese-blanketed fried chicken and juicy tomatoes to create an over-the-top sandwich. One key component? Generous drizzles of a mustard-mayo sauce between the layers. "It complements the fried chicken beautifully," Josh says of the aioli.
Sesame Burgers & Beer
One thing is certain: The Juggernaut isn't your ordinary cheeseburger. It takes no fewer than 16 ingredients to construct this massive creation, which clocks in at a whopping 9 inches tall. Not only are there three juicy beef patties (totaling a full 30 ounces), but there's also a mound of fries, a pour of chili and several layers of cheese. And bacon — six slices, in fact. "It's not just big in size; it's got huge flavors too," Josh says after experiencing The Juggernaut in all its glory.
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