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Loosen Your Belt
Part of the fun of traveling to any new spot is loosening your belt and digging into local favorites. We went looking around the country for the most indulgent foods we could find, full of both calories and flavor. Anyone that says "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" definitely hasn’t tried a bacon cheeseburger served on a pair of malted waffles.
Click through to see our picks throughout the United States.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Trailer Park Hot Dog: Senate Pub, Cincinnati
Chef and owner Dan Wright of Senate is known for his outrageously flavorful hot dogs. One crowd pleaser is the Trailer Park, a bacon-wrapped beef dog with American cheese, coleslaw and crushed Grippos potato chips (a local Cincinnati brand), served on a brioche bun. Another decadent favorite is the Croque Madame, topped with béchamel, black forest ham, and a poached egg.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Baked & Loaded Potatoes: Maple & Ash, Chicago
"Loaded baked potatoes are no big deal", you’re probably thinking. Well, you clearly haven’t carbo loaded on the incredibly indulgent spuds at Maple & Ash, a steakhouse in Chicago. Chef Danny Grant starts with a layer of short rib ragout, covers it with a truffled potato puree, and then adds grated parmesan and raclette cheese before baking it. The golden crust is topped with fresh chives, sour cream and crispy onion strings, before truffle jus and shaved truffles are added tableside.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Confit & Roasted Milk-Fed Pigs Head for Two: Craigie on Main, Cambridge, Mass.
For those who want their gluttony with a side of adventure, Chef Tony Maws cooks up this intimidating half of a young pig’s head at Craigie on Main. He cooks the head in it’s own fat, and then bakes it at a high temperature until the skin gets crispy. The head is then served in the style of Peking duck, with sesame pancakes, pickled vegetables and hoisin sauce.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Seared Foie Gras & Tuna Toro Carpaccio: Petrossian, West Hollywood, Calif.
Foie gras and toro, the fattiest part of the tuna, are two of the most luxurious ingredients a chef can work with, and at Petrossian, Alex Ageneau combines them both for this cholesterol-laden delight. The cold toro is thinly sliced and dressed with white soy and yuzu olive oil, strips of umami-heavy nori, sesame seeds and micro cilantro for a burst of freshness. It’s the topped with a hot, rich piece of seared foie gras. “It’s the two best fats meeting each other,” Agenueau says. “It’s a simple dish, but you feel all the emotions in just one bite.”Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Shake by Black Tap: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, New York City
These crazy structural milkshakes aren’t only Instagram bait, they are also rich calorie bombs, that come with entire cookies, lollipops, and pillows of cotton candy. The milkshakes caused such a stir in 2015 that the mini-chain is now opening their fourth location in New York City.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Blue Crab and Caviar Nachos: Brennan’s of Houston, Houston
These aren’t your typical bar-food nachos. The decadent tortilla chips at Brennan's of Houston will set you back $100, and are topped with fire roasted corn, queso made from St. Andre triple cream cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, lime crema. The finishing touches? Chunks of blue crab and an entire ounce of caviar.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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High Roller Roll: Sushi Roku, Las Vegas
Those who win it big in Vegas can go splurge on the High Roller, a $250 off-menu roll at Sushi Roku. It's made with lobster tail, avocado, asparagus, Wagyu beef, caviar, truffle oil—and topped with sheets made from real gold. We're pretty sure sushi is a smart way to invest your winnings.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Steak Tartare on Roasted Marrow Bone: 21 Greenpoint, Brooklyn, N.Y.
This steak tartare is elevated to artery-clogging heaven because it’s served on an unctuous roasted marrow bone and alongside bread fried in lamb fat. Diners can create the ultimate open-faced sandwich by spreading the tartare and marrow on the bread and cutting the fat with a spicy homemade mustard and sweet onion jam. The dish also comes with the slight chance of running into Bill Murray—his son runs the Greenpoint, Brooklyn joint.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Lobster Frito Pie: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co., St. Louis
Anthony Bourdain got into hot water for insulting Frito Pie—one of New Mexico’s treasured dishes—a few years ago, but Santa Fe Native Kevin Nashan is paying tribute at his St. Louis seafood restaurant Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. The homage uses pork rinds, northern beans, Chimayo chiles and lobster chili. Don’t worry that it’s too fancy, though—it’s still served in a Frito’s bag.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Waffle Burger, Big Pink (), Miami
At this South Beach retro diner, it can be difficult to choose between a sweet and savory brunch. With the Waffle Burger, you don’t have to — it’s got a burger patty topped with Applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, and a massive amount of cheddar cheese, sandwiched between two malted waffles. Powdered sugar and a side of maple syrup finish off the gluttonous creation.