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Jan 28, 2010 07:42 PM

Heart Stoppers Sports Grill is for real and real good

Heart Stoppers Sports Grill is inside the Target Shopping Center on the South side of Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach exiting heading to the East from I-95. The restaurant serves burgers and fries, hero sandwiches and fried chicken wings, and fried deserts like zeppole. Anyone over 350 pounds who asks will receive a free meal once a week and a free meal whenever the morbidly obese person comes in with someone to share lunch or dinner.

The restaurant is a 1950's diner with a unique theme -- a heart ward. It's done with lots of design touches, like salt and pepper shakers resembling prescription vials, pretty waitresses with short all-white nurse's uniforms, and a doctor's scale, just beside the kitchen door, to measure up those seeking a free meal, like I received.

I weigh 360, read about the restaurant in the Daily News (citation below) and decided to check it out Thursday, January 28. They served me a free dinner. I had the Eviscerator -- .a combo of philly sandwich steak, italian sausage slices, kielbasa slices, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms and cheese sauce overflowing a good quality hero roll; heated up altogether inside an oven until the bread was nicely toasted and the filling piping hot. it was tasty and good.

Then I asked for the zeppole, since I normally only have those Italian fried dough pieces in powdered sugar at street fairs where the quality is always iffy. The zeppole at Heart Stoppers are so good they qualify as a religious experience. The dough is deep fried to order, fresh, in oil only used for deserts -- zeppole, fried twinkies, and fried oreos -- and then the zeppole produced are placed in a heavy brown paper bag with plenty of powdered sugar to be shaken up. It's like a fresh Krispy Kreme hot doughnut, but crispy.

Go forth and be blessed.

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    1. Just from reading the article's description of the decor, I give this place 6 to 9 months to live. No offenese but this is a horrible theme for any food related business. "I have a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell"

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      1. re: freakerdude

        The decor's a gimmick. They're trying to get the food right and the kinks out in Delray. They've been getting more publicity than needed since its a prototype for a sports bar and grill to be located on college campuses. Delray's not a big drinking town, what with so many 12 step support programs and halfway houses and so many ethnic groups that hardly engage in social drinking around, but its a good location for getting well qualified personnel and for getting their systems down before they expand to Gainesville and elsewhere in the state.

        I like your reference to a famous SNL skit with Christopher Walken.

        1. re: BigGuy

          Oh, I understand that it's purely a gimmick. I just wonder how the consumer public will view it. Many people may not realize it, but Delray is the recovery capital of the world when it comes to numbers.

      2. This is a rip off of Heart Attack Grill in Arizona. The are currently being sued for stealing the premise.

        1. well I am gonna try it, desperately looking for a local burger bar. 5 guys is a little far and Lindeburger is just awful.

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          1. re: smartie

            There's a new Five Guys in Boca in the back section of Glades Plaza but I'm not sure that it's any closer to you than the one in Boynton Beach.

            1. re: RickL

              hey Rick, yes it's right by where I work, been a few times. I like it too. But I live in Delray.