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What are Chicago's "heart attack" meals?

bourj Mar 17, 2010 04:12 AM

While eating lunch today at Poochie's on Dempster (a char-grilled cheddar burger that is absolutely the most delicious thing on earth), my lunch companion and I started discussing the notion of "heart attack meals." You know, those incredibly unique and unhealthy specialties that you constantly find at roadhouses and family restaurants.

What would you say are some "heart attack specialties" in the Chicago area? That is, unique meals/presentations that go far beyond the usual unhealthiness of Chicago beef and dogs and whatnot.

Right now, the only thing coming to my mind is the Slayer burger at Kuma's. Any suggestions?

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    gomexico Mar 17, 2010 06:27 AM

    Just about anything you'd order at Manny's would qualify as "unhealthy" or "heart attack" meals, given the portions, cooking methods, and the restaurant's culture over the years.

    1. nsxtasy Mar 17, 2010 06:41 AM

      Last year the Pioneer Press, which includes most of the hometown newspapers in Chicago's suburbs, did a series on the largest burgers in the area. There were some burgers that were just enormous (5 pounds or more, IIRC).

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        gleam Mar 17, 2010 11:05 AM

        A 911 burger (nine 1/3lb patties and 11 slices of cheese, with fries) with an extra side of country fried bacon at Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston.

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        1. re: gleam
          nsxtasy Mar 17, 2010 11:06 AM

          Yes, that was one of them!

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            bourj Mar 18, 2010 09:33 AM

            I am ready for this.

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            sarahlag Mar 17, 2010 11:06 AM

            Italian beef at Mr. Beef on Orleans....only eat before you have time for a nap. Mmmmm...

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              lbs Mar 17, 2010 12:23 PM

              For me: appetizer of cheese curds and then a large thin crust crispy piiza from Candlelite in Chicago.

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              1. re: lbs
                chris in illinois Mar 17, 2010 01:10 PM

                I do believe that a bar/pub in Bucktown serves a downstate (Springfield) specialty, the Horseshoe Sandwich. Meat---usually a burger---on Texas toast, covered with french fries and finally doused with rich, cheese sauce. Even the chains around here serve them.

              2. twodales Mar 17, 2010 04:29 PM

                3 way fries @ Paradise Pup: bacon, merkt's cheddar and sour cream.

                Paradise Pup
                1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018

                1. nsxtasy Mar 17, 2010 06:50 PM

                  I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned the duck fat fries or the foie gras dogs at Hot Doug's... :)

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                    uhockey Mar 18, 2010 05:07 AM

                    I waas JUST going to chime in with this - and I had a second hot-dog, to boot........and followed it with a slice from The Art of Pizza!

                    Art of Pizza
                    3033 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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                    mountsac Mar 18, 2010 06:42 AM

                    "Three Little Piggy" sandwich at Silver Palm. So bad for you, but so good...

                    Silver Palm
                    768 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

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