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Fattiest food per state

What is your state's fattiest food? Have you had it? Is it worth it?


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  1. In my case it's the corn dog, and ... yes, it's worth it on occasion. I don't think I've had one in years, but they're good ... one must get the mix of ketchup and mustard just right.

    1. Yep. I've had many In and Out burgers in my day. Yes, they are worth it, on occasion. There are a lot more fatty things here to enjoy, I'm surprised Tommy's chili cheese burgers didn't make the list.

      Did you see Wyoming? Lamb? Everyone must be pretty skinny there if that's on their fattiest list. Loved the pixs, thanks for sharing the article, and so close to dinner time, too:)

      1. May not be in the same category as deep-fried Twinkies and In-and-Out burgers, but in the natural food department, our California avocados are certainly high in fat.

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        1. re: ola

          The fat in avocados is hardly comparable to that in fried foods. It's "good" fat.

          1. re: ferret

            It's still 9 kcal/gram and the OP didn't specify what type of fat they were looking for.

            1. re: jgg13

              That is true but avocado fat won't be nearly as big a contributor to the epidemic of heart disease that we see in the US like saturated fat is.

              1. re: Servorg

                I don't believe the OP said anything about the dish that provides the largest contribution to heart disease. They asked for the fattiest dish. In that regard, fat is fat, whether they be transfats or EFAs or something in between.

                1. re: jgg13

                  Not disagreeing. Just pointing out that all fat is not created equal, once you take into consideration things other than just energy measurements. And that, perhaps the idea of choosing which fat to consume, can be done with an eye to other health factors involved in the consumption of said fat.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    It does depend though on what you care about. Someone who is simply worrying about their body mass is going to care about the fact that something is 9 Kcal/g no matter what kind of fat it is. Someone who would prefer not to die an early death might prefer Omega-6 over partially hydrogenated vegetable oil

                    1. re: jgg13

                      The funny thing is medical scientists are coming to the conclusion that there is a such a thing as overweight healthy people. So food choices may become even more important in the future, even if they are not the best choices in terms of the calorie load.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        again, depends completely on what you want. "healthy" isn't always the top priority. There are plenty of people who sacrifice long term health in the name of looking good.

        2. Well, Virginia's is ham. Just ham? We couldn't do anything more creative with it, like deep frying it, coated in beer batter, using it like bread to make a grilled cheese on ham bread?

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          1. re: chowser

            come on - here in richmond we salt it to death and put it on some seriously fatty biscuits. mmmm.... :)

          2. For Massachusetts the chocolate chip cookie is listed and of course I've eaten them. Not the ridiculous monster one shown though. Normal home made delicious ones. Home made is best! As for the idiot Maine lobster roll described... bah humbug. Again, simple is better. Having some tonight in fact.

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            1. re: Gio

              So, why did they show a Carl's Jr chocolate chip cookie for MA, when the nearest Carl's Jr is in Oklahoma? I think we got gypped. And New Hampshire got clam chowda? I'd nominate something from Dunkin' Donuts for MA instead.

              As for the OP's questions about what I've eaten and would eat again -- bring on the lobster roll and the cheesesteak, and even the livermush (my home state is NC).

              1. re: Gio

                Re: the chocolate chip cookie.. Although the CCC was invented in MA the monster Carl's was just compared to it...I think. I should think a pot of Boston baked beans would be a good example of a calorie intensive dish, especially if it's made with molasses/maple syrup and a huge chunk of salt pork and served with a hunk Boston brown bread.

                1. re: Gio

                  I was stunned to see chocolate chip cookies - from Carl's Jr.??? I don't think there are any of those around here! - as MA's fattiest food. Come on. And that lobster roll for Maine - "pile on the mayo"? Umm, I don't think so.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I really don't think much thought went into this article.

                    1. re: kprange

                      Not at all...and the 126 comments so far at the article site are pretty much saying the same thing. I think the best comment I quickly read was "The "I Hate Fat" boogeymen need to get a life." :-)

                      Oh - and they're showing a D'Angelos or Papa Ginos lobster roll for Maine. Yeah. Like New Englanders are only going to go there for their lobster roll?

                    2. re: LindaWhit

                      I also don't think you can categorize it by state. For me, I live near St. Louis, but I am in Illinois. there isn't anyone around here who would say deep dish pizza. It isn't eaten in this part of IL. I think it needs to be a regional type of article.

                      1. re: kprange

                        The state thing is a gimmick for the article. It seems like a dart board was used to pair the fatty food with the state. lol!

                        1. re: dave_c

                          That is as good an explanation as any for how they paired the food with the state.

                  2. You only need to look at the battered and deep fried offerings at any of the larger State Fairs to find "THE" most unhealthy (and delicious) food offerings in the US (if not the World). I give you "deep fried butter" http://www.slashfood.com/2009/09/03/d... - case closed! ;-D>

                    Really, whats next? Deep fried, chocolate covered lard dusted with powdered sugar anyone?

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                    1. re: Servorg

                      Oh yeah, like deep frying the Alaskan ice cream made with animal fat.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        the theme of this year's San Diego County Fair is "Taste the Fun," and they're touting all the new edible offerings. some examples:
                        - Deep Fried Klondike Bar
                        - Deep Fried Pop Tart
                        - Funnel Cake on a Stick
                        - Deep Fried Butter
                        - Buffalo Chicken Fry Bread
                        - Sweet Potato Fry Dog and Hash Brown Fry Dog - hot dog dipped in batter, then in hash browns or sweet potato and deep fried.
                        - Chocolate Dipped Pickles
                        - Four-Pound Belly Buster Burger. (This giant weighs four pounds, is 11 inches wide, and has 10 slices of cheese, eight slices of tomatoes, half a head of lettuce, 30-plus slices of dill pickles and five ounces of burger sauce. Feed an army, or an army of one!)

                        i'm boycotting on principle.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          disgusting. except possibly buffalo chicken fry bread - which i confess sounds like it could be yummy. :)

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            A few years ago someone at one of the big Midwest state fairs (Texas, maybe) offered deep-fried Coke. He figured out how to dunk Coke foam in the fryolator. Does anyone know if this is still around?

                            1. re: Bob W

                              I believe that deep fried coke was by the same guy who came up with deep fried butter, Abel Gonzales Jr. - all found at the Texas State Fair....he must have some deal with the heart surgeons of Texas...

                              1. re: Bob W

                                Yep, we still have deep fried Coke (and Pepsi!) at the NC state fair. I haven't tried it, but I think it's basically funnel cake with cola in the batter, then topped with a cola-based syrup (though I hope it isn't straight fountain syrup).

                                I have tried a deep fried milky way (pretty good for once a year) and a deep fried twinkie (never again). Now I more or less stick to traditional foods - sweet potato fries, a ham biscuit, and ice cream...

                                1. re: mpjmph

                                  I love the deep fried twinkies, but don't like the candy bars so much - they're too rich. The twinkies generally seem to be less heavy to me than when they're not fried. the cream filling liquifies and spreads throughout the sponge cake.

                            2. re: Servorg

                              Thanks for the great link. The butter sculpture of Tiger Woods takes on a whole new meaning now.

                              1. re: Bob W

                                Those were amazing sculptures. I can't imagine how much time it takes to sculpt The Last Supper in butter...or even how someone got the idea to do it.

                                1. re: chowser

                                  Just consume that much butter and it will be your "last supper" undoubtedly... ;-D>

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Or, at least, after you get through part of it, you'll wish it was your last. Battle butter.

                            3. Florida could only come up with empanadas - I daresay the whole state does not eat them at all, ever - just around Miami.

                              1. Chicago and its stuffed pizza. When you move here, you have to sign a contract promising to eat Chicago style pizza within the first week, and then tout its magnificence therafter. If you refuse, they won't give you parking permits.

                                But really, it took me a few years to like it, and then only after discovering which version I liked from which establishment. Is it worth it? Depends on the day I've had.

                                1. Really? I don't believe it, but I definitely had many California In-N-Out Double Double Burgers. In fact, we had a eating competition based on them. I have not had the Georgia Luther Burger, nor the New Jersey Fat Darrell. Of course, I had the Philly Cheesesteak. Texas Corn dogs....I had a lot of deep-dish pizza but not at Illinois.

                                  1. oh Florida does has some, Key Lime Pie, fried conch and gator bites. I'm sure its not the fattiest in the state because all that processed crap is worse somore people should indulge in regional favs.

                                    1. Never been inside an In-N-Out. I've had empanadas here in CA, though, and beignets both here and in NO. And doesn't everyone eat clam chowder and ch. chip cookies? Lots of these things seem to be available all over the place. That Indiana fried brain sandwich is something I've never come across, though.

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                                      1. re: Glencora

                                        Alton Brown sought out that fried brain sandwich on one of his road trip shows. IIRC, he didn't think he'd try another one.

                                        1. re: Glencora

                                          I'm in Indiana and this is by no means a staple of the state. In fact, I've only heard about it, I've never seen it on a menu. The breaded pork tenderloin sandwich and sugar cream pie are more ubiquitously "Hoosier" and found on many menus.

                                          1. re: nofunlatte

                                            Yeah, I live in Indiana, and never even heard of it. I love me some breaded tenderloin, though.

                                          2. re: Glencora

                                            I think of fried brains as being from Wisconsin but they got the fried cheese curds instead.

                                          3. A double-double at In-N-Out is the best they could do for all of California??

                                            I think just taking a sideways glance at Panda Express' orange chicken will provide you more fat grams than a double-double.

                                            For around the same weight (approx. 350 grams) I think Tommy's Breakfast Burrito has nearly twice the amount of fat grams as the In-N-Out Double-Double (approx. 35 v. 67).

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                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              ipse, i thought the same thing about the double-double...lame choice. i don't think the list was very well researched!

                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                Other odd choices:

                                                Arizona: Quadruple bypass burger from Heart Attack Grill? I'd vote for the Chocolate Fry Bread from The Fry Bread House in Phoenix as the fatties food instead. Chocolate and butter drizzled over a deep-fried yeasty dough? It's like a chocolate donut, but about the size of your butt.

                                                Hawaii: Loco Moco? No way, gotta be the Malassadas from Champions.

                                                New York: Garbage Plate is nothing compared to a thick slice of cheesecake from Junior's, or better yet Eileen's.

                                                And to go back to CA for a minute, I think an obvious (and serious) contender would have to be the avocado pie. http://www.avocado.org/recipes/view/1...

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  re: Junior's cheesecake, 543 calories & 37 grams of fat per slice. but personally i prefer S&S cheesecake ;)

                                                  Washington was a stupid choice too. Crab Louis Salad with reduced-fat mayo? really?

                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                    Have you ever tried Eilieen's cheesecake. Pure oral heaven.

                                                    I must admit there were some states they probably got right. New Mexico? Frito Pie. If there was something fattier, I'd be sort of afraid to know about it.

                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                      i know about Eileen's, but i've never had it. we were always a Zabar's family, so it was S&S all the way...that is, until i went away to college and discovered the Oreo cheesecake at Mick's (now closed) in Atlanta.


                                                      of course now i can't even eat it because of the damned gluten, so the recipe is useless to me!

                                            2. I thought the Sonoran Hotdog @ Guerro Canelo's would be the one, maybe not as fattening.

                                              1. I have no idea how the list was created but it seems like a fluff piece done in an afternoon by some intern. If nothing leaps to mind, plug in something from a national chain. And regionally, they could have played musical chairs with many of the dishes and states.

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                                                1. re: greygarious

                                                  I was wondering the same thing, especially when it includes chains that reach across the states. But, I thought it was fun to see what was attributed to each state and see if people agree or not. Really, at this point, how many people in Alaska still eat the animal fat ice cream?

                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                    Maybe it's sort of like reverse marketing.

                                                    Let's get everything wrong so people will talk about how wrong the list is.

                                                    No one really pays much attention (relatively speaking) to a list that is spot on.

                                                2. Really the Monster Burger for Missouri????? Isn't there a Hardee's in at least one other state? And Illinois.....deep dish pizza is only eaten in Chicago! Nobody makes it anywhere else in the state. whoever wrote the article really didn't do much research.

                                                  1. Bacon wrapped meatloaf? Barf!!!

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                                                    1. re: bluemoon4515

                                                      that's nothing compared to the Bacon Explosion - i can't believe that wasn't the choice for Missouri...

                                                    2. Burnt ends are quintessentially Kansas bbq, yes, but they are definitely not this state's fattiest food. I will admit that I eat bbq infrequently, because my digestive system just cannot take the beating, but when I eat brisket, any part of the brisket, it's worth it.

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                                                      1. re: amyzan

                                                        Burnt ends are YUMMY. Makes me want to head to KC this weekend. I'm in Oklahoma now, and they were dead on with the chicken fried steak. Smothered in white gravy with a mandatory side of mashed potatoes.

                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                          I had (well, my SO did) chicken fried steak in Texas. Is it really more of an Oklahoma thing? What else is very Oklahoma?

                                                          1. re: Glencora

                                                            BBQ, okra, but yes, chicken fried steak is part of the official dish of the state of oklahoma. This is a big pecan growing state, so Pecan Pie as well. We're also a big sweet corn, strawberry and blueberry blackberry state... but those aren't quite so fatty :D

                                                          2. re: Firegoat

                                                            Why don't barbecue places sell a bucket of burnt ends? Some people don't like it and they could charge more for people who do. "I'll have the carcinogenic bucket, please."

                                                            1. re: chowser

                                                              lol You can get just burnt ends here, a whole plate of 'em.

                                                              1. re: amyzan

                                                                I'm obviously not going to the right barbecue places! I also love the burnt ends of char su.

                                                        2. Louisiana = Beignets? What about a shrimp poor boy or an oyster poor boy, dressed?
                                                          South Carolina = Turducken? I thought that was a Louisianan thing. <shrug>

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                                                          1. re: dave_c

                                                            you can actually get the most awesome turducken in Tulsa.

                                                          2. JMJ! A lobster roll in Maine, is freekin' health food. I read something amorphis somewhere that Maine is one of the fattest states in the Union and leads in sales per capita of Ford F-150 pick up trucks. "Hey deah, get in the back, will ya/"
                                                            Some Maine munchies: Fried seafood dinnah, fried clams, fried, shrimp, fried scallops, fried fish w/ fried onion rings or French fries. At Susan's Fish 'n Chips, get deep fried ice cream for dessert.
                                                            The state drink: Allen's Coffee Brandy & cream.
                                                            Fried fish cakes and beans for breakfast anyone? Don't forget the fried egg!
                                                            Maple walnut sundaes?
                                                            Ever been to a all-you-can eat public bean suppah w/ cassaroles, w/ Moxie to wash it all down?
                                                            Cold meat loaf sandwich, the fave lunch.
                                                            Maine: The Way Life Should Be

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                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                              Not to mention the whoopie pies, with its filling of marshmallow fluff + crisco!

                                                              1. re: momjamin

                                                                Damn, I forgot! I researched the history of the Whoopie Pie once, evidently it was brought back to Maine by soldiers in the Civil War after the Battle of Gettysberg. I knew them in Pa. in the 50's and 60's and was surprised to find how popular they were when I came to Maine in the 80's.
                                                                I love the ones at The Friar's Bakery in Bangor.

                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                  I just got the funniest image in my head of those soldiers galloping into town, calling out, "We won! We won the battle! And we brought back whoopie pies!" and the townspeople responding with a collective, "ooooh" as they examined the that most precious spoil of war.

                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                    Moody's Diner in Waldoboro, when I don't make my own ;-) I have their recipe for pumpkin whoopies, but I use cream cheese frosting for filling instead of fluff+crisco.