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Food Network show looking for your favorite outrageous food

A new show is currently in production for the Food Network focusing on Outrageous Food. We are looking for your favorite outrageous unique eating spots. Big, bold, spicy and unique. We're also looking for unique sweets. Thank you all for any suggestions!

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  1. I don't know how outraeious it may be but it's pretty unique. It's called Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se and it specilzes in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) Indian street food. There is sandwich they have that's like a slider but it's filled with a spicy potato mixture, pomergrante seeds, green grapes, peanuts and a spicy garlic sauce. It was delicous!. Also these little puris with chick pea dal and two chutneys. Here's a review pleasurepalate with better decriptions than I can give:


    It's in Artesia on the border of Little India

    Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se
    17705 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

    1. Pig tails, “buffalo style” at Animal

      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      1. re: wienermobile

        On a similar note, I think the foie gras loco moco would be perfect for this sort of thing.

      2. How about Golden State's Beer Float made with "...brown-bread ice cream from the cult gelateria Scoops, moistened gently with Old Rasputin Imperial Stout..." ?

        The Golden State
        426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. Wa Ssa Da for live octopus

          Dan Sung Sa for silk warm larvae

          Banh Xeo Quan for balut

          Mon Land Hot Pot for Chicken testicles

          1. Irish Car Bomb doughnut at Nickel Diner: http://frieddoughho.com/nickel-diner-...

            Russian Fried Dough: http://frieddoughho.com/gambrinus-rus...

            Nickel Diner
            524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            1. Hi kb1818,


              * Beef Liver Sashimi (yes, Raw Beef Liver :) - wonderfully delicious at Tsuruhashi.

              * Raw Lamb Liver at Wahib's - Too minerally for me, but it might fit what you're looking for.

              * Sauteed Lamb Brain at Wahib's. Quite creamy and surprisingly decent if you can get over the idea of Lamb Brain.

              18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

              Wahib's Middle East Restaurant
              910 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

              1. Okay, so have you ever seen the Korean film Old Boy? http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc... This is the spectacularly memorable scene in which the protagonist eats a live octopus. (The making of this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv_Oxu... ) Only in Korea? No you can favor this outrageous dish in Los Angeles. Tucked away, almost hidden in Hangul letters, on the last page of the menu of the Prince restaurant at the historic Windsor Hotel in K-Town is san nakjji--"산 낙지"--or live octopus. This is as big, bold and unique you can get. Spicy--check the Indian foods above . . .

                The Prince
                3198 W Seventh St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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                1. re: apple7blue

                  Chefs and the City did an episode where they had to eat live octopus. Can't remember which American city it was...

                  1. re: mojoeater

                    At the Prince (sound up for the music) http://www.deependdining.com/2005/07/...

                    There may have been a longer version of the video somewhere on Chowhound that has been linked to before, but it may just be this one and I am not remembering it correctly.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Great video! Ahahaha . . . it doesn't seem like they are going for this type of outrageous food from comments below.

                      If you are looking for over the top in size, kb1818, check out Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria. A Big Papa's pizza is a humongous 36 inches wide.

                      Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria
                      7353 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                2. Check out Gorbals.

                  The Gorbals
                  501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    Thanks for all of the suggestions-I will look into them all. Keep them coming!

                    1. re: kb1818

                      What, exactly, is the network's definition of "outrageous"?? It means different things to different people, esp. when it comes to food.

                      Outrageous ---> Strange? Things most people won't eat? or
                      Outrageous ---> Over the top? Deliciously superior? Most interesting combos of flavors?

                      1. re: Phurstluv

                        I think it's safe to say that you are free to nominate whatever place meets that criteria for you. Whether or not it makes the cut for the program is out of your hands.

                        1. re: Phurstluv

                          Delicious over the top food-interesting combos of flavors. We won't cross the line on some of the exotic dishes because we do not want to be insulting to a particular culture. We have considered "head to tail" restaurants utilizing parts of animals in various dishes one would not usually find on a menu. Certainly over the top on size is of interest. Hot dogs with 30 choices of unusual toppings-unusual flavors of ice cream. Ideally most items are made from scratch (sauces, ice cream). We're not trying to imitate Bourdain or Zimmern. There are a lot of restaurants self promoting right now with food challenges and crazy food combinations.

                          1. re: kb1818

                            If you want unusal ice cream flavors try Dr. Bob's Ice Cream


                            How's soy sauce icream sound to you? I'll tell you it's delicious.

                            1. re: SeaCook

                              Seacook-it certainly sounds interesting!

                              1. re: kb1818

                                It's a salty carmely nutty kind of taste. Realy rich and dense.

                            2. re: kb1818

                              Animal's foie gras biscuit with maple sausage gravy is certainly over the top flavorwise.

                              1. re: kb1818

                                If large is what you are looking for try the FRESSER'S SPECIAL SANDWICH at Langer's Deli (home of the world's best pastrami) it includes Pastrami, Corned Beef, Tongue, Swiss Cheese and Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato and Russian Style Dressing

                                Langer's Delicatessen
                                704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                        2. Thinking back on it some more ...

                          I think the Pastrami Chili Cheese Fries at The Hat, topped with tomatoes, pickles and onions, is certainly "outrageous".

                          1. For both sweets and unique eating I most strongly recommend that you cover the Griddle Cafe in West Hollywood.

                            Griddle Cafe
                            7916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                              1. re: Servorg

                                Also a strong vote (see Carriewas218's report here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7262... ) on the doughnuts at the Nickel Diner downtown. Maple bacon for one. The Irish Car Bomb doughnut for another.

                                Nickel Diner
                                524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  The stuffed French toast looks fantastic!

                                  1. re: kb1818

                                    I further nominate (from the great State of Confusion) Chego's "Chubby Pork Belly" bowl consisting of kochujang-lacquered kurobuta pork belly, with a perfectly fried egg, pickled watermelon radishes, water spinach, cilantro, cotija cheese and peanuts…all for $8

                                    3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                              2. Outrageous on a budget would surely take you to the LA institution that serves the legendary "Oki Dog".

                                Imagine sinking your teeth into a bulging burrito sized tortilla stuffed with (2) hot dogs, pastrami, chili and cheese.

                                You can find this little piece of heaven at Oki's Dog.

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                                1. re: vinosnob

                                  Andrew Zimmern went there a couple of years ago as part of a Bizarre Foods episode covering LA.

                                  1. re: Encinitan

                                    Really? Oh, guess it's not what the Food Net producer is after then.

                                2. You could go get a large shaved ice at Guppy House. Pick an innocuous flavor like strawberry or mango to avoid the whole ethnocentrism land mine.

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                                  1. Shaved Snow at Class 302.

                                    1. At Simon LA they serve their junk food platter for dessert - cotton candy, milkshakes, cookies, snowballs, "hostess" cupcakes, caramel corn and more.

                                      8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        The Cool Haus food truck serves Brown Butter with Candied Bacon ice cream.

                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            I can personally attest that that Brown Butter with Candied Bacon ice cream IS outrageous - in the best possible way!

                                        1. They have some one of a kind pizzas at Mr. Pizza Factory in Koreatown. Try the Potato Gold, which features potato wedges, bacon, corn kernels, ground beef, a drizzle of sour cream, a sprinkling of crushed tortilla chips and a crust stuffed with sweet potato puree.
                                          Mr. Pizza Factory
                                          3881 Wilshire Blvd
                                          Los Angeles, CA 90005
                                          (213) 738-0077

                                          1. Hawkins House of Hamburger's "Hawkins Special"

                                            Scoops roasted corn ice cream and banana pandan ice cream

                                            Kalbi Burger's "Kalbi Burger" and "Garlic Fries" and "Seoul Dog"

                                            1. Pâtisserie Chantilly 2383 Lomita Blvd. #104. Lomita, CA 90717

                                              Black sesame cream puffs.

                                              1. > favorite outrageous unique eating spots

                                                - Cafe Jack, a K-Town cafe made to look (sort of) like the Titanic

                                                - Ogamdo Cafe, a Korean-style Chinese restaurant decorated to look (sort of) like an Adirondack ski lodge.
                                                (bonus: they reportedly have chicken anus on the menu.)

                                                - Taco Station - taqueria in a replica of a 1950's gas station.

                                                - Indian - an American Indian-themed Taiwanese beer hall

                                                Too bad Tail o' The Pup is still out of action

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                                                1. re: Peripatetic

                                                  Does Cafe Jack even serve food? Are these just outrageous due to the settings?

                                                  Doesn't sound like the Koreans & Chinese consider chicken anuses "outrageous".......

                                                  1. re: Phurstluv

                                                    > Does Cafe Jack even serve food?


                                                    > Are these just outrageous due to the settings?

                                                    Yes, in addition to the request for "outrageous food" the OP asked for "outrageous unique eating spots".

                                                    > Doesn't sound like the Koreans & Chinese consider chicken anuses "outrageous"

                                                    Am I correct in inferring a hint of disapproval for this suggestion?

                                                    1. re: Peripatetic

                                                      Only asked if Cafe Jack served food b/c in your link, it only refers to coffee.

                                                      If OP is looking for outrageous settings regardless of food, they need not look further than Disneyland. I thought it was supposed to be about the food - I could be wrong.

                                                      I don't disapprove of any suggestions. Just pointing out the fact that most cultures eat the entire animal is certainly nothing new, and don't think the OP wanted to make another Bizarre Foods. Nor do I think the intent of the show is to point at other cultures' food & preferences with disdain.

                                                      1. re: Phurstluv

                                                        > If OP is looking for outrageous settings regardless of food, they
                                                        > need not look further than Disneyland. I thought it was supposed
                                                        > to be about the food - I could be wrong.

                                                        Admittedly it wasn't 100% clear what the OP wanted.

                                                        > I don't disapprove of any suggestions. Just pointing out the fact
                                                        > that most cultures eat the entire animal is certainly nothing new,
                                                        > and don't think the OP wanted to make another Bizarre Foods. Nor
                                                        > do I think the intent of the show is to point at other cultures'
                                                        > food & preferences with disdain.

                                                        I mentioned the chicken anuses in passing. Several prior suggestions in this thread have been in the "unsavoury to mainstream American sensibilities" category, so I was surprised you singled out my reply.

                                                  2. re: Peripatetic

                                                    so funny u mention ogamdo. i was thr the other nite after umami cuz my friends had gone in 2check it out while waiting for our table and came back sayn the decor was very kitschy and interesting, to say the least. we went after dinn and had some drinks in the banquet room area. i really dug the interior... mishmash of everything and anything including a disco ball, sailor uniform, black*white pics, rat pack theme, cigar boxes, etc. i was wondering, however, if they get much business as we saw not a single soul enter or leave while we were thr (altho it was a tues). also, is the food any good?? thr are so many korean-chinese places in ktown so just a bit dubious.

                                                    1. re: namstermonster

                                                      When I've been there (once on a Wednesday, once on a Friday) they've had a steady stream of customers. Their jamppong is excellent, but for some reason they only have seafood jajangmyun, so I don't go often. The interior is a trip, though.

                                                  3. Beef Nihari @ Zamzam market
                                                    11028 Washington Blvd
                                                    Culver City, CA 90232
                                                    Neighborhood: Culver City

                                                    Almost anything at DwitGolMok
                                                    3275 Wilshire Blvd
                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90010
                                                    Neighborhood: Koreatown

                                                    Edit, this is actually not all that crazy. Just some of my favorite good and unusual food.

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                                                    1. re: rcompton

                                                      Thanks again for all the suggestions. I would rather not look at anything that has already been featured and we are being sensitive to food that may be unusual to us but is clearly a cultural dish-we don't want to offend. I will certainly look into them all. I appreciate all the feedback! If a location is not a fit for this show it may be a fit for other shows that we produce.

                                                    2. Hot Fudge Sundae Burger at 26 Beach

                                                      it's ghiardelli chocolate and vanilla Sauce on a burger

                                                      They also have a PB&J Burger

                                                      Lately, they are most famous for the unbelievably great taste explosion of the California Roll Burger.

                                                      26 Beach
                                                      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                                                      1. How about the Rattlesnake & Rabbit with Jalapeño Peppers sausage at wurstkuche.

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                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                          the rabbit is by far my favorite there. So moist and flavorful!

                                                        2. How about the chicken dish at Dino's Chicken & Burgers. It is big, bold, spicy and unique - never had anything like it. Totally delicious is what I would call it!