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Food Network show looking for your favorite outrageous food

Big, odd combos, spicy...anything you think is outrageous. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. Perhaps look to some of the places with tasting menus or chefs tables. Jose Andres Cafe Atlantico, Volt 21, Roberto Donna's Galileo are three that come to mind... and when you go, take me with you!

    Cafe Atlantico
    405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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    1. re: ClevelandDave

      Unfortunately, I don't the technical skill is the Outrageousness that they're looking for - probably more along the line of a 10 lb cheeseburger, really hot chicken wings, a foot tall sandwich, etc.

    2. The only thing I can really think of is the jumbo slice...

      1. Outrageous as in good or big?
        my personal fave odd combos..


        1. Grasshopper tacos at Oyamel. I'm sure there are more outrageous things, but these things make for a great photo, and thereby, good TV.

          The salt foam they serve on top of the margaritas there is pretty outrageous in a really great way also.

          1. Looks like the menu is under construction (?!) but Victor's in Falls Church (the one in the stand-alone building on 29) has a few plates of food that are pretty outrageous. They used to be on page 4 of the menu. For about $30 one plate has about 7-8 types of meat including blood sausage, etc. I've seen one in real life when there.

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            1. re: Dennis S

              Oh, and I want a dinner here when filming if Victor's is chosen.

              Even the steak dishes are crazy - but more from all the accoutrements

            2. Grace Garden Chinese in Odenton is outrageous. The restaurant is located amongst tatoo parlors and stripper bars near Fort Meade, is in a shopping center that is probably 40-60 yrs old and never refaced, is crummy inside yet the food is best described as fantastic, unbelievable or off the charts
              The 2nd rec would be Sunshine market at the corner of Georgia ave and New Hampshire Avenue in Sunshine MD. For a gas station that no longer sells gas, and bait shop that has bait but no longer has any fishing tackle the food is great. large burgers cooked on a griddle that is at least 50 yrs old, great sandwiches abound. A hidden gem in a very unlikely setting is definitely outrageous.

              Grace Garden
              1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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              1. re: dining with doc

                You and Steve are set to kill me with recs along my once-a-week route. Sunshine here I come.

                1. re: Dennis S

                  if I give you a rec you should likely try it. have fun

                  1. re: dining with doc

                    That's what we all say, right? But srsly, thanks. I will be starting a written list (I travel 3 times every two weeks btwn Reston and South Baltimore, so I fill my time with eats).

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      have you tried Victoria gastropub near columbia (route 100 at route 175). I would argue that the Kobe Beef burger with white truffel cheese sauce and home made pickles would defeat Rays Hellsburger's best in a throwdown. plus the poutine (fries cooked in duck fat with duck confit, duck gravy and melted guyere is off the charts. finally the lobster grilled cheese is sooooo rich but soooo good. ad about 400 different beers and a good wine selection and it has become my go to place for high end pub food.

                      1. re: dining with doc

                        No, but it's near the top of the list. I think I'm sort of down to it, Just Jerk, and now Sunshine.

                        Thank you for the specific recommendations.

                        Just Jerk
                        9005 Lanham Severn Rd, Lanham, MD 20706

                2. re: dining with doc

                  No different than the rest of the Laurel/Odenton/Jessup area. What is so outrageous about a dirty old Chinese restaurant that serves great food? Joe's Noodle House is also a dump, albeit in a relatively affluent area. Full Kee--dump. Mark's Duck House--dump. Hong Kong Palace ought to be condemned. Seems like dumpy but great Chinese joints are the rule rather than the exception.

                  Hong Kong Palace
                  6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

                  Joe's Noodle House
                  1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    Full Kee is hardly a "dump", imo. But I guess what people are used to is subjective and comparative.

                    Full Kee Restaurant
                    509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

                    1. re: yfunk3

                      It's hardly a palace and it's funkier than most of the others.

                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                        I thought it was pretty clean and bright and nice for a "dive", but hey...I've been in some worse places in the area and outside. Compared to one of Western cuisine restaurants in the area or city though, yeah, it probably looks like a craphole. Like I said, it's all relative/subjective/comparative/whatever.

                    2. re: flavrmeistr

                      have you been yet to grace garden yet. the food is a step up from the chinese places you mentioned

                      1. re: dining with doc

                        I've been going there about 3-4 times a month for roughly 2 years now. The food is generally great, but not necessarily across-the-board better than the others. I like each of them for certain dishes. I haven't tried any of the extra-special dishes at Grace Garden that must be ordered days in advance, because I'm only there at lunch time and usually go on a moment's notice. Incidently, I haven't noticed an operating strip bar in the vicinity. A liquor store, a wig shop and a few burned-out hulks, maybe an abandoned Popeye's. The usual Army base periphery kind of stuff. Believe it or not, Grace Garden sells a lot more sweet and sour pork and chicken wings to the Army personnel than all the exquisite delicacies combined. I think that's what really keeps them at that location.

                        Grace Garden
                        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                          Carry-out (at least during the day) seems to be GG's main business. Every time I eat there I'm just about the only diner to eat in.

                          As far as strip clubs, yeah, I don't know if there are any, but there's that Lalita's place (or whatever) West on 175 that is at least in that general direction. I'm guessing there are others though I haven't looked.

                          FWIW, I usually am up there just about every Wednesday and every other Monday, so maybe we meet up for lunch.

                          1. re: Dennis S

                            Me, too. I'm always sitting at one of those big tables all by myself, unless I can manage to drag a couple of like-minded colleagues along. Most of them can't handle the heat and/or fail to appreciate dishes like stir-fried pork belly with leeks and pickled peppers. One was deeply disturbed by the mere sight of the fish noodles and fled the premises. So, yes, let's shoot for Wednesday the 15th around noon. I'll be wearing a hungry expression.

                            1. re: flavrmeistr

                              15th sounds like it should work (I warn that I'm expecting a third child any minute). My personal email should be derivable from my info. I'll probably be wearing just shy of a suit.

                    3. re: dining with doc

                      Sunshine was recommended when we were in that neck of the woods only a few miles away visiting a kennel. We were starving and the thought of filling our bellies with a juicy burger was beyond temptation. Loved the whole "hole in the wall" atmosphere, but when our wait for our patties exceeded 15 minutes our prolonged gazes around the place almost scared us. I get the laid back scene, but nothing is wrong with a good scrub brush when you are handling food. Forty year old soot and grease stains went from kitschy to maybe we should get outta here.

                      Although the finished product looked very tasty, our buds where underwhelmed. The buns were stale and brittle but still soft, a result I am sure only achieved by mucho preservatives. The bread to meat ratio didn't quite balance, and the end result was to toss half of the sandwich in a nearby garbage bin. Would love to hear some other folks comments on a different thread, but we won't be making a return visit.

                    4. in one word.... Haggis!

                      1. Thanks for the suggestions. And yes, the food must be good.

                        1. Pork knuckle stew at Thai Square might be considered outrageous to some for choice of pork knuckle but is really good. They also have some really spicy food.

                          Ray's Hell burger with Foie Gras is a little outrageous.

                          Thai Square
                          3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

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                            1. re: ktmoomau

                              If we knew how much heavy cream is in Ray's crab bisque, it would probably count as outrageous. That stuff is amazing, but so rich the kid and I should really be sharing a cup. Somehow the spouse manages to inhale a bowl.

                            2. there's this outrageous guy that makes odd combos of cakes in the big city of spicy baltimore. you should have him on the show.

                              1. Folks, we understand that many of you don't like Food Network, or outrageous food, and don't want to help with this question -- and that's totally fine. But we'd ask that you simply pass it by, rather than dragging it off-topic with discussion of whether the question should have been asked. Thanks.

                                1. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm also interested in restaurants featuring "nose to tail" menus.

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                                  1. re: kb1818

                                    Then those plates I described from Victor's will fit the bill. Menu is still under construction but to be clear I mean the second one listed on the locations page.