After flipping through the 842 channels, I finally settled on the Travel Channel. One of those food countdown shows was on and I love those. This one in particular was the 101 Chowdown Countdown. I watched 2 episodes and caught numbers 80 through 41. What I took away from that 2 hours is that McDonald's cannot be blamed for the huge rise of obesity in this country. Don't get me wrong, it plays a role, but after this show, that role appears smaller than I first thought.
I love food, and if you read my post from Friday, you'd understand from my admittance of a guilty pleasure. As much as I love food, the amount and types of food on this show were sickening. Let me indulge you in what the Travel Channel thinks are some of the greatest foods in this country of ours.
Chicken fried steak
I love chicken fried steak. Honestly, I love many southern foods, but this is one of my favorites. What amazed me about the steak at this particular restaurant (forgive me, I can't remember the name) was that the small portion spilled over the sides of an average dinner plate. That's a lot of chicken fried steak! As if something fried isn't bad enough, we all know that chicken fried steak isn't complete without the cream gravy. Your arteries are sure to love you after that meal!
Except for maybe the sour cream, ingredients inside a burrito aren't all that bad for you. However, when your burrito is 18 inches long and weighs 5 pounds, then it might be bad for you! The Burritozilla can be found at Iguanas.
Chicken fried bacon
Yes you read that right. I love bacon, but this has absolutely no appeal to me what so ever. If this is what you want from the menu, you might as well save yourself a step and eat the grease right out of the fryer! If you'd prefer the bacon over grease, you can find it at Frank Sodolak's Country Inn in Texas.
I'm adding this item to my list because in my 32 years, I have never seen anything like it. This "sandwich" is served at Munchies 4:20 cafe. I really think you need to be high to want to eat this monstrosity! You name it, it's on there! The restaurant boasts that this sandwich has everything from the menu on it. There are burger patties, 20+ slices of cheese. french fries, chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks just to name a few items.
Every time I watch one of these countdown shows, it answers all my questions about obesity. Almost every restaurant owner featured seems to have the same philosophy - the bigger, the better. Apparently, the greasier the better, too.