What are some examples of huge servings of food in the United States?
It can be from McDonald’s or some fast food restaurant or anything. Pictures should be provided.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas has billboards for what must be 300 miles around on every major highway, advertising their 72 ounce steak (4.5 pounds, or 2 kg). It looks like this:
If you can eat the entire steak in one hour—along with the fried shrimp cocktail, salad, rolls, and baked potato—you get it for free. If you can’t accomplish the feat, it’ll set you back $72. (I’ve never eaten there myself, but I’ve heard that sometimes groups of 4 or more diners will share the steak dinner and pay full price, and then it’s not a bad deal, economically speaking.)
I hasten to mention this for the benefit of foreign readers: Yes, portion sizes tend to be bigger in the United States. However, this is an extreme example. The vast majority of my fellow Yanks do not eat this much food on a regular basis. I have driven through Amarillo many a time and have not yet stopped at the Big Texan, and if I never do, it will not bother me.
EDIT: I should mention that DOE'S EAT PLACE, a chain of restaurants in the middle Southern states, serves steaks in 2 and 3 pound cuts—and at least some restaurants in the chain offer sirloins in 3.5, 4, 5, and 6 pound sizes. (56 through 96 ounces, or 1.6 to 2.7 kg if you like.) I kid you not. Here’s the menu of the Little Rock location: Doe's Eat Place.
However, the idea is not for one person to eat one steak that size (although I guess youcould. . . ). They cut your steak into portions after cooking it, so that 6–12 people might order one 6-pound steak and share it. I’ve only eaten there once, but I think I recall being told that a single 6-pound steak actually cooks better than six 1-pound steaks or twelve 8-ounce steaks on the same grill. I can’t argue with results; the portion of steak I had there was quite good.
This is not the six-pound sirloin; it’s the porterhouse. Still. . . dang.
- Starbucks (and other cafes) offer drinks as large as 916 ml. This photo compares the drinks to the volume of an average adult-sized stomach.
2. Hardee’s 1,420 calorie “Monster Thickburger”
3. Kids Meals: iHop’s Horton Hears a Who Pancakes (DISCONTINUED)
Despite being far from child-sized, this large pancake meal was marketed toward young children. The meal was available for a limited time to celebrate the release of a movie based on the popular Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears a Who.
4. Dairy Queen Large M&M’s Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Blizzard
This large blizzard has 1,410 calories and 63 grams of fat! It didn’t go over too well. In fact, I searched and searched and could only find images of it from the advertisements. There were virtually no pictures of it photographed by customers.
Note: these are extreme examples! Most Americans DO NOT consume any of these on a daily basis. Starbucks drinks aside, I highly doubt most Americans have tried any of the other options on this list. I, personally, have never tried any of these super sized options. Portion size in the United States has improved and continues to improve. On seldom occasions, I still have to: order from the children’s menu, request a half portion size, or split a meal with someone else.
This picture is from the mouth-wateringly perfect Dougie's (kosher!) restaurant in Baltimore.
I was smart enough to observe the serving sizes of the dishes other customers ordered, decided not to order anything, and simply helped the rest of my family as they tried to finish their dishes.
It was a good decision. This is roughly half of what was left when we were all done, myself included:
I tried, but I failed.
Oh, 'Murica. You have defeated me.