Restaurants have long been known to come up with quirky gimmicks to get customers to come through their doors. With the rise of social media, many are clamoring to be among the most Instagrammed restaurants, with one Boston steakhouse even shelling out $10,000 for an Instagram table their patrons can use for their food snaps.
The most common method of attracting customers and social media attention, however, is the menu itself. As a result, many awe-inspiring, impressively creative, and sometimes downright dumb food trends have come to fruition. There is currently no shortage of totally over-the-top entrees in restaurants across the country.
In order to determine the most outrageous restaurant dish in each state, we started by combing through our own previous stories, such as our coverage of over-the-top hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more. We then took a deep dive into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, and Google, as well as Instagram to get an idea of which dishes are being talked about the most by locals and tourists.
We found that many wacky dishes were purely so due to their sheer size; Americans, after all, do love their high-calorie, gargantuan-portioned meals. Others had unexpected ingredients, from Cheetos to entire fried eggs. If you’re looking to up your Instagram game or even just your culinary daring, take a bite out of the most outrageous restaurant dishes in every state.