of the Wildest Food Mashups You Have to Try
Ever since the Cronut caused a global craze in 2013, the culinary world has become obsessed with food mashups. As over-the-top as many of these absurd hybrids may be, sometimes unlikely pairings just work well together—and become greater than the sum of their parts.
Such is the case with these wild (and wildly delicious) combos from across the country. We’ve rounded up the most outrageous fusion foods that will stimulate your appetite and leave you scratching your head, all at once. Prepare your palate for these incredible edible feats:
Boozy PSL Donut Sundae
Tipsy Scoop, New York, NY
A little candy, a little ice cream, a little pastry, and a bunch of booze somehow blend together in perfect harmony to create the pumpkin spice latte donut at Tipsy Scoop. A cafe latte donut is topped with spiced rum-infused pumpkin ice cream, with layers of whipped cream, cinnamon, and pumpkin candy corn. The cherry on top? A literal cherry on top.
Kimchi Smoke, Westwood, NJ
They say French women never get fat, but if they’re eating fries like this, there may be some exceptions to that rule. At Kimchi Smoke in Westwood, NJ, you can somehow satisfy your junk food cravings and load up on probiotics at the same time with the ChoLander Fries. An ample serving of fried potatoes is topped with pulled pork, kimchi, cheddar, and fat boy sauce for an unholy poutine you won’t be able to get enough of.
Public House, Chicago, IL
Carb lovers will meet their match at Chicago’s Public House. This eatery serves up a sundae to end all sundaes with their pretzel-topped treat. A glass containing a chocolate milkshake is enveloped in a layer of chocolate frosting and hard pretzels, and topped with a piece of cookie cake and a dollop of whipped cream. Still hungry? Don’t worry, the chocolate-covered soft pretzel on the side is sure to fill you right up.
Caviar Tater Tots
The Whitlock, Katonah, NY
While you’d be hard-pressed to find people who consider tater tots highbrow food, The Whitlock in Katonah, NY, has elevated these humble hash browns into an art form. Topped with crème fraîche, red onion, and caviar, these spuds suddenly become spectacular.
Good Eats Diner, New York, NY
Cannoli cream-stuffed French toast is so underwhelming. If you want to take your breakfast-dessert hybrids to the next level, you need to top your pancakes with pastry. At Good Eats Diner in New York City, the cannoli pancakes are a sight to behold, gilding a mountain of golden-brown griddlecakes with an ample helping of cannoli cream, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and an entire cannoli, just for good measure.
The Chased & Confused
Ike’s Place, San Francisco, CA
Your favorite junk food just became your favorite sandwich topping. At Ike’s Place in San Francisco, the Chased & Confused sandwich melds the unique flavors of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, deep-fried stuffed jalapeño poppers, bacon, ranch dressing, and red pesto for a massive and mouthwatering meal. If you need to kick your oversized food up a notch, you can add fried chicken, too.
Sus Arepas, Los Angeles, LA
Who says that vegan food can’t be decadent? At Sus Arepas in Los Angeles, the donut arepa is a sweet-and-savory combo that even omnivores will be eager to devour. A Donut Friend donut is sliced in half, then topped with black beans, fried plantains, and avocado slices, forming a beautiful marriage of flavors you won’t want to end.
Fried Chicken and Mashed Potato Cupcakes
Bree’s Cakes, Reseda, CA
There’s no rule saying that cupcakes have to be sweet. In fact, at Bree’s Cakes in Reseda, California, one of the best items on the menu is a savory treat. They top a cornbread cupcake with a swirl of mashed potatoes and a petite piece of crispy fried chicken for a full meal in a single cupcake wrapper.
Hakata Hot Pot & Sushi Lounge, New York, NY
Greasy, salty, and all-around great, the ramen burger at Hakata Hot Pot & Sushi Lounge is the perfect way to satisfy that salt tooth. Between two ramen buns, you’ll get a juicy burger, a thick slice of tomato, arugula, and an ample serving of teriyaki sauce to top things off.
Dirt Dog, Las Vegas, NV
Vegetables don’t always make for a light meal. Case in point: the Cheeto elotes at Dirt Dog in Las Vegas. A creative take on this traditional grilled corn dish, these elotes have a light coating of mayo, topped by a layer of crushed Cheetos (original and Flamin’ Hot, if you like it spicy), then a drizzle of cheese sauce or spicy sauce, and some cilantro to brighten things up.
Pumpkin Spice Tacos
Sweet Cup, Garden Grove, CA
Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the allure of black-and-orange treats has waned. At Sweet Cup in Garden Grove, CA, you can chow down on this fun and flavorful fall-themed dessert. A combination of rolled pumpkin spice ice cream, charcoal whipped cream, and candy corn inside an activated charcoal waffle shell, this chilly treat will blacken your teeth, but warm your heart.
Oreo Overload Bagel
The Bagel Nook, Freehold, NJ
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—when it’s packed with cookies, that is. At The Bagel Nook in Freehold, NJ, Oreos are not only blended into the cream cheese—you’ll also get a couple full cookies stuck right in the middle of your bagel. When people say “live your best life,” clearly this is what they mean.
Goulashed and Found
The Wheel Barrel, Topeka, KS
When a carb craving strikes, you better show it who’s boss, and eating just one Goulashed and Found sandwich from The Wheel Barrel will certainly do the trick. In between two slices of white toast, you’ll get an ample helping of beefy goulash and mozzarella. Did we mention it’s also full of pasta? Oh yeah, it’s definitely stretchy pants time.
Sushi Corn Dog
Poke Burri, Atlanta, GA
If the angel on your shoulder is telling you to get sushi, but the devil’s clamoring for corn dogs, there’s one meal that can appease them both: the sushi corn dog at Poke Burri in Atlanta. This treat envelopes a sushi roll in batter and panko, deep-fries it, and tops it with a duo of creamy sauces.
The Merica Bacon Apple Pie Burger
Slater’s 50/50, Huntington Beach, CA
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but probably not when there’s also a burger and ice cream involved. At Slater’s 50/50, the Merica Bacon Apple Pie Burger stuffs a brioche bun with a massive bacon patty, apple pie filling, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. God bless America.
Drunken Sailor Tots
Mess Hall Canteen, Garden Grove, CA
Loaded fries are good, but loaded tater tots are amazing. At Mess Hall Canteen, the bounty of the sea is loaded onto a stack of fried potatoes, creating a dish so decadent it makes filet mignon look like a 7-11 burrito. Not only will you get lobster atop your tots, you’ll also enjoy shrimp, crab, bacon, macaroni and cheese, an ample portion of cheese sauce, and masago aioli as the piece de resistance.
Ruef’s Meat Market, New Glarus, WI
Bacon makes everything better, but what could improve upon perfection? Chocolate, obviously. At Ruef’s Meat Market in New Glarus, WI, you can enjoy a slice of salty bacon dipped in milk chocolate with a drizzle of white chocolate on top for a sweet-and-savory snack that will make any other food pale in comparison.
Mashed Potato and Chicken Waffle
Ooblies Waffles, Medford, OR
Chicken and waffles? Boring. Chicken in waffles? Now we’re talking. Southern-inspired cuisine doesn’t get much better than the oversized waffle stuffed with garlic herbed mashed potatoes and fried chicken at Ooblies Waffles in Medford, OR. Once you’ve tried this bananas breakfast, you’ll crave it again and again.
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