What Happens if You Eat a Sandwich That Looks Like This?

What Happens if You Eat a Sandwich That Looks Like This?

Hungry for a challenge? Go head-to-head with these monsters.

By Marcy de Luna

We hope you like meat—and bread—a lot: Here, we bring you the most enormous deli sandwiches in America. Because that detox diet is getting deadly boring right about now.

In-Between Triple Decker, Harold's New York Deli Restaurant, New Jersey 

Harold Jaffe knows a thing or two about how to run a deli. The former co-owner of New York’s famed Carnegie Deli opened his own place, Harold's New York Deli Restaurant in New Jersey, more than 25 years ago. It now cranks out eight tons of house-smoked and -cured pastrami and corned beef weekly, and offers a mindboggling menu of 500 items to the more than 14,000 customers who walk in every week. The most courageous order the In-Between Triple Decker, a ginormous mound of corned beef and pastrami stacked amid three layers of pancakes and served with a side of applesauce. Luckily, there’s no extra charge for sharing. You'll need at least 10 people to attack this thing. Photo by i_am_d,Instagram

Zellagabetsky, Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen, Houston

Finish your Zellagabetsky at Kenny and Ziggy's in Houston, and the always-bustling deli will throw in a slice of cheesecake, gratis (because why stop at the sandwich?). All you have to do to earn your free dessert is eat every last crumb of the eight-decker, $65 sandwich, featuring four pounds of meat including corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, salami and tongue. Plus there's Swiss cheese and coleslaw between each layer. And Russian dressing and red sweet pepper. Impossible for one person to eat this? Not true. Shaquille O'Neill once took the challenge and ate not one, but two sandwiches in one sitting. And both slices of the prize cheesecake. Photo credit: Paula Murphy

Big Fat Fatty, Fat Sal's Deli, San Diego

You can find mini-chain Fat Sal’s Deli, co-owned by Jerry Ferrara (a.k.a. Turtle of the show Entourage), in five U.S. cities, including San Diego. Its sandwiches, including the Big Fat Fatty, tend to go way over the top. The gargantuan submarine involves pieces of cheesesteak and cheeseburger, along with mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, pastrami, bacon, fried eggs, jalapeno peppers, French fries, onion rings and chili, all presented on a 27" garlic hero roll with marinara and a house-made Thousand-Island-dressing-like sauce. Polish off the Big Fat Fatty in 40 minutes or less and get it for free. Late-night hours mean you have all day to save room.

Potato Pancake Reuben, Zinger’s Deli, Boca Raton

The menu at Zinger’s Deli, a Boca Raton strip-mall spot, includes house-made soups, breads and meats—with the exception of the corned beef and pastrami, which are outsourced but made using Zinger’s own recipe. One of the best ways to sample them is via the potato pancake Reuben, made with your choice of hot corned beef or pastrami, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. The whole thing is served between two crispy potato pancakes with homemade Russian dressing. Photo credit: Official Food Group, Instagram

Triple Decker, The Route 58 Delicatessen, Virginia Beach

To say that the portions at Route 58 in Virginia Beach are large is just a tiny understatement. The towering Triple Decker, assembled on rye bread and featuring coleslaw, Russian dressing and three meats—corned beef sliced hot from a steambox, roast beef served rare, and turkey—will take care of your protein requirement for the day (week? month?). Photo: Official Food Group, Instagram

BLT, Tony’s I-75 Restaurant, Birch Run

At Tony’s I-75 in Birch Run, Michigan, the homey decor includes shelves stocked with Italian peppers and spices, and salami sticks hanging from the ceiling. Here, there’s no need to settle for a couple of measly pieces of bacon on your BLT when you can have an entire pound of it. All on one sandwich. Photo by chelelynk, Instagram


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