Because reading a retrospective on the most sensible salads that San Diego ate in 2013 would be about as much fun as eating a sensible salad, here is an epic look back at all the glorious fatness that graced our palates and gullets this year. If we survive to see the end of it, 2014 should be even bigger.
Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Chicken Charlie's, San Diego County Fair Approximate Calorie Count: 505 For a brief, magical moment over the Summer, this was the talk of the San Diego County Fair, and dare we say, the nation. It is as beautiful as it is simple: sloppy joes and glazed donuts, together in harmony. One can only imagine what glorious gastronomic developments the 2014 fair will hold, because the 2013 edition was a doozy.
Breaded, Deep-Fried Bacon Tavern at the Beach, Pacific Beach Approximate Calorie Count: 655 You know, considering it's deep-fried bacon... 655 isn’t too bad! Applewood-smoked slices of bacon that are double-battered, deep-fried, and served on a wooden plank with Jack honey mustard sauce for dipping. This is progress, people.
“Royale Style" Funnel Cake Coin-Op, North Park Approximate Calorie Count: 788 With this "Royale Style" funnel cake from San Diego arcade/eatery Coin-Op, you'll get magically transported to probably the fanciest carnival you could ever imagine. It's a heaping portion piled with strawberry sauce, cocoa nibs, a drizzling of honey, and a generous dusting of powdered sugar. Pro Tip: Don’t request the Royale with cheese.
Monte Cristo Donut Donut Bar, East Village Approximate Calorie Count: 1020 Sure, there are now plenty of donut burgers saturating the market, but what about enveloping other sandwiches in a delicious, cakey pastry? Standing at the vanguard of history is Donut Bar, which's taken the ingredients of a Monte Cristo -- Black Forest ham, Emmentaler -- and combined them with American cheese and cran-raspberry compote in a giant, powdered sugar-topped donut. Alexandre Dumas would be pleased.
The Mirv Burger Maryjane’s, Gaslamp Approximate Calorie Count: 1798 (with fries 2048) Named after the much-loved former Hard Rock employee who created it, Maryjane’s will make the Mirv Burger on request, but bring your appetite -- this is a double burger between two grilled cheese sandos made with four kinds of queso and piled with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. The restaurant's name could also potentially come into play as a performance enhancer when it comes to finishing it.
‘Merica Burger Slater's 50/50, Point Loma Approximate Calorie Count: 1810 (with 1lb patty) Testing the theory that there is no such thing as too much bacon: this 100% ground bacon patty (you can choose the number of patties to make yours a 1/3, 2/3, or full 1lb burger, so... make the right choice...), topped with MORE BACON, layers of cheddar cheese, a sunny-side up egg, all placed lovingly within a bacon fat pretzel bun that’s covered in creamy "bacon island" dressing. It made its appearance in July… can’t wait to see what they have in store for America’s bday in 2014.
Big Fat Fatty Fat Sal’s Deli, Pacific Beach Approximate Calorie Count: 14,281 When you come across a sandwich that costs $50 and weighs in at 9lbs, you've just gotta cut to the chase and list ingredients. 27in of French bread covered with butter. Five cheeseburgers. An entire package of bacon. Five fried eggs. 1.5lb of steak. 6oz of cheddar. 1.5lb of pastrami. 6oz of mozzarella. 10 chicken fingers. One order of mozzarella sticks. One order of onion rings. A bowl of homemade chili. Several ladles of marinara sauce. One order of jalapeño poppers. One basket of French fries. One cup of garlic aioli. [Applause]