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When is Too Much Food Not a Good Thing?

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I can be cheap.

When it comes to food, I like thinking I’m getting a good deal…a great bargain…the best bang for my buck. Who doesn’t like getting a hearty meal? But this weekend, I realized that sometimes too much food isn’t always a good thing.

My breakfast buddies and I decided to chance the lines at the Griddle Café on Sunset and really dive into our Memorial Day weekend. We lucked out and got seated quickly (15 min) for a Saturday morning.

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Now, I’m certainly not a light eater, and the two guys with me weigh about two bucks each, so they like their food, too. But when one of them – who’d never experienced the restaurant’s Claim Jumper-esque portions before – suggested we each order an item, we quickly talked him out of it. So between the three of us, we ordered the following two entrees to share:

  1. The “Tis the Season” – which are the Griddle Café’s freaking awesome pumpkin pancakes, which includes pie filling and real whipped cream. Redi-Whip? What’s that?
  2. and

  3. The “Chicago Charlie’s” Scramble, which included sausage, potatoes, bacon, bell peppers, cheese, garlic, basil and oh, about a whole onion. The dish is served with garlic bread.

And this is what was left afterward: