Top Amazing And Weirdest Restaurants In The United States

Top Amazing And Weirdest Restaurants In The United States. This hospital-themed burger joint may be gimmicky, but it’s also serious as a heart attack. Although many U.S. eateries seem to fast track overeaters to the ICU, the Heart Attack Grill has openly embraced it, offering aggressively unhealthy food while posturing as a send up of fast food and obesity. The menu is simple: Bypass Burgers made of 1 4 patties (containing 0 .5 2 lbs of meat), shakes made with butterfat, and an all you can eat bar of Flatliner Fries, which are cooked in lard. Rounding out the menu is full sugar Mexican Coke, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Lucky Strikes (or candy cigarettes for the little ones who are aiming high). A waitress in nurse gear wheels those who finish the 8000 calorie Quadruple Bypass burger out to their car in a wheelchair.

Located below the Fairmont Hotel, the circa-1945 tropical lounge the Tonga Room is a remarkably intact vision of midcentury Tiki culture. The Island Groove Band performs on the lagoon on a moving Gilligan’s Island-esque raft platform, and every half hour there’s an indoor thundershower. The Tonga room serves Pacific Rim cuisine and tropical cocktails served in tiki vessels.

But this historic establishment was recently threatened—when plans to demolish the space for condos were announced in 2009, it sparked an outcry, inspiring awareness-raising happy hours and the Facebook group Save the Tonga Room, which has over 7200 members.

Car hops at the world’s largest drive-in (including a young Nipsy Russell) have been greeting customers at their car windows with “What’ll ya have?” since 1928.

The Varsity is pure 20th-century Americana, and the menu remains classic drive-in, not straying far from burgers, dogs, fries, colas and shakes, and their famous fried pies. A few things have changed : There are five locations, and today’s original Varsity in the Downtown location reigns over two acres, accommodating 600 cars and 800 people inside—the better to serve the 30,000 Georgia Tech Yellowjacket fans who visit each game day.

Unless you’re a magician or you roll with Gob Bluth , you probably won’t get to see the Magic Castle restaurant, because it’s only for members of the Academy for Magic Arts and their guests—kind of like a Friar’s Club for magicians.

Housed in a castle-esque mansion dating to 1908, the restaurant serves entrees like strip steak and penne with rock shrimp paired with, naturally, magic shows. To gain entrance, diners say “open sesame” to a bookcase.

The Cave is the nation’s only restaurant located in (you guessed it) a cave, serving American steakhouse/seafood and Italian fare. The space may not get much natural light, but it has waterfalls, fish ponds, and even a view of the Gasconade River.

The space began as a natural cave that served as a dance hall in the 1920s, situated three stories up on a limestone bluff at a campground (visitors can still rent the cabins). Back then it was not spacious enough for 225 to dine, as it is today; the rest was carved and blasted out over the course of four years.

Location: San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, and international locations
Price: four-course meal $65 – 80

It’s supper, it’s a club and then some. Supperclub is a multisensory experience incorporating unusual food, music, dancing, and experimental and avant-garde live performances (supperclub performers are often culled from art schools).

The food is a four-course internationally inspired meal from chef Nelson German, served to diners who lounge fashionably on white beds.

Imagine ninjas serving your Japanese/French/American fusion cuisine in a private nook of a subterranean feudal Japanese castle. You enter via through a dark path beset with armed “ninjas.”

Ninja’s signature dish for two to share is the Katana, which is Angus steak teriyaki, fried risotto and Alaskan king crab with a tomato mango sauce topped with white sauce and cheese.

Mars 2112 is a kitschy, kid-friendly outer-space-themed dining institution in the Times Square area. Themed touches include costumed alien hosts, Martian red lighting, otherworldly-named and presented cuisine (“star-field salmon,” “promethean pork chops”) and cocktails, as well as Crystal Crater, a “window to Mars.”

There are imitators, but Lucky Cheng’s in New York’s East Village pioneered the concept of dinner served by glamorous drag queens. The Asian-American three-course meals come with a cabaret show featuring a bawdy comedian hostess and Asian dance performances by other drag queens. After the last show, karaoke and dancing for all.

Novelty and theme restaurants seem to be more common outside the U.S., especially in Asia, but we’ve uncovered 15 unusual dining experiences right here in the USA, serving cuisines from the aggressively unhealthy to whimsical works of art. Some meals come with shows and some with surprises; some of the restaurants transport diners to another time, and one to another planet.

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