Taste Worth Dying For. The Heart Attack Grille nearly lived up to that promise the other night. The Heart Attack Grille (in Vegas of course) has a hospital theme going on, the waitresses are “nurses” and the guy running the place is a “doctor” – get it? There’s a sign posted at the front door that indicates eating at this establishment can be hazardous to your health. If that weren’t obvious enough one look at the menu is all you need. The Quadruple Bypass Burger has 20 slices of bacon and has, wait for it….8000 calories. Four times the normal intake for an average human on a daily basis. 8000. Eight thousand. They have ButterFat Shakes – made with pure cream. Ouch.
Weight in with the Doctor upon entry. If you weigh more than 350 pounds you eat for free. No joke. The whole thing is horribly kitsch but seems to do well in Vegas, I’m not sure it would go over fairly well in let’s say, San Francisco.
So why is it in the news, horrible health aside? (Click on the pic below for a larger version of their menu.)
An unidentified man suffered
cardiac arrest a heart attack while eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas on Saturday. That’s one and half pounds of meat and 15 slices of bacon. 6000 calories. That’s some irony for you.
The customer, estimated to be in his 40s, was wheeled out by paramedics when he was just midway through his 6,000 calorie burger. The restaurants owner, a former nutritionist (more irony?) named Jon Basso, said that the man “could barely talk” and was “sweating and suffering” as tourists took photos and videos from the street – there are links to the video out there – I won’t post them. I feel bad enough for the poor bastard and it’s a said enough story:
The staff at the Heart Attack Grill willingly glorifies bad health. If you weigh over 350 pounds, you eat for free. And on Saturday night, Basso saw the other side.
“I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because the tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of stunt. Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that,” he said.
Despite the fact that like most fast food restaurants – you know you’re getting food that will eventually kill you, it’s not supposed to happen while you’re there. “I don’t think I would walk into a place, even if it’s called the Heart Attack Grill, and order food,” a disturbed Las Vegas resident told Fox 5, “and expect that I was going to have a heart attack.”
Indeed. For the record the poor unnamed bastard in this story is recovering in the hospital and he’ll live. Here’s hoping he keeps his lardy ass out of this place and starts going for a walk everyday the urge hits him to consume a 6000 calorie meal.