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Anyone remember Taco Town, the "Saturday Night Live" spoof that became a cult hit a couple years back?

Turns out Applebee's took the video as a brainstorming session. They recently introduced the Quesadilla Burger, which won one of the Center for Science in the Public Interest's coveted Xtreme Eater Awards this year. The Center explains:

Applebee’s inserts a bacon cheeseburger into a quesadilla. Two flour tortillas, two kinds of meat, two kinds of cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, and a previously unknown condiment called Mexi-ranch sauce, plus fries, gives this monstrous marriage 1,820 calories, 46 grams of saturated fat, and 4,410 mg of sodium. Bonus heart-stopper: Applebee’s actually invites customers to top the fries with chili and still more cheese.

Of course, until Applebee's offers the option of wrapping the Quesadilla Burger in a large blueberry pancake, they'll still lag behind the genius of Taco Town. You can see the rest of the Center's awards here (pdf).

By Ezra Klein  |  June 2, 2009; 12:34 PM ET
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I read in a science mag recently that a high fat meal so increases the cholesterol that the lymphatic fluid (normally clear) becomes cloudy for several hours throughout the body.

Another thought: a diet/health book from a Stanford Univ. Med Center MD, some years back, said that all it takes is one high fat meal to put your heart in arrest, so the CSPI label of 'heart stopper' is literally true.

If the recommended caloric intake for a male in good health (not obese) is 1800-2400 per day, that one Applebee entree, plus beverage, is a day's allotment of calories and way over a day's sodium and fat.

Happy eating, to you! (Gene Autrey sings in background)

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | June 2, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing like whole stuffed camel for birthdays, coronations and other festive occasions.

Posted by: leoklein | June 2, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Meat, cheese, lettuce, & salsa in flour tortilla. Didn't that used to be called a soft taco?

Posted by: toiletminded | June 2, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI, Hulu videos only work within the US. I am sure the overwhelming majority of your readers are safely within the borders, but unfortunately people like me who are following things from Japan have to miss out on some of your lunch break videos.

Posted by: adamukun | June 2, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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