Lunchtime Poll: The Awesomely Gross Lunch Club

Yesterday, Friendly’s announced a new cheeseburger with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns. And it wasn’t even an Onion headline satirizing America’s conspicuous consumption; it was a real headline on a real site called Consumerist. I think the grilled cheese cheeseburger is ingenious — seriously, what took so long? — but I’m having trouble finding anyone else who doesn’t find it totally disgusting. Whatever, weirdos!

So instead, I’m pitting this triumph of modernity against another awesomely gross sandwich: The Pixy Stix/Cap’n Crunch sugar rush lovingly concocted by Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club. (Watch it here.) Vote below, and keep in mind that Ally’s bread slices would still have the faint taste of cured meat from before she hurled the pimento loaf at the sculpture.



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  • gigi

    Friendly’s sandwhich: Now that’s just nasty!

    • KS

      It’s like Jim Gaffigan’s idea for the Donut Ham Hamburger…

  • Ceballos

    In my opinion, both of these still pale in comparison to KFC’s Double Down.

    At least Friendly’s burger still has bread for buns. Sure, it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, but you can just think of it as cheese-stuffed bread.

    The Double Down doesn’t have time to mess about with bread…it uses two pieces of chicken! (Bread is, apparently, for pansies!)

    • daisyj

      Yeah, it’s basically a cheeseburger with two extra pieces of bread. Not that I’m saying that’s a good thing, but it pales in comparison to replacing the bread with fried chicken.

      I’m still waiting for someone to come out with my idea for the deep-fried pasta sandwich, though.

      • Luddite

        Hate to break it to you, but the Double Down is, far and away, the healthiest option here. I don’t find either of them remotely appetizing, but if you’re making your decision based on health, you should run screaming from anything with 4 pieces of white bread.

      • Bug

        Well, a bar near me offers deep-fried macaroni and cheese. Yes, just when you thought mac and cheese couldn’t be more full of empty calories, they deep-fried it and served it with ranch dressing.

        And I agree that the Double Down still beats both of these sandwiches for disgusting.

    • val

      Tracy Jordan, the preeminent sage of our time, called it in 2007 — “Meat is the new bread.”

      As a side note, I went to see if the This Is Why You’re Fat blog had coverage on the Friendly’s sandwich, but the blog is no more. Anyone know why?

      • Ceballos

        That’s bad news for Catholics, since we all know they don’t eat meat on Fridays because the Pope owns Long John Silver’s.

    • Madd

      My husband was actually disappointed by the KFC Double Down.

      • Ceballos

        Me too.

        I don’t know if I just got a bad one, but the one I tried was mostly just sad-looking.

  • Nee Nee

    I don’t know how Friendly’s burger sounds nasty to anyone. All the ingredients are items that would normally go on a burger, anyway; there are just more pieces of bread than usual. It’s really not that weird.

  • Seth

    Friendly’s.

  • BlatantURLPimpingMustDie

    I’m kinda sort new here, so maybe a kind someone can illuminate me….

    Outside of the cursory/shoe-horned “Breakfast Club” mention, what the BLAZES does this have to do with entertainment and/or pop culture?

    • lettergirl

      because we entertainment/pop culture junkies have to EAT and we have to know where to get the most heart attack inducing sammich out there!!! to quote the great PULP FICTION: “i’m going, that’s all there is to it, i’m fu%king GOING!”…to get me one of them thar sammiches!!! yum!!!

    • Madd

      Because it’s Lunchtime Poll.

  • nodnarb

    McRib FTW!

  • Sara (other one)

    My husband, who is from the Midwest, always thinks the Southern tomato sandwich is gross. Tomato slices, white bread, and mayo. I know, it’s not at all healthy, but with some nice ripe summer tomatoes and fresh French bread, nom nom nom…

    • lettergirl

      well, he’s just nuts. :) there is nothing better on a hot day in south ga than a fresh mater sammich. :)

  • rebecca

    i think the Friendly’s sandwich looks interesting. at first glance it looks disgusting but when you think about it, it is very interesting! i would never put pixie sticks on bread. i don’t like pixie sticks and i don’t like sandwich bread! gross!

    • Luddite

      I don’t think it looks disgusting because it would taste bad. If you like cheeseburgers (I don’t) it would probably be delicious. I think it looks disgusting because I’m imaging the way I would feel after eating it.

  • Sara

    Although everyone (except my family) thinks it’s disgusting, I highly recommend a peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwich! :::and don’t even THINK about substituting some nasty “real” mayo in there!:::

  • psych_pineapple

    While the grilled cheese hamburger may be a bit unusual, it doesn’t sound nearly as gross as iHops Bacon and Egg Cheeseburger. An egg on a hamburger….gross!

    • Eyeball

      Dude, what? You’ve never had a fried egg on a cheeseburger?

      People here mostly eat stupid stuff I guess.

      • jrm

        Agree, Eyeball. Fried egg on a cheeseburger is delish!

  • Mike

    I think my arteries just clogged.

  • Eyeball

    The grilled cheese/cheeseburger thing has existed in Portland, Oregon for years. We call it the Cheezus, and it is awesome.

  • katy

    that sandwich is a ripoff of one that was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

  • Ktct

    The Wendy’s sandwich has 97 grams of fat, three times as many as the Double Down. Ick.

    • Ktct

      Oops, not Wendy’s, Friendly’s

  • Jill

    It doesn’t look bad but there is no way I could even get through half of it without getting full.

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