Gangster Burger (with a diet soda?)

Photo from Hillery Shay, Pioneer Press

Photo from Hillery Shay, Pioneer Press

The kids at MnSpeak (that’s what I’m still calling it) have already started talking about this, but I have a different angle.

When the Pioneer Press brought the Rice Street Deli’s famous Gangster Burger back to the office for this non review (they never say what it tastes like), for some reason photographer Hillery Shay decided to capture the five pound burger with a bottle of Diet Coke in the background.

Was that a joke? If your arteries can handle two half-pound hamburger patties, three six-ounce steaks, a half-pound of gyro meat, a half-pound of Italian beef and six slices of cheese, I think you can handle a full strength soda.

5 Comments so far

  1. emilysaysso on November 18th, 2008 @ 11:29 am

    Sadly, that photo is quite true to life. In high school, I worked at a local burger place, and the more disgustingly huge a person’s order, the more likely they were to order a (large) DIET Coke.

    People ordering regular Coke would usually do it with a more reasonable meal (or as reasonable as you could get in a burger joint) and would get a small or a maybe a medium.

    In some way, I think these people felt that they were "cancelling out" their poor food choices with the diet soda.

  2. doniree on November 18th, 2008 @ 11:47 am

    Ha! First of all, that is the most intimidating burger I have ever seen (yet I am now dying to try it…). Second, I’ve also noticed that weird phenomenon… "I’ll have a Big Mac, supersized, with a Diet Soda."


  3. JasonT (minn_jasont) on November 18th, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

    Don’t any of you remember the old Coke advertising campaign? "Just for the taste of it….Diet Coke!" I do have to say, I can’t stand the taste of regular soda, unless it’s real sugar, and not high fructose corn syrup.

  4. Julie (julie) on November 18th, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

    I was under the impression from the article that none of the staffers were brave enough to eat it, so the bottle beside it might be totally unrelated!

  5. Art (artallen) on November 19th, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    I saw this in the PiPress and wanted to blog about it but I had a heart attack just from thinking about that sandwich and was unable to. I’m glad you did.

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