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Behold the deep-fried Twinkie Burger

Written by Gretchen McKay on

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If you thought Thursday's Food & Flavor story on scary food made your stomach twist and churn -- lots of people, it seems, are eating bugs when they least expect it  -- here's another heave-inspiring dish to chew on.

PYT burger bar in Philadelphia this week trotted out its Deep-Fried Twinkie Burger.

The $12 novelty sandwich is exactly what it sounds like: Instead of a traditional roll, the pork belly-and-beef burger comes sandwiched between two funnel cake-battered,deep-fried Twinkie buns. Completing the sweet-and-savory taste combination is a thick slice of American cheese and several pieces of applewood smoked bacon. It's served with waffle fries on the side and a crispy pickle.

And some people outside of Pittsburgh think we're  weird for piling fries on top of everything. 

It was only a matter of time before someone seized on America's love affair with Twinkies, which skyrocketed in popularity this summer after briefly being pulled from store shelves when long-time maker Hostess when bankrupt. And what better place than PYT, which bills itself as the "home of America's Craaaziest Burgers."

The north Hancock St. restaurant has on its menu the artery-clogging Doh Nut! Burger, a beef patty topped with chocolate-covered bacon that comes stuffed between two glazed donut halves. It also previously sold a Szechuan Lamb Burger with buns made of sticky rice, a Mac 'N Cheese Burger and the ground-breaking Lasagna Bun Burger. That oddball combo sandwiched a 5-ounce cheesy-spicy meatball between two quarter-pound wedges of crumb-battered, meat-gravied noodle pie. Mama mia! booberryshake

Thirsty? For this week's Halloween celebration, PYT also offered boozy adult milkshakes made with Count Chocola, Franken Berry and Boo Berry cereals in addition to oh-so-boring Southern Tier Pumking. 

Regarding the limited-run Twinkie Burger, sales have been brisk.

"It's a really cool combination of salty and sweet. It's surprisingly very good," co-owner Sarah Brown said in a news story. 

Then, in what just might be the understatement of the year, she added: "It is very rich though."

Who knows -- maybe you think the dish sounds absolutely delish. Or perhaps you've experienced something equally crazy and creative in Pittsburgh. If so, we'd love to hear about it.

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