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If You Must Have That Oversized Portion of Food in Massachusetts and Rhode Island…

It has been said that giraffes can eat up to 50 pounds of food a day but since we are not giraffes, here are some local food destinations below that will make you feel like the human version of that hungry animal with the pituitary issue. Eat at your own risk and refrain if you have any medical issues — and if healthy, enjoy these foods as an exception rather than the rule. Ok, enough lecturing! You won’t believe the huge servings of food at cheap prices these small businesses serve in Massachusetts and Rhode Island…

Carl’s Oxford Diner at 291 Main St. in Oxford, Massachusetts (not too far from Worcester) has a longstanding reputation of serving oversized portions of food at rock-bottom prices like this side of bacon…

Huge serving of bacon from Carl's Oxford Diner in Oxford, Mass.

Or the overload of chocolate pancakes…

Overload of chocolate chip pancakes from Carl's Oxford Diner in Oxford, Massachusetts

The Modern Diner at 364 East Ave. in Pawtucket, Rhode Island doesn’t skimp on anything, particularly the award-winning, mouthwatering Custard French toast that was once named the number one meal in the Food Network’s Top Five Diner Dishes in America. Hosts Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson made the announcement on the Top Five Restaurants show on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. What’s in this comfort foods masterpiece? French toast made from thick-cut Texas toast with a topping of fresh strawberries, blueberries, sliced kiwi, house-candied pecans and raspberry syrup!

Remember “The Alamo” special at the Miss Florence Diner, 99 North Main St., in Florence, Massachusetts (a neighborhood in Northampton). It’s a gargantuan mix of eggs, beef chili, corn muffin and cheese sauce…

The Alamo at the Miss Florence Diner in Florence, Massachusetts, is a heaping mix of eggs, beef chili, corn muffin and cheese sauce.

We all know that salads are healthy for you, but we are not quite so sure about the delicious Buckland House of Pizza (13 State St. in Buckland, Massachusetts) version with a heaping addition of chicken tenders…

Greek salad with chicken tenders from the Buckland House of Pizza in Buckland, Massachusetts.

Dover is a quaint, small town not too far from Boston, Massachusetts but the steak and cheese sub from the Dover Cafe and Deli at 60 Centre St. is huge and mighty tasty — and the braided sub roll comes from the legendary Bova’s Bakery in the North End of Boston…

Huge steak and cheese sub from the Dover Cafe and Deli in Dover, Massachusetts.

Brothers Marketplace at 446 Main St., in downtown Medfield, Massachusetts is a great neighborhood market that includes a diner serving excellent comfort foods like this burger…

Burger from Brothers Marketplace in Medfield, Massachusetts

The seasonal Evelyn’s Drive-in at 2335 Main Rd. in Tiverton, Rhode Island (reopening for the 2017 season on April 17) offers wonderful waterfront views from the inside dining room and outdoor patio, as well as this equally scenic fried seafood platter with a heaping serving of clams, scallops, calamari, cod fish, shrimp, fries and onion rings that is enough for two or three people…

Huge fried seafood platter from Evelyn's Drive-In in Tiverton RI

For dessert — and to close out this post — how about this small-sized serving of black raspberry ice cream from Kimball Farm (reopening for the 2017 season on March 30) at 400 Littleton Rd. in Westford, Massachusetts? I can’t imagine what the large serving looks like!

This is a small serving of black raspberry ice cream from Kimball Farm in Westford, Massachusetts?

Still hungry? Check out my Best Diners in New England ebook that can be read on your smartphone, tablet or computer.


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