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Duke’s Diner’s Challenging Breakfast

What’s the best way to conquer a 3-pound breakfast burrito loaded with ham, eggs, cheese, home fries, onions, peppers and salsa? Grab a knife, cut in and take the first bite. Duke’s Diner in Plattsburgh has been a breakfast staple in the community for more than 15 years. A few years ago, owner Chris Duquette noticed a trend in culinary contests on television and made one himself: a 2-pound breakfast burrito. Later, thinking 2 pounds wasn’t enough, Duquette shoved another pound of deliciousness inside to create a monster. This wicked burrito gives eaters more than a victory shirt — they…

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What’s the best way to conquer a 3-pound breakfast burrito loaded with ham, eggs, cheese, home fries, onions, peppers and salsa? Grab a knife, cut in and take the first bite.

Duke’s Diner in Plattsburgh has been a breakfast staple in the community for more than 15 years. A few years ago, owner Chris Duquette noticed a trend in culinary contests on television and made one himself: a 2-pound breakfast burrito. Later, thinking 2 pounds wasn’t enough, Duquette shoved another pound of deliciousness inside to create a monster.

This wicked burrito gives eaters more than a victory shirt — they get bragging rights, too.

When the waitress brings out the burrito, the size is hard to grasp. The plate barely harbors the thing. The burrito’s ingredients, stuffed into three tortillas, spill from the sides.

It could take hours trying to figure out the best way to tackle the burrito. Cutting it in half appears to be a plan, but multiple layers make completing the challenge nearly impossible. The first bite is cumbersome, but the taste of each ingredient packs an explosive punch.

From the first bite, the challenge weighs on me. Tapping out early isn’t an option, so the strategy involves chipping away at the sides of the burrito.
The figurative food baby begins to develop in my stomach 10-15 minutes into the challenge. All I see is burrito.

The bites become few and far between. Most challengers crumble somewhere before the halfway point.

A select few see no struggle.

“The breakfast challenge is nothing,” says loyal customer Casey Flynn. “It’s the lunch challenge that’s hard.” The three huge burger challenges include the Bypass Burger, the Double Bypass Burger and the Double Duke Burger.

So if you think you’ve got a gut, Duke’s is waiting.

Issue 4: Winter/Spring 2014

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