Β I have alluded many times to the fact that I would never completely give up the foods that led to my all-high weight of more than 300 pounds: the french fries, the burgers, the wings, the pizza. Basically, the salt and grease. Some people talk about a sweet tooth; I battled a fat tooth.

When I first started to lose weight I would use eating out as an excuse to really pig out. I figured if I were good 95 percent of the time, I deserved an occasional treat. I still subscribe to that philosophy, but my restaurant choices are generally healthier now because my tastes have changed and I actually like veggie dishes,Β and I know that I won’t feel that great if I go hog wild, because my body’s not used to all that nasty — yet delicious — stuff.

On Saturday, though, I totally went for it, and I don’t regret it at all. My mom wanted to go to Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, which you have probably seen on a number of TV shows and in national and regional publications. It’s home to one of the world’s largest hamburgers, if not the largest (some place in Jersey keeps one-upping them).

If you are ever in western/central Pennsylvania and have the chance to stop at Denny’s, I would recommend it, if only to say that you did. The food is excellent, especially the burgers. My family has been eating there since long before it was a nationally known restaurant, and I’ve honestly never had a bad meal there. I’ve also never had good service, either, regardless of time, day, season, etc. There was a huge wait, which is to be expected for a Saturday night, but there is no excuse for the attitude of the waitstaff and hostess, who wouldn’t give me a straight answer as to how long the wait would be.

I’m also pretty sure my server did not have two brain cells to rub together, but even I will put up with the service from hell for the food. I couldn’t remember the last time I had a drink, but I ordered a giant frothy glass of Blue Moon (above) and it was so refreshing and delicious. I love Blue Moon’s summer ale, but I’ve never tried the other three seasonal varieties. I want too, though.

On to the goods:

We shared a plate of coach’s recipe wings — my favorite. So good!

Pizza burger + beer batter fries. I never make burgers at home (beef ones, anyway) so I love a good burger when I go out. I didn’t get a photo of the basket of fried things we also shared; it included mozzarrella sticks, onion rings, poppers and deep fried pickles. πŸ™‚

I was quite surprised that I did not get sick after this meal, but I think it was because I took my mom’s lab for a long walk before we went to dinner, and I had a pretty healthy lunch earlier in the day. We also went to Wal-Mart after dinner (the social hub of my hometown πŸ™‚ ) so that activity helped, too.

Are there any foods you refuse to give up?

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