When we think about fast food, we typically think of a wallet-friendly meal. It’s a way to have a quick bite without spending a fortune. On the other hand, expensive meals are saved for special occasions and usually require a good amount of time set aside to enjoy it. But in their ongoing endeavor to create a unique and eclectic menu, even fast food joints have created some pricey grub.
Whether or not you’re willing to spend the cash for a quick meal, consider some of the most costly fast food options available.
See also: 12 Overpriced Items at Every Restaurant
1. Wendy’s Surf and Turf Burger, $16
If you thought this renowned steak and lobster combo could only be served on a plate in a fine-dining establishment, think again. Wendy’s has transformed this dish, and placed it between a bun for a convenient, on-the-go meal. Sitting atop their famous square burger patty is a mountain of lobster, veggies, and even caviar.
While this masterpiece is available exclusively in Japan, we think the $16 price wouldn’t settle well with us in the U.S., no matter how delectable it is.
2. A Hollywood Milkshake, $500
Milkshake lovers unite and make your way to the Powder Room in Hollywood, CA for the luxurious Velvet Goldmine. Blended with Belgian chocolate, a generous splash of liquor, and dusted with gold leaves, this milkshake declares extravagance. But the best part is, you’re not just getting whipped cream to top off this treat, customers also receive a $190 Swarovski ring as the cherry on top.
3. Jumbo Jack Burger, $38.28
You might have never known that the most expensive item on the Jack in the Box menu is their “Jumbo Jack,” hailing in at over a foot tall. This monstrous burger hosts 20 meat patties, 5 orders of bacon, 2 fried eggs, a variety of cheeses, ham, turkey, chicken, golden onion rings, and grilled onions. The Jumbo Jack is the result of a former mastermind employee who makes YouTube videos on his unique fast food concoctions.
4. The (Almost) $50 Frap
If you ever need 40 shots of espresso to start your day, be prepared to shell out $47.50 on what is known as the “quadriginoctuple frap.” A customer who actually ordered this also added a ton of extras – flavors, protein powders, and pretty much every add-in Starbucks has to offer. Coming in as the priciest drink at Starbucks, at least this customer brought in his own cup, making his total $0.10 cheaper.
5. The $69 “Haute” Dog
Serendipity 3 in New York City is the home of this foot-long phenomenon. Topped with the fanciest of condiments, such as foie gras, black truffles, and white truffle butter, the Haute Dog was first made public on National Hot Dog Day in 2010 as a publicity antic by owner Stephen Bruce. Serendipity 3 is also known for having famous eaters as diners and as the backdrop to Hollywood films.
6. The $600 Cup of Coffee
Okay, this is not $600 for just a cup of coffee, but this cup of Joe does come in at a whopping $600 per pound, which does come to about $50 a cup! This coffee originates from a rare good that only grows as a coffee cherry in a particular area of Asia, and its harvest requires intricacy and patience, making its value skyrocket relative to an original cup of coffee. These coffee cherries are first consumed by a native breed of weasel, then retrieved from their waste and thoroughly disinfected. While the coffee portion cannot be digested by the weasel’s immune system, the outer cherry components are broken down. The final product is the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak, a Vietnamese coffee.
Would you spend even just $50 on a cup of this coffee? I’m not sure we would!
7. Mac and Cheese for a Cool $95
Melisse French Cuisine in sunny Santa Monica, CA is known for their seasonal and acclaimed meals, and for their big-ticketed serving of the classic macaroni and cheese. This traditional comfort food is upgraded with white truffle, and for those who are willing to drop an entire bill on this dish, visit the restaurant from October to December when white truffle is available.
8. The “Zillion Dollar Frittata,” $1,000
So $1,000 is definitely not a zillion dollars, but that’s still a remarkable charge for one breakfast order. Found at Norma’s in New York City, customers can order this fancy frittata and enjoy lobster, 10 magnificent ounces of sevruga caviar, and of course, eggs.
9. The Most Expensive Pizza Ever Sold, $4,200
In 2006, a customer spent $4,200 dollars on a pizza. Designated the “Pizza Royale 007,” this savory pie was adorned with venison, cognac-marinated lobster, champagne-soaked caviar, and sprinkled with 24-carat gold flakes, but its actual worth is priced at $3,700, leaving a fair profit on this sale. Specializing in lavish pizzas, Domenico Crolla is the creator and a well-known chef for Italian cuisine.
10. A Cupcake Dress, $1,275
Weighing in at 28 pounds, this culinary couture was created with 300 cupcakes over a three-day period. It was featured in a magazine ad for Food Network UK as part of Cupcake Week.
11. A VERY Expensive Hamburger, $5,000
Most hamburgers sell for $10 or less, but one establishment in Las Vegas decided to change that. With layers of foie gras and black truffles resting between a brioche truffle bun at $5,000, their Kobe Burger is one one of the most expensive burgers in America. A complementary duo of fancy glasses holding 1990 Chateau Petrus is paired with this exquisite burger as a take-home gift and proof of the entire meal.
12. Philly Cheesesteak, $100
If you are a resident of the Northeast, you can be sure to find a Philly cheesesteak at just about every corner for just a few bucks each. In Philadelphia, however, a dine-in joint has revamped this traditional favorite by melting delicious cheese on a bed of Kobe beef and poached lobster.
13. Golden Ice Cream, $25,000
And the world’s most expensive ice cream goes to the Golden Ice Cream dessert at Serendipity 3. This New York City establishment has already made it to the list with its $69 Haute Dog, but it deserves a second spot with this over-the-top dessert. This golden sundae comes with 28 cocoas and a side of Knipschildt Chocolatier’s truffle, which costs $2,600. Even more, you can indulge in style with the included 18-carat gold bracelet and a golden or diamond spoon which you can take home!
14. The Golden Bagel, $1,000
The state of New York is known for its bagel popularity, and known for serving them at an affordable price. In 2007, however, this staple was recreated when the executive chef of the Westin Hotel in Times Square coated bagels with white truffle cream cheese, goji berry jelly, and decorated them with gold leaves. They sold for an extreme $1,000 each.
But we love that the profits were given to fund a culinary-based scholarship, leaving a humbling light at the end of a ridiculously priced tunnel.
15. Chocolate Pudding, $35,000
Desserts are racking up dollars on our list, and we’re about to add another one. This $35,000 pudding can be found in the UK, and it needs to be pre-ordered at least 2 weeks in advance. Some of the fancy ingredients include gold, caviar, champagne jelly, and of course, a generous amount of chocolate. Oh yeah, we almost forgot the two-carat diamond.
So what are your thoughts? Shell out on a temporary consumption or maybe purchase a new car? We pick the car!