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25 Fried Foods You Have To Try Before You Die

...unless they kill you first.

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1. A Ripper at Rutt's Hut in Clifton, N.J.

What is it? The infamous Ripper is not as scary as it sounds. The hot dog is deep-fried in oil instead of grilled or boiled, so the skin tears and gets super crispy.

2. The Carol C. Special at Roscoe's in Los Angeles

What is it? Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles is an L.A. staple and has some of the best fried chicken you will ever have. Unlike traditional Belgian waffles, these beautiful creations are thin, dense, and filled with happiness and a dash of cinnamon.

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3. The Memphis Mafia from VooDoo Doughnut in Portland, Ore.

What is it? The doughnut is an apple fritter topped with banana chunks, cinnamon glaze, chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate chips. Rich? Yes. Heart-stopping? Not even close.

4. Fish and Chips at Malibu Seafood in Malibu, Calif.

What is it? Malibu Seafood has some of the best fish around, as all of the food is freshly caught in the ocean right across the street. Their fish is beer battered and served with thick cut steak fries all made fresh to order.

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5. A giant-ass funnel cake at Funnelicious in Greenville, S.C.

What is it? At Funnelicious you dress a funnel cake with all the sugary sweet toppings your heart desires. You can even order a cake nearly 16 inches in diameter served in a pizza box.

6. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans

What is it? New Orleans is known for its incredible beignets, and these prove why. These little puffs of fried dough are covered in powdered sugar and complimented by a hot mug of cafe au lait. You may want to pack some Wet Wipes before eating them.

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10. Spam Fries at Maharlika in New York City

What is it? The canned meat is so much more than everything but the oink. These salty treats are dipped in tempura batter and fried to perfection. Spam's making a comeback.

12. Bacon Mac & Cheese Pie at Dale's Fried Pies in Knoxville, Tenn.

What is it? Dale's Fried Pies are pockets of gooey goodness sold out of a tiny stand in Knoxville. Boasting savory and sweet, the mac and cheese pie is the perfect crispy snack for summer days.

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15. A Milky Bun at Afters Ice Cream in Fountain Valley, Calif.

What is it? Nothing is better on a hot day than a doughnut filled with ice cream. However, these aren't just vanilla and chocolate. Their flavors range from Acai Blueberry Sorbet to Cookie Butter and Strawberry Cookie Crunch. You also get to put all the toppings you'd like, then stuff it all into a fresh doughnut.

16. Crispy Pata from Ruby's Fast Food in Chicago, Ill.

What is it? This Filipino restaurant slowly deep fries a pork leg to a beautiful crispy brown. Because of how long it takes to prepare and cook the dish, you have to order it a day ahead of time, and it's worth the wait.

17. Anything at Sandwich U in Morgantown, W.Va.

What is it? Imagine choosing your favorite things from a fried food buffet, placing them on a bun, and calling it a sandwich. For example, the restaraunt boasts the Fat Bastard: gyro meat, chicken fingers, two mozzarella sticks, and tzatziki sauce. It's a drunk person's paradise.

20. The Monte Cristo at Café Orleans in Disneyland

What is it? If you're ever hungry and on a budget at Disneyland, this deep fried ham and cheese sandwich will keep you full all damn day. Don't forget the powdered sugar.

22. Deep-Fried Breakfast On-a-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair

What is it? It's the Monte Cristo on steroids. The new addition to the fair is "American and Swiss cheeses, a sausage patty, one egg and Canadian bacon all sandwiched between two pancakes, then dipped in a light, sweet batter, and deep-fried on-a-stick." You're welcome.

24. The Hot Pocket Burger at PYT in Philadelphia

What is it? A cheeseburger that uses deep-fried Hot Pockets as buns, aka a heart attack on a plate. PYT is known for its insane burgers like the chicken bacon Eggo sliders and the fried chicken and beer burger.

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