Ella’s Deli — Madison, WI
I stumbled across this lovely restaurant in Madison, Ella’s Deli:
A “Pig’s Trough” had about a zillion scoops of ice cream, syrups, whipped cream, nuts, bananas, fruit, and maybe five million calories. Back when I was half the man I am today (‘cuz I weigh twice as much) I’d always order the Trough. I did it because after you completed eating it, your waiter would come over, stand on a chair, and apologize loudly to the entire restaurant for letting a pig sneak in and suck down some dairy goodness. They’d pin a little ribbon on your boob (well, ok, on the shirt over your boob) and it was a good time had by all.
Farrell’s pretty much closed their nationwide chain by 1990, but there are still a few in California and one in Hawaii. (Guess which two states I’ll be in come this fall? I will be stopping by. And yes, they still have a Pig’s Trough on the menu.)
Ella’s wasn’t quite that nutso, but it was . . . unique:
Had one of their chicken salads, featuring Croutons To Die For ®: