While canning some chicken stock this morning I had the Travel network on, and they were running their "Chowhound Countdown" series. Apparently, this is their recommendations for the 101 tastiest places to chow down in America. Strange thing. All the places they chose either featured some kind of oversized dish (i.e., four-pound hamburgers; 2-foot long buritoes; 74-ounces of assorted steak, etc.), or offered a very off-beat version of a more familiar dish (i.e., Neeley's barbecue spagetti; Voodoo Doughnuts' weird toppings;etc.). By far the majority of the joints offered something in the gargantuan size. When, I wonder, did humongous versions of a dish become synomynous with "tasty?" But, more fundemental: What is the attraction of these dishes? I just don't get it.