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15 of the most expensive dishes in America

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USA TODAY, August 24, 2015--

For the ultimate high-rolling foodie — or a recent lottery winner — here are some of the most expensive dishes in the USA. From edible gold to piles of caviar to a $5,000 burger, these menu items are not only Instagram worthy, but also some of the most spendy in the country. Pony up for the prime items in the gallery above.

The Strawberry Arnaud Dessert incorporating the Royal Blue Diamond

The Strawberry Arnaud Dessert incorporating the Royal Blue Diamond

Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter offers strawberries marinated in a port wine sauce atop French vanilla ice cream that comes with some lagniappe — or “a little something extra” as they say in New Orleans. In this case, the lagniappe is a 10.06 carat royal blue diamond ring from M.S. Rau Antiques that comes in at $9.85 million dollars. The celebratory dessert comes with an ultra-luxe version of Arnaud's signature French 75 cocktail, made with Cristal Champagne and edible 42-karat gold leaf fakes.  

The Royal Blue Diamond, a natural fancy blue diamond weighing 10.06 carats. Due to it's rarity, blue diamonds cost 10 to 50 times as much as a comparable colorless diamond.

The Royal Blue Diamond, a natural fancy blue diamond weighing 10.06 carats. Due to it's rarity, blue diamonds cost 10 to 50 times as much as a comparable colorless diamond.

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