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Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 02:10 PM

I'll start:
Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carls Jr. - aka: the reason I stopped being vegetarian. Add some onion rings and I'm in heaven.

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    Evan RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 02:15 PM

    Spicy chicken sandwich at Wendys.

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      Sony Bob RE: Evan Oct 25, 2005 07:19 PM

      Add a Wendy's chili with some sauce to this and you have a really good lunch.
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      cleanplateannie RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 02:26 PM

      I can't resist a quick drive-through green chili cheese burrito at Taco Bell. I started eating them in 1972 when it was called Zapata's and you had a choice of green or red chili and they were actually different! Then it changed to Zantigo and continued to be pretty good, but, now owned by Taco Bell. The thrill is gone...they really aren't any good at all more, but hope springs eternal...

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        butterfly RE: cleanplateannie Oct 25, 2005 02:50 PM

        Zantigo--I very vaguely remember that chain from the late 70s/early 80s. Didn't they call their burritos "sanchos"?

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          John Seberg RE: cleanplateannie Oct 25, 2005 06:47 PM

          Zapata was resurrected in the Saint Paul MN area a few years ago. I haven't been there for a while, probably not since early 2001, since I moved out of the area. It looks like they've changed the name to Zantigo (again). Taco Bell's attempts to please the old Zapata/Zantigo crowd never came close, IMO.

          Link: http://www.zantigo.com/

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          Eva and Ziv RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 02:26 PM

          To me, my fast-food guilty pleasures are not representative of the food they purport to be. Like most other junk foods, they are simply examples of themselves, and can be rated against themselves. (E.g., Doritos do not, in fact, taste like nachos. But, as a Dorito, each chip can be rated against its fellows--for instance, fresh Doritos are better than stale.)

          That said, I love McDonalds' classics: hamburgers (so sweet, they taste like candy!), fries, and chicken McNuggets with sweet and sour sauce. Also, Wendy's chocolate dairy desserts (Frosties).

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            hobokeg RE: Eva and Ziv Oct 26, 2005 06:29 AM

            i totally agree with you. if i'm craving a mcdonald's cheeseburger, no "real" cheeseburger, no matter how wonderful, will do. and vice-versa.

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            Deenso RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 02:27 PM

            In-n-Out Burger. They don't exist in NYC, so I only get to have one every couple of months or so, on visits to Phoenix.

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              nooodles RE: Deenso Oct 25, 2005 03:04 PM

              My friend lives in DC and has a rule that every time he's in California, and In-N-Out burger must enter his mouth within the first 24 hours of his visit. How's that for obsessive?

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                Will Owen RE: nooodles Oct 25, 2005 04:41 PM

                When she was being interviewed on her 90th birthday, Julia Child admitted that she carried in her purse a location list of every In-N-Out between San Diego and Santa Barbara!

                Good enough for me...

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                  srr RE: Will Owen Oct 26, 2005 03:19 AM

                  I think you can still call a hotline from whereever you are in CA and an operator will tell you the directions to the closest InNOut.

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                  ryan RE: nooodles Oct 25, 2005 05:12 PM

                  How about the time my boyfriend, my roommate, and I drove six hours for a double double, starting at 3 AM?

                  Description at the link.

                  Link: http://www.livejournal.com/users/full...

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                    Laughing Goddess RE: nooodles Oct 26, 2005 09:58 PM

                    If you haven't seen Joe H's post, "The 5,000 Mile Hamburger," about In N Out, you need to read it now. One of the finest pieces of food porn I've seen.

                    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: Deenso Oct 25, 2005 04:58 PM

                    In-N-Out is not a guilty pleasure for me. It's pure, downright hedonism. Gimme a 3x3 animal style, fries, and a chocolate shake... oh baby.

                    Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                    efdee RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 02:46 PM

                    White Castle burgers.

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                      Don't Ask RE: efdee Oct 25, 2005 02:48 PM

                      Living in California, I've only had the frozen ones. I've always wanted to try a fresh one.

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                        Bob Martinez RE: efdee Oct 25, 2005 05:52 PM

                        (Begins to stand up) My name is Bob and I eat White Castles.

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                          Will Owen RE: Bob Martinez Oct 25, 2005 07:38 PM

                          My name is Will, and I had about five of them at 4:30 AM after a night of deep partying. I lived to regret it, but only just...

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                            chowmeow RE: Will Owen Oct 26, 2005 12:18 AM

                            Bob and Will, you have given me the courage to stand up as well. My name is Liza. I cannot pass a White Castle without thinking longingly of their fish burgers (w/ketchup) and milk shakes.
                            Must say that their fries are awful.

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                              Will Owen RE: chowmeow Oct 26, 2005 01:47 PM

                              When you've been dragged through every other after-hours club in Louisville, Kentucky with your (much!) younger brother's rock band, awful fries are a whole lot better than none.

                              What I remember is having this big sack of Food in my lap, into which I could just stick my hand and come out with something edible without having to look...which is exactly what I was competent to do at the time.

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                              Bob Martinez RE: Will Owen Oct 26, 2005 10:32 AM

                              I tend to visit White Castle after midnight as well. The night hides my shame.

                              I have sad memories of long nights that involved excessive amounts of alcohol. In the morning I'd wake up in my bed, hungover and forgetful of the previous night's events. I would stagger out to the living room only to be confronted with those empty little white boxes. My reaction was always one of horror. "My God, what have I done?"

                              I felt like Lyle Talbot in "Werewolf of London" when he awakes the morning after a full moon night and finds his clothes all torn. He knows he has roamed the streets of London and done terrible things.

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                            Val Ann C RE: efdee Oct 25, 2005 09:08 PM

                            My dog likes White Castle burgers. I use my dog as an excuse to drive through White Castle several times a month. We share a sack of ten castles with no onions. Because that's the way the dog prefers them. Also their Cokes are very good.

                            (I love white castles for breakfast.)

                            Link: http://flickr.com/photos/valann/55005...

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                              MicDago RE: Val Ann C Oct 26, 2005 08:30 AM

                              he looks like a white castle lover :)

                              we use to have a chain here called checkers that was exclusively a drive-thru, and had windows on either side. my dog loved it when i drove through on her side so she could take the bag from the cashier. they always threw in an extra plain patty for her.

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                                furryabdul RE: MicDago Oct 26, 2005 08:47 AM

                                i went to a checkers in florida and the burgers and fries were really good. they also had great banana milkshakes...

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                              Dax RE: efdee Oct 31, 2005 11:31 PM

                              Has anyone here had a taste-off between White Castle and Krystal's? I've eaten many a Krystal, cheese Krystal, fries, corn pups, etc. but only frozen White Castles. In fact, one night around 11 PM in college I changed back to eating red meat just because of the smell of those little heavenly pseudo meat burgers. Mmmm soylent burgers

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                                furryabdul RE: Dax Nov 1, 2005 07:43 AM

                                i've had 'em both and they're about the same...

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                              malibumike RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 02:54 PM

                              Tommy's double chilli cheeseburger with extra chilli and onions: In n Out double double.

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                                nooodles RE: malibumike Oct 25, 2005 03:05 PM

                                Tommy's burger with the "other" sauce. I've only had it once, by accident. It was shockingly good. Kind of like In-N-Out's sauce.

                                In-n-Out cheeseburger, animal style. Throw in a neapolitan shake.

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                                  Niki Rothman RE: nooodles Nov 5, 2005 09:47 PM

                                  What's animal style? I've never been to in & out burger. Is that your all time fave fast food burger?

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                                    malibumike RE: Niki Rothman Nov 6, 2005 10:39 AM

                                    Animal style is grilled onions instead of raw, meat patty is cooked with mustard - you could never tell this, it makes it tangy, extra sauce which is just thousand island dressing, and pickles. Much tangier taste than the regular. The regular has a clean old fashioned american cheeseburger taste. As far as is it my favorite, it is way up there considering it is fast food and a bargan for the price.

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                                      Niki Rothman RE: malibumike Nov 6, 2005 11:46 AM

                                      Thanks! I can't wait to try one!
                                      I've been enjoying making my first burgers in years after discovering the Niman Ranch hamburger, $4.99 a pound. So I'll also try making the "animal style" myself after sampling the In & Out one. I wonder where they got that name...must be a story there.

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                                        rworange RE: Niki Rothman Nov 7, 2005 02:27 AM

                                        I don't think anyone has ever asked that question. Maybe the burger is a little messy so it is animal-style.

                                        There's a whole secret menu thing with In-N-Out and I had heard that the Flying Dutchman was the nickname of one of the sons who liked to race cars and liked his burgers in that style. Don't know how true that is.

                                        There's lots of stories to In-N-Out. There's the whole religious thing. There are references to bible quotes on the wrappers.

                                        One thing I didn't know is that you can get more than just a 4 x 4 burger (four burgers, four slices of cheese). You can order burgers with ALMOST any cheese/meat combo. So as the link below says, there's a legend that someone ordered a 100 x 100.

                                        With the whole religious thing, supposedly when someone ordered a 666 x 666, they got a 667 x 667.

                                        Now that sounds like a story. How would that stack? Who would count? Who could afford it?

                                        A more reasonable story I heard was that someone ordering a 6 x 6 x 6 (6 burgers, 6 slices of cheese, 6 buns) was turned down ... but then again, makes a good story.

                                        For a family with a religious background, they sure have an odd name and logo.

                                        One thing I learned from the trivia section below:

                                        "At least two of the Palm trees in front of each restaurant are crossed in an 'X' (see image at right). The founder, Harry Snyder's favorite movie was "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in which indviduals look for a hidden treasure and find it under the crossed palm trees- "X MARKS THE SPOT".

                                        Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-N-Out...

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                                          anon RE: rworange Nov 7, 2005 06:11 AM

                                          Interesting tales.

                                          The "secret" menu is also on their official website, and although it doesn't explicitly say that one can order any meat/cheese combo (beyond the 4x4), it is sorta implied in the verbage.

                                          Link: http://www.in-n-out.com/secretmenu.asp

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                                            Sydney RE: rworange Nov 7, 2005 01:48 PM

                                            No, no - it wasn't an "X" in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

                                            It was a big "W."

                                            There were two palm trees crossed in the form of an "X," but there was a palm tree on either end - one leaning to the left and one to the right - to form "the big W." I dont think there was any heavy-duty symbolism there.

                                            Now - White Castle Hamburgers. That's another story...

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                                  Morgan RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 03:41 PM

                                  Portland chain Burgerville's chocolate hazelnut milkshakes and walla walla onion rings. Mmmmm.

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                                    Sharuf RE: Morgan Oct 26, 2005 02:27 AM

                                    Once upon a time, Burgerville had my all-time favorite drive-in item -- shrimp burgers! They haven't been seen in eons, however.

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                                    torta basilica RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 03:51 PM

                                    Ditto on In N Out - Double Double Animal Style with Well-done Fries!

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                                      karin RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 03:54 PM

                                      West Coast - In N Out, hands down
                                      East Coast - Nathan's hot dogs and fries

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                                        Philly Ray RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 04:02 PM

                                        Popeye's chicken.

                                        My wife and I were in San Francisco a few weeks ago and had our first In 'n Out Burger. Yummy stuff!

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                                          BlueHerons RE: Philly Ray Oct 26, 2005 09:47 AM

                                          Chick-Fil-A, Popeyes, or Churches!

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                                          furryabdul RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 04:04 PM

                                          mcdonald's double cheeseburger & fries but they have to be fresh!!!!

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                                            rebs RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 04:25 PM

                                            chicken mcnuggets with hot mustard sauce. with fries of course...

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                                              srr RE: rebs Oct 26, 2005 03:15 AM

                                              Love that "hot" mustard sauce!!

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                                              MV RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 04:31 PM

                                              In N Out Double Double animal Style
                                              McDonalds Hash Browns
                                              Popeyes Fried Chicken and Red Beans and Rice

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                                                srr RE: MV Oct 26, 2005 03:17 AM

                                                No need to feel guilty about the red beans from Popeye's. They're better than many homemade versions.

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                                                  Carpetbagger (John C) RE: srr Oct 26, 2005 10:35 AM

                                                  When I moved to New Orleans in 1997, I was so excited to try "real" red beans & rice. Only having had the Popeyes version, I assumed that the local version would be so much better. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I liked Popeye's better.

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                                                Will Owen RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 04:46 PM

                                                It's a shamefully long list, but at the very top are McDonald's Sausage & Egg Muffin (two, with a hashbrown cake on the side), and Original Recipe KFC - although my REAL favorite was their Extra Crispy Hot'n'Spicy, which they seem to have dropped...dammit.

                                                H. Salt Fish'n'Chips used to be up there, but all I've had in the last few years has been as dull and tired as their stores have come to be. Sad.

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                                                  Evan RE: Will Owen Oct 25, 2005 05:15 PM

                                                  I forgot about the Sausage McMuffin with Egg. Potentially the best breakfast combination a fast food joint has ever created. Its the only breakfast item I ever get at McD's, the once a year I actually get breakfast there.

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                                                    Sharuf RE: Evan Oct 26, 2005 02:31 AM

                                                    They have what they call a "sausage burrito" which is actually a scrmabled egg burrito with a little sausage meat. It's very good, and only 99 cents. Ask for hot sauce.

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                                                      MicDago RE: Evan Oct 26, 2005 08:34 AM

                                                      A Sausage Egg McMuffin is my go-to when I need a quick breakfast.

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                                                      John Seberg RE: Will Owen Oct 26, 2005 01:51 PM

                                                      When I lived in Norwalk, CT, there were two fast food fish 'n' chip places that were much better than any I'd ever been. When I was there in 2001, they were transitioning their name from "Royal Guard" to "Streets of London" or vice versa. I figured they were a chain, but, I've never seen one since.

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                                                      simply_victoria RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 04:58 PM

                                                      Cherry lime-aid from Braums or Sonic. I was a Sonic fanatic for years, but moved closer to a Braums and I find theirs to be quite a bit nicer.

                                                      McDonals egg mcmuffin with sausage is what is also known as my hangover cure.

                                                      I hate to admit this, but I also eat those 99 cent tacos from Jack-in-the-Box. Mmmmm.

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                                                        JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: simply_victoria Oct 25, 2005 05:01 PM

                                                        Around here, the JITB tacos are *two* for 99 cents. They're my ultimate guilty pleasure. I know exactly where I can get real tacos (I'm in Phoenix, I can close my eyes and point), but something about the vaguely meaty filling in those tacos... just gotta have 'em every now and then.

                                                        Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                                                          TerriL RE: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Oct 25, 2005 06:16 PM

                                                          Those Jack tacos are my ultimate guilty pleasure -- I haven't had one in at least 5 years, because once I start there's no going back. I remember once they were *3* for .99 -- so I got 6 and ate them in my car!

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                                                            soda RE: TerriL Oct 25, 2005 06:29 PM

                                                            Oh God, yes. 2 regular JITB tacos and one super taco, with plenty of hot sauce. Does anyone remember the original '70s-era version of the Jumbo Jack? Around 1980 or so, they changed it and it's never been the same.

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                                                              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: soda Oct 25, 2005 08:17 PM

                                                              I want my Chicken Supreme back. I don't care if it's the classic version or the modern one on the long roll, I quite literally grew up on those things. I didn't touch a JITB for months after finding out they got rid of 'em.

                                                              Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                                                              Shep RE: TerriL Oct 25, 2005 07:14 PM

                                                              "Uh, give me the Ranch Chicken Salad. Uh, andtwotacos."

                                                              Gulp the tacos on the way back to work and stroll in all healthy lookin with the salad. Sad.

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                                                              simply_victoria RE: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Oct 26, 2005 10:51 AM

                                                              Yes sorry. They are still two for .99 cents. I was typing fast. I live by a JITB and they have a big picture of them on a banner hanging outside the store. About once a week, I clean out the change in my car and go throught the drive through and get em. I dont' know if I'm trying to re-live high school or what.

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                                                                Shep RE: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Oct 26, 2005 11:52 AM

                                                                And the great thing, Jack's open 24 hours, and you can get them tacos at 5 AM if that's what you need. Oh baby.

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                                                                  Laughing Goddess RE: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Oct 26, 2005 10:54 PM

                                                                  Love those JITB tacos -- I even wrote them a fan letter, asking them when they will come back to Massachusetts -- but no go so far.

                                                                  I look for their big highway signs every time I'm in the midwest.

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                                                                foodiex2 RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 05:01 PM

                                                                I think my all time favorite most guilty pleasure is a McDonald's sausage biscuit with egg. After a long night of being over served nothing could be better ;)

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                                                                  MM RE: foodiex2 Oct 25, 2005 05:11 PM

                                                                  Even better if you put one of their hash browns between the biscuts as well

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                                                                    foodiex2 RE: MM Oct 25, 2005 05:13 PM

                                                                    Yum!! Should I start drinking now to try it? Somehow I think I might be wee bit disappointed if not hung to the bone!

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                                                                      MM RE: foodiex2 Oct 26, 2005 02:02 PM

                                                                      haha! Probably best to do it like that. You need a distraction, otherwise, you can actually hear your arteries harden

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                                                                  GooGLeR RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 05:17 PM

                                                                  McDonald's Steak, Egg, and Cheese Bagel with Grilled Onions. The problem is that, occasionally, the bagel is hard (stale or overcooked?). I have this sandwich at least once a week.

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                                                                    ryan RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 05:21 PM

                                                                    1. McDonald's Cokes - I used to hold these as the gold standard for coca cola. (Please don't hold that against me; I'm relatively young, so I don't remember the pre-corn syrup days.)

                                                                    2. In-n-Out Double Double (or 2 by 4), animal style, no lettuce. One day in January three of us drove six hours from Portland to Redding to scratch that itch.

                                                                    3. Sweet Potato Fries from Burgerville in Portland

                                                                    4. The crappy cheap-ass cheeseburgers at the Polar Whip in Energy, IL. I haven't had them in years, since I'm only there for xmas-time and they are never open then, but shall always I hold a spot in my heart for their delicious half-soybean-filler taste. Plus, I like that a restaurant called "Polar Whip" stopped serving ice cream before I was even born.

                                                                    Link: http://www.livejournal.com/users/full...

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                                                                      Katie Nell RE: ryan Oct 25, 2005 05:51 PM

                                                                      What is "animal-style?"

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                                                                        ryan RE: Katie Nell Oct 25, 2005 06:01 PM

                                                                        According to this website, "bun is grilled with mustard, sauteed onions instead of raw, pickles, extra 'special sauce'."

                                                                        Link: http://www.zenlemur.com/innout.shtml

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                                                                          DanaB RE: ryan Oct 25, 2005 06:37 PM

                                                                          Questions re. animal style -- I've always avoided ordering the burger this way because I don't like mustard on my hamburger. How prevalent is the mustard taste?

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                                                                            ryan RE: DanaB Oct 25, 2005 07:29 PM

                                                                            I'm not so sure, since it's been 9 months since my last in-n-out, but I don't recall it being super strong. I wasn't even sure what "animal style" meant until I looked it up today; I just knew I liked it.

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                                                                              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: DanaB Oct 25, 2005 08:21 PM

                                                                              It's an added savory element, you wouldn't know there was mustard unless someone told you. Since they put mustard on the patties *then* cook them, a lot of mustard's trademark sharp bite gets cooked out, much like with onion or garlic.

                                                                              I've found that In-N-Out is really good customer service wise... try it, and I'll bet if you don't like it, they'll make you another one just the way you want.

                                                                              Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                                                                          furryabdul RE: ryan Oct 26, 2005 08:43 AM

                                                                          i went to an in and out in camarillo (my aunt lives there) and the burger and fries and milkshakes were outstanding. i dont remember seeing anything that said animal style but i was only in there that one time...

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                                                                            Shep RE: furryabdul Oct 26, 2005 11:55 AM

                                                                            No, it doesn't say that, it's a secret. It's like a cult, no, it *is* a cult, if you know, you know. Somebody in this thread posted a link to the secret meanings, or you could Google it. "animal style" should get a couple different I&O secret sites, and possibly some amusing porn.

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                                                                          chileheadmike RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 05:31 PM

                                                                          Go Chicken Go in KC. There's 3 or 4 of em. Full order of gizzards w/ hot sauce, served with a buttered roll. Crispy, hot, salty. A full order is more than i should eat but they are great.

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                                                                            MV RE: chileheadmike Oct 25, 2005 05:45 PM

                                                                            Alot of crappy Chinese restaurants in NYC have fried gizzards too. I love em with hot sauce

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                                                                            ntnw RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 06:00 PM

                                                                            Haven't had it in years...
                                                                            Hot Wendy's fries, nicely salted, dipped into one of their Frosties...umm

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                                                                              Emme RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 06:12 PM

                                                                              Jack in the Box used to have a Chicken Supreme sandwich but they changed it for the worse. Still, the new one with curly fries and an oreo cookie shake.

                                                                              Cinnabon cinnamon rolls.

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                                                                                DanaB RE: Emme Oct 25, 2005 06:38 PM

                                                                                The old Jack in the Box chicken supreme was my favorite fast food item for years. I wonder why they changed it -- the new one is nowhere near as good!

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                                                                                  Emme RE: DanaB Oct 25, 2005 08:14 PM

                                                                                  It appears on first glance that all they changed was the shape to the oblong, but something else changed. I thought it was psychological at first, but it's not. I don't know if the bun is differentor what, but they ruined a perfectly good heart attack on a bun.

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                                                                                    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: DanaB Oct 25, 2005 08:19 PM

                                                                                    *is* nowhere near as good? You mean present tense?! I haven't seen those on their menu in at least two years now! Where's the JITB that still has 'em?

                                                                                    Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                                                                                      DanaB RE: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Oct 26, 2005 04:48 PM

                                                                                      I had one in the past year at the Jack in the Box in Silverlake, I believe. It was somewhere in Los Angeles. Perhaps I am mistaken, though. I checked their webpage, and you are correct, they no longer list any version on their menu.

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                                                                                    BW RE: Emme Oct 27, 2005 12:48 AM

                                                                                    I lived on the Chicken Supreme all through college in the '80s in Tucson. Jack in the Box has the best damn shakes in the fast-food universe, too -- often my sandwich was accompanied by a chocolate shake with a little amber rum tossed in.

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                                                                                    srr RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 06:13 PM

                                                                                    Those little egg burritos from McD's. I sneak into the closest one and hope I don't see anyone I know when I'm ordering.

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                                                                                      Sharuf RE: srr Oct 26, 2005 02:43 AM

                                                                                      They call them sausage burritos in my neighborhood, but they're really egg burritos IMO.

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                                                                                      jessicheese RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 06:21 PM

                                                                                      I love the hot dog nuggets from Nathans. We have to stop at rest stops at every road trip to get them.

                                                                                      Also, the McDonalds Sausage Biscuit. I don't eat eggs and it's the only non-egg breakfast sandwich option anywhere that I don't have to special order. And it's soooo good.

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                                                                                        Shep RE: jessicheese Oct 25, 2005 07:19 PM

                                                                                        Next time you're at that Scottish restaurant, try a Sausage McGriddle. No egg in sight, and that combination of sausage and syrup that a 'hound can't resist.

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                                                                                          Dommy! RE: Shep Oct 26, 2005 01:39 PM

                                                                                          DING! DING! DING!!

                                                                                          Someone hit my favorite... This overtook my favorite which was the sausage, cheese, egg biscuit (Then dabbed with loads of ketchup!), which I'd like to think is saving me SOME calories, but is probably just as bad... LOL!!

                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                        Jennie Sheeks RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 06:55 PM

                                                                                        Probably my favorite guilty pleasure is In-N-Out fries, animal style, with a side of hot peppers ripped up and sprinkled over the top.

                                                                                        Right up there though is a plain order of In-N-Out fries, after they've sat in the fridge for a day. I dump them on a cookie sheet & broil them with shredded cheese on top and eat them with sour cream, hot sauce & catsup.

                                                                                        Most of the time I can talk myself out of the following, but sometimes they're really helpful for surviving your stepkids' ball game when it's dragging on and on, they won't put your stepkid in the game and the team is losing.
                                                                                        - KFC Zinger sandwiches
                                                                                        - Taco Bell Meximelts or Taco Supremes
                                                                                        - McDonald's Cheeseburger or a Sausage Biscuit & Orange Juice to wash it down.

                                                                                        Link: http://www.titusvineyards.com/

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                                                                                          Don't Ask RE: Jennie Sheeks Oct 25, 2005 07:02 PM

                                                                                          Don't get me started on Meximelts...love them!

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                                                                                          Babs RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 07:48 PM

                                                                                          Deep fried pickles at Sonic.

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                                                                                            brooklynmasala RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 08:38 PM

                                                                                            The "#9" (steak and cheese) at D'Angelos - a grinder chain in MA.

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                                                                                              chesapeake72000 RE: brooklynmasala Oct 26, 2005 01:42 PM

                                                                                              I lived in RI for many years and remember when they first added the #9 to D'Angelos menu -- it's great. Now when I go back to RI I have to stop at D'Angelos, but I dispense with the #9 (steak/cheese a bunch of other stuff on a pita) and simply get the steak & cheese (provolone not American) with fried onions and a little ketchup -- nothing else to interfere with this bit of artery clogging heaven.

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                                                                                              jacinthe RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 08:39 PM

                                                                                              Chicken McNugget happy meal from McDonalds. Generally about all the fast food I want at a given time, plus you get a toy!

                                                                                              French fries from nearly any fast food place. I love french fries in every shape and form. Dipped in soft serve is good too, but too cumbersome while driving.

                                                                                              When in New York, hot dogs from the random sidewalk stands. I don't care that the hot dogs have probably been sitting in the water for days. There's just something about it all that I love.

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                                                                                                BookGirl RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 09:43 PM

                                                                                                I like a Wendy's Beef and Cheddar every now and then - I normally can't stand that weird cheese sauce but the combination of that with the Arby's sauce is good somehow.

                                                                                                I'm don't fry chicken well and there aren't any restaurants in my area make it homemade so I've gotta go for the KFC extra crispy chicken breast and wing when I want fried chicken.

                                                                                                And, of course, McDonald's fries. I don't bother with them anywhere else - the gold standard!

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                                                                                                  JojoA RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 11:28 PM

                                                                                                  Two of them are past guilty pleasures, and I got two current ones. The past ones first...

                                                                                                  The Country Sausage Burrito - Taco Bell used to have a breakfast menu with this on it - hunks of sausage, tater tots, and scrambled eggs smothered with what had to be a very unhealthy country gravy wrapped inside a tortilla. Pure artery clogging indulgence...

                                                                                                  The AM/PM hamburger with steak fries - this was a staple during my days of unemployment. The burgers reminded me of the grade-C meat burgers I had in elementary school that for some reason I liked. I'd get two burgers, pile on the mustard, onions and pickles, grab the steak fries (which more often than not were nicely crispy), plunk down $1.50, and voilá!

                                                                                                  The two current ones...

                                                                                                  McDonald's Steak Egg & Cheese Bagel - when it first came out, the steak was this extremely salty, crumbly something or another layered with a crapload of overdone onions between an awfully tough bagel...and for some reason I liked it.

                                                                                                  Now the steak texture is better, it's not quite as salty, and the onions have been cut back, but every now and then, I'll indulge...

                                                                                                  JitB Tacos - When I want a real taco, I'll go the plethora of taco trucks in my area. When I want something completely indulgent and different, I'll plunk down $.99 plus tax for two of these things...

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                                                                                                    eel RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 11:38 PM

                                                                                                    Foster's Freeze soft-serve chocolate/vanilla swirl. I don't know why, but I adore soft-serve ice cream. Is it ice cream? I don't know, but I love it. I have an impression that it is ice milk and therefore not so bad as eating ice cream, but it doesn't really matter. It's so creamy and smooth and cold. Mmmm.

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                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath RE: eel Oct 26, 2005 07:15 PM

                                                                                                      Ha, yes. Living in Manhattan, Mister Frosty trucks would appear in populous areas whenever the weather warmed, and my guily pleasure was always a chocolate-dipped chocolate cone. Still would be, if I hadn't moved away.

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                                                                                                      SuzyInChains RE: Don't Ask Oct 25, 2005 11:55 PM

                                                                                                      A small bag of burgers from Little Tavern (Baltimore area). That's what cows were made for.

                                                                                                      But you better hurry before the last stores in the chain close.

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                                                                                                        Hal Laurent RE: SuzyInChains Oct 26, 2005 09:16 AM

                                                                                                        Ah, the Club LT! For some reason we thought the small burgers were better than the large ones.

                                                                                                        "Buy 'em by the bag!"

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                                                                                                        chowmeow RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 12:36 AM

                                                                                                        At our local hot dog chains (Papayas) they serve knishes split in half and filled with flourescent orange cheez. I really enjoy this, and other snacks with fake cheese like movie theater nachos.

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                                                                                                          furryabdul RE: chowmeow Oct 26, 2005 08:33 AM

                                                                                                          i like knishes filled with mustard

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                                                                                                          Sharuf RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 02:57 AM

                                                                                                          No one's mentioned McDonald's Fish sandwich. A simple square of deep fried fish with tartar sauce and a little cheese. Beats anybody else's version (somehow lettuce and tomato doesn't make a positive contribution to fried fish.)

                                                                                                          The there's A&W's coney dogs. There's a special on now for 99 cents.

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                                                                                                            Shep RE: Sharuf Oct 26, 2005 12:11 PM

                                                                                                            I think what makes the Filet o' Fish work, is chopped onions in the tartar sauce.

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                                                                                                              ShanAgain RE: Sharuf Oct 26, 2005 08:13 PM

                                                                                                              Yes, I admit it, the Filet O' Fish.

                                                                                                              And a sausage McMuffin. I can NOT begin any true roadtrip without a sausage McMuffin. My family has all gone over to the dark side and McGriddles, but I'm a purist.

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                                                                                                                ShanAgain RE: ShanAgain Oct 26, 2005 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                Ever wish you could edit?

                                                                                                                Sausage mcmuffin with egg, that is. Makes me want to get up early enough tomorrow to go get one.

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                                                                                                                  Will Owen RE: ShanAgain Oct 27, 2005 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                  If I am on the road before 10:30, and anywhere near a McDo, I *WILL* stop in for at least one of those. As we've started on a diet, I've been careful to stay home until cutoff time, but this morning I had to take my wife to work, in an area swarming with Golden Arches. I resisted, but it was an awful close thing.

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                                                                                                              hobokeg RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 06:41 AM

                                                                                                              fried pork rinds. extra spicy.

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                                                                                                                MicDago RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                Chili, cheese and onion dogs at Sandy's.

                                                                                                                Pimento cheese burger from the Dairy Bar.

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                                                                                                                  Janet from Richmond RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                  For breakfast either a bacon biscuit from Chick-Fil-A or a sausage biscuit from McDonalds.

                                                                                                                  For lunch it's an All-American meal from McD's...hamburger, fries and Diet Coke. Or a bean burrito and taco from Taco Bell.

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                                                                                                                    pronek RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                    Hot dog with crumbled bacon and mustard at Duchess, a little chain in Connecticut. Gotta hit the Duchess every time I'm in CT.

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                                                                                                                      Matt RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                      Skyline Chili - Regular 3-way extra oyster crackers, 3 cheese coneys with mustard and onion, everything loaded up with hot sauce.

                                                                                                                      Steak-n-Shake - Triple Steakburger with the works, order of onion rings and, occasionaly, a chocolate hand-dipped shake.

                                                                                                                      Taco Bell - Bean burritos, although now that they don't have the green sauce anymore these have slipped pretty far down the list.

                                                                                                                      White Castle - after a night out, 6 cheeseburgers and an order of fries.

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                                                                                                                        Don't Ask RE: Matt Oct 26, 2005 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                        Steak & Shake...haha. I visited my friend in Florida a few years back and every night we'd get grilled cheese sandwiches and onion rings from there...sooo good.

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                                                                                                                          Laughing Goddess RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                          Another vote for Steak N Shake, this time for the chicken sandwiches and shoestring fries -- ooh, and why not have a shake with that?

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                                                                                                                        Shep RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                        Gee, this great long thread, and not one mention of Waffle House? My brother-in-law literally cannot get to work without a stop at Waffle House. Except, un-chowishly, all he has is coffee and a bun.

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                                                                                                                          Jenn RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                          Not exactly fast food, but I love the cheese quesadillas at Friendly's. It's the easiest thing in the world to make, but homemade never tastes as good as what you get at Friendly's.

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                                                                                                                            cap RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                            A Chiko Roll with a couple of potato scallops.

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                                                                                                                              noname RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                              McDonald's sausage egg and cheese biscuit...

                                                                                                                              .notice I was too embarrassed to sign my name...

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                                                                                                                                a&w RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                In a word: McRib. Something about a boneless patty that's been pressed into the shape of bones...tickles my fancy every time.

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                                                                                                                                  Shep RE: a&w Oct 26, 2005 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                  That's a fortunate mix--"pork", onions, pickles, and McBBQ sauce-stuff. Mighty fine, yes indeed.

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                                                                                                                                  Miss Tenacity RE: Don't Ask Oct 26, 2005 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                                  1. Boston Market: mac & cheese and/or creamed spinach.
                                                                                                                                  2. Damn near anything on the Culver's menu, but especially the cheese curds.

                                                                                                                                  ..as a contrast, the non-guilty fast food pleasure?

                                                                                                                                  1. Egg McMuffin, a perfect work of art. 290 calories, a near-Zone friendly ratio of 40-25-35 (carb-protein-fat), and a genuine EGG in there rather than reconstituted product.... I swoon for Egg McMuffins.

                                                                                                                                  Andrea

                                                                                                                                  Link: http://tenacity.net

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                                                                                                                                    Tom RE: Don't Ask Oct 27, 2005 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                    Surprised with all of the responses you haven't yet received the French Canadian artery-clogging, cholesteral-raising Poutine. That's french fries with gravy and cheese curds.

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                                                                                                                                      furryabdul RE: Tom Oct 27, 2005 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                      i had one in montreal that was covered with spagetti sauce $ mozzerella cheese...

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                                                                                                                                      P. RE: Don't Ask Oct 27, 2005 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                      Tater tots. They are my crack. Crispy on the outside creamy on the inside. I have been a good boy on Weight watchers and stayed away from them which is made easier because they are hard to find outside of school Cafeterias. But my Girlfriend's mom works in the LAUSD Cafeteias and would be more than willing to feed my habbit if she knew.

                                                                                                                                      So let's not tell her, shal we?

                                                                                                                                      -P.

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                                                                                                                                        Dommy! RE: P. Oct 28, 2005 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                        Hee...hee....hee...

                                                                                                                                        http://brunch.allrecipes.com/az/TtrTt...

                                                                                                                                        --Dommy!

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