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Oct 25, 2005 02:10 PM

Favorite Fast-Food Guilty Pleasure?

  • d

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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  1. Spicy chicken sandwich at Wendys.

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    1. re: Evan

      Add a Wendy's chili with some sauce to this and you have a really good lunch.

    2. c

      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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      1. re: cleanplateannie

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

        1. re: cleanplateannie

          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.


        2. 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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          1. re: Eva and Ziv

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: Deenso

              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?

              1. re: nooodles

                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...

                1. re: Will Owen

                  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.

                2. re: nooodles

                  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.


                  1. re: nooodles
                    Laughing Goddess

                    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.


                  2. re: Deenso
                    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                    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.


                  3. White Castle burgers.

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                    1. re: efdee

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

                      1. re: efdee

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

                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                          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...

                          1. re: Will Owen

                            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.

                            1. re: chowmeow

                              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.

                            2. re: Will Owen

                              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.

                          2. re: efdee

                            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.)


                            1. re: Val Ann C

                              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.

                              1. re: MicDago

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

                            2. re: efdee

                              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

                              1. re: Dax

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