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Favorite Fast-Food Guilty Pleasure?

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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.
      Bob

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      cleanplateannie

      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.

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

        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.

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

                  1. re: nooodles
                    l
                    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.

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

                  2. re: Deenso
                    j
                    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.

                    Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

                  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.)

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

                            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...

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

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                              1. re: malibumike

                                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

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

                                  1. re: Niki Rothman

                                    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.

                                    1. re: malibumike
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                                      Niki Rothman

                                      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.

                                      1. re: Niki Rothman

                                        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...

                                        1. re: rworange

                                          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

                                          1. re: rworange

                                            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...

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

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                                  1. re: Morgan

                                    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

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

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

                                      1. 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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                                        1. re: Philly Ray

                                          Chick-Fil-A, Popeyes, or Churches!

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

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

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                                            1. re: rebs

                                              Love that "hot" mustard sauce!!

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

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                                              1. re: MV

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

                                                1. re: srr
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                                                  Carpetbagger (John C)

                                                  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.

                                              2. 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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                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Evan

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: Evan

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

                                                    2. re: Will Owen

                                                      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

                                                      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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                                                      1. re: simply_victoria
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                                                        JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                                        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

                                                        1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                                          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!

                                                          1. re: TerriL

                                                            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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                                                              j
                                                              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                                              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

                                                            2. re: TerriL

                                                              "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.

                                                            3. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)
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                                                              simply_victoria

                                                              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.

                                                              1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                                                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.

                                                                1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)
                                                                  l
                                                                  Laughing Goddess

                                                                  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.

                                                              2. 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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                                                                1. re: foodiex2

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

                                                                  1. re: MM

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

                                                                    1. re: foodiex2

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

                                                                2. 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.

                                                                  1. 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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                                                                    1. re: ryan

                                                                      What is "animal-style?"

                                                                      1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                        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

                                                                        1. re: ryan

                                                                          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?

                                                                          1. re: DanaB

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: DanaB
                                                                              j
                                                                              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                                                              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

                                                                        2. re: ryan

                                                                          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...

                                                                          1. re: furryabdul

                                                                            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

                                                                          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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                                                                          1. re: chileheadmike

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

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

                                                                            1. 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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                                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                                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!

                                                                                1. re: DanaB

                                                                                  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)

                                                                                    *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

                                                                                    1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                  2. re: Emme

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  3. 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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                                                                                    1. re: srr

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

                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                      1. re: jessicheese

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        1. re: Shep

                                                                                          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!

                                                                                      2. j
                                                                                        Jennie Sheeks

                                                                                        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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                                                                                        1. re: Jennie Sheeks

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

                                                                                        2. Deep fried pickles at Sonic.

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                                                                                            brooklynmasala

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

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                                                                                              chesapeake72000

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                            2. 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.

                                                                                              1. 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!

                                                                                                1. 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...

                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                      c
                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                      1. re: SuzyInChains

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

                                                                                                        "Buy 'em by the bag!"

                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                        1. re: chowmeow

                                                                                                          i like knishes filled with mustard

                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                          1. re: Sharuf

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

                                                                                                            1. re: Sharuf

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              1. re: ShanAgain

                                                                                                                Ever wish you could edit?

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

                                                                                                                1. re: ShanAgain

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                            2. fried pork rinds. extra spicy.

                                                                                                              1. Chili, cheese and onion dogs at Sandy's.

                                                                                                                Pimento cheese burger from the Dairy Bar.

                                                                                                                1. j
                                                                                                                  Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                                  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.

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

                                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                                      1. re: Matt

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Don't Ask
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                                                                                                                          Laughing Goddess

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

                                                                                                                      2. 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.

                                                                                                                        1. 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.

                                                                                                                          1. A Chiko Roll with a couple of potato scallops.

                                                                                                                            1. McDonald's sausage egg and cheese biscuit...

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

                                                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                                                1. re: a&w

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

                                                                                                                                2. m
                                                                                                                                  Miss Tenacity

                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Tom

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

                                                                                                                                    2. 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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