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One food for the rest of your life?

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life and still be happy every time you eat it (and not die from health problems) what would it be? This could also be a restaurant in NYC....

Mine? French Fries.

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  1. smoked brisket...burnt ends. Triple shack burger and caramel shake. Onion Strings from Rub. Rib chop and goose fat potatoes from Strip House. Pastrami and Corned Beef Combo from Katz's

    Oh, you said one food.... :P

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    1. Mushroom risotto!


      1. I see this is going to make me REALLY hungry.


        1. Wings from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. If I'm limited to Manhattan - Babbo every night.

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          1. re: wingman

            Good call...I have to say I really enjoy good wings and I can eat them non stop at parties...

          2. I've thought about this before. I think it would have to be sushi. Really, really good sushi.

            1. i'm torn between hot soba noodles, hot udon noodles or ramen. any noodle soup, i suppose. soba from soba-koh, ramen from men kui tei, haven't found a great udon place yet.

              1. sushi. definitely sushi.

                1. crusty semolina bread with tasty evoo for dipping. does that count as one food even though it is two items?

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                  1. re: ericalloyd

                    That definitely counts in my eyes as one item! I enjoy my EVOO actually with a little salt and black pepper, red chili flakes, and some parmesan cheese in there too. Maybe a bit too much, but I really like it...

                    1. re: anon646

                      yep, yep, all those evoo add-ins PLUS anchovies. mmm mmm good ...

                  2. Blue Fin Toro Sashimi.

                    I also like the crusty semolina idea- but i'd have mine with some really good, really creamy stinky brie cheese.

                      1. i just had the shoyu ramen friday lunch special at CHIKUBU (near grand central) today.

                        that would be it for me, esp if i can count other versions of ramen.

                        1. Can you have with it condiments?? If so mine would also be french fries. Crisp on the outside, tender on the insides. Served w/ lots of salt and Heinz ketchup. I like to doctor up the ketchup w/ Tabasco or my favorite bajan hot sauce (Delish in any dish!) Yum. of course french fries would not give me proper nutrition over the long term. Would the ketchup?? LOL

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                          1. re: foodieX2

                            I think I'd probably have to go with french fries too! I think I'd like a variety of condiments: honey mustard, aioli, good ranch dressing... I'm hungry, and I just ate!

                            1. re: Katie Nell

                              I'm glad to see fellow french friers!

                          2. A plate of Jabugo "Bellota" pata negra ham for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

                            The restaurant in NYC? Cafe Sabarsky.

                            1. i'm torn between noodle soups and sushi/sashimi.

                              either the intensity and depth of a really well made broth or the impeccable natural flavours found in fresh fish. one warms you up and the other keeps you a bit chill. although... one i do get to eat with my fingers....

                              1. I have a list of foods that I will get to eat for all eternity if heaven exists - but to only choose one?

                                Chocolate pudding - it really is the world's perfect food.


                                A REALLY good chicken caesar salad with just enough dressing, plenty of croutons (that were allowed to get a teensy bit squishy in the dressing) and extra parmesan.

                                Can I have both? I could easily live on those two foods for the rest of my life. Ok, maybe not EASILY - but now I WANT IT!!

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                                1. re: krissywats

                                  LOL...I think this post is making everyone hungry! I like the Caesar salad fav too...especially if the parmesan is freshly grated and still in sheets on top!

                                2. An accurate indication of what one would eat if they only had one type of food the rest of their lives is to look at what condemned men generally request for their last meal. It's usually fried chicken or a hamburger. I'd go with either.

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                                  1. re: Leper

                                    At one time, I researched the "condemned man" meals and fried chicken was easily #1, with the biggest surprise how many requested orange soda (orange soda?). But perhaps death row denizens might not have the best judgement to begin with.

                                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                                      In most states it's restricted to the menu of some diner near the prison.

                                  2. I think mine would be pizza, with assorted toppings.

                                    For those of you who responded, "French fries," don't you guys think fries will kill you eventually, what with all the cholesterol and salt? Not that pizza won't do me in, but at least I can pick off the less healthy items.

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                                    1. re: Pamela

                                      The original poster stipulated that health concerns weren't to be taken into consideration(or at least, that's how I read the question.)

                                      1. re: Chimayo Joe

                                        My apologies. You're totally right, Chimayo Joe. Nonetheless, I stick by pizza. Like you, Joe, I'll likely get tired of the same food if I had to eat it too often. However, if I could only have one food, pizza is it. It provides enough variety, it's versatile, and it can be somewhat healthy.

                                        1. re: Pamela

                                          Oh man pizza sounds good. I was planning on saying pasta, but pizza...I can't choose. And also chinese food, even though that's a whole catagory of food...haha.

                                    2. Louis Osteen's skillet fried chicken.

                                      1. There is no one thing. But, that being said what I could not imagine living without is Fritos. even if I don't have them more than a few times a year. They are a go to favorite.

                                        1. I think for me it would have to be carnitas soft tacos, with onion/cilantro/salsa/avocado. I practically eat these every day already!

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                                          1. re: DanaB

                                            Oh god now that I think about Carnitas soft tacos, it's getting me hungry! Especially if there's a good fresh guacamole involved!

                                          2. LOL! I had the same thought at Dana... although my tortillas would be the little thin mexican kind you have to double up... And a raddish on the side... :)


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                                            1. re: Dommy

                                              I'm with you, Dommy! So with you ;-)

                                              If I could've just said "tacos," I KNOW I could eat them every day for the rest of my life and be happy. Baja-style crispy fish tacos with crema, cabbage and a nice spicy salsa, California-old school-style crispy hard shell beef tacos with shredded lettuce, grated cheese and chunky tomato salsa, succulent juicy carnitas and al pastor tacos on light little tortillas, freshly grilled and served with onion and cilantro; meaty charred carne asada tacos, and I haven't even begun to go into the variations!

                                              Yes, I could live on tacos, for sure ;-) The thing about tacos is you've got your meat (protein), you've got your veggies (salsa! avocado!), and you've got your complex carbs/fiber (corn tortillas, hopefully homemade :-) A balanced meal, with a multitute of variation. You could live on them and also thrive, nutrition-wise . . . what else can you ask for in a food? Tacos rule!

                                              1. re: DanaB

                                                'tacos' was my first thought also, but i'd need the variations. I just don't think I could stick to only one food, though well-made albondigas might come close, if I were allowed home made tortillas to eat with them...

                                                1. re: DanaB

                                                  Assuming we can have variations (a new can o'worms), I think I'd go with tacos too. Lord knows I eat them a lot as it is. (Love a comal-toasted corn tortilla, black beans, a dab of whatever leftovers are around, salsa, for breakfast).

                                              2. I get tired of even my favorite foods pretty quickly. I don't think there's any one thing I'd be happy with the rest of my life. If I were forced to eat one thing the rest of my life, I'd probably go with bacon cheeseburgers.

                                                  1. re: Scagnetti

                                                    yum, just got the first farmer's market tomatoes, must rush right out and buy bacon, I'd have it for dinner right now if there weren't already something cooking. I love BLTs.

                                                  2. Potatoes, in any form, but topped by the best french fries, running through roast, baked, boiled, mashed, smashed and home-fried.

                                                    Perfect food.

                                                    - Sean (unashamedly Irish!)

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                                                    1. re: Sean Dell

                                                      Amen, Sean!

                                                      I think that I would die if I didn't eat potatoes in some form EVERY day. You forgot stewed potatoes with lots of butter and pepper, hashbrowns with onions, and cheesey potato soup.

                                                    2. sushi - some fabulous roll like a rainbow roll with tobiko and radish for extra crunch.

                                                        1. re: Velma

                                                          Finally a bread fan! I can't believe how long it took for that to pop up.
                                                          But I have to put bread and cheese before bread and butter, and if I had to narrow it down further, just plain cheese.
                                                          Narrowing it down even furthur, Piave Vecchio.

                                                          1. re: Ida Red

                                                            I'm with the bread and butter crowd too, would it be bending the rules to be able to have different styles of bread??

                                                          1. Peanut Butter..straight from the jar. All-natural, please!

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                                                            1. pork and crab soup dumplings

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                                                              1. Sushi all the way! Closely followed by Jamaican cuisine (I'm thinking of curried goat right now!)


                                                                    1. re: souschef

                                                                      LOL...definitely taking advantage of the "no health concern" part of the post! Good call though...

                                                                      1. re: souschef

                                                                        all of these are way too deadly...goose fat potatoes?!? I've heard but never had. I'm sure I need to try these.

                                                                      2. Great original post.

                                                                        1. LOL - I'm getting such a kick out of just how different we all are and how different the tastes of ALL THE SAME SPECIES can be.

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                                                                          1. re: krissywats

                                                                            I totally agree...as the original poster I left this out in the open and just got back from dinner (which I find interesting was sushi) and am checking now at the diversity...it's fantastic!

                                                                            1. re: anon646

                                                                              I, too, am struck by the diversity of cravings. What I find pretty interesting is that -- aside from the warm apple pie and the chocolate pudding -- most of the posts are savory. No one mentioned donuts!!! This is a terrific post, Anon646, with very "curious" results.

                                                                          2. That's easy. Pez, cherry flavored Pez.

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                                                                            1. re: sfmags

                                                                              I'm surprized I had to read this far down the page to find this answer!

                                                                              1. re: ChowClown

                                                                                I was thinking of Momofuku as well...it was close especially with those deadly pork buns...damn I'm thinking about them right now and I'm getting hungry. lol

                                                                                1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                  omg! i never would have though of it myself, but you are right! those are so good!

                                                                                  1. Takoyaki's an interesting pick.

                                                                                    I'll have to go with macaroni and cheese. But I don't think I'd last a week as a mono-tarian.

                                                                                    Oh, I forgot about the NYC restaurant option: Peter Luger's.

                                                                                    1. Not exotic or elegant,but....
                                                                                      Chopped liver sandwich on challah with a slice of fabulous tomato and a lot of salt.

                                                                                      1. avocado -- really good Haas ones (with salt)

                                                                                        runner up = grilled cheese sandwich, with very good cheddar cheese (just had a great New Zealand cheddar) and tomato slices in the sandwich

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                                                                                        1. re: diablita FL

                                                                                          Mmm, or a teeny (miniscule) bit of soy sauce?
                                                                                          Guacamole as well. Yep, definitely guacamole.

                                                                                        2. My friends and family sometimes call me a noodlehead because I love noodles so much.

                                                                                          I have to pick between lasagna or something with udon noodles in it. If I go with udon, then I have to choose between udon noodle chicken soup (garlicky goodness that features in a good childhood memory) garnished with a combination of finely chopped green onion, coriander and swordgrass or spicy fried udon noodles.

                                                                                          I can't choose! I love them all! >_< Sorry.

                                                                                          1. It would be a very, very good PadThai for me. Just spicy enough....mmmmmmmmm

                                                                                            1. Goi cuon. Summer rolls. With a peanut dipping sauce. So many textures and flavors -- nearly, well, all of them -- in one dish. It's got raw and cooked, crisp vegetables, tender shrimp, a chewy rice noodle wrapper, fresh herbs, maybe some lime, and a condiment with roasted nuts and hints of sweetness and spice.

                                                                                              Also from Vietnam, bun with char-grilled pork and squeeze bottles of chili sauce and hoisin on the side would serve just as well. It covers all my bases: soft, crisp, elastic, juicy, clean, complex, raw, charred, sweet, spicy, cool and refreshing all in one.

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                                                                                              1. re: hatless

                                                                                                Argh! Damn all of you for your great suggestions! When I first read this, I instantly thought, "Easy! Pasta, of course!" But then all the Asian noodle fans piped in (I was really swayed for awhile there). And now here you go with bun and reminding me that it really does cover all the bases. I think the bun has it!

                                                                                              2. macaroni and cheese?

                                                                                                grilled cheese and asparagus are both close calls too, though.

                                                                                                oh man. or maybe fried okra?!

                                                                                                1. This is a difficult decision. I would have to say either some form of pizza or some type of pasta and sauce. If it had to be exactly one dish it would be Italian dried spaghetti cooked al dente in my own recipe meat sauce with pecorino romano cheese for sprinkling on top. My sauce is so good I eat more of it plain in a big bowl than I do over spaghetti. It's like an Italian version of chili con carne.

                                                                                                  One Restaurant? Famous NY Noodletown! Then I could have that great shrimp dumpling soup, baby pig, roast duck, salt baked softshell crab, sauteed greens especially pea shoots, XO scallops, mmmmm.

                                                                                                  1. Health concerns aside, I would pick knoephla soup, a milk based soup thick with miniature dumplings with small amounts of potato cubes. Often, some form of cream is added as well as butter.

                                                                                                    Runners up: buttered popcorn, pork ribs, french fries.

                                                                                                    1. lasagna or mac and cheese

                                                                                                        1. Lobster with drawn butter. I'm boring.

                                                                                                          Runners up: cheese/baguette, or a really good green salad.

                                                                                                          1. Yes, grilled cheese for me too... In fact, any variation of cheese and bread combo; oh also plain yoghurt... I can't live without it!

                                                                                                            1. Hmmm...this is a toughie. Honestly, I have a list the would go by the mile for foods that I can't live without. If I must pick one, I would go for any great, warm crusty bread (any type existent on this planet) with cheese (any type as well).

                                                                                                              Close seconds: pizza, red wine risotto with peas, and chocolate (for the chocoholic in me).

                                                                                                              NYC restaurant: Jean Georges for the inventive fare and great desserts.

                                                                                                              1. Eggs of all sorts with vegetables and dairy (butter, cheese and milk/cream) and breads of all sorts.

                                                                                                                1. You have to understand that people condemned to death can't have ANYTHING they want, despite the spiritual concept of the last meal, so requests like seared foie gras and the best soup dumplings will probably go unrewarded (of course, you also have to trust the prison cook's ability to make a good version of those foods).

                                                                                                                  Of course, I'm not replying to this whole thread, but the one part that talked about condemned men's meals... still can't get used to the format.

                                                                                                                  Oh, and my one food for the rest of my life: It's a toss up between really good sweet and sour pork or Cantonese style smooth scrambled eggs with shrimp.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Blueicus

                                                                                                                    could you describe how the cantonese dish is prepared?

                                                                                                                    1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                                                      My mother used to make this...she just threw some eggs and precooked (just a tad underdone) shrimp into a wok, used a spatula occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom, and voila. Not sure if this is used traditionally (or whether scrambled eggs are even traditional Chinese food, ha), but she used to throw in some fresh garlic as well.

                                                                                                                      1. re: theannerska

                                                                                                                        what type of oil did your mom use...peanut, or sesame? any other herbs besides garlic? and was served over rice?

                                                                                                                        1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                                                          Just regular corn oil, haha (though we've switched to olive since). Sometimes we throw in a tiny bit of basil and pepper, but nothing special or all that Asian, come to think of it...

                                                                                                                          The Chinese eat everything with rice - some even claim that they can't feel full/satisfied unless they have it with a meal - so yep, we do serve it over rice.

                                                                                                                  2. OK I thought I had my mind made up until i read the other posts...for me it's a toss up among pizza, dim sum, or my original choice...pho.

                                                                                                                    1. Bread. Sarcones. Philadelphia. Yum.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Divamac

                                                                                                                        D'oh!! Just as I was about to narrow it down you had to bring up Sarcones!!!! Filled with anything, or just by itself.... yum.....

                                                                                                                      2. Pizza! Just plain cheese great thin cust would keep me very happy!! Especially since i can't get it where I live.

                                                                                                                        1. So hard to pick just one!!!

                                                                                                                          I'll have to go with cheese (obviously). All types, except Swiss. With bread and apples to accompany it.

                                                                                                                          Close second- pizza; white veggie, or red and meaty
                                                                                                                          Next up- any kind of Americanized Mexican food. Not knocking real Mexican (love that, too) but there is something about fajitas, tacos, nachos, and burritos that makes me giddy.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: jessicheese

                                                                                                                            swiss lorraine...one of the greatest basic cheeses is everywhere in chicago but no where to be found here in CA

                                                                                                                          2. Oysters. Oysters on the half-shell. Nothing else added.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Griller

                                                                                                                              it really makes me clinch when dollops of cocktail sauces are put on top of them...to pay top dollar to taste sweet ketchup?

                                                                                                                            2. PORK!! Any way any how and mmmm sooooo goood!!

                                                                                                                              1. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life and still be happy every time you eat it what would it be?

                                                                                                                                I don't think such a food can exist. My most cherished cravings, my deepest longings would seem sickening to me after a year of two of monotony. That being said, the vast majority of the world does indeed eat one thing and are happy not to be starving each time they eat.

                                                                                                                                1. Vietnamese country style duck with pickled daikon. Its just so lucious.

                                                                                                                                  Open it up a step and I could eat Vietnamese from Nha Trang on Baxter St. forever.

                                                                                                                                  1. 99 replies, and if i read them correctly, i'm the only one to list chocolate as #1. WOW!

                                                                                                                                    1. Ricotta pie. No wait, pizza. Ricotta pie would make me sick after the first 4 years or so. Pizza could endure . . .

                                                                                                                                      1. Bibimbap, or else chicken biryani. When we moved out of Chicago for a couple of years, I had to learn to cook both at home so that I would not perish without them...

                                                                                                                                        1. Really good chicken noodle soup..with some lemon squeezed in right before ya eat it. (or spaghetti with meat balls)

                                                                                                                                          1. Spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce. (In fact, I did go for quite a while eating such a meal for dinner almost every night.)

                                                                                                                                            1. ...light baked crusty garlic bagel .. soft inside.. toasted slightly -thick layer of whipped cream cheese /hand sliced nova scotia lox with red onion and a perfect tomatoe slice on top.. covered with a see through piece or two of wonderful nutty tasting imported swiss cheese..steaming hot coffee...heaven on earth...every day...
                                                                                                                                              oh and of course fabulous sushi for every other meal...

                                                                                                                                              1. ...light baked crusty garlic bagel..soft inside..toasted slightly-thick layer of whipped cream cheese/hand sliced nova
                                                                                                                                                scotia lox with red onion and a perfect tomatoe slice on top..covered with a see through piece or two of wonderful nutty tasting imported swiss cheese.. steaming hot coffee..heaven on earth.. every day..
                                                                                                                                                oh..and of course fabulous sushi for every other meal!

                                                                                                                                                1. Pho: Vietnamese rice noodle soup. Ideally, with lots of seafood, lemon grass, cilantro and hot chiles.

                                                                                                                                                  1. I was going to go very broad and say Mexican food. But, I can narrow it down to the Taco cateogry. I love tacos of all kinds. The fajita type tacos of grilled steak in a flour tortilla with some pico, guac, sour cream and a little bit of cheese. Or a grilled chicken taco with cheese and sour cream. And, yes, even the greasy ground beef taco with shredded cheddar and lettuce. And, I love the baja style at my local taqueria with shredded beef, lettuce, pico and white cheese. Add a side of queso dip and some guac and I'd be in heaven!

                                                                                                                                                    Now I'm HUNGRY!