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Oct 20, 2008 10:25 AM

I always enjoy _____, no matter how bad it is.

Keep in mind I am not talking about trashy or junk foods here. I am talking about good foods which you love regardless of quality of preparation.

I have eaten probably thousands of gyros in my life, most of which must objectively be considered terrible. These gyros were bought from seedy shacks, state fair booths, and Chicago Gyro at 38th and Meridian in Indianapolis. With one glaring exception - where some joker had dumped Spanish rice in it - I have enjoyed every bite of processed lamb loaf, limp onions, mealy tomatoes, pale cucumbers, and "tzatziki" made with sour cream that I have ever had.

Chicken wings are the same way. If a chicken wing is cooked and is covered in some sort of sauce, it immediately bypasses all the critical mechanisms I apply to other foods. Is the skin soggy and gummy? Does the sauce taste like something in which you might dip a Mcnugget? Is the meat bone-dry? In many cases, yes, yes, and yes. Did any of these things lessen my enjoyment one bit? NO.

The last one - and this one I am actually somewhat ashamed of - is sushi. I will happily eat any combination of vinegar rice, sesame seeds, and nori. Been sitting in the supermarket case all day? Mix up enough soy sauce and wasabi and I'll eat it with a smile. This makes me popular when I go out for sushi with friends, since I never fight over the expensive stuff like the tuna.

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  1. Good question. Though you say no trashy/junk foods, I think for something to achieve this status it has to be reasonably simple enough that poor ingredients or preparation are not enough to ruin the concept.

    For me it's
    1.) pizza- I love really good pizza and will pay ridiculous amounts for what most people get for $5 but if I have pennies to my name and have to feed myself out of a grocery store freezer case, or choke down TGIFriday's with coworkers, I'll go for pizza.
    2.) chili - Homemade chili is so good and easy, I'll never understand how people mess this up, but even when they do, I'll eat it. If forced to do fast food, I usually end up with Wendy's chili, and don't even mind that much.

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    1. re: yamalam

      Chili here too. It's a dish that you are likely to find good examples in the darnest places, so I'm always willing to take a risk...and while it may be odd, it's almost always edible.

      1. re: Jeri L

        Actually I am pretty particular when it comes to chili; can't stomach the bad stuff. I think the reason there is so much bad homemade chili is because it's often made by people who don't otherwise cook.

    2. Fried meat. If it's around I can't stop.

      1. French Fries. Soggy, crispy, thin, thick, I love them all.

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        1. re: churchka

          Yes!! French fries any and all though I must admit I reject them after a few hours chill.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            Yes, fries for me too. I'll keep eating them long after I'm full. Particularly McDonald's fries.

            Also, ice cream. I prefer the good stuff, obviously, but I will still eat terrible, terrible quality ice cream and keep going until someone takes it away or it's gone.

          2. re: churchka

            Oh I agree. It is hard to really completely ruin a french fry. In fact, fried potatoes generally are good:

            1. re: plf515

              Any form of potato and I'm in heaven.

          3. A truck stop breakfast of hash browns, over-easies and toast with jam. Never turned one down or turned up my nose at the *bad* ones. :-) Cay

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            1. re: cayjohan

              Yep, You nailed it. Just don't poach my eggs hard. That's all I ask. :)

              1. re: cayjohan

                Here, Here!! Add a side of crispy bacon and I'm a happy camper.

              2. Bagels. Living in New York I have developed a true appreciation for the real thing, but I could still eat a Lender's frozen bagel and like it.

                Can't decide whether I agree with pizza or not. On the one hand, yes, I would (and do) eat crappy pizza...on the other hand, good pizza is so $#*$ing good.

                I have to say, I'd eat any quality tacos, as well.

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                1. re: Olallieberry

                  I'm the same way with bagels. Frozen bagels, badly defrosted in the microwave? I'll eat it and enjoy it.