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I see these words on a menu and then I must order...

kevin Nov 21, 2008 10:12 PM

Foie gras, especially terrine de foie

white truffles. black truffles, heck, even summer truffles.

lamb's brains.

veal cheeks.

sweetbreads, especially fried sweetbreads, and a light bulbs goes off.

chocolate mousse.

coconut, any coconut dish for that matter.

pommess souffles.

pumpkin ravioli

roasted duck

blackened fish (yes, I know you shouldn't order it outside of New Orleans, but how can I resist).

beef brisket


anything almost that has been SMOKED.

fried chicken.

broasted potatoes.

coconut cream pie (i think i already mentioned coconut above before but this deserves it's own line).

banana nilla wafer pudding

pecan pie.

butterscotch parfait, almost any kind of parfait for that matter.

hand-sliced pastrami

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    Humbucker RE: kevin Nov 21, 2008 11:12 PM

    You might want to check out this thread:


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      kevin RE: Humbucker Nov 22, 2008 09:32 AM

      wow, cool, thanks. i should have known there was already a thread out there.

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        KaimukiMan RE: kevin Nov 22, 2008 10:49 AM

        not exactly the same, one is ingredients, one is a finished product. Certainly related threads, fun to compare them.

        oh yeah....

        portuguese bean soup
        fried calamari

        1. re: KaimukiMan
          coney with everything RE: KaimukiMan Nov 26, 2008 10:13 AM

          Fried calamari for me too. especially in or with a spicy sauce. Two of the best chain dishes I've ever had was calamari ala diavolo from East Side Marios and Kung Pow calimari from Mitchell's.

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            al b. darned RE: KaimukiMan Dec 1, 2008 01:58 PM

            OOOOHHH!!! Fried calamari!! A must-have!

      2. im_nomad RE: kevin Nov 22, 2008 04:42 PM

        Despite my not being much of a dessert person, I have a hard time not ordering creme brulee...to me it is the perfect dessert, small enough to finish a meal, and it's not something i'd think to make at home, as i am torchless :)

        Also ditto on the calamari. I have a mental list of who i can and can not talk into splitting a calamari app with.

        green papaya salad in thai restaurants, can't get the ingredients to make it at home.

        chile rellenos

        home cut fries

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          laliz RE: im_nomad Nov 25, 2008 11:48 AM

          Creme Brulee for me too ~~ have never attempted at home

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            im_nomad RE: laliz Nov 26, 2008 01:58 PM

            and to add to that, bread pudding

        2. ccbweb RE: kevin Nov 22, 2008 06:15 PM

          You must run into a lot of conflicts or order lots and lots of food pretty frequently.

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            cleopatra999 RE: ccbweb Nov 22, 2008 06:22 PM

            ganache is my weak point.

          2. Cpt Wafer RE: kevin Nov 23, 2008 08:48 AM

            chocolate soufflé

            chocolate soufflé

            chocolate soufflé

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              OCAnn RE: Cpt Wafer Nov 25, 2008 11:30 AM

              I love a good chocolate souffle, but at The Cellar, I will always order their Grand Marnier souffle over their chocolate....

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                Cpt Wafer RE: OCAnn Nov 27, 2008 02:23 PM

                I must make my way West once more.

            2. BeaN RE: kevin Nov 24, 2008 01:37 PM

              foie gras

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                Pincus RE: kevin Nov 24, 2008 01:39 PM

                2 for 1.

                1. lynnlato RE: kevin Nov 24, 2008 01:44 PM

                  Foie gras

                  Pork belly

                  Carpaccio of beef

                  Short ribs

                  Chicken salad - as in the diced stuff mixed w/ mayo and other stuff, not sure why but I love it when it's done well

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                    bnemes3343 RE: lynnlato Nov 26, 2008 10:17 AM

                    Short ribs for me too.

                    and rare seared tuna

                  2. Sam Fujisaka RE: kevin Nov 24, 2008 01:46 PM

                    Anything mutton, lamb, goat, duck, salmon, tuna, squid, eel, octopus, kidney, heart, tripe - and any or all of these even more if smoked.

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                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                      kevin RE: Sam Fujisaka Nov 24, 2008 03:47 PM

                      I'm there with you on the smoking. Darn smoking almost makes anything good, and smoked mutton begets Kentucky bbq, a regionality that is not much see out of the immediate distance of the moonlight inn.

                    2. steve h. RE: kevin Nov 24, 2008 02:00 PM

                      lamb shanks
                      beef shanks
                      veal shanks.


                      organ meats.
                      marrow bones.
                      crispy skin.


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                        kevin RE: steve h. Nov 24, 2008 03:50 PM

                        i fogot natural casing hot dogs.

                        chili, i do i love chili.

                        and i forgot gumbo.

                        the crackly, carmelized skin of a rotisserie chicken is one of the most beautiful things on earth by far. and turkey skin done well is a thing of utter genius.

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                        Leslie RE: kevin Nov 24, 2008 02:26 PM

                        Soft shell crabs

                        1. Sooeygun RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 06:29 AM

                          Beef (tenderloin, prime rib, or whatever) with bearnaise. But only if I know it's not from a package. The bearnaise, that is.

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                            MrsCris RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 11:00 AM

                            Lobster bisque.


                            1. OCAnn RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 11:29 AM

                              lamb, rabbit, game
                              Chilean sea bass
                              wild (not farmed)
                              flights (wine)

                              and to a lesser degree: mushrooms, souffle, "specialty" and "housemade", saffron, eggplant, calamari.

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                                bd9 RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 11:35 AM



                                "House Cured"

                                1. PegS RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 11:38 AM

                                  Marrow bones
                                  Anything with ribs
                                  Any shellfish that's not commonly available in the U.S. (cockles, langoustine, etc.)
                                  Fiddlehead ferns

                                  1. Phoo_d RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 12:00 PM

                                    Ribs (Short and Otherwise)
                                    Buffalo Burger
                                    Bone in Fillet Mignon
                                    Lobster Bisque


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                                      GodfatherofLunch RE: Phoo_d Nov 26, 2008 01:49 PM

                                      "Bone in Fillet Mignon" - Now you, you are funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                      TampaAurora RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 12:51 PM

                                      Fried mushrooms (sad but true)
                                      Sweet Potato - anything
                                      Fresh Brewed Sweet Tea

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                                        TampaAurora RE: TampaAurora Nov 28, 2008 02:52 PM

                                        After talking to my SO, I have to add
                                        ...fresh ginger, sesame or red bean, cranberries, tangerine, mango
                                        "Specialty of the House"
                                        For my SO......anything with more than "3 cheeses...." he disturbs me.
                                        filet mignon
                                        I don't really get out much.

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                                        LJS RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 12:51 PM

                                        Regional speciality
                                        Homemade/made on premises (in places where its unexpected)

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                                          madgreek RE: LJS Nov 26, 2008 05:43 AM

                                          I agree. Seeing these words/phrases score big points for me, especially when it's unexpected.

                                          Also, duck. Love it. Haven't had a chance to make it at home.

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                                          James Cristinian RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 02:46 PM

                                          Boiled crawfish and fried oysters, I am on the constant quintissential version of both, Houston style.

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                                            512window RE: James Cristinian Nov 25, 2008 06:52 PM

                                            I must be a strange strange person. I always want to order something that I've never had before. Supposedly, I'm only going around once - got to try things when you get a chance.

                                            1. re: 512window
                                              im_nomad RE: 512window Nov 26, 2008 01:58 PM

                                              to some degree 512, i'm like that as well, i'll pick out the most obscure or "odd" menu item and go with that.

                                          2. Cinnabon RE: kevin Nov 25, 2008 09:27 PM


                                            Chili Rellenos

                                            Chocolate Soufflé

                                            Creme Brulee

                                            1. al b. darned RE: kevin Nov 26, 2008 12:59 AM

                                              Fried Ice Cream!!!!

                                              1. Paula76 RE: kevin Nov 26, 2008 05:26 AM

                                                Anything with llama meat (only in South America)
                                                Desserts with dulce de leche, especially as a warm sauce over white chocolate cheesecake
                                                Pan-fried scallops
                                                Italian antipasti with sundried tomato and buffalo mozzarella
                                                Sea bass

                                                1. JungMann RE: kevin Nov 26, 2008 06:59 AM

                                                  White Chocolate

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                                                    Terrieltr RE: kevin Nov 26, 2008 10:36 AM

                                                    Like many, lamb always gets my attention.

                                                    1. Katie Nell RE: kevin Nov 26, 2008 11:11 AM

                                                      Corn Soup/ Chowder... love it any way, shape, or form

                                                      1. BerkshireTsarina RE: kevin Nov 26, 2008 04:40 PM

                                                        Nothing original, just delicious, and magnetic!
                                                        Foie gras
                                                        Corn chowder (corn anything, pretty much)
                                                        Fava beans
                                                        Fried Chicken

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                                                          AngelSanctuary RE: kevin Nov 26, 2008 09:27 PM

                                                          Has anyone ever had white truffles? I always see black truffles on menus but never white truffles, I know they are much more expensive but someone has to be buying them.

                                                          Oh, and to answer the post, anything that say melted cheese gets an ordering from me. Also, cheesecake (can you tell I love cheese?), duck fat, escargots, french onion soup, wine-braised anything...

                                                          There are way too much to name...^_^"

                                                          1. mogo RE: kevin Nov 27, 2008 01:26 AM

                                                            green curry
                                                            curry goat (roti)
                                                            rice pudding
                                                            goat cheese

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                                                            1. re: mogo
                                                              Sam Fujisaka RE: mogo Nov 27, 2008 01:50 AM

                                                              Sinigang ng bangus!

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                                                                kevin RE: Sam Fujisaka Nov 27, 2008 09:42 AM

                                                                what's "sinigang ng bangus"/

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                                                                  Sam Fujisaka RE: kevin Nov 27, 2008 11:01 AM

                                                                  Bangus (milk fish) in a clear sweet & sour soup; from the Philippines

                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                    JungMann RE: Sam Fujisaka Dec 1, 2008 05:31 AM

                                                                    I'd describe it as more sour than sweet. Between the green tamarinds, tomatoes and bitter greens, the sweetest note would come from the flesh of the fish. And since my sinigang na isda also contains a touch of Sriracha, mine is likely more hot & sour.

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                                                                      Sam Fujisaka RE: JungMann Dec 2, 2008 03:43 AM

                                                                      You're right of course. I meant to write "hot & sour".

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                                                              plateofwander RE: kevin Nov 28, 2008 05:31 AM

                                                              pork belly.
                                                              fish fragrant eggplant.
                                                              cake (non chocolate).
                                                              butternut squash.
                                                              caramel/ dulce de leche.
                                                              anything that sounds different or interesting or that i've never had before.

                                                              1. mainsqueeze RE: kevin Nov 28, 2008 06:25 AM

                                                                If there is venison, I will likely order it, especially is prepared with fruit, such as black currant, pear, etc.

                                                                If horse tartare is available, I will order that, too.

                                                                I love a chèvre chaud salad, especially with juliened granny smith apples and walnuts.

                                                                For dessert, I am partial to puff pastry. If there are choux a la crème, profiterol, eclair, etc, I'll probably order that. Otherwise, I love a good lemony dessert.

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                                                                  PurpleEats RE: mainsqueeze Nov 28, 2008 06:34 AM

                                                                  Foie Gras
                                                                  Fried Chicken
                                                                  French Toast (but not brioche)
                                                                  Pimientos de Padron
                                                                  Pork Chop
                                                                  Still thinking...

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                                                                    kevin RE: PurpleEats Nov 28, 2008 03:36 PM

                                                                    what's pimientos de padron?

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                                                                      greedygirl RE: kevin Nov 29, 2008 11:50 PM

                                                                      Spanish small green peppers, that are fried with olive oil and salt and served as a tapa. Every so often you'll get a hot one - it's like Russian roulette!

                                                                2. Veggo RE: kevin Nov 28, 2008 07:16 AM

                                                                  Malpeque oysters
                                                                  littleneck clams
                                                                  yellowtail and tuna sashimi
                                                                  Olathe corn
                                                                  chiles en nogada
                                                                  huitlacoche casserole
                                                                  tomato still on the vine, with one of those little blue Morton's salt shakers
                                                                  Smilin' Sam's newly famous macaroni and cheese.

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                                                                    almccasland RE: Veggo Nov 28, 2008 02:19 PM

                                                                    ~anything that has avocado, bleu cheese, roasted red peppers, and green onions in the same dish
                                                                    ~oysters on the half-shell depending on where I am geographically
                                                                    ~ostrich (now that I finally had the opportunity to try it)
                                                                    ~any interesting vegan dish (although I'm not vegan - see above) i.e. I had vegan eggs benedict at Chicago Diner after the marathon last year just because I had to see how one would make a vegan version. FANTASTIC!
                                                                    ~any beer by Ommegang or Dogfish Head
                                                                    ~avocado ice cream or gelato
                                                                    ~lately, any malbec

                                                                    1. re: almccasland
                                                                      kevin RE: almccasland Nov 28, 2008 03:37 PM

                                                                      how about an avocado milkshake.

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                                                                        almccasland RE: kevin Nov 28, 2008 04:38 PM

                                                                        absolutely! I've never seen one on a menu, but have made them at home. It was more like a smoothie than a milkshake, though (ice cream-less). On the subject of nontraditional frozen concoctions, I tried durian ice cream once and really like it, as well. I've never had an actual durian, though.

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                                                                          kevin RE: almccasland Nov 28, 2008 06:57 PM

                                                                          i've had avocado milkshakes at bahn mi shops/bakery/cafes, some cities have a big expat vietnamese community (houston, i think, and orange county on the west coast). it's definitely great stuff.

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                                                                            almccasland RE: kevin Nov 29, 2008 01:17 PM

                                                                            Thanks for mentioning that. It will remind me to seek out a good bahn mi shop in Houston over the holidays when visiting the family. We have a notable Asian community in OKC, but I've not been to many of the restaurants. I do frequent the market, though, which is great fun!

                                                                  2. Davwud RE: kevin Nov 28, 2008 07:15 PM

                                                                    I've seen a lot of words that I fully agree with. Too many to mention.

                                                                    I will add

                                                                    BACON (wrapped)


                                                                    1. greedygirl RE: kevin Nov 29, 2008 11:52 PM

                                                                      Rabbit - I love me a bunny.
                                                                      Foie gras - what's not to love?
                                                                      Anything with fresh crab, as I can't bring myself to prepare them at home.

                                                                      1. Gio RE: kevin Nov 30, 2008 04:32 AM

                                                                        Soft shell crab
                                                                        Grilled Sardines

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                                                                          JungMann RE: Gio Dec 1, 2008 05:33 AM

                                                                          You've reminded me: anything that has a combination of the words "Szechuan," "peppercorn" and "ma la" will justify nearly any price for me.

                                                                          1. re: JungMann
                                                                            Gio RE: JungMann Dec 1, 2008 05:45 AM

                                                                            Ah yes... and translated into Italian, Red Pepper Flakes/Peperoncini !!

                                                                            BTW, JM: Just what is the correct spelling, Szechuan or Sichuan? i see it both ways all over the place....

                                                                            1. re: Gio
                                                                              JungMann RE: Gio Dec 1, 2008 07:48 AM

                                                                              Both are acceptable spellings. For my own purposes, if I want to repeat something I hear in spoken Chinese, I forgo all spelling conventions and just write the word phonetically with tonal markings.

                                                                        2. Sandwich_Sister RE: kevin Nov 30, 2008 12:08 PM

                                                                          *Bacon - how can you resist
                                                                          * Pasta with Mushrooms - any kind of mushrooms and lots of them
                                                                          * Red Snapper or Grouper
                                                                          * Jalopeno
                                                                          * Ginger

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