I see these words on a menu and then I must order...
Foie gras, especially terrine de foie
white truffles. black truffles, heck, even summer truffles.
sweetbreads, especially fried sweetbreads, and a light bulbs goes off.
coconut, any coconut dish for that matter.
blackened fish (yes, I know you shouldn't order it outside of New Orleans, but how can I resist).
anything almost that has been SMOKED.
coconut cream pie (i think i already mentioned coconut above before but this deserves it's own line).
banana nilla wafer pudding
butterscotch parfait, almost any kind of parfait for that matter.
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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.
home cut fries