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What fast food do you eat rarely, but that first bite think "Wow, this is so good!"

sunangelmb Dec 27, 2008 05:27 PM

So today we were driving to a party, and my son had to go to the bathroom. We saw an Arby's and ran in to use the facility, and ended up ordering a sandwich. ( The party hosts often have limited amounts of food at their parties, and usually no food out for the first few hours of their gatherings- but that is a whole different post.) Anyway, ordered a beef and cheddar, slathered on some horsey, and arby's sauce, and took a bite. Wow was it good. Messy, but sooooo good. The onion bun was soft, and fresh, the beef was lean and unfatty, and the cheese sauce tasty. It made me wonder what other fast food do you buy rarely but think is so good? Is it good because you eat it rarely? Would it be ruined if you ate it more often? I will go to bed dreaming of the Arby's sandwich, but my waistline is happy they are not closer!!!

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    duck833 Dec 27, 2008 05:39 PM

    In n' Out Hamburgers, best burger I have ever had.

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      baseballfan Jan 3, 2009 03:34 PM

      Totally agree. I just had a double double today and it did not disappoint!

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        rockandroller1 Jan 15, 2009 10:53 AM

        Another vote for In & Out. Like the OP, I dream of them, but my waistline is glad we don't have any in our part of the country.

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          baseballfan Jan 15, 2009 05:32 PM

          It can definitely be a problem : ). We have one about 2 miles from my house and it is nothing short of sheer willpower that keeps me away. Eventually, I can't take it anymore and I find myself drawn there just by the smell when I drive by.

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            Val Feb 7, 2009 05:29 PM

            NOW I know what In 'N Out is all about...recently visited my son in San Diego and we went there...dude, he ordered a '4 by 4' with 'Animal Fries'....hil-AR-ious...I just had a regular burger and didn't even understand the whole "secret menu" thing...but they ARE very good burgers!!! Glad I don't live in Cali (sort of...also went to visit other son in San Fran...Cali was so beautiful!!!)

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      himbeer Dec 27, 2008 06:08 PM

      My first thought was an Arby's roast beef.

      Arthur Treacher's.

      I used to like a Mcd's cheeseburger decades ago, but last time I tried one, about 5 years ago, it left an ugly aftertaste.

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        kobetobiko Dec 27, 2008 06:23 PM

        This isn't from the US, but I love New York Fries in Canada. (so ironic that it isn't from New York)

        I love their fries with gravy. Definitely eating this very rarely now as I am actually living in New York where there is no New York Fries....

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          AngelSanctuary Dec 29, 2008 11:47 AM

          omg, yes, I love NY Fries

          I love their poutine too!

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          spellweaver16 Dec 27, 2008 07:38 PM

          Whopper with cheese, no onion. I eat it about once a year and savor every bite! however, I'll never make the mistake of getting a BK shake ever again lo

          1. Mattkn Dec 27, 2008 08:09 PM

            Okay, I have a short list and I'm really not a big fast food eater and even more so, avoid fast food meat.

            Recently I've had a Volcano Taco-darn good if you can get a fresh one.
            The cheese tator tots from Burger King-cheesy, greasy goodness.
            And I do like the spicy chicken from Popeyes!

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              grnidkjun Apr 1, 2010 12:53 PM

              Popeyes used to make really good spicy onion rings too.. hard to find one that still makes them.

            2. Firegoat Dec 28, 2008 08:23 AM

              while on the road on a six hour drive over the holidays we hit a McDs on the turnpike. Small order of fries and cheeseburger. I never get fries..... but oh the salty goodness and hot hot hot!

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                ReelMike84 Jan 2, 2009 10:36 PM

                Sometimes the best tasting food is the food you eat exhausted. I remember eating a McDonald's Happy Meal after working on a film shoot for 16 hours.

                It was as if God had reached down and gave me a big hug with a nice toy surprise at the end.

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                  cdnexpat Mar 8, 2009 10:22 AM

                  For the same reason, McD's chicken mcnuggets will always have a soft spot in my heart: I'd eat them with my (then) husband after coming back from some back-country hiking & camping trip. We'd be cold, tired and sore, and eat those warm, soft, pressed chicken pieces dipped in sugary syrup, silently, and happily.

              2. The Ranger Dec 28, 2008 08:35 AM

                The hard taco at Taco Bravo (a local chain to me). It's not authentic, not even remotely "ethnic" except in name but the ingredients are always fresh-made and put together well. I hit Taco Bravo before any other fast food joint.

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                  LilDetroitMama Dec 13, 2011 07:32 PM

                  Taco Bueno is very good also. Not sure where the chain is, but had them traveling for work to Oklahoma City. The sour cream chicken chilada is great! Lots of fresh salsas and peppers to add to taste. My coworkers and I all chose to eat there despite being able to spend much more on our company meal allowance.

                2. PegS Dec 28, 2008 09:43 AM

                  Sausage McMuffin with Egg. I get a craving maybe once a year on a cold winter day and it really hits the spot.

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                    Melanie Dec 28, 2008 09:59 AM

                    Yes! My fiancee got one yesterday and I had a bite. It was pretty darned tasty, albeit quite greasy. Another one is the McDonald's Hash Browns. Again, its basically an oil sponge, but oh so good.

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                      mdepsmom Jan 6, 2009 09:58 AM

                      I used to love McD's hashed browns but since they changed the oil a year or two ago, I can't stand them. They just don't taste right to me anymore.

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                        jessicheese Jan 12, 2009 07:04 AM

                        I thought it was just me! The oil tastes so gross to me now, but I used to love them!

                        Dunkin Donuts hash browns are where it's at, though!

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                          Fromageball Dec 16, 2011 05:51 PM

                          Bummer I used to love McDs hash browns....haven't had them in years but I like them with a sausage/egg/cheese biscuit. Going to have to try dunkin donuts...

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                      Firegoat Dec 28, 2008 10:20 AM

                      oh.... or the sausage mcmuffin with NO egg but add grape jelly ...... so good. I'm glad McDs is on the other side of town so I rarely even have a reason to drive by it in the morning. I do dry Burger King in the morning to work but none of their breakfast fare can even partially lure me in.

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                        ReelMike84 Jan 2, 2009 10:39 PM

                        I enjoy the Egg McMuffin but once in a while I'll order it without the egg.

                        When paired with a side hashbrown in the early morning this grilled cheese concoction just works.

                      2. re: PegS
                        pdxgastro Dec 14, 2011 05:14 PM

                        Me too! That is my early morning road-trip must have.

                      3. linguafood Dec 28, 2008 10:32 AM

                        Whopper Jr. with cheese. I only 'allow' myself to have one of those when traveling and there is nothing more, um, sensible around (meaning I was too lazy to make sammiches).

                        And well-made fries.... ah, fries. Crunchy and hot and salty on the outside, and fluffy and potato-y on the inside. What's not to love.

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                          Lixer Dec 28, 2008 01:30 PM

                          I had a Whataburger with cheese last week that nearly melted me when I took my first bite. I hadn't had a burger of theirs since they stopped offering their veggie burger... and I stopped being a veggie.
                          I must admit fries are not a rare thing but they're usually always delicious.

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                            LilDetroitMama Dec 13, 2011 07:44 PM

                            What? A Whataburger without a malt? I love Whata, but gotta have a malt!

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                            Chimayo Joe Dec 28, 2008 01:41 PM

                            Caramel apple empanada from Taco Bell

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                              bubbles4me Dec 28, 2008 02:01 PM

                              Arbys Beef and Cheddar, same way...slathered with Horsey Sauce
                              Just had this the other day, first time in over 5 years...Wienerschnitzel Chili Dog...took one bite and it was so good! Have to say we hit it up again a few days later...not as big a deal but I still liked it.
                              Jack In The Box breakfast sandwiches...almost all of them

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                                powillie Dec 28, 2008 06:17 PM

                                Every so often, I will hit McDonald's for a biscuit with egg only. It has always been hot and fresh and surprisingly tasty.

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                                  aynrandgirl Jan 16, 2009 10:27 PM

                                  I love Wienerschnitzel chili dogs. Dog heaven. I don't know what they put in it, but their chili is some of the best around for dogs & burgers. Too bad they're real scarce outside of California.

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                                    linguafood Jan 17, 2009 08:31 AM

                                    Is Wienerschnitzel the name of a fast food joint, or the name of the product? And what on earth is it? A breaded & fried dog?

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                                      aynrandgirl Jan 17, 2009 08:56 PM

                                      It's a chain of fast-food restaurants. www.wienerschnitzel.com

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                                tzurriz Dec 28, 2008 06:36 PM

                                recently we stopped off at Culvers. Hadn't been to a fast-food place in over a year, but wow that burger was excellent. Best burger I can remember having, ever.

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                                  CrazyOne Dec 29, 2008 10:23 AM

                                  Just a week ago it was McD's fries. Hadn't had in ages, and they were actually pretty good.

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                                    ReelMike84 Jan 2, 2009 10:40 PM

                                    I haven't had the McD's fries in years still I always know that if I ever go back they will be the same salty greatness they always were.

                                    If there is one thing McD's has down pact it's those damn fries. Or as I like to call them, golden sticks of salty wonder.

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                                      CrazyOne Jan 4, 2009 06:06 PM

                                      The funny thing was until that day a couple weeks ago I still had it in my head that I didn't like McD's fries as much as some others. I never liked the shoestring style that much, and for other food I was always partial to Wendy's. (I essentially don't eat there anymore, thankfully, but that was always the go to place for fast food.) I liked Wendy's fries a lot, but I think they got noticeably worse when they took out the trans fat. And when I had that dose of fries from McD's, I finally believed they were the best of the typical big fast food chains.

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                                        mcel215 Jan 17, 2009 06:58 AM

                                        I say that the "golden sticks of salty wonder", have more than salt added. ;)

                                        My knuckles turn white clenching my steering wheel as I drive by instead of driving thru......lol!

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                                      AngelSanctuary Dec 29, 2008 11:51 AM

                                      There's this Canadian chain called Harvey's which is imo the best fast food burger here (we don't have In N' Out), actually it's better than chain restaurants too...

                                      They use a REAL grill, not what passes as "grilled" these days. With the lines and everything. I love their Anguses, so good!

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                                      1. re: AngelSanctuary
                                        Fury87 Mar 23, 2010 02:00 AM

                                        I second that, Harvey's easily has the best fast food burgers. And I like the fact that you can customize your burger.

                                        I also have a weak spot for a Burger King whopper.

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                                          John Manzo Mar 25, 2010 01:14 PM

                                          Blecch- Harvey's has good fries, but their burgers taste like mock meat TVP. In fact their excellent veggie burger tastes more like real meat than does their "real" burger.

                                        2. ipsedixit Dec 29, 2008 02:38 PM

                                          McDonald's Filet-O-Fish.

                                          Ok, I lied. I eat it quite regularly, but each and every time I still get that "Wow, this is so good" moment ...

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                                            Beach Chick Dec 29, 2008 02:51 PM

                                            I LOVE the Filet-O-Fish!
                                            I get it with extra tartar sauce so they make it fresh and I put french fries squished inside..
                                            Haven't had it in a couple of years..read that it is over 1,000+ calories...who cares..
                                            I work out everyday..I gotta go get me one of those..

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                                              pemma Dec 30, 2008 10:48 AM

                                              Eat away Beach Chick. The Filet-O-Fish is only 380 caloires. Small fries is 230. I would imagine the extra tarter would boost the count though.

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                                                Beach Chick Jan 1, 2009 05:14 PM

                                                I'm really not one of those pain in the ass calorie counting chicks but I remember reading it was not one of the best to order from the lovely fast food array of crap out there..
                                                I rarely eat fast food but found the Filet-O-Fish with fries squished inside with the extra tartar sauce...heaven.

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                                                  pdxgastro Dec 14, 2011 05:16 PM

                                                  Yeah they really ruined fast food when they started posting the calories. ;o)

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                                                ReelMike84 Jan 2, 2009 10:44 PM

                                                I've never had the filet. Fish at McDonald's, while just as sane as processed meat and cheesem for some reason has never caught my fancy.

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                                                babermoon Mar 7, 2010 06:46 PM

                                                I like to put slices of avocado in mine and then squish it all down. Yeeeeee-ummmmm!

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                                                AMFM Dec 29, 2008 07:52 PM

                                                the original chick-fil-a sandwich with extra pickles, mustard and light mayo added. MMMMMMM........

                                                1. Lindseyup67 Dec 30, 2008 02:18 PM

                                                  McDonalds steak, egg, and cheese bagel breakfast sandwich with extra onions and sauce...............ALWAYS delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                    scoutmom1973 Jan 17, 2009 06:14 AM

                                                    I agree 100% on the steak egg & cheese bagel! I only allow myself one about once a year, but that first bite is greasy gooey heaven!

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                                                    silence9 Dec 31, 2008 02:06 PM

                                                    Hi... This is too easy: the McRib. As i similarly stated in another infamous thread, the first bite of the McRib tastes like a Proustian kiss with that demure third cousin you only run into once-a-decade; the last bite (if you ever get that far) tastes like french-kissing the business-end of an alien's blow-hole. The first swath of sauce looks like a Jackson Pollock fever-dream reverie; the last swath of sauce resembles Lucifer's congealed man-butter... Still, I order up that McRib like clockwork, every 5-to-7 years :-)

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                                                      robert4444 Jan 1, 2009 04:21 AM

                                                      That is one of the best and funniest posts I have read. True, too.

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                                                        isadorasmama Feb 6, 2009 02:52 PM


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                                                      malveaux Dec 31, 2008 04:52 PM

                                                      Definitely a warm Krispy Kreme donut. Of course, the feeling never lasts beyond the first bite, and more than one whole donut makes me queasy from the sugar rush.

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                                                        kobetobiko Dec 31, 2008 06:14 PM

                                                        Ah, that reminded me the first time I had Krispy Kreme and it was at its store. I got a freshly made Krispy Kreme and the first bite was indeed "Wow, it's so good! And so freaking sweet!" :D

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                                                          LilDetroitMama Dec 13, 2011 07:47 PM

                                                          Krispy Kreme is heaven.

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                                                          ginael Dec 31, 2008 07:06 PM

                                                          Jack in the Box's jalapeno poppers. Decadance. Guilty pleasure. Rare treat. Mmmmm.

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                                                            sdsometimes Jan 1, 2009 12:12 AM

                                                            I agree ginael. Their jalapeno poppers are the best. I had never had them, but I was on a date a while back and the girl insisted on capping off the night with 'em. Odd request, I thought, but I acquiesced. She warned they are super hot at first, but we dove in anyway. Her lips got byrned. My fingers got a little wet, but the sauce tasted good and the heat was fine with me.

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                                                              ginael Jan 3, 2009 09:02 PM

                                                              sd, seems like Jack is somewhat popular in SD, as opposed to chains like Wendy's and Del Taco. I'm from AZ, and Jack in the Box is vilified while Taco Bell is acceptable, however in SD Jack is a perfectly acceptable place to go. Do you also find that?

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                                                              ellen4441 Jan 1, 2009 05:33 PM

                                                              YES !!! It's funny, cause I just had ARBY'S poppers the other night, and they were real good, too... had'nt had them there in a year or so.... (I don't care for most of their other stuff, too processed tasting for me)
                                                              (no jack in the box near me in Jersey), so Arby's popper's are the next best thing.) I do love Jack's, as well!

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                                                                LilDetroitMama Dec 13, 2011 07:49 PM

                                                                I hate Arby's pulled the poppers and bronco sauce. That was the one reason I went to Arby's.
                                                                They really were awesome.

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                                                              northside food Jan 2, 2009 03:36 PM

                                                              Anything at Chik-fil-a, but especially the chicken biscuits. Dear god, those are yummy.

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                                                                ReelMike84 Jan 2, 2009 10:45 PM

                                                                I'm having my first ever Chicken Biscuit TOMORROW! I am so looking forward to it.

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                                                                  northside food Jan 3, 2009 09:19 AM

                                                                  Put a dab of yellow mustard on it and you'll see God.

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                                                                    sillyrabbit Jan 3, 2009 03:20 PM

                                                                    Or try the chicken biscuit slathered with honey.... OMG....

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                                                                  artemis Feb 10, 2009 01:09 PM

                                                                  i finally tried a chick-fil-a in tampa, having none in california. it was actually pretty good. we ordered an array of items having heard about this place for so long, and i liked the fried chicken sandwich best. the chik-fil-a sauce is very tasty. the strips were ok, not too interesting, and the grilled chicken was not food.

                                                                  i don't know whether it's unique to the tampa location, but the staff were friendly and the restaurant was SPOTLESS! a staff member sprayed and wiped down the table after every customer left it. wow.

                                                                  though in and out is best, chik-fil-a is definitely second, and first for chicken.

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                                                                    Suzy Q Feb 10, 2009 02:10 PM

                                                                    Just about every Chick Fil A I've ever been in - and growing up in the South, that's quite a few - has been very clean and the staff have been very friendly and well-trained. I've only had one really bad customer service experience there, and an email to the website resulted in a phone call from the local manager and a bunch of coupons.

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                                                                      AMFM Feb 11, 2009 07:39 AM

                                                                      agreed. here in richmond they are all spotless and everyone is wonderful. and they have kid events. really a great place - plus there is nothing like the original chick-fil-a sandwich

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                                                                      TampaAurora Feb 11, 2009 08:41 AM

                                                                      They are always very pleasant. The only place I've ever had less than a pleasant experience was at a college food court - but there were the nicest counter there.

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                                                                        Midlife Mar 4, 2010 09:18 AM

                                                                        You appear to be in the Bay area, so I thought you might like to know that there are Chick-fil-As in Fairfield and Roseville (Elk Grove, too)....... should you really get a craving.


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                                                                      chadponie Jan 2, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                      Every so often i get 2 BK cheeseburgers with extra mustard and pickles. Those next 10 minutes are perhaps the most shameful but also most satisfying 10 minutes of the month.

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                                                                        ReelMike84 Jan 2, 2009 10:47 PM

                                                                        I do the same thing but only get one. I think it's something about the vinegar in the pickles and mustard that helps accentuate the absolute goodness of the gooey cheese with the meat and squishy bun.

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                                                                          James Cristinian Jan 3, 2009 07:34 AM

                                                                          Popeye's crawfish etoufee, that first bite is so good The second, this stuff isn't bad, but by about the sixth or seventh, I found it so disgusting I threw it away. On another note, after a day of fishing anything tastes good. I'm not talking about sit on your ass fishing, drinking a beer and watching a cork. This is saltwater wade or drift fishing where you are casting and winding all day, no time to eat or you might miss the fish of a lifetime. Nothing worse than sitting on your butt when a friend is reeling in a trophy. I usually settle for an Antone's po-boy, a local favorite that I wouldn't eat unless I'm starving. Just pick one up the day before, and eat it while you're going to a new location.

                                                                      2. diablo Jan 3, 2009 11:46 AM

                                                                        Can't believe Five Guys has not been mentioned here. The regular cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, raw onion and ketchup. So, so good.

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                                                                          AMFM Jan 3, 2009 12:34 PM

                                                                          and mustard and pickles. :)

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                                                                            Brawny Feb 6, 2009 01:03 PM

                                                                            Just got a couple in Knoxville, TN Gotta check them out. Also, have a Red Robin opening real soon at Turkey Creek. I have had their food in Michigan and it is pretty good. You don't order the fries, because they just bring you a basket when you set down at your table. Kind of like a basket of rolls. Kinda different.

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                                                                            lulutastic Jan 3, 2009 11:58 AM

                                                                            Krystal's Original Breakfast Scrambler. There is nothing low-carb or diet friendly about it but it's a southern girl's dream - a cup layered with grits, scrambled eggs and cheese, topped with a piece of Jimmy Dean sausage. It's wrong to love something so bad for you so very much but I do.

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                                                                              Dee S Mar 1, 2010 08:43 AM

                                                                              I've never tried Krystal (heard they're basically the south's answer to White Castle) but your post makes me want to go there for b-fast! OMG.....breakfast perfection.....*insert Homer drooling noise here*

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                                                                              cheetobrain Jan 3, 2009 01:06 PM

                                                                              White Castle. I regret it every time! but sometimes I just need a double cheese slider.

                                                                              No Dunkin Donuts in Minnesota, but when I'm back in Chicago i like to get a chocolate glazed. soooo good.

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                                                                                The Ranger Jan 3, 2009 03:02 PM

                                                                                I enjoyed these in my Wasted Yout' but the last time I visited that shrine of mine time, I just couldn't finish them. <sigh> SWMBO often warns me about what I ate as a young man isn't necessary what I can eat now.

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                                                                                  adventuresinbaking Jan 3, 2009 03:18 PM

                                                                                  A D 'nd D Chocolate or double chocolate glazed donut is one of my favorite things, to be indulged upon on occaision.

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                                                                                  cavandre Jan 4, 2009 05:51 AM

                                                                                  Any shake at Steak n'Shake

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                                                                                    TampaAurora Jan 8, 2009 09:12 AM

                                                                                    The Parfait there is so good. It will hit the spot for me when I get an ice cream craving.

                                                                                  2. Jpan99 Jan 7, 2009 05:32 AM

                                                                                    I'm embarrassed to admit that I love the bacon, egg and cheese McGriddle at McDonald's. It's so bad for you but I love the sweet, salty combo. They have to be nice and hot, they get disgusting once they get cold.

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                                                                                      Kathleen M Jan 8, 2009 01:36 PM

                                                                                      The first one that came to my mind is a Western Bacon Cheeseburger at Karl's Jr. The day before Christmas eve I was out shopping and stopped at Karl's and got one, with just a glass of water. (Felt like a bit of a cheapskate, but really didn't want a meal deal or a sugary drink, just my burger!) Sat down and ate it very slowly, chewing every bite, and yes, it was SO good. And I can't believe that someone has not already mentioned the macaroni and cheese bites at Jack in the Box. OMG they are just so good, like so many other things mentioned, they must be just about pure fat, but delicious fat!

                                                                                      1. Midlife Jan 13, 2009 11:48 AM

                                                                                        I have to echo, as my first choice, In-n-Out...... but, after that, I'll admit that a Carl's Jr. $6 Guacamole burger is it for me. Just really decadent and without any culinary credentials, but s-o-o-o good.

                                                                                        1. Suzy Q Jan 15, 2009 09:46 AM

                                                                                          Chick Fil A, original sandwich, extra pickles. Heaven on a bun!

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                                                                                            sheilal Jan 15, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                                                            Amen to that sista!! Except I prefer mine on a whole wheat bun!

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                                                                                              AMFM Jan 15, 2009 02:23 PM

                                                                                              so what i posted above. couldn't agree more. y-u-m! :)

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                                                                                              chicaraleigh Mar 2, 2009 10:39 AM

                                                                                              i'm with you totally on the extra pickles on the chik fil A - yum!!

                                                                                            3. RichieT Jan 15, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                              for me it would have to be a Skyline 5 way or a few Coneys. I don't live near any Skylines so it's a big treat. I also love a double double from In & Out but once again, I am an east coaster, so it also means that I am on Vacation!! Occasionally I also like a big messy cheese Whopper from BK

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                                                                                                AMFM Jan 15, 2009 03:04 PM

                                                                                                oh my - how could i forget my beloved native skyline. don't live there anymore so there is nothing like it. mmmmmmm.......
                                                                                                uh oh - chik -fil-a, skyline, five guys. guess my "i don't like fast food" line isn't really standing up, is it? :)

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                                                                                                  Boston_Otter Dec 14, 2011 08:32 AM

                                                                                                  Big thumbs up for Skyline. CIncinnati native here who misses his 3-ways....

                                                                                                2. ejs1492 Jan 15, 2009 07:29 PM

                                                                                                  White Castle. It's the first place I go when visiting my in-laws in NJ. 10 with cheese, no ketchup.


                                                                                                  1. im_nomad Jan 18, 2009 10:37 AM

                                                                                                    For some reason i've been craving ice cream all this week, and specifically soft serve....despite the fact that we are having a record breaking cold snap here right now !!! So I finally gave in today and had a Blizzard from Dairy Queen, something i've not had in a couple of years at least. OMG soooo good....definitely hit the spot.

                                                                                                    I will also add A&W's onion rings to this list. Something I rarely have, and I love them.

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                                                                                                      AMFM Jan 18, 2009 11:03 AM

                                                                                                      mmmm.... vanilla with m&ms. :) get one about once a year.

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                                                                                                        im_nomad Jan 18, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                                                                        It was the Tropical for me !!

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                                                                                                          AMFM Jan 18, 2009 04:20 PM

                                                                                                          never tried that. uh oh - new unhealthy things to check out! :)

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                                                                                                        Jacey Jan 21, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                                        Rarely do I eat sweets and these days when I want ice cream I tend to get frozen yogurt if I'm watching the waistline. However, I still dream about the (former?) mint blizzard from Dairy Queen with oreos I had when I was little. Oddly, I've never been an oreo fan nor a mint ice cream fan. To this day, I still don't know how they made those two flavors so delicious together.

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                                                                                                        cheetobrain Jan 19, 2009 05:46 AM

                                                                                                        I am going to add to my list the McDonald's chicken biscuit breakfast sandwich. I am in love with that thing. I eat it about twice a month because if I allowed myself more I would probably eat it every day.

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                                                                                                          waveandwen Jan 20, 2009 06:53 AM

                                                                                                          Jack in the Box TACO--2 for 99cents---is yummy!!

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                                                                                                            Rick Jan 20, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                                                                            Long John Silvers!

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                                                                                                              NewDude Jan 20, 2009 10:51 PM

                                                                                                              Let me tell you something. The dream is real. Tortilla chips with nacho cheese dip. On a paper plate with the plaid red and white design. The stuff they serve at high school basketball and community college football games. You can't top that.

                                                                                                              1. jmckee Jan 29, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                The breakfast burritos at both Chik-Fil-A and Sonic. Guilty pleasures, very guilty. But I simply can't resist them.

                                                                                                                1. RichieT Jan 30, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                  Good Fish Tacos are NIRVANA to me...

                                                                                                                  1. danhole Feb 4, 2009 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                    I hardly ever get to go to Schlotzsky's for a sandwich, but went close to Christmas and I got the small deluxe original. That was the best thing I had tasted in a long time, from the first bite to the last. I still think about it. I guess if it was closer to my house I might grow tired of it, but I doubt it!

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                                                                                                                      Brawny Feb 6, 2009 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                      Scholtzsky's went out of Knoxville a year or so. Haven't missed them a minute.

                                                                                                                    2. Passadumkeg Feb 6, 2009 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                      A Blake's Lottaburger w/ double (Hatch) green chile. Voted New Mexico's #1 burger.

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                                                                                                                        chicken kabob Feb 8, 2009 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                        Popeye's fried chicken & biscuits

                                                                                                                      2. Passadumkeg Feb 8, 2009 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                        Since we live in Maine, a lobster roll is fast food and putting 5 kids through college the last 10 years, we seldomly eat them. But , boy, they sure as hell are good.

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                                                                                                                          bdachow Feb 9, 2009 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                          Wendy's Frosty. In all it's original chocolate malty goodness.
                                                                                                                          It's a good thing there's no chain fast food here in Bermuda (except KFC). Think missing it makes it all the more enjoyable (although had a McD's Big Mac recently and was really disappointed).

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                                                                                                                            newbatgirl Feb 9, 2009 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                            Chick-Fil-A chicken strips and waffle fries. Love them but they do not love me back. I limit myself to a couple of times a year.

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                                                                                                                              Dee S Mar 1, 2010 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                              A personal indulgence is a small Frosty and small fries. Dip said fries in said Frosty. Yum!

                                                                                                                              I haven't done that in a really, really, really long time.....*resist*

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                                                                                                                              weezycom Feb 13, 2009 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                              Popeye's 2-piece dark meat spicy with red beans and rice. Love every artery clogging bite of it.

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                                                                                                                                Bob W Dec 14, 2011 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                Popeye's - the king of fast food. I rarely eat there for the artery-clogging reason, but their food is off the hook. The spicy chicken is REALLY spicy, the batter is crisp, and the meat is juicy.

                                                                                                                                And my favorite side -- dirty rice. Another blast of spice. And those biscuits...

                                                                                                                                I drive by a Popeye's every single night, see that sign for the crawfish festival....it's getting tougher every night not to turn in.

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                                                                                                                                  AsperGirl Dec 14, 2011 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                  "Popeye's 2-piece dark meat spicy with red beans and rice."

                                                                                                                                  Same here, including the red beans & rice part!

                                                                                                                                2. mcel215 Feb 22, 2009 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                  Today I was out running a ton of errands and drove by BK. I went into the ATM, and did my banking, then pulled a U-turn back for a BK Whopper! Oh, the grilled flavor in the cheeseburger was heavenly. Wow, was it ever good. The fries were okay, but no "heroin" added here, lol!

                                                                                                                                  It just made this Boston chow, wish it were warmer so I can grill again! Yum. One of my stops was my favorite farmstand where I filled up on all of my fresh veggies and fruits. Back to reality.....hmmm.

                                                                                                                                  1. Jetgirly Mar 1, 2009 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                    An Egg and Cheese McGriddle. To me, this signifies either a Road Trip or Moving Day. Otherwise, I wouldn't be awake with nothing to do early enough to actually procure one.

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                                                                                                                                      Trixie Too Mar 22, 2010 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                      Oh yeah... sausage McGriddle. The first day of a road trip. So good and so bad...

                                                                                                                                    2. kchurchill5 Mar 1, 2009 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                      McGriddle for one

                                                                                                                                      Second a fast food chain no longer. It was in MI, Murphys in northern MI, primarily fish like a long John Silvers but also had chicken and some burgers. They had a Fish sandwich wish the best seasoning, A totally amazing BBQ coleslaw with fresh grilled onions. It was AWESOME. I ate them once a week. They were the best ever.

                                                                                                                                      1. chicaraleigh Mar 2, 2009 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                        Bisquitville (a local NC chain) Bacon, Egg & Cheese - can't ever get through the whole thing but the first bite rocks!

                                                                                                                                        Steak & Shake - Orange Freeze - again can't get through the whole thing but those first few sips - yum!

                                                                                                                                        McDonalds - Cheeseburger - good to the last bite!

                                                                                                                                        1. mariebrizard Feb 26, 2010 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                          The first mouthful of Caramel Sandy ice cream in McDonalds... I never have it, but when I do............LOVELY!

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                                                                                                                                            RCTRIPLEFRESH5 Feb 26, 2010 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                            caramel sandy iceccream at mcdonalds?

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                                                                                                                                              SmartCookie Mar 1, 2010 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                              BK recently introduced the "Big Fish" with cilantro lime tartar sauce; really nice big piece 'o fish (about 50% bigger than Mac D's) and tasty, tasty sauce. I think the price was $3.60.

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                                                                                                                                                Emm Mar 2, 2010 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                I just picked up McDonald's seasonal Filet O Fish special of two sandwiches for $3.33. It's been a while since I had one, and I'd say that although the bun is the same size, the filet's size has been reduced by about 1/3. It now comes with 1/2 slice of cheese, at least at the franchise I visited. I know this because one end of the cheese slice was barely thrown onto the sandwich, with the rest just hanging out into the box. These things are a really bad value even at this price. I suspect the special is designed to acclimate customers to the new smaller size, so that when it goes back to regular price people will object less to the shrunken sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                They still taste like a guilty pleasure, but I can't live with the guilt of a waste of money on this scale. I think I just had my last one :(

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                                                                                                                                                  dothepuyallup Mar 2, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Emm, I don't think we live in the same 'hood (no FOF seasonal special here in the secular Northwest), but your FOF sounds identical to the one I received about a week ago. I eat these about once every two years when I give into a craving, and the one I got sounds just like yours: half a piece of cheese flung half hanging of the bottom bun, barely hitting the fish, a dab of tartar and the top bun hanging off the other side. Looked like a Picasso, tasted like crap. Never again, and I paid $3.69 just for the sandwich!

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                                                                                                                                                    Emm Mar 2, 2010 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yep, my 'hood is Midwestern German Catholic territory and even us Lutherans love us some fish during Lent: it's our civic responsibility! But wow, how depressing! I thought it still tasted good in that traditionally icky kind of way, probably because they didn't skimp on the tartar sauce. I'm glad I didn't pay $3.69, though. Luckily we have a nice alternative in the 2 for $4 fish sandwiches from Arby's.

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                                                                                                                                            Tim Lookingbill Mar 4, 2010 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                            Two days ago I had my first KFC grilled chicken filet and I was just blown away by the taste so much so that I bought ten $2 orders= ($21 with tax) to take home and eat with my salad to last me the rest of the week.

                                                                                                                                            IT WAS THAT GOOD!

                                                                                                                                            It tasted better than the $15 fancy gourmet chicken entrée I had at my trendy local bistro.

                                                                                                                                            I've stayed away from KFC most of my life because of health concerns over their original recipe's fried chicken which by the way doesn't have the same gorgeous flavor it had when I first tried it back in 1968.

                                                                                                                                            Today's original recipe no longer has that subtle hint of clove and nutmeg that I remember back then as a 9 year old first opening that bucket. It had such an impact on me I still remember it to this day.

                                                                                                                                            KFC's grilled chicken filet has impacted me the same way that I had to post a comment which is rare especially for fast food.

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                                                                                                                                              linguafood Mar 4, 2010 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                              That's really interesting! A friend of mine won't shut up about KFC's grilled chicken wings, and wants me to try them. I don't generally at fast food places, and KFC is pretty low on that list. But hey, I may just have to give them a shot some time...

                                                                                                                                              (I prefer to buy and eat happy chicken, tho).

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                                                                                                                                              andwings2go Mar 22, 2010 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                              I live in Florida, working outside in the summer basically destroys your appetite. I had a huge job I started at sunrise about 6 am , didn't eat anything all day, plenty of fluids of course, and finished up at sundown about 9 pm. Driving home I still didn't feel hungry although I had a headache and pangs. I knew my body needed food, I just didn't feel hungry.

                                                                                                                                              I pull into a BK and walk in (I feel so rushed at the drive thru speaker) and order ONE regular cheeseburger. Someone mentioned this before, but that first bite with melted cheese mixing with the mustard and the ketchup and the smoky hint of the beef caused a sudden violent earth shaking instant return of my appetite.

                                                                                                                                              So now I'm standing at the counter devouring my single cheeseburger that I bought two seconds ago like cookie monster nom nomming and asking the girl if I could have five more PLEASE!!! So yeah, I definitely know the "Wow, this is so good!" feeling, and scared the crap out of some teenagers that work at BK as a bonus.

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                                                                                                                                                FrankD Mar 23, 2010 01:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                I don't eat fast food much any more, but every now and then, I get a BK Whopper - extra tomato, extra pickle. Of all the big American chains, it's the best. I agree with AngelSanctuary that Harvey's makes a fine FF burger, and you really do get it "your way" - they dress it right in front of you. (Hey Angel - ever try Johnny's in Scarborough?)

                                                                                                                                                I love White Castle, but I rarely get to the states these days, so they're just a distant memory.

                                                                                                                                                And one last Toronto-centric chain - "Jimmy the Greek", found in food courts everywhere. It's cheap Greek food, but their pork souvlaki dinner, with rice, potatoes, and salad, slathered with their incredible garlic sauce is also a treat.

                                                                                                                                                1. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 23, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Weinerschnitzle chili cheesedog w/ onions

                                                                                                                                                  Blakes lotaburger green chile cheeseburger (best chain burger in the USA)

                                                                                                                                                  KFC's fried apple pie

                                                                                                                                                  Eegees lemon slushie

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                                                                                                                                                    EWSflash Mar 27, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Where's Blake's Lottaburger? Never heard of it.

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                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Mar 27, 2010 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Voted New Mexico's favorite burger (after the place in Grants). Get w/ double green chile.

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                                                                                                                                                    Heyteacher Mar 27, 2010 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich - yum yum gimme some!

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                                                                                                                                                      allie rocks 2009 Apr 9, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                      i love backyard burgers its the best

                                                                                                                                                      1. fivenineteen Apr 10, 2010 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                        McDonalds shakes or a Wendy's Frosty...I don't have a sweet tooth but I'm a sucker for ice cream and milkshakes! BTW...total newbie here - looking forward to reading/posting and digging in!!

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                                                                                                                                                          chellez437 Apr 11, 2010 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Ohhh...Chik-fil-a. I live near Chicago so I rarely get to eat here...only on my annual trip to GA to visit family. Gotta have the nuggets every time I go, and I stock up on the Chik-fil-a sauce to bring back home with me.

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                                                                                                                                                            tzurriz Apr 12, 2010 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                            There is a Chik-fil-a opening in the south suburbs this summer! http://articles.chicagotribune.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                              jeanmarieok Apr 26, 2010 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Chik-fil-a has these little chicken breakfast bites - called chicken minis or something - they have a little honey on them - they are SO good. Haven't had them in a year or longer, but I think about them sometimes.

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                                                                                                                                                              merrymc Apr 12, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Tater tots from Sonic. Tater tots from anywhere, really. I'll throw in the McDonald's hash brown patty too.

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                                                                                                                                                                raleighboy Apr 12, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I've never met an onion ring I didn't like. Breaded or battered, crispy or soggy, burnt or undercooked.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Missy2U Apr 26, 2010 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  White Castle is pretty rare for us and there's a new one that just went up a year ago right down the street! I always think to myself "I need to get there for some sliders" then it kind of never ends up happening.

                                                                                                                                                                  Arby 's Beef and Cheddar are heaven - no sauce, extra cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                  McDonald's FOF (extra sauce) or Big Mac (not lettuce, extra everything else) go on the list too.

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                                                                                                                                                                    werewolf May 7, 2010 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Fried chicken, like from Church's or Popeyes or maybe even KFC.

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                                                                                                                                                                    LilDetroitMama Dec 13, 2011 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Blue Coast Burrito's fish tacos

                                                                                                                                                                    1. EWSflash Dec 13, 2011 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Omg, it was a Whataburger green chile cheeseburger. The chiles were fresh, I can tell - and it was one of those things you remember. I got two, and then they stopped serving them. I will be more aware of the seasonal thing with Whataburger from now on. I like them, btw, for a fast food place near the house. Good Burgers and helpful employees.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. ipsedixit Dec 14, 2011 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        French Fries with Ranch Dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                        But only the first few fries, after about the 4th mouthful, I begin to feel even more like the tub of lard than I really am. At the 5th mouthful, I want to take Liquid Drano chasers.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Boston_Otter Dec 14, 2011 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          A waffle and hashbrowns scattered/smothered/covered/diced from Waffle House.

                                                                                                                                                                          I only get it when I'm back in the midwest, but it's always a treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                            James Cristinian Dec 14, 2011 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I like to add real butter to the waffles instead of the spread they use. Yes it takes a small bit of planning ahead, but worth it.

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                                                                                                                                                                            MRS Dec 14, 2011 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I used to really jones for the BK breaded chicken filet sandwich- or whatever they called it. It's so crispy and salty and good. And definitely so awful for you!! I haven't had one in years and years, but would recognize the smell and rectangle-shaped box anywhere!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                              Boston_Otter Dec 15, 2011 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              It's still the best thing on their menu, in my opinion :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                MRS Dec 15, 2011 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                For sure!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                              Beach Chick Dec 14, 2011 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              The beloved Jack in the Box tacos...stuff some fries in those bad boys with some extra hot sauce..

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Kholvaitar Jan 9, 2014 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                A citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken thigh from El Pollo Loco.

                                                                                                                                                                                Something I'd eat more often if there was a EPL nearby.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ Jan 9, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hands down, McD's Filet O Fish.

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