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jhopp217 Mar 14, 2009 03:48 PM

I try to eat food at fast food places as little as possible, but I must admit, some are just better than you'd expect.

Here's my favorite chain/Fast Food restaurant items )I put a comment and the number of times I've had this item in the last year in parenthesis)

10. Crispy Chicken Salad - IHOP (had this once recently and it was very tasty - 1)
9. Green Bean Fries - TGIF (Only had these once, but they were delicious - 1).
8. White Castle Hamburgers (although my stomach can't handle them anymore - 1)
7. P.F. Chang's Lettuce wraps - nothing special, but they are delicious - 1)
6. Coffee Fribble - Friendly's (and I don't even like ice cream that much - 1)
5. Chicken McNuggets - McDonald's (and it doesn't taste just like chicken -2).
4. Iced Coffee - Dunkin Donuts (I hate their coffee normally, but it's great cold - 25-30)
3.Whopper - Burger King (Sadly I like this more than 90& of real restaurant burgers - 7-10)
2. Extra Crispy Chicken - KFC (truly my favorite fried chicken - 5)
1. Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad - Outback (I could eat this every day - 2)

I know some of these things may not even be considered food to some (ie McNuggets). Just wondering what others thought.

  1. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 14, 2009 06:15 PM

    Weinerschnitzle chili cheese dogs (with onions)
    Popeyes chicken
    KFC's fried apple pies, and their coleslaw
    Costco's dogs/polish and their berry sundae
    Dairy Queen's Dilly Bars
    Lemon Eggees (small chain in AZ, kind of shaved ice slushie thing)
    The old Bell Burgers from Taco Bell (they haven't made them in years, God knows why?)

    8 Replies
    1. re: mrbigshotno.1
      TampaAurora Mar 16, 2009 12:30 PM

      What was the Bell Burger?

      1. re: TampaAurora
        mrbigshotno.1 Mar 17, 2009 08:45 AM

        They put their red sauce on the top bun, taco meat, cheese and just a dab of yellow mustard and lettuce on the bottom.

        1. re: mrbigshotno.1
          coney with everything Mar 18, 2009 05:47 AM

          weren't they called "bellbeefers"?

          1. re: coney with everything
            mrbigshotno.1 Mar 18, 2009 09:52 AM

            By gosh your right, Bellbeefers, I stand corrected. Loved 'em.

            1. re: mrbigshotno.1
              Bill on Capitol Hill Mar 30, 2009 09:01 AM

              You're both right: Bell Burgers was the original name.

          2. re: mrbigshotno.1
            Steve Green Mar 30, 2009 11:30 AM

            I remember them more-or-less like that, with tomato as an option. No mustard though -- that would be disgusting. There are a few places in CA that still serve them -- a couple somewhere in L.A., and one in Bishop (which is pretty far from anywhere else in CA!). I had one last summer in Bishop, and the memory was definitely better than the actual Bellbeefer.

        2. re: mrbigshotno.1
          globocity Aug 11, 2010 11:05 PM

          mrbigshotno: FINALLY a Bell Burger reference! My similar-aged friends shake their heads when I swear that we used to eat these. No one else I talk to seems to remember them. They were kinda sloppy-joe ish, but more light spice-based than tomato.

          1. re: globocity
            Davwud Aug 16, 2010 09:06 AM

            I wonder if you can still order it. They'll make stuff that's not on the menu if you request it.


        3. lulubelle Mar 14, 2009 11:17 PM

          McD's Fries, straight out of the fryer, with just a little salt

          DQ Buster Bars

          White Castle burgers (although I can't eat them very often

          Popeye's chicken, spicy. And a side of dirty rice.

          Starbucks Iced Caramel Machioto (or however you spell it)

          Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito or chilito or whatever they are calling it this year.

          Culver's Cheese Curds.

          That's about it for national chains. There are some local fast food places (in Chicago) where I could joyfully eat every day!

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          1. re: lulubelle
            jhopp217 Mar 15, 2009 12:17 AM

            Gotta say, I hate Starbucks coffee more than any coffee on the earth, but that caramel machiatta (sp?) is awesome as a dessert

            1. re: jhopp217
              DishDelish Jul 30, 2009 07:55 PM

              How can you hate it more than any other coffee but love the caramel macchiato? it is made with the same coffee.

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            teric762 Mar 15, 2009 01:51 AM

            1. Carls Jr. burgers, any of them
            2. Taco Time mexi-fries (tater tots with awesome good seasonings)
            3. Jack in the Box curly fries with ranch
            4. McD's Quarter Pounder with fries and a coke...every once in a while, that is the ONLY thing that hits the spot!
            5. Taco Bell crunchy tacos
            6. DQ's Banana Cream Pie Blizzard (those graham cracker crust chunks are SO good)
            7. Costco's hotdogs or Polish dogs, with the works.
            8. Forza (local coffeeshop chain, similar but MUCH better than Starbuck's) 1/2 caff Americano with full flavor shots of white chocolate and coconut, topped off with half and half. Dessert in a cup!!!!
            I could keep going - although I LOVE really good food, sometimes the fast food stuff just does the trick.

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            1. re: teric762
              jhopp217 Mar 15, 2009 09:06 AM

              8. Forza (local coffeeshop chain, similar but MUCH better than Starbuck's) 1/2 caff Americano with full flavor shots of white chocolate and coconut, topped off with half and half. Dessert in a cup!!!!......

              You had me at white chocolate and coconut, haha!

              1. re: jhopp217
                teric762 May 4, 2011 11:56 PM

                They do something called a DaVinci Code mocha (they use DaVinci syrups, not a reference to the movie really, just a play on the name), it is a white and dark chocolate mocha with coconut and almond syrups....Good stuff!!

                If you are ever in Puyallup, WA, Go to the Top Foods Forza - they are the best!

              2. re: teric762
                julesrules Mar 26, 2009 11:52 AM

                Ohhh I also love the DQ banana cream pie blizzard! I've tried other blizzards since discovering it, and they don't compare.
                We don't have all the same chains here in Canada, and my list is short...
                1) Popeye's chicken and biscuits
                2) Tim Hortons' ice cap, and I am otherwise a Timmy's hater, but I love the ice cap more than much pricier, independent, etc, iced coffees
                3) Starbucks pumpkin scone once in a while
                4) and the DQ banana cream pie blizzard, when it's available.
                5) oh and one more, recently tried our first Chipotle's outlet and I would certainly choose them over any other fast food chain

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                FriedClamFanatic Mar 15, 2009 04:42 AM

                As mentioned above, the fries from the golden arches, fresh out of the fryer!

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                1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                  jhopp217 Mar 15, 2009 09:07 AM

                  I guess I am inthe tiny minority that actually thnks BK's fries are better. Maybe it's because I love Fries but hate salt. Mickey D's are like a salt stick

                  1. re: jhopp217
                    TampaAurora Mar 16, 2009 12:45 PM

                    I never liked the fries or burgers at McD's. I was a BK kid - I'm still trying to change that dietary habit but sometimes the comfort foods die hard. I don't eat these much anymore, but here they are.

                    1. Chick Fil A - Chicken Mini's
                    2. Taco Bell Pizza
                    3. BK Hamburger and Fries Kid's Meal
                    4. Checker's Banana Shake, Fries and Chicken Sandwich
                    5. Steak and Shake Parfait
                    6. Panchero's - Burrito Bowl
                    7. Wendy's Baked Potato
                    8. Olive Garden Minestrone and Breadsticks

                    I'm more of eat local/independent person, but

                    1. re: jhopp217
                      CoryKatherine Mar 17, 2009 09:36 AM

                      mmm salt stick

                      1. re: jhopp217
                        DishDelish Jul 30, 2009 08:00 PM

                        I agree. Burger King's fries are better than McDonald's I used to think it was McDonald's but my hubby had me re-try them and he was right. But an even better fast food fry? Arbys!!! Their curly fries are so delish!

                    2. LA Buckeye Fan Mar 15, 2009 05:36 AM

                      1. Double Double Animal style- In N Out
                      2. Taco Supreme- Taco Bell
                      3. Monster Taco-Jack in the Box (RIP)
                      4. Southwest Chicken Sandwhich-Carl's Junior

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                      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                        CoryKatherine Mar 17, 2009 09:37 AM

                        mmmmm double double animal....

                        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                          invinotheresverde Mar 18, 2009 08:06 AM

                          Animal style fries definitely don't suck!

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                          nimeye Mar 15, 2009 05:26 PM

                          Crunchy Taco Supreme- Taco Bell
                          French Fries- McD's
                          Market Fresh BLT- Arby's
                          Extra Crispy Chicken- KFC
                          Mushroom N Swiss Burger- Runza
                          Potato Ole's w/ nacho cheese- Taco Johns
                          Double Double Animal Style- In N Out
                          Original Taco- Jimboy's Tacos
                          Monster Burger- Hardees
                          Big Mac- McDs

                          I'm sure I could think of many more.

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                          1. re: nimeye
                            mrsfury Mar 15, 2009 05:35 PM

                            Mmmm Big Mac. So good and so bad. Add Popeyes to the list and Taco Bell supreme taco soft or crunchy. For the record I only eat these things when there is nothing open and I'm on the road. Ever eat a gas station sandwich? Never again.

                            1. re: mrsfury
                              nimeye Mar 16, 2009 09:35 PM

                              Yeah, fast food is a once in a great while thing for me these days, but I used to travel alot.

                              I do have a confession, though- I have a soft spot for egg salad sandwiches from gas stations (especially Flying J's). I feel so guilty.

                              1. re: nimeye
                                betsydiver Dec 13, 2010 09:02 AM

                                i've done gas station egg salad in a pinch; not my fave but serviceable...

                          2. Firegoat Mar 16, 2009 04:17 AM

                            I would add:
                            McDonald's Sausage McMuffin, no egg
                            Another vote for the golden arches fries

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                            1. re: Firegoat
                              DishDelish Jul 30, 2009 08:02 PM

                              I like mine with egg. One of my favorite splurges. Mmmm! =)

                            2. coney with everything Mar 16, 2009 05:03 AM

                              Mickey D fries
                              DQ Butterfinger Blizzard
                              A&W coney dog (from an actual drive in with carhops, not a mall food court franchise)
                              A&W root beer in a frosty mug (see above)
                              Steak & Shake milkshake...any flavor with chocolate as a component

                              Thinking about this topic, it occurs to me that I have cut down my visits to fast food places by about 2/3 in the past couple of years--even my 20 yr old son isn't all that enamored anymore.

                              1. masha bousha Mar 16, 2009 09:09 AM

                                Popeye's chicken, Louisiana Nuggets, red beans and rice.
                                McD's Filet O Fish (however they have too much tarter on them lately)
                                McD's fries--fresh only.
                                McD's chicken/biscuit for breakfast
                                Taco Bell's Double decker taco supreme
                                Coconut Cream Pie-cheesecake from Cheesecake factory
                                Chicken potstickers from Cheesecake Factory.
                                That's about it from my New England Location. I focused more on fast food because there's not much I really love from Fridays, Chilis, IHop, etc.

                                1. CoryKatherine Mar 17, 2009 09:42 AM

                                  Dunkin Donuts iced coffee is at least a weekly indulgence for me
                                  Cheesecake Factory- my girlfriends always want to go- Chinese Chicken Salad is soo good
                                  McDonalds chicken nuggets, I have to agree
                                  Bolocco (Boston-area burrito chain)- summer burrito with brown rice and tofu = PERFECTION
                                  Au Bon Pain- soups especially pumpkin soup and corn or clam chowders
                                  In n Out- Everything. Outrageously delicious
                                  Starbucks pumpkin scones and other pastries
                                  Taco Bell Taco Salad (any variation, they're always changing the name)

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                                    MattInNJ Mar 18, 2009 06:19 AM

                                    All hail the McRib!!!

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                                      FriedClamFanatic Mar 18, 2009 07:00 AM

                                      Well, had my colonoscopy done yesterday (Yuck). Since I had not had any solid food for over 30 hours, I got a hankering for Mickey D's fries on the way home. Had my "driver" pull in to the drive through; she missed the ordering kiosk (shows how often we go!), and we arrived at the window. At that point, we decided to pull over and go in to order to go. Since I could walk and talk with confidence after the anasthesia, I went in and when the fry-smell hit me, knew I just had to have a Big Mac, fries, and a vanilla shake! So a # 1 meal it was. Don't know if it was after-procedure munchies, senility, or just plain hunger, but boy that combo tasted good - a filled up all thosoe hollows in my system.

                                      Probably the first time in about 5 years I've been through the arches, and it may be another 5 before I"m back, but at that moment, it was like heaven!

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                                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                                        tweaked Mar 19, 2009 03:54 PM

                                        Haha... there is nothing more disconcerting than reading a post on here that starts the way yours does.

                                        Just sayin'.

                                        1. re: tweaked
                                          sibaik Mar 19, 2009 04:03 PM

                                          I'd have to agree with that...

                                          1. re: sibaik
                                            FriedClamFanatic Mar 19, 2009 04:33 PM

                                            Glad I could make your day! <grin>

                                        2. re: FriedClamFanatic
                                          James Cristinian Mar 20, 2009 05:14 PM

                                          I've had more than one colonoscopy (unfortunately), and the last place I would go is McDonald's. Atter food deprivation, I want some comfort food like fried oysters or boiled crawfish. My doctor said I could eat anything I want.

                                          1. re: James Cristinian
                                            FriedClamFanatic Mar 20, 2009 05:27 PM

                                            Yeah.......but it was the ride home............and I was ready!

                                            1. re: James Cristinian
                                              rockycat Apr 14, 2009 06:39 AM

                                              Total sidebar, but the Spouse uses this story to prove my foodie credentials. My last colonoscopy (I have a chronic illness and a family history) was during our local high-end specialy store's annual blow-out sale (Southern Season for those in NC). The hospital is nearby so my instructions were to stop for a bagel and get me straight to Southern Season. I was so fuzzy from the anasthesia that I had to hold on to the shopping cart just to stay upright. But no way was I going to miss that sale. I could have been in a coma and still shopped that sale.

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                                            jaypeezy Mar 18, 2009 07:53 AM

                                            McDonald's Big Mac/Chicken McNuggets
                                            Taco Bell Nachos Supreme/Double Decker
                                            Jack in the Box Curly Fries
                                            In-n-Out Double Double Grilled and Fresh Onions Animal Style
                                            Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad ( i think that's the name)/Jambalaya Pasta with rice instead
                                            Costco Pizza/Polish
                                            KFC Cole Slaw/Extra Crispy Chicken

                                            1. Firegoat Mar 18, 2009 07:58 AM

                                              Yesterday I had to drive to another town for part of my work... and it had been a really long day... with no lunch. i was thinking about stopping and getting a bite in that town... but realized i had left my wallet at the office. i had about $2.50 in quarters in my change slot in the car, so yes.... i hit the golden arches where i can say a) they had no shamrock shake despite it being St. pat's, b) I ordered the double cheeseburger and small fries and it cost $2.40 c) those were some hot, salty fries and don't know if it was just because i was really hungry... but both of those items hit the spot. d) they never put napkins in the bag in the drive thru!

                                              1. bayoucook Mar 18, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                Taco Bell supreme taco
                                                BK whopper all the way
                                                McDs fries
                                                Wendy's chili
                                                Wendy's quarter pounder all the way
                                                Popeye's chicken and red beans
                                                KFC coleslaw

                                                1. NellyNel Mar 18, 2009 02:07 PM

                                                  McD's fries are the best..I love those skinny salty suckers

                                                  I used to LOVE White Castle Burgers (NOT their Cheeseburgers - I cannot stress that enough!)
                                                  But I havent had WC in maybe 10 years..
                                                  The trick to having a White Castle - and not having a bellyache - is you absolutely have to drink a shake with them...no heartburn, no bellyache - it used to work every time!

                                                  Egg McMuffin - still love them with a hot cup of coffee and hash browns

                                                  Popeyes chicken with a biscuit

                                                  1. alwayscooking Mar 19, 2009 03:57 PM

                                                    - Roy's avacado tacos
                                                    - Roy's edename (easy but a nice sweet/salt balance)
                                                    - McD french fries (but only if they actually stay in the oil long enough and are not over salted - so 15% of the time)

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                                                      NewDude Mar 19, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                      I just had BK this past week. I have to admit, even lukewarm, it was pretty tasty. I can see why they're still around, even though as a corporate entity, they stand as an utter abomination to humankind.

                                                      Also, Starbucks' frapuccino, i.e., ice blended mocha, was pretty tasty. Very expensive at 3.50 for a small, but quite the indulgence. They're so good, I'm willing to overlook the inherent plasticky aftertaste you endure with every sip. Sugar and chocolate trump plasticky aftertaste. Again, in the past week.

                                                      Quizno's makes a pretty tasty tuna sandwich, thick with mayo and artificial orange-ish american cheese. The contents make me shudder, but it's tasty.

                                                      Dang, I wish food prices hadn't spiked in the past year, or else I could be eating more organics...

                                                      1. f
                                                        FlowerMoundGirl Mar 20, 2009 05:53 AM

                                                        I think you'll find that most of my favorites are the things I grew up on in the Cincinnati area. Since moving to Texas about 7yrs ago I have been in constant mourning for my favorite foods :(

                                                        10. Arby's Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich
                                                        9. Wendy's Chili
                                                        8. Wingstop Mild Wings
                                                        7. Frisch's in Cincinnati - Big Boy, Fish Sandwich, Vegetable Soup, Hot Fudge Cake ...
                                                        6. Donatos Pizza (you can't beat that thin crisp crust, god I miss them since I moved to TX)
                                                        5. Cheesecake Factory Chinese Chicken Salad
                                                        4. White Castle Burgers (don't RUIN them with cheese!) and crinkle fries or onion chips
                                                        3. Chickfila Chicken Nugget meal with waffle fries and cole slaw and their Polynesian sauce
                                                        2. Graeter's Ice Cream in Cincinnati - favorite is a double dip cone with chocolate & coffee
                                                        1. Skyline Chili 3way which is spaghetti topped with chili and grated cheddar - I'd rather have this than the best steak dinner money could buy, maybe because I moved away and can no long get them *cries* (Cincinnati chili chain - www.skylinechili.com)

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                                                        1. re: FlowerMoundGirl
                                                          NellyNel Mar 20, 2009 06:51 AM

                                                          Flower - I am totally with you on the WhiteCastle - see my post above.
                                                          "White Castle Burgers (NOT their Cheeseburgers - I cannot stress that enough!) "

                                                          And the funny thing is I like all other cheeseburgers...but somehow cheese just ruins a Whitecastle!

                                                          1. re: FlowerMoundGirl
                                                            AMFM Mar 22, 2009 10:26 PM

                                                            as an ex-cincinnatian as well, it does effect your tastebuds!

                                                            so the only chain food i'd say i ever CRAVE:
                                                            chick-fil-a original sandwich with extra pickles and mayo/mustard
                                                            skyline chili - 3 way, 4 way, coney - all of it!
                                                            steak & shake - chocolate chip shake, and a steakburger platter
                                                            an egg mcmuffin
                                                            the thai lettuce wraps at cheescake factory
                                                            five guys burger
                                                            DQ blizzard - vanilla with m&m's
                                                            starbucks - lemon cake (but the rest of their pastries are yucky)

                                                            1. re: FlowerMoundGirl
                                                              FlowerMoundGirl Mar 25, 2009 09:02 PM

                                                              Hmmm I just had an ah-ha moment that turned into a drooling craving so I must add the Krispy Kreme chocolate iced glazed donut to my list... somewhere around #3.

                                                            2. bayoucook Mar 20, 2009 07:11 AM

                                                              Since it's been mentioned on here several times, I had my first fish fillet sandwich at McDonald's yesterday. It was pretty damned good want another one!

                                                              1. k
                                                                KevinB Mar 21, 2009 12:06 AM

                                                                From a Canadian perspective:

                                                                Swiss Chalet chicken (rotisserie grilled with their sauce!)
                                                                Swiss Chalet fries - you'll realize how 2nd rate McD's are after these
                                                                Popeye's - If I'm getting fried chicken, they're the one since Church's disappeared
                                                                Whopper Jr - can't finish the big boy anymore
                                                                Harvey's original burger
                                                                Lick's Homeburger - all three above burgers are distinct, but still yummy
                                                                Mr. Sub assorted on whole wheat w/ pickles, hot peppers, and honey mustard
                                                                San Francesca veal sandwich
                                                                Toronto street dog - 2nd best street eats, especially at $2
                                                                Danforth souvlaki on a pita - at least a dozen locations - perfect street eats

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                                                                1. re: KevinB
                                                                  puddin head Mar 22, 2009 10:55 PM

                                                                  I'm not Canadian, but I love Swiss Chalet! Haven't had it in years, must get back to Toronto soon!

                                                                  Also on my list:

                                                                  McDonald's Southern Chicken Biscuit. I am addicted to these.
                                                                  Chipotle Bowl with extra rice, eaten with chips
                                                                  Popeyes spicy chicken breast - with Cajun Sparkles
                                                                  Vienna hotdogs - not a chain, but served everywhere in Chicago and deelish
                                                                  White Castle double cheeseburger
                                                                  Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. My favorite since I was a tiny lass, still is. Love the flaked chocolate
                                                                  Dunkin Donuts coffee and chocolate cake donut with glaze. Perfect junky breakfast on the go.

                                                                2. g
                                                                  gregg3024 Mar 21, 2009 06:38 PM

                                                                  Wendy's - Chili w/cheese n onions
                                                                  Burger King - Chicken Fries
                                                                  McDonalds - Bacon Egg n Cheese Biscuit
                                                                  Moe's - Joey Bag of Donuts
                                                                  Arbys - Curly Fries
                                                                  Chic Fil A - Chicken Salad Sandwich
                                                                  In n Out - Everything
                                                                  KFC - Wings
                                                                  Olive Garden - Salad n Bread Sticks
                                                                  Sonic - Coney Dog

                                                                  This is the official list.

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                                                                  1. re: gregg3024
                                                                    CoryKatherine Mar 22, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                                    I had some chicken fries in a drunken late-night drive through trip on Friday night (I wasn't driving, no worries). They were delicious.

                                                                    But what was even more delicious was Burger King's butterfinger cream pie. I have no words to describe how good that tasted to me. It might have been my state of mind but I don't think so - it was probably laced with some chemical food version of crack because I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since then

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                                                                    willdupre Mar 23, 2009 01:27 AM

                                                                    1 Pizzaria Uno Pizza Bianco deep dish, (Just sausage garlic and cheese but soooo good, off the menu's at a lot of the locations but if the cook has been around long enough you can get them to make it).
                                                                    2 Chili's Black Bean soup (Sadly pulled from the local restaurants, the only thing that got me to go to chili's)
                                                                    3 Sonny's pulled pork sandwich. (the BBQ snobs are too hard on this place IMO)
                                                                    4 Taco Bell taco salad (with ranch dressing from home)
                                                                    5 Checkers Big Buford burger (I hate hamburgers I can't get medium rare but if I have to get a fast food burger this is the one I would go for)
                                                                    6 Skyline Chili 5 way (who knew that spaghetti and chili would go so well together?)
                                                                    7 Skyline Chili cheese coneys (can't eat less than 3 at a sitting)
                                                                    8 Popeye's spicy chicken (so much better than KFC it's not funny)
                                                                    9 Arby's apple and cherry turnovers. (arby's has inedible roast beef but the turnovers are da bomb).
                                                                    10 McDonald's sausage mcmuffin (when you have to have breakfast in the car there is nothing better)

                                                                    1. mcel215 Mar 23, 2009 03:03 AM

                                                                      Don't know if I have ten:
                                                                      1. McD's fries
                                                                      2. McD's diet coke (don't know why it's so good)
                                                                      3. Chilpolte's chicken buritto
                                                                      4. PF Changs lettuce wraps
                                                                      5. Papa Gino's cheese pizza
                                                                      6. BK's Cheeseburger (love the grilled flavor)

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                                                                      1. re: mcel215
                                                                        mcel215 Aug 2, 2010 01:44 AM

                                                                        A few more:
                                                                        Cheesecake Factory's Thai Lettuce wraps (even better than PF Changs)
                                                                        PF Changs tempora green beans
                                                                        Cheesecake Factory fried macaroni and cheese balls

                                                                      2. j
                                                                        jessicheese Mar 23, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                                        OK, I'll bite....

                                                                        1. Donatoes Traditional Pepperoni Pizza (I miss them!)
                                                                        2. French Fries- Checkers
                                                                        3. Sausage Biscuit from McD's
                                                                        4. Iced Coffee- Starbucks
                                                                        5. Hash Browns- Dunkin Donuts
                                                                        6. Fried Zucchini- Maggianos
                                                                        7. Grilled Chicken- Carrabas
                                                                        8. Hash Brown Casserole- Cracker Barrell
                                                                        9. Cheddar Biscuits- Red Lobster
                                                                        10. Fried Calamari- Capital Grill

                                                                        1. Passadumkeg Mar 24, 2009 02:34 AM

                                                                          A Blake's Lottaburger (New Mexico) w/ double green chile. That's about it. Chains hurt my teeth. (And commie pinko locavore principles)

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                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                            aggiecat Jul 30, 2009 06:08 AM

                                                                            Oh how I miss Blakes!!! I also miss being able to get green chili put on pretty much anything. Like how the local Sonic's would make you a grilled cheese, with green chili in it. And the Green chili breakfast burritos from Whataburger with potatoes, eggs & sausage. Yum. Best I can do now here in TX is Whataburger breakfast burritos. Or get a sausage breakfast burrito and a potato breakfast burrito from Taco Cabana, mix the two fillings and redistribute to the original tortillas, then add lots of salt and salsa. It's not the same. Why is it that every breakfast burrito comes with egg and only one extra when everyone knows you gotta have at least potato and sausage or bacon.

                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                              Dommy Sep 27, 2009 08:14 PM

                                                                              DING! DING!! DING!!!! Winnah!!


                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                Passadumkeg Oct 27, 2010 03:00 AM

                                                                                When the urge hits for a green chile Lotaburger, it is 2 blocks from my school for lunch and 1 block from my house, for sudden urges. Had one yesterday for an "after school snack". Will make a 1 blk detour for a green chile and bean breakfast burrito.the spicey fries ain't too shabby either.
                                                                                Haven't ha a big mac in 15 years or more and don't crave it.

                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                  jhopp217 Nov 2, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                  Don't go back to the Mac. Was in a pinch for time recently and ran in and they looked so much smaller than I remember. So I ordered two. I spent the next two hours praying for a diaper.

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                                                                                jbsiegel Mar 24, 2009 04:46 AM

                                                                                Here are mine....

                                                                                10. Hot Chocolate - 7-11
                                                                                9. Flat Bread (just the bread - not on a sandwich!) - Cosi
                                                                                8. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (Strawberry / Blueberry) - Starbucks
                                                                                7. Egg McMuffin - McDonalds
                                                                                6. Choclate Frosty - Wendys
                                                                                5. Frontega Chicken Panini - Panera
                                                                                4. Chicken Ceasar Salad - TGI Fridays
                                                                                3. Chocolate Glazed Donut - Dunkin Donuts
                                                                                2. Big Mac - McDonalds
                                                                                1. Blizzard (chocolate, Reese's PB Cups) - DQ

                                                                                1. b
                                                                                  beachmouse Mar 26, 2009 12:22 PM

                                                                                  1) Tijuana Flats- Chicken Salad with avacado ranch dressing. Also their vidalia onion and Georgia peach hot sauce which is utterly not Mexican and utterly delish
                                                                                  2) Starbucks- Whitc Chocolate Mocha
                                                                                  3) Boston Market- Spiced apples
                                                                                  4) Quiznos- Baja Chicken Sandwich
                                                                                  5) Tropical Smoothie- Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wrap. Not super-hot but has a nice spiciness to it.
                                                                                  6) Arby's- chicken fingers
                                                                                  7) Sonic- chocolate cream pie shake (yes, I've seen the calorie numbers)
                                                                                  8) Schlotzky's- BBQ chicken pizza
                                                                                  9) Wendy's- french fries with BBQ sauce
                                                                                  10) Chik-fil-A fried chicken sandwich

                                                                                  1. Lewes17266 Mar 29, 2009 08:39 AM

                                                                                    Outback is our go-to place for a steak here in Rehoboth. I have discovered how delicious their green beans are. I have had that salad you mentioned and I like it very much too.
                                                                                    We lived in Raleigh for a while and really enjoyed the mall restaurants in that area. I don't understand why people think they are so bad. They are great for families with kids. You know what to expect.
                                                                                    My children really miss having a PF Chang's nearby. I think they loved everything there!
                                                                                    We really loved Chili's chips and salsa.
                                                                                    One son loved the club sandwich with shrimp at The Cheesecake Factory, and then the other son loved their plank salmon with mashers and asparagus, but I really enjoyed their chicken salad.

                                                                                    The Olive Garden is what it is but their soup/salad/breadsticks lunch special was a deal!

                                                                                    Just yesterday my husband and I had lunch at a Panera Bread on our way to DC. I had the broccoli cheese soup and bread and that is now my favorite chain menu item!

                                                                                    For fast food, the McDonald's quarterpounder with cheese gets my vote but the Burger King Whopper Junior is pretty good too.

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                                                                                    1. re: Lewes17266
                                                                                      Firegoat Mar 29, 2009 12:49 PM

                                                                                      Oh thanks for reminding me of Panera. Add the cinnamon crunch bagel with hazelnut cream cheese as my splurge treat.

                                                                                    2. Bill on Capitol Hill Mar 30, 2009 11:21 AM

                                                                                      10. Dairy Queen Blizzard
                                                                                      9. Bojangles chicken (spicy)
                                                                                      8. Chipotle carnitas burrito
                                                                                      7. Sonic diet cherry limeade
                                                                                      6. Arby's original roast-beef sandwich (with lots of Arby's Sauce)
                                                                                      5. Schlotzsky's Original sandwich
                                                                                      4. McDonald's Egg McMuffin
                                                                                      3. Waffle House hash browns (scattered, smothered, covered and diced)
                                                                                      2. Kentucky Fried Chicken cole slaw
                                                                                      1. White Castle hamburger (we would also have accepted "Krystal hamburger")

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                                                                                      1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill
                                                                                        caitlink Mar 31, 2009 06:15 PM

                                                                                        White Castle
                                                                                        Fuddruckers' burger
                                                                                        New York Fries (Canada)
                                                                                        Recently 'discovered' Wahoo's Fish Taco in LA
                                                                                        Nordstrom's lobster bisque
                                                                                        Cheesecake Factory original cheesecake for takeout
                                                                                        Marble Slab Pumpkin Ice Cream
                                                                                        Cold Stone - the cheesecake signature mix
                                                                                        Rudy's BBQ in Austin
                                                                                        Red Lobster biscuits

                                                                                        1. re: caitlink
                                                                                          Bill on Capitol Hill Apr 2, 2009 11:02 PM

                                                                                          Oh, yes -- Fuddruckers. Tremendously underrated, especially now that medium-rare is an option again.

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                                                                                        justalex Apr 7, 2009 09:12 PM

                                                                                        I can't come up with ten, but I crave Long John Silver's regular fish filets. I can't stand anything else on their menu except those lovely, crunchy planks of fish.

                                                                                        The jalapeno chesseburger from White Castle ranks at the top as well, along with a chocolate shake.

                                                                                        I used to like Taco Bell's mexican pizza. I'll never order one again after my experience a couple of days ago. A scant quarter cup of beans and burger were between the two tortillas with very little cheese and a couple of anemic looking tomato pieces on top. Where's the gooey layer of two kinds of cheese, green onions and flavor? It was just bad.

                                                                                        A McDonald's sausage egg McMuffin always hits the spot on road trips and their Southwest salad isn't too bad.

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                                                                                        1. re: justalex
                                                                                          Brianne920 Apr 8, 2009 05:41 PM

                                                                                          I love the Southwest salad! It has grilled corn and a fresh lime piece, and the dressing that comes with it isn't bad at all.

                                                                                          1. re: justalex
                                                                                            KevinB Apr 11, 2009 11:23 PM

                                                                                            Couldn't agree more re: the McD sausage and egg McMuff - dependable, delicious, and a great value. It's the one McD sandwich which actually looks in real life life as it does in the marketing photos. As you say, if it's 7 am, you're on the road, and you need to be somewhere by 9, it's great car food with a juice/coffee and the acceptable McD hash brown.

                                                                                            1. re: justalex
                                                                                              NewDude Apr 12, 2009 12:41 AM

                                                                                              Dude, you got some money picks.

                                                                                              First off, the Mexican Pizza used to be a featured item. Ideally, it is served large, fresh, and the open tortilla serving as a crispy pizza crust was da bomb when it first came out. But it has fallen into second or third class status on their menu. For shame.

                                                                                              Second, the egg mcmuffin. A true classic.

                                                                                              I absolutely loved these two items when I was a bit of a lardass, and alas, as I am eating more fast food, I may lapse back.

                                                                                            2. ChrisOC Apr 13, 2009 01:10 PM

                                                                                              In no particular order;
                                                                                              Five Guys - burger
                                                                                              Fudrucker's - burger
                                                                                              Popeye's - spicy chicken w/red beans and rice
                                                                                              McD - quarter pounder w/cheese
                                                                                              McD - sausage egg and cheese bagel
                                                                                              Samurai Sam's - Yaki Soba bowl
                                                                                              Pai Wai - Pad Thai
                                                                                              Jack in the Box - jumbo jack
                                                                                              KFC - Twister
                                                                                              Gone but not forgoten;
                                                                                              the Gino Giant
                                                                                              the Hot Shoppes Mighty Mo

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                                                                                              1. re: ChrisOC
                                                                                                abbefaith Apr 23, 2009 02:57 PM

                                                                                                i think you mean pei wei. :)

                                                                                                1. re: abbefaith
                                                                                                  EWSflash May 14, 2011 01:41 PM

                                                                                                  LOL- I have a friend who calls it PeeWee's

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                                                                                                six dower Apr 13, 2009 01:59 PM

                                                                                                McD's - Diet Coke
                                                                                                CPK - Grilled Veg Salad
                                                                                                Red Lobster - Biscuits

                                                                                                1. Emme Apr 24, 2009 12:05 AM

                                                                                                  Back before I had allergies--

                                                                                                  -Jack in the Box Curly Fries
                                                                                                  -Jack in the Box Oreo Shake
                                                                                                  -La Salsa Cheese Quesadilla
                                                                                                  -Dairy Queen Breeze (vanilla w/ rainbow sprinkles)
                                                                                                  -Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta with extra ricotta
                                                                                                  -Cheesecake Factory Oreo or Vanilla Bean or White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle
                                                                                                  -Koo Koo Roo Mac'n'cheese and brownies
                                                                                                  -Starbucks Classic Coffee cake

                                                                                                  1. b
                                                                                                    BlueHerons Apr 28, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                                    Bojangles fried chicken and buscuits
                                                                                                    Chick-Fil-A sandwich
                                                                                                    Outback Steakhouse chopped salad
                                                                                                    Cheesecake Factory Summer Rolls

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                                                                                                    1. re: BlueHerons
                                                                                                      biga290 Jul 30, 2009 12:30 PM

                                                                                                      in n out burger double double and neapolitan shake
                                                                                                      steak n shake chili 5 ways
                                                                                                      roy's ribs
                                                                                                      white castle burgers
                                                                                                      portillo's italian beef
                                                                                                      outback bloomin onion
                                                                                                      ruth's chris chopped salad
                                                                                                      bk whopper
                                                                                                      dq blizzard with butterfinger
                                                                                                      culver's cheese curds
                                                                                                      culver's walleye sandwich
                                                                                                      ranch 1 club sandwich
                                                                                                      chick fil a breaded chicken breast sandwich

                                                                                                    2. KayceeK Jul 30, 2009 12:22 PM

                                                                                                      I used to love McD's apple pies...do they still make them?
                                                                                                      Harvey's hamburger - occasionally.
                                                                                                      Swiss Chalet dipping sauce and dark meat chicken - monthly.
                                                                                                      Starbucks Mochaccino - occasionally in the summer.
                                                                                                      DQ - chocolate dipped cone

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                                                                                                      1. re: KayceeK
                                                                                                        DishDelish Jul 30, 2009 08:31 PM

                                                                                                        Yes and they are only 2 for 1 dollar. So cheap and very yummy. =)

                                                                                                        1. re: DishDelish
                                                                                                          FrankD Mar 28, 2010 10:54 PM

                                                                                                          The McD apple pies used to be deep fried; now they are baked, more's the pity. There's a thread about the pies in general chowhound topics, I believe.

                                                                                                          What I like best about the Harvey's burger is they actually dress it right in front of you, after taking it off the flame broiler. They have awesome dill pickle slices, which I really enjoy, but not on my burger. So I ask for them on the side, and they usually put five or six slices on to a sheet of waxed paper - it's like getting an extra side with your meal! If only they served fresh fries instead of frozen, they'd be my only ever go-to burger joint.

                                                                                                          1. re: FrankD
                                                                                                            KayceeK Apr 15, 2010 07:41 AM

                                                                                                            Agreed on viewing the burger being dressed - I like it my way!

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                                                                                                        laliz Jul 30, 2009 04:17 PM

                                                                                                        Marie Callender’s FRESH Peach Pie
                                                                                                        Bob’s Big Boy Double Decker
                                                                                                        In N Out Cheeseburger Protein style w/grilled onions
                                                                                                        Taco Bell bean tostada
                                                                                                        Juan Pollo potato salad
                                                                                                        Buca de Beppo thin crust pepperoni pizza w/chili oil
                                                                                                        Coco’s Thai Chicken Salad
                                                                                                        Mimi’s Cafe French onion soup
                                                                                                        Alberto’s (So Cal Mexican fast food chain) bean and cheese burrito w/sour cream
                                                                                                        Wahoo’s Fish Tacos

                                                                                                        1. d
                                                                                                          DishDelish Jul 30, 2009 08:21 PM

                                                                                                          Edwardos spinach pizza,
                                                                                                          Olive Garden Salad,
                                                                                                          Marie Calendars soups ( potato, and tomato)
                                                                                                          Houlihans lettuce wraps
                                                                                                          McDonald's mushroom and swiss cheese burger,
                                                                                                          Burger King Whopper,
                                                                                                          Arby's curly fries,
                                                                                                          McDonald's Sausage, egg and cheese McMuffin
                                                                                                          McDonald's regular iced coffee
                                                                                                          KFC chicken

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                                                                                                          1. re: DishDelish
                                                                                                            DishDelish Jul 31, 2009 03:46 AM

                                                                                                            Whoops, I was trying to change this, but it somehow ended up putting both. I changed my coffee selection after realizing that I could list local. I do enjoy an occasional McD's coffee though. It's not bad and definitely is a good pick me up.

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                                                                                                            DishDelish Jul 30, 2009 08:29 PM

                                                                                                            Edwardos spinach pizza,
                                                                                                            Olive Garden Salad,
                                                                                                            Marie Calendars soups ( potato, and tomato)
                                                                                                            Houlihans lettuce wraps
                                                                                                            McDonald's mushroom and swiss cheese burger,
                                                                                                            Burger King Whopper,
                                                                                                            Arby's curly fries,
                                                                                                            McDonald's Sausage, egg and cheese McMuffin
                                                                                                            Kaladi Brothers Coffee (a local chain) It IS the best!!! They have a special and unique way of roasting their coffee with fresh, hot air instead of the traditional heated surface and the result is a very clean and uniform roast. They actually guarantee that you can return it if it is not as good as another brand. Yummy!!!
                                                                                                            Papa Murphy's pizza

                                                                                                            1. mcel215 Jul 31, 2009 02:14 AM

                                                                                                              I went to The Cheesecake Factory for the first time tonight. My friend ordered the Fried Macaroni and Cheese.....wow and I am not even a mac and cheese fan!

                                                                                                              1. EWSflash Sep 17, 2009 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                Not in any particular order-
                                                                                                                McD's fries, fresh
                                                                                                                McD's sausage egg mcmuffin
                                                                                                                A nice big Arby's with a little Arby's sauce AND horsey sauce
                                                                                                                Lucky Wishbone gizzards
                                                                                                                Lucky Wishbone steak fingers
                                                                                                                A venti iced latte, either Starbuck's or McD's
                                                                                                                BK whopper
                                                                                                                BK cheeseburger (simple perfection)
                                                                                                                A DQ chocolate dip cone
                                                                                                                Several of eegee's monthly flavors
                                                                                                                Jack in the Box onion rings
                                                                                                                Lucky Wishbone's fried chicken
                                                                                                                La Salsa's baja fish tacos
                                                                                                                Costco's polish dogs
                                                                                                                Gross little frozen White Castle burgers

                                                                                                                1. j
                                                                                                                  James Cristinian Sep 18, 2009 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                  Yeah, but it's "free." Most restaurants I go to, not just Italian, offer some sort of bread, usually with seconds. All of it is better than Olive Garden's. I'd rather pay for a good soup or salad than eat their free mediocore offerings.

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                                                                                                                    DishDelish Sep 18, 2009 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                    Just discovered Carls Jr. breakfast burritos. Really good! They have fresh pico de gallo inside, very fresh and delicious! It surprised me. The hubby brought home 2 different kinds the other morning and we split them.

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                                                                                                                      wisey22 Sep 24, 2009 12:56 AM

                                                                                                                      -cheesecake factory bistro shrimp pasta. only had it once, as i don't go often and like to try new things, but the shrimp was so incredibly delicious and delicate i can't stop thinking about it! the jambalaya pasta is a very close second, mainly because it has spinach fettuccine that tasted like it was just made.
                                                                                                                      -anything taco bell. the grilled stuffed chicken burrito, and the cheesy beef and rice burrito are my current faves.
                                                                                                                      -cheesecake factory peach bellini drink. probably 5 percent alcohol, but tastes heavenly.
                                                                                                                      -california pizza kitchen sonora egg rolls!
                                                                                                                      - qdoba pulled pork nachos. they let me put whatever i want on it, so i get extra lettuce, tomatoes, queso,guacamole beans and rice and literally everything and it's a crazy delicious meal for two days.
                                                                                                                      -tgi fridays green bean fries. Although it used to be their aaamazing ahi tuna sliders. got them a few times before it was taken off the menu, and i honestly thought i had never had a dish with more flavor.
                                                                                                                      -oh, also tgi fridays cedar seared salmon pasta, and the prime rib stroganoff of their their right portion right price menu.
                                                                                                                      -dairy queen's mushroom swiss burger. comes with this mushroom sauce that is sinfully good.
                                                                                                                      -friendly's reeses peanut butter cup friend z
                                                                                                                      -panera chicken caesar sandwich on tomato basil bread with a cup of tomato soup.
                                                                                                                      -i'm also a sucker for wendy's fries. not salty, and a much more potato to fried flavor ratio.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: wisey22
                                                                                                                        jhopp217 Mar 31, 2010 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                        Friday's Green Bean Fries. - good call!

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                                                                                                                        Cheap Bastard Mar 27, 2010 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                        Since no one else has mentioned it...

                                                                                                                        Cajun Chicken Pasta - from Chili's

                                                                                                                        I think that's the name, very close if not. I don't have it often since its in a heavy cream sauce (no wonder its good!) and I can hear the arteries clogging while I eat!

                                                                                                                        Chicken Baja Burrito - from Baja Fresh

                                                                                                                        I first had the Burrito Mexicano, and was left wondering what all the fuss was about BF, then I had this burrito and knew what it was about!

                                                                                                                        1. r
                                                                                                                          raleighboy Mar 27, 2010 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                          1) Any milkshake from Cook Out
                                                                                                                          2) Bojangles Chicken Filet Biscuit
                                                                                                                          3) Au Bon Pain Goatcheese Portobello Sandwich
                                                                                                                          4) Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut
                                                                                                                          5) Chili's Chicken Fried Steak (haven't had it in years though)
                                                                                                                          6) Quiznos Roast Beef and Chedder (so much gooier than any sandwich should be)
                                                                                                                          7) Dairy Queen hand dipped soft serve
                                                                                                                          8) Burger King Whopper
                                                                                                                          9) Any AWFUL rendition of General Tso's Chicken in the country
                                                                                                                          10) Boloco Buffalo Carnitas Burrito

                                                                                                                          1. Sandwich_Sister Mar 31, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                            Panara Breads vermont white cheddar mac and cheese
                                                                                                                            Bj's Brewhouse potato skins
                                                                                                                            Bad Ass Coffee Monkey Mocha Coffee
                                                                                                                            Olive Gardens Portabello ravioli
                                                                                                                            Jersey Mikes Original Italian Sub
                                                                                                                            Donatos Pizza Traditional Pepperoni pizza
                                                                                                                            Wendys Frosty
                                                                                                                            Five Guys Bacon Cheese Burger
                                                                                                                            Chic-Fil-A Waffle Fries
                                                                                                                            Bahama Breeze - Fish Tacos

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Sandwich_Sister
                                                                                                                              raleighboy Mar 31, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                              Ahh forgot about those Frostys.

                                                                                                                              But none of that vanilla frosty or cookie and m&m mix in crap.

                                                                                                                              1. re: raleighboy
                                                                                                                                Sandwich_Sister Mar 31, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                yeah just the original chocolate frosty, yummy!

                                                                                                                            2. decolady Apr 9, 2010 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                              About the only chain I go to with any regularity (3 or 4 times a year) is Popeyes for their spicy fried chicken. (Nostalgia. Reminds me of college in Louisiana.)

                                                                                                                              But I do have a few items I choose if I find myself at some particular chains.
                                                                                                                              PF Changs: Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps, Ma Po Tofu, Sichuan Style Asparagus
                                                                                                                              Cheesecake Factory: Fire Roasted Artichokes, Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes, French Country Salad
                                                                                                                              Olive Garden: Eggplant Parmigiana
                                                                                                                              Outback: Chopped Bleu Cheese Salad, Baked Sweet Potato

                                                                                                                              I may give up on the Chopped Bleu Cheese Salad at Outback, though. The last two times I've been there (same location, over a year apart) the salad has been mostly lettuce with not enough pecans or bleu cheese to see without a loupe.

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                                                                                                                                HarryFromMarydelDE Apr 9, 2010 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                Wendy's plain hamburgers without cheese and nuggets

                                                                                                                                Arby's French Dip without cheese and curly fries. Curly fries, a work of art.

                                                                                                                                Wawa Homestyle Roast Beef sub. Wawa meatballs in a soup cup.

                                                                                                                                Church's Biscuits. Don't particularly care for their chicken but their biscuits are unbelievable. Also their chicken can be pretty cheap, and it tastes "good enough".

                                                                                                                                Peanut buster parfait from Dairy queen, substituting peanut butter sauce for the (yuck) chocolate. (PS I realize that I am an exception for not understanding why people like chocolate, but Dairy Queen's peanut butter sauce is amazing).

                                                                                                                                -Harry From Marydel, DE

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                                                                                                                                1. re: HarryFromMarydelDE
                                                                                                                                  ImprovGal Apr 17, 2010 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                  Ooh, I somehow missed that DQ had peanut butter sauce. I've been having my peanut buster parfaits made with caramel. With the salted peanuts, it tastes like a Snickers.

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                                                                                                                                  snoldeee Jul 28, 2010 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                  1. Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell (cheap and delicious, what could be better?)
                                                                                                                                  2. Caramel Apple Empanada from Taco Bell (I would run three miles for this)
                                                                                                                                  3. Cheesy Gordtia Crunch from Taco Bell (best thing since sliced bread)
                                                                                                                                  4. Caramel Machiatto (sp?) from Starbucks (I would bathe in this)
                                                                                                                                  5. Cherry Limeade with little ice from Sonic (perfect on a hot day)
                                                                                                                                  6. White Castle Burgers (AMAZING)
                                                                                                                                  7. Chicken Fries from Burger King (DELICIOUS)
                                                                                                                                  8. Fire Sauce from Taco Bell (good on virtually ANYTHING)
                                                                                                                                  9. Breadsticks from Olive Garden (I would have sex with these)
                                                                                                                                  10. Vanilla Bean Cheesecake from T.G.I.F. (gift from GOD)


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                                                                                                                                  1. re: snoldeee
                                                                                                                                    DishDelish Aug 20, 2010 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                                    agree with the fire sauce ... or hot. they are both good in their own way.

                                                                                                                                  2. g
                                                                                                                                    grlwhoeats Aug 1, 2010 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                    Friendly's Patty Melt and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae
                                                                                                                                    Sonic- Vanilla Shake
                                                                                                                                    DQ- Mint Oreo Blizzard
                                                                                                                                    Wendy's- Frostee
                                                                                                                                    Olive Garden- Soup, Salad and Breadsticks
                                                                                                                                    Bennigans (RIP)- Grilled Sirloin with Mushrooms, Onion, Cheese
                                                                                                                                    Outback- Bloomin' Onion
                                                                                                                                    KFC- Boneless honey bbq "wings"
                                                                                                                                    McD's- Egg McMuffin with Hash brown
                                                                                                                                    Checkers- Double Bacon Cheeseburger

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: grlwhoeats
                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 Aug 12, 2010 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                      Someone likes their ice cream!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jhopp217
                                                                                                                                        grlwhoeats Sep 2, 2010 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        Teh hee hee hee! You got that right! Hey, there's not shame here. :)

                                                                                                                                    2. RealMenJulienne Aug 2, 2010 01:49 AM

                                                                                                                                      One look at me and you would think, "this guy eats a lot of fast food". And you would be totally right. I won't post consumption figures because they would be like the national debt; so high that they are meaningless to the layperson. Here are my picks:

                                                                                                                                      1) Hardee's biscuit sandwiches. These are better than than any biscuit I have had from a diner or "real" restaurant. Maybe somewhere out there a southern grandma makes better biscuits, but I don't know that many southern grandmas (actually none)

                                                                                                                                      2) Any fried chicken from any chain. Fried chicken is not like burgers or tacos, where the fast food version - while tasty - is significantly inferior to the real thing. Fried chicken is awesome no matter where it comes from. I suppose we could establish a hierarchy with Popeye's on top and Church's skulking near the bottom but it's not like I would turn down fried chicken from any of these places.

                                                                                                                                      3) Taco Bell chalupa. Remember in "The Lord of the Rings", when the heroes sit around discussing magical elven lembas bread? I think Tolkein must have wrote that part while eating a Taco Bell chalupa shell. Crispy on the outside, flaky on the inside, a feast worthy of King Aragorn himself!

                                                                                                                                      4) Burger King Whopper. OK this thing is actually pretty gross. The patty is really thin and secretes chemical smoke flavor, and it comes with a lot of mayonnaise and raw onion. In fact you could accurately describe it as a mayo and onion sandwich, with some meat. However, I am powerless against the influence of childhood imprinting so I have to be honest and admit to enjoying the Whopper.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: RealMenJulienne
                                                                                                                                        deet13 Oct 27, 2010 01:02 AM

                                                                                                                                        Mmm, Hardees Cinnamon and Raisin Biscuit and the Biscuit and Gravy are my favorites...

                                                                                                                                        Otherwise it's as follows:
                                                                                                                                        Chik-Fillet's Waffle Fries
                                                                                                                                        Popeyes Dirty Rice
                                                                                                                                        BK Whoppers (feeling the cholesterol count rise with every bite)
                                                                                                                                        The McRib (back in stores on Nov 2nd)
                                                                                                                                        Little Caesars $5 peperoni pizza
                                                                                                                                        Krystals Sliders
                                                                                                                                        Steak and Shake's Chili Mac
                                                                                                                                        Waffle House's Scattered, Smothered, Chunked, Crushed, Mashed, Mushed, Abused and a garden variety of other "adverb-ed" Hashed Browns

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                                                                                                                                        DishDelish Aug 20, 2010 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        Houlihans lettuce wraps ... had these in Minnesota w/ my grandparents .... good for a chain! Had another version at a fancy restaurant in Las Vegas that was the best though.

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                                                                                                                                          steakrules85 Aug 21, 2010 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                          I'll stick to fast food chains since there are too many dishes I enjoy at sit down chains.

                                                                                                                                          KFC Extra Crispy Chicken, Cajun fries, biscuits
                                                                                                                                          McDonald's Big Mac, Double cheeseburger, Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Mcflurry
                                                                                                                                          BK Stacker, Hershey's Pie, Chicken Sandwich (no mayo)
                                                                                                                                          Wendy's Frostee, chicken nuggets, french fries
                                                                                                                                          Cheeburger Cheeburger Shakes and Onion Rings
                                                                                                                                          White Castle Burgers
                                                                                                                                          Nathan's Fries
                                                                                                                                          Boston Market dark chicken
                                                                                                                                          Dunkin Donuts coffee coolata anf french cruellers

                                                                                                                                          1. Mike5966 Oct 31, 2010 11:05 PM


                                                                                                                                            Popeye's biscuits (especially the buttery and crispy underside)
                                                                                                                                            KFC's Coleslaw (the best coleslaw in the world, actually tastes "cool" in a way I have never been able to adequately explain, and only tastes right when eaten with a plastic spork)
                                                                                                                                            Taco Bell Taco Supreme (crunchy shell that amazingly does not shatter when taking a bite, i.e., only the part that you bite into breaks, unlike Old El Paso supermarket crunchy taco shells which get that fault line down the entire taco shell on the first bite)
                                                                                                                                            McDonald's Chicken McNuggets (alternating dips in Hot Mustard and Sweet & Sour; liked these much better when they had dark meat in them, too)
                                                                                                                                            McDonald's Filet-O-Fish (especially when a little tartar sauce spills out of where you just bit)
                                                                                                                                            McDonald's Cheeseburger (the little bits of onion are beguiling)
                                                                                                                                            In-N-Out Double Double (best fast food burger, hands down)
                                                                                                                                            Rita's Gelati (though nearly tied with Dairy Queen's Mr. Misty float)
                                                                                                                                            Olive Garden's Salad and Breadsticks (best mass-produced Italian dressing ever; I love how the breadsticks glisten... but Pizza Hut breadsticks are a close second, followed by Little Caesar)
                                                                                                                                            Chipotle's Carnitas fajita burrito with everything (that lime/cilantro rice is killer)

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                                                                                                                                              brewkowski Jan 2, 2011 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                              hmmm... this is a tough one since there are sooo many good junk out there.

                                                                                                                                              in n out double-double with grilled onions
                                                                                                                                              in n out fries
                                                                                                                                              in n out shakes
                                                                                                                                              mcdonald's filet o fish
                                                                                                                                              mcdonald's fries
                                                                                                                                              mcdonald's chicken mcnuggets
                                                                                                                                              mcdonald's fried apple pie
                                                                                                                                              taco bell taco light
                                                                                                                                              taco bell enchirito
                                                                                                                                              popeye's fried chicken - before i bit into the crispy spicy shell and encountered green putrid meat
                                                                                                                                              kfc fried chicken - regular and extra crispy
                                                                                                                                              a&w root beer float
                                                                                                                                              dq blizzard
                                                                                                                                              naugles egg and beef burrito
                                                                                                                                              boston market mashed potatos and gravy
                                                                                                                                              krispy kreme glazed - mmm so light and yummy
                                                                                                                                              diedrichs java mocha shake
                                                                                                                                              h. salt fried fish
                                                                                                                                              alberto's carne asada burrito with guac
                                                                                                                                              del taco soft chicken taco
                                                                                                                                              del taco spicy jack chicken quesadilla
                                                                                                                                              jack in the box curly fries
                                                                                                                                              jack in the box tacos
                                                                                                                                              jack in the box ultimate cheeseburger

                                                                                                                                              ok... i'll stop there. that's my top 10... err my top 10s

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                                                                                                                                                noodlepoodle Feb 7, 2011 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                I love the Egg McMuffins at McD's. They have great coffee too. I rarely get anything else there.
                                                                                                                                                I recently had a Whopper Jr. at BK, the first time in many years, and I don't remember that it was that disgusting. Just open one of those up and you'll see what I mean.

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                                                                                                                                                  daydream Apr 10, 2011 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I did 10 chains in general, and then cheated and added a few more, lol. I've had all of these numerous times, and I'm not really ranking them, sorry! :)

                                                                                                                                                  Panera bread = fudge brownies, chicken noodle soup, hot peach tea (Sadly I've yet to find a salad of theirs that I feel is actually worth the price!)

                                                                                                                                                  Starbucks = fruit and cheese plates w/ a bottle of Pellegrino, or when I'm REALLY splurging, a tall vanilla bean frap w/ nonfat and no whip, sometimes accompanied by a slice of reduced fat blueberry coffee cake

                                                                                                                                                  Jack in the Box = Sourdough Chicken Club, Monster tacos, curly fries

                                                                                                                                                  Popeye's Chicken = their spicy fried chicken is really addictive, and their biscuits aren't half bad. (Abysmal mashed potatoes though!)

                                                                                                                                                  Carl's Junior = Charbroiled chicken sandwiches, criss-cut fries

                                                                                                                                                  Chipotle = I stay away from their burritos, but I love their salads. I get mine with romaine, steak, tomato salsa, corn salsa, fajita vegetables, and sometimes guacamole if I'm splurging.

                                                                                                                                                  Outback = Seared ribeye, steamed vegetables, and a baked potato with the works

                                                                                                                                                  In N' Out = Medium-well cheeseburger with ketchup and grilled onions and a shake! Their fries suck though.

                                                                                                                                                  Hot Dog On A Stick = corndogs (duh!) and lemonade

                                                                                                                                                  Round Table Pizza = breadsticks (YUM!), and a deep dish with sausage, black olives, and garlic


                                                                                                                                                  Honorable Mentions:

                                                                                                                                                  McDonald's: I hate them for everything but an M&M McFlurry, their oatmeal, and their coffee. Oh, and SOMETIMES a sausage McMuffin and a hash brown, but I usually wind of regretting that within an hour or so.

                                                                                                                                                  Panda Express: Their Firecracker Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, and Honey Walnut Shrimp are all pretty decent in a bowl with steamed white rice

                                                                                                                                                  Del Taco: Marinated chicken burritos aren't that bad, and their fries... I get weird cravings for those fries some days.

                                                                                                                                                  Boston Market: Haven't been in years, but I used to LOVE them in junior high/high school. Their cornbread was addictive, and I loved their mac and cheese with the spiral pasta

                                                                                                                                                  Quizno's: Generally better than Subway, which is ICK.

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                                                                                                                                                    yossarian22 Apr 11, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Not in order of favorites, just as I happened to think of them-

                                                                                                                                                    1. Panera Bread- Chipotle Chicken Sandwich
                                                                                                                                                    2. Steak n Shake- Spicy Chipotle Burger
                                                                                                                                                    3. Buffalo Wild Wings- onion rings with SOUTHWESTERN RANCH SAUCE (best sauce ever)
                                                                                                                                                    4. Max n Erma's- Ragin' Cajun Burger
                                                                                                                                                    5. Cheddar's- everything I've ever eaten there is incredible
                                                                                                                                                    6. Rally's/Checker's- Spicy Chicken Melt (which they just stopped making)
                                                                                                                                                    7. Chipotle- burritos
                                                                                                                                                    I'm embarrassed to admit it but-
                                                                                                                                                    8. Pizza Hut- Pan pizza (pepperoni, onion and bacon) and breadsticks (If I don't have plans on a weekend night sometimes it's my favorite thing to just order one of these and pick up a six pack and sit by myself and watch some TV)

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                                                                                                                                                      fryerlover Apr 20, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                      For fast food which I rarely eat, I would have to say either McDonald's egg McMuffin, junior bacon cheeseburger with a slice of tomato added, junior chicken with slice of tomato added or a Filet O' Fish. I get the tomatoe on the sandwiches cause it adds great flavour and I think it makes me feel like it's a bit healthier.
                                                                                                                                                      I did have a Califonia's breaded eggplant sandwich 3 years ago and loved that but just too much grease to have again.
                                                                                                                                                      Had a chicken bowl 4 years ago from KFC and remember it being very yummy and I think about 1000 calories...lol.

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                                                                                                                                                        joonjoon May 4, 2011 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                        In no particular order...

                                                                                                                                                        White castle cheeseburgers
                                                                                                                                                        In n Out Animal Style 2x2
                                                                                                                                                        Taco bell gordita supreme
                                                                                                                                                        Chipotle Chicken burrito
                                                                                                                                                        Pizza hut Super Supreme - fresh out of the hot pan.
                                                                                                                                                        Papa John's "Works"
                                                                                                                                                        Tie: Chick Fil-A & Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwich
                                                                                                                                                        KFC original recipe chicken, mashed potatoes & slaw.
                                                                                                                                                        McDonald's McRib

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                                                                                                                                                          teric762 May 4, 2011 11:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Ohhh, man - We could seriously be friends, ha ha - I love everything on your list, and that Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad - the best salad I have ever had! When my budget is tight, I go in and have that salad, bread, and a Bloomin' Onion for dinner. Oh yeah, have you tried their new flame grilled ribeye?? Awesome good steak!

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                                                                                                                                                            ForFoodsSake May 14, 2011 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                            1. Cheesecake Factory Corn Tamale Cakes (I could live off of these...)
                                                                                                                                                            2. PF Changs Mu Shu Pork
                                                                                                                                                            3. Baja Fresh Taquitos
                                                                                                                                                            4. Mimi's Cafe Corn Chowder
                                                                                                                                                            5. Chipotle Fajita Style Burrito
                                                                                                                                                            6. Coastal Flats Mango Chicken Salad with Spiced Pecans
                                                                                                                                                            7. Carabba's Minestrone Soup
                                                                                                                                                            8. Uncle Julio's Enchiladas
                                                                                                                                                            9. Cheesecake Factory Strawberries and Cream Dessert
                                                                                                                                                            10. McDonald's Fries

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