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Nasty, guilty pleasures

Aside from being a foodie, I occasionally enjoy some of this town's lesser delights. Fast food, drunk food, late night food, and all around general crap.

In no particular order:

1) Ultimate Cheeseburger at Jack In The Box: Just what it says it is. Burgers and cheese. No condiments. (Perhaps no meat, either. Just 'meat like' substance that they call meat at fast food.) No cares, it's good and it's bad for you. Why not?

2) Veggie works burrito at Del Taco. Healthy, right? Just has cheese and sour cream. But not meat. (Or 'meat like' substance.)

3) Entenmann's donuts. Just like Nana used to buy for me. Disgusting. And with those rabbit pellets on top -- what the hell are those things? Tastes good, though. Hard to find but lesser Vons are known to carry them.

4) Casa Vega. Food is terrible but the lighting is great for a first date. And look at those porn stars. Wonder what they're ordering...

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  1. Speaking of Jack in the Box, a creation my friends invented. I present the Sourdough Taco Jack. Take one of the two tacos for 99 cents and insert it into a regular Sourdough Jack. Commence eating. Greasy, heart-stopping bliss.

    1. Get yourself to Oki Dog on Fairfax: two hot dogs, pastrami, and God knows what else wrapped up in a flour tortilla. It's a nitrate- and cholesterol-laden death bomb served in the seediest little shack imaginable... but it may be right up your alley.

      I unfortunately don't live in LA anymore and tend to eat mostly vegetarian-- but I still think about those dogs sometimes!

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      1. re: Piglet

        that "what else" in the Oki Dog is chili.

        1. re: Piglet

          I was trying to describe an Okie dog to my children, you did much better than I did!

        2. El Cholo for me! I know it's not remotely authentic, but that orange cheese atop gloopy refried beans is comfort food to me.

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            back before allergies hit, there was nothing quite as satisfying as the annual trek down to the El Cholo on Western for green corn tamales during the summer. ah, nostalgia of the tongue.

          2. I also love the Entemann's donut with the rabbit pellets ( i don't know what those things are)
            Stan's donuts - peanut butter and banana or cinnamon chocolate cheese
            McDonald's- double cheeseburger
            Hot Dog on a stick - cheese on a stick

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            1. re: ultraviolet

              we called those Entenmann's "Noogie" donuts when i was a kid. from what i can figure, i think it must have come from someone's mispronunciation of the word "nugget." whatever you call them, the chocolate ones ROCKED!

            2. So many things! Moon over My Hammies, Thrifty ice cream, Roscoes' fried chicken and waffles, I love to take off the skin, put in on the waffle, then slather it with hot sauce AND syrup, soooo good when you're drunk.

              And yes, from time to time, I will go to TODAI! Am I officially banned?

              1. Folks, being this is the Los Angeles board, please keep this on topic and discuss food found uniquely in this region. National chains are off topic on this forum.

                1. doughnuts - glazed old fashioneds from K's Donut Emporium at Beverly Glen and Ventura (the two other outposts with the same name do not have the same product)... the apple fritters and other doughnuts are quite tasty, as are the moist dense muffins

                  dessert - blackberry cobbler from Cynthia's... it gets mixed reviews on this board, i think partly due to the way cynthia used to act when she owned it, but whatever is in the cobbler's crust is heaven

                  haven't had it in *years* since before i was a full vegetarian, and when they still made it -- the Chicken Supreme from Jack in the Box (when it was a round not oblong sandwich)

                  breakfast at The Griddle... 'nough said.

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                  1. re: Emme

                    are you talking abouyt the cynthia's now in santa monica on montana or the one on 3rd near beverly cetner that she sold off.

                    1. re: kevin

                      I'd also be curious about Cynthia's, what's the story?

                      1. re: kevin

                        i'm talking about the one on 3rd. they are the same place, but i can't speak to the quality of the food at the santa monica location. i am not a big fan of the real food, though many love the fried chicken -- it's peppery, boneless chicken breast. IIRC, the crab cakes and dumplings were decent apps. when i used to go, i'd eat something small to get to the cobbler.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I especialy enjoy the chili cheese fries that have been topped with a heaping layer of pastrami and some tomatoes and pickles...heartstopping goodness.

                      2. deep fried Tina's spicy beef burrito with XLNT chili

                        4 x 4 animal style at In n Out

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                        1. re: A5 KOBE

                          where's the deep fried Tina's beef burrito with xlnt chili at?


                          1. re: kevin

                            sorry to confuse, i buy the stuff at the market and make it myself.

                            shallow fried the burritos and nuke the chili. : P

                        2. My sins have shrunk with the years; over-the-top foodarama extravaganza to me these days is two sausage-and-egg McMuffins with the hash-browns cake broken in two and half stuffed in each one. Or a bigass CFS and eggs will do pretty well, too. I don't go silly at lunch or dinner anymore, though I did have the pattymelt at Luigi's in Hawthorne tonight, just because I'm too broke for more and they aren't good enough to tempt me.

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                          1. re: Will Owen

                            CFS is mine... for sure... The one at Johnny Rebs... heaven...


                            1. re: Will Owen

                              I should add, just for the record, that their pattymelt will no longer tempt me, either, nor will their fries. My only reason for going there is a monthly meeting... why can't people have meetings at GOOD places? Because there's no room at good places maybe?

                              I should probably also throw in the only dessert item I cannot resist: Twohey's hot fudge sundae made with CHOCOLATE ice cream. Oh oh oh oh...

                            2. breakfast burrito at lucky boy in pasadena.

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                              1. re: trolley

                                Casa Escobar-hard shell chicken tacos or spinach enchiladas

                                1. re: trolley

                                  omg! Lucky Boy is one of my favorite dive burger joints in LA! Anytime i"m in Pasadena, I head there for a Pastrami Burger! I found that place in the 80's when my boyfriend lived there and the Lochness Monster still allowed you to smoke pot in the alley between beers.

                                2. Breakfast burrito at Tommy's. Sausage, scramble, hash browns and Tommy's chili in a dense, heart stopping package.

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                                  1. re: Professor Salt

                                    Stop... is it that good... REALLY...? Argh... I've been resisting for the last two years...


                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      It is if you like Tommy's chili. It's a nasty, pasty skank-ho of a chili and I want to "walk of shame" home afterward.

                                      But that's why it's a guilty pleasure, no?

                                      Oh yeah - I ask for the hash browns well done. It adds a nice crispy to an otherwise soft textured bundle of end-your-life-sooner.

                                      1. re: Professor Salt

                                        Dang... I love Tommys Chili... As a teen, we'd used to go to the one in Industry and I'd ask for extra chili on my burger and a tub on the side to dip my fries in instead of the Chili fries just so I'd get the crispy fry and chili ratio JUST right...


                                    2. re: Professor Salt

                                      Oh, my God, Tommys! The best drunk late night eat ever!! A chili cheeseburger with extra pickles for me please! Something about the pickle and chili combo totally work while hammered. To the point where I've found myself drunk and hungry at my house, and I microwave a bean and cheese burrito and stick some pickle chips in it! Still not the same as Tommys, though. Wish they delivered!

                                    3. Gravy Fries with Cheese at The Hat. This is the poor SoCal'ers version of poutine. When I eat this, I can feel my blood turning into a viscous motor oil sludge.

                                      Danger/Death Dogs (Bacon wrapped hot dogs). Pork on pork crime isn't criminal, even when it results in a manslaughtering heart attack.

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                                      1. re: ericyu711

                                        Isn't Poutine gravy & fries?
                                        The Hat had gravy and fries long before I heard of Poutine.

                                        1. re: monku

                                          No, in addition to gravy Poutine has cheese curds. Some would say that the quiddity of Poutine is the cheese curd.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            I haven't seen cheese curds in California since I've been here (10 yrs). And coming from MN, I miss my cheese curds. Though, from what I gather, the cheese curds in poutine (Canadian) are different from the cheese curds in MN.

                                            1. re: mdpilam

                                              I've lived my entire life in California, and nary a curd to be had. I'm sure they must have them somewhere, though.

                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                The Whole Foods at 3rd and Fairfax sells cheese curds.

                                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                                  Sprouts and Trader Joes sell cheese curds... can't vouch for them though since I have never bought the curds. A Wisconsin-ite friend of mine says, "it's not the same."

                                                2. re: mdpilam

                                                  Whole Foods, Trader Joes and many Farmer's MArket Cheese Stands sell curds. The Market ones are the best.

                                                  Been selling em for years.

                                                  1. re: 1munchy1

                                                    Can you recommend a particular FM? I usually go to the ones in SM and WLA, since that's where I live, but for cheese curds, I'm willing to drive. I usually just will bring a bag back with me from MN when I visit family.

                                                    I am skeptical of the grocery store cheese curds. Do they squeak?

                                                    1. re: mdpilam

                                                      saturday's market on arizona in sm sells curds

                                                      1. re: budlit

                                                        I tried these curds yesterday, and was disappointed. I tried each, garlic, regular and jack cheese curds. None of them squeaked and they lacked flavor and seemed a bit oily. Also, they were a bit expensive at $10/lb; I'm used to paying almost half that. Oh well, it was worth a shot.

                                                  2. re: mdpilam

                                                    Diron's Canadian Café in Monrovia makes poutine. Unless I'm confusing them with another Canadian restaurant in Monrovia, I could've sworn they had a website, but I can't find it anymore.

                                                    FWIW, poutine typically uses white cheddar cheese curds.

                                                    1. re: mrhooks

                                                      I thought I had read somewhere recently that the Canadian Cafe had closed? Please correct me if I'm wrong. It might have been in the LA Times.

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Yeah, closed about a year ago, or so.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          8 oz. Burger Bar by Govind Armstrong has the cheese curds on the appetizers menu. Haven't been there, but I was reviewing the menu last week and remember seeing it.

                                                          1. re: attran99

                                                            Their curds are not good. I am a cheese curd lover (born and raised in MN), and was ecstatic to hear that they served cheese curds, but when I ordered them, they were not good. Not the true cheese curds. I only ate two of them, but luckily my server noticed that and offered to take them off my bill. You might as well just go to A&W for them (they suck too).

                                                            1. re: attran99

                                                              They also have a bloody mary with bacon infused vodka :)

                                              2. I'm losing all my places. Amy's (Fast food with a flair!) in Pasadena is no more, so no greasy carne asada burrito. Hawkins House o Burgers in Altadena is gone, so no double cheeseburger with egg and hot link.

                                                So my vote now is probably chicken fried steak and 4 eggs (extra gravy please) at Eat at Joes in Redondo Beach.

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                                                1. re: martyR

                                                  wow, hawkins is gone, the one up north on fair oaks???? damnit.

                                                  what about the one in compton is that still open?

                                                2. Tommy's Double Chili CheeseBurger with Chili-Cheese Fries (order the chili and cheese on the side so you can dunk fries into it and so the fries don't get soggy), washed down with a shake. Nasty, deadly for your health, but wonderful nonetheless. If you can manage to follow that with Krispy Kreme white cream filled donuts, you'll feel like absolute hell for days, but once in a great great while, it's worth it.

                                                  1. back in the days, i used to hit up baja cantina in venice for a dish that they called "40 miles of bad road"
                                                    basically, it was about a pound of molten orange-colored cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla and doused in a red enchilada sauce. of course, i slathered it in salsa too. . .
                                                    a dish that could only lead to open-heart surgery.

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                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                      soound like the cheesy fold over at taco bell.

                                                      a burrito comprised solely of cheese is not quite apptezing and kinda gross.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        that's why it is properly categorized under a thread called NASTY guilty pleasures.
                                                        the grossness qualifies it under NASTY
                                                        the cholesterol and saturated fat qualifies it under GUILTY
                                                        the mouthfeel and taste of that much butterfat on one plate qualify it under PLEASURE.

                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                          my mistake you are correct.

                                                          i guess i have to give mine:

                                                          pastram burrito from oki dog.

                                                          a couple chili cheese dogs from Wienershnitzel.

                                                          8 by 8 from in n out (it's the cheese that realy does me in on this one).

                                                          chili cheeseburger followed by chili cheese fat fries at fatburger.

                                                          the B and R royale burger.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            the chili cheeseburger is so gooood at fatburger!!

                                                            1. re: ultraviolet

                                                              Fatburger was especially nasty and guilty when they spooned the grease back over the burgers, but that was 20 years ago. They won't even make your burger medium rare now, citing some bullcrap health something or other.

                                                    2. I'm embarrassed to say that the J in the B Ultimate Cheeseburger was the thing I fell off the wagon with one evening while on Weightwatchers - and I thought it was the most delicious thing I had eaten in a month! I felt terribly guilty, but very satisfied.

                                                      Even now I occasionally get one - but I usually only eat less than half of it.

                                                      1. Plus - don't forget Tito's Tacos for a nasty, guilty pleasure.

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                                                        1. re: gsw

                                                          Tito's tacos are okay but you've gotta try their all-beef burittos. Yum!

                                                        2. I thought of another. Chicken Super Nachos at Mario's Mexican Restaurant in Huntington Beach. It appears to be about 3 pounds of cheese, refried beans, chicken and a massive amount guacamole on top of house made chips (these guys dole out the guac with a bucket, not a tweezers like most places). It feels like 10 pounds in your stomach, but I LOVE it.

                                                          1. Brent's knockwurst Reuben; salty, oily... I LOVE IT!

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                                                            1. re: Otius Gojius

                                                              Sorry, but not being a native LA'er I don't get the 8x8 Animal Style @ In-N-Out....please advise so that I may consume:)

                                                              1. re: abondanza

                                                                8 Burgers x 8 Slices of Cheese. though rumor is they won't go larger than a 4x4 since someone blogged about ordering a 100x100

                                                                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                  How the heck does one get that in their mouths? Or are we talking a knife and fork procedure? And Animal Style...that refers to the size?

                                                                  1. re: abondanza

                                                                    animal style refers to the method of cooking.

                                                                    check out this for more info

                                                                    1. re: abondanza

                                                                      Animal style is something off their "secret" menu. It changes the standard burger to have a mustard-grilled patty, substitutes grilled onions for the fresh, and adds pickles and extra special sauce. It's my favorite style, sans pickles.

                                                                      My standard order if I'm going all out: Double-double, animal style, no pickles, extra grilled onions, and extra toast with fries well-done. Sometimes if I'm feeling like less carbs, I get it protein-style which wraps the whole thing in fresh lettuce instead of the bun. Very juicy.

                                                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                        not true, i have gotten an 8 x 8 before. it cost a little more than $10.

                                                                        edit- monku ~ hahaha nice link

                                                                        1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                          Each individual 1x1 you go up beyond the standard double-double adds approx. $1 I think.

                                                                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                              It was just a few weeks ago after me and some friends wanted some get some sobering up food at night, so we each got an 8 x 8.

                                                                              I find their fries dissatisfying so I opt for a larger burger every time I frequent.

                                                                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                Ask them to cook the fries well.... so they aren't those limp sad fries you get most of the time.

                                                                      2. Monte Cristo at Du Pars. (Surprised no one's mentioned Monte Cristos yet.)

                                                                        When I lived in England, my guilty pleasure was chip buttys (french fry sandwiches) with HP sauce. Does anyone know if Robin Hood or The Britannia do chip buttys?

                                                                        1. 1. The Griffin does drunk food right-fried green beans and tater tots!
                                                                          2. Cheese fries, at the boardwalk or the pier, dripping with something orange and disgusting. Yum, tastes like being 12 again
                                                                          3. Or a farmer's market smorgesbord... donuts And pizza And nachos? yes please.

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                                                                          1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                            Deep fried zucchini at Good Stuff at Olympic and Bundy.
                                                                            Rocky Road bread pudding at Tavern in Brentwood

                                                                          2. I'd suggest the chili cheese fries at The Hat, as someone mentioned above. Several locations throughout the Southland.


                                                                            The ones at Tommy's are just chili fries (no cheese), IIRC but they're good too. I get mine, like Dommy! does, with the chili on the side, so the fries don't sog.

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                                                                            1. re: Professor Salt

                                                                              I believe you CAN get cheese on Tommy's Chili Fries... BUT I really can't stand cheese on my Chili Fries... the stringiness and extra grease distract from otherwise the chili+fry experience... even at the hat, I order it no cheese, sprinkle of onion...


                                                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                                                In addition to The Hat, the chili cheese fries at Hi-Life Burgers in South Pasadena are also terrific.

                                                                                Hi-Life Burgers
                                                                                1326 Fair Oaks Ave
                                                                                South Pasadena
                                                                                (626) 799-5401

                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                  never been before

                                                                                  is it by a bunch of potheads?

                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    Good burgers.....like a Tops.

                                                                              2. The premise behind this thread is one of the biggest reasons I try my very best to avoid the County Fair in LA or OC. Deep fried snickers bars and every other deadly and addictive food combination created by man (along with a batter tray and a deep fryer) available at every turn. Oh, the humanity!!! ;-D>

                                                                                1. Carne asada burrito at Dos Burritos in Hollywood (not Los Feliz) with extra salsa on the side. The lard-fried beans are awesome and always piping hot. The salsa has this weird rawness to it that I didn't care for initially, but has really grown on me over the years. I almost have to have the salsa with the burrito. I feel disgusting afterwards and I get to enjoy it again and again for the next 24 hours or so. It's the best low-brow burrito (is that redundant?) in town. Salut!

                                                                                  1. When I lived in West Hollywood, my drunken food of choice came from two places--Astro Burger veggie burger with extra thousand island and onion rings, and Los Tacos chicken burrito with nothing but chicken, rice, and enchilada sauce. YUM!!!

                                                                                    1. Jalapeno Poppers from Jack in the Box at 2 am in the car

                                                                                      Meatball Sandwiches from Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica wtih extra provoline cheese and pepperoncinis.

                                                                                      Velveeta cheese slices on the way home from the grocery store.

                                                                                      The mac n cheese at any hot deli counter (Bristol Farms, Koo Koo Roo, Vons)

                                                                                      Bad cupcakes decorated in kids plastic toys and food coloring sprayed on from Ralphs.

                                                                                      In N Out Burger with extra cheese.

                                                                                      McDonalds hashbrowns at 4 am on the way to the ski hill in the winter.

                                                                                      Something I call "Blues Noodles," which my Mom made when I was a kid ---- elbow macaroni, a stick of butter, a tub of hi fat cottage cheese, salt, pepper, melted together....

                                                                                      Homemade potato pancakes, fried in BACON FAT with tons of salted sour cream .

                                                                                      1. Oh...............and morning after drunk food:

                                                                                        Lily's in Point Dume in Malibu -- the bacon breakfast burrito rocks. Takes 45 minutes, but it's worth the wait.

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                                                                                        1. re: Senzinina

                                                                                          Khao Soi -Thai style spicy at "Siam I Am", Redondo Beach

                                                                                        2. The fries at Daglas in Winnetka, with the grease soaking through the brown paper bag. Uggh . . . but yum!

                                                                                          1. it's been a while since I ate Cinnabon! McDonalds fries

                                                                                            1. Five-way chili and chili dogs at Chili John's in Burbank; breakfast burritos at Lucky Boy and chili cheese dogs at The Dog House in La Canada.

                                                                                              Chili John's
                                                                                              2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                              The Dog House
                                                                                              2238 Foothill Blvd, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

                                                                                              1. The combo at Marty's - Home of the Combo
                                                                                                (Pico and Prosser, next to the fire station).
                                                                                                The combo is a combination hamburger and grilled hot dog, with chili.

                                                                                                Marty's Hamburger Stand
                                                                                                10558 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                                                                                                1. re: shelbo

                                                                                                  this really good the split dog, the burger, cheese and chili all coalese to become a dainty fast-food burger.

                                                                                                2. In n out grilled cheese animal style...delicious!