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What's the #1 Thing That You Eat and Say, "Wow That REALLY Hit The Spot"?

michele cindy Nov 24, 2009 05:06 AM

For me, I noticed I seem to say this most when I've ordered and eaten the perfect bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. If the person making it gets it right, it's like WOW. I've noticed that this is the one thing I consistantly say this over.
Not looking for "wow that was a good meal", this is a bit different. What I am looking for is like being in a state of mini Nirvana.

p.s. just right for the breakfast sandwich for me is, kaiser roll toasted, egg over easy, bacon extra crispy, mayo, and pepper. Today's was just SO good.

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    richmondfoodie Nov 24, 2009 05:57 AM

    chicken tikka masala

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      just_M Nov 24, 2009 08:29 AM

      A BLT on good bread, toasted, extra crispy bacon, good mayo, crunchy lettuce, nice tomatoes (as my Nana would say) with salt and pepper. Hits every spot I've got.

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        liveloveat34 Nov 24, 2009 08:38 AM

        a really good bowl of pho- has to be piping hot with all the different meat cuts and the usual greens with lime. this reeeaally hits the spot!

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          alanbarnes Nov 24, 2009 12:03 PM


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            TampaAurora Nov 26, 2009 04:11 PM

            Pho Ga for me! It is always welcome and always hits the spot.

          2. Popkin Nov 24, 2009 10:01 AM

            A roast beef sandwich on sourdough bread with cheddar and onion; when they get the proportions of meat/cheese/onion just right, it's perfect

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              calfoodie88 Nov 24, 2009 10:12 AM

              An earthy well cooked rack of lamb, with a subtle vegetable pairing like grilled asparagus with mash or parsnips. Reminds me of my parents essence of cooking.

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                HillJ Nov 24, 2009 10:28 AM

                Fresh baked bread right out of the oven, steam still coming off the crevices spread with sweet butter.

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                  bermudagourmetgoddess Nov 25, 2009 04:12 AM

                  OH MY GRAVY - Yes, fresh bread...which I have not made lately, I must work on some this weekend!

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                    HillJ Nov 27, 2009 09:10 AM

                    After today's freshly prepared plantains, I have to say PLANTAINS def. hit the spot!

                  2. mrbigshotno.1 Nov 24, 2009 11:12 AM

                    A nice big bowl of menudo and some grilled bollio rolls. Pho is good too.

                    1. kpaumer Nov 24, 2009 11:32 AM

                      A big bowl of Pho w/ 2 Spring Rolls, my cheeks are red and my nose is running, but Boy! am I happy. Full but not stuffed!

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                        Claudette Nov 24, 2009 11:53 AM

                        A Lindt dark chocolate bar.

                        1. linguafood Nov 24, 2009 11:55 AM

                          Whoa. Where to begin. I tend to be in particular food moods, so a well executed dish I was in the mood for ALWAYS hits the spot.

                          Few things that come to mind, tho: ma po tofu; a perfectly grilled rib-eye; chicken soup with egg noodles; a great burger.

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                            Davwud Nov 25, 2009 04:22 AM

                            That's kinda my answer too. Sometimes you just have the taste for something and nothing else will do. If the item is really good, it really works for you.

                            Once in a while though, you'll get whatever it is you're having for whatever meal it is and when you're done it's like "OMG, that was just perfect." Those surprises are the best.


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                              linguafood Nov 25, 2009 10:16 PM

                              Totally agree.

                          2. buttertart Nov 24, 2009 01:38 PM

                            Really, really good fish and chips. Like the skate and chips at the Golden Hind in London. Or the cod and chips at long-gone Yorkshire Fish and Chips in Berkeley, CA, approximately a million years ago when I used to work there.

                            1. capeanne Nov 24, 2009 02:13 PM

                              a really good tuna salad sandwich... I do mine with lots of fresh ground pepper, a dash of paprika, Hellmans and finely diced celery Put that on wheat toast and I am in Heaven...No idea where that came from.

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                                Woof Woof Woof Nov 24, 2009 02:30 PM

                                A really good Juicy Bacon Cheeseburger, cooked Medium on a BBQ Grill with a nice char. Freshly Ground Sirloin or Ground Round. No meat from ECOLI factory or Frozen Patties. With just regular salt and fresh ground black pepper on it before throwing on the grill. And lightly handled while making the patties. And with Cracker Barrel White Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (or Boars Head Sharp Cheddar, or Cabot Extra Sharp) on top. And a really nice SOFT, squishy kaiser-type hamburger roll fresh from the bakery.

                              2. mrsbuffer Nov 24, 2009 04:17 PM

                                Wow. It would have to be perfectly broiled Chinese spareribs on the bone, not too lean, with a pork egg roll or shrimp toast. With a beer. My tastes are rather pedestrian. That is my guilty meal, usually eaten alone with a book at lunchtime at a quiet Chinese restaurant. Last time I had it was on my birthday in May - great gift to myself.

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                                  Querencia Nov 24, 2009 07:33 PM

                                  Funny you should ask as my husband just said that five minutes ago: eggnog ice cream with rum poured over it was the motive.

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                                    KristieB Nov 24, 2009 08:04 PM

                                    In the summer when the tomatoes are prime it is a BLT or a tomato sandwich on Pepperidge Farm white bread.

                                    On the first truly chilly day it is chili.

                                    And anytime of year it is tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.

                                    Oh yes and anything my mother makes.

                                    1. TongoRad Nov 25, 2009 03:35 AM

                                      For me it is a variation of the egg-on-a-roll that michele cindy posted; I'm always craving a chorizo con huevo torta. Mexican chorizo cooked with the scrambled egg, on a griddled bollilo roll with mayo, jalapenos, avocado, bean paste, etc. Just a crazy good combination of ingredients.

                                      I'm also big on chorizo tacos- hell, let's just amend the answer to chorizo in general.

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                                        Graeme520 Nov 25, 2009 05:20 AM

                                        Usually a dessert at a restaurant once in a while that has a contrast of temperatures. for example, hot brownie with cold vanilla ice cream on top

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                                          kubasd Nov 26, 2009 03:45 PM

                                          ohhh i love the sandwich at finagle-a-bagel in boston that has two fried eggs (over med), black bean paste with cilantro and jalapeno, avocado, cheddar cheese, tomatoes on a grilled wheat bagel. After a beer fest, that is the best breakfast in the world to me, and every time i have it i just have to say "wow, that realllly hit the spot!"

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                                            TongoRad Nov 28, 2009 08:47 AM

                                            Yeah- that's definitely inspired by a lover of tortas, sounds great in any situation. One of these days I'm going to do a hamburger with all of that stuff on it, maybe even some chorizo!

                                        2. Passadumkeg Nov 26, 2009 09:16 AM

                                          An ice cold lager beer, never a lite beer, after hard physical labor on a hot summer's day. Man, that really hits the spot. A nice cold T'NT too.

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                                            fourunder Nov 27, 2009 02:02 PM

                                            The first beer is definitely satisfying after a hard day of hitting and chasing a golf ball.....but since this is about eating.....any of the three would vie for the top spot.

                                            Taylor Ham, egg and cheese on a buttered hard roll

                                            Hamburger/Cheeseburger fresh off the backyard grill

                                            BLT with New Jersey Beefsteak Tomatoes

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                                              Passadumkeg Nov 27, 2009 02:18 PM

                                              Fourunder, many may differ w/ you about beer being a food.
                                              You mean Kaiser roll? Yes. Tomatoes from my cousin's farm in E. Brunswick? Yes. Instead of the burgers gimme a hot Italian sausage sandwich w/ peppers and onions or Kobasi and kapusta (with a cold beer)!!!!

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                                                fourunder Nov 27, 2009 02:21 PM

                                                Fourunder, many may differ w/ you about beer being a food.



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                                                  Passadumkeg Nov 27, 2009 06:18 PM

                                                  Is that because NJ has no microbrewery culture?
                                                  But Hey, Gimme a slice.......of pie............tomato pie! My favorite NJ phrase and maybe something that really hits the spot, as an appetizer for a nice cold brewsky.

                                          2. greygarious Nov 26, 2009 05:11 PM

                                            Stir-fried Roasted Eggplant (Deborah Madison) or Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup.

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                                              Jacey Nov 29, 2009 03:46 PM

                                              Do you have the recipes for those of those?

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                                              SonyBob Nov 26, 2009 06:53 PM

                                              My wife makes this stuff called pink beans and chilies. It's nothing exotic but every time she makes it, it just plain tastes so good, I can't imagine anything else I could could ever want.

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                                                brooklynkoshereater Nov 26, 2009 07:01 PM

                                                Really creamy mushroom risotto.

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                                                  BabsW Nov 27, 2009 06:07 AM

                                                  I'm in complete agreement here. That dish is both homey and comforting, while at the same time being elegant and fancy. Awesome. :)

                                                2. FoodFuser Nov 27, 2009 02:49 AM

                                                  The Setting is a cool and crisp fall evening, at the table outside.

                                                  The Entree is Chicken and dumplings, with absolute attention to a perfect matrix of gravy, with variously textured white and dark chicken that has been hand shredded to where it could be eaten without teeth... merely rolled between tongue and gums, and fluffy but small dumplings that are soda-leavened to be light.

                                                  This triad of gravy, dumpling, and chicken support each other in a way that, when you close your eyes and take a spoonful, all three components grade into each other, all part of a revolving circle.

                                                  The Salad for a counterpoint crunch is seeded cucumbers, salted to crisp them then marinated with vinegar and oil and scant sliced onion and loads of fresh chopped dill.

                                                  The Fulcrum that keeps you see-sawing back and forth between the entree and the salad is a huge stone crock bowl of homemade pimento cheese, served with the spoon stuck upright in the center to say "I am your trenching tool... Enjoy this a spoonful at a time."

                                                  If you sit and eat long enough and the fall insect chorus changes with the lowering temperatures and the level of the pimento cheese in the bowl also goes down, you will have "Hit the Spot."

                                                  1. mcel215 Nov 27, 2009 07:47 AM

                                                    Coming home from a very hectic day at the office and taking a freezer pack of my home made spaghetti sauce with meatballs. Heating that and cooking pasta, takes about 10 minutes.
                                                    Add lots of good, fresh parmesean cheese.......yum. Nirvana.

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                                                      taboo Nov 27, 2009 07:55 AM

                                                      Sometimes there is nothing better or more simple than a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm.

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                                                        Sue in Mt P Nov 27, 2009 11:39 AM

                                                        A 'mater sandwich, the first of the season, with my own homegrown, Duke's mayo, salt, on white bread.

                                                      2. Paulustrious Nov 27, 2009 01:44 PM

                                                        French Onion Soup.

                                                        Heavy on the cheese. Extra ciabatta (with butter) to wipe out any residue.

                                                        And a burp.

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                                                          spellweaver16 Nov 27, 2009 01:53 PM

                                                          Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon. I don't have it all that often but when I do, it hits the spot and I wonder why I didn't have some sooner!

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                                                            howaboutthat Nov 27, 2009 02:50 PM

                                                            Lamb vindaloo, really good tuna melts, Pepe's Apizza (CT), Louie's Lunch cheeseburgers (CT), well-prepared massaman curry, scrapple, and toasted pumpernickel bread with butter.

                                                            1. Rmis32 Nov 27, 2009 05:48 PM

                                                              banh mi. Oh my!

                                                              1. pinkprimp Nov 27, 2009 07:47 PM

                                                                A sizzling hot bowl of kamjatang.

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                                                                  liveloveat34 Nov 28, 2009 04:18 PM

                                                                  oooh yes! i said pho earlier in this thread but as a korean and natural lover of all soups and stews i heartily concur. soondubu and haejangjuk top the list too, but any korean tang or jjigae hits the spot as well! :-)

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                                                                    BabsW Nov 30, 2009 07:52 AM

                                                                    One of my ultimate comfort foods is simply kimchee bokeum bap, sometimes with shiitakes, sometimes with tuna.

                                                                    Also, tol sot bibimbap. Yum!

                                                                2. kubasd Nov 28, 2009 11:38 AM

                                                                  hmmm this one was a toughie for me, but i'm thinking it might be a really good tuna melt, i'm talking tuna salad with onions and celery, good mayo, tuna in olive oil, on seeded rye bread, swiss cheese, tomato, and red onion, cooked on a panini press. mmmm so good!

                                                                  1. Emme Nov 28, 2009 04:49 PM

                                                                    A perfectly made egg white omelette.

                                                                    Steamed cauliflower. And most steamed veggies for that matter.

                                                                    A sweet fuyu persimmon.

                                                                    Ahi sashimi.

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                                                                      Craig L Nov 28, 2009 08:25 PM

                                                                      Alberta Beef! Nothing beats a nice ribeye done on the BBQ.

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                                                                        contessa15 Nov 28, 2009 08:31 PM

                                                                        For me it nearly always involves peanut butter: toasted cinnamon-raisin bagel, a healthy slathering of peanut butter, a slightly unripe banana, and a drizzle of honey. this is a meal that NEVER lets me down...simple but sublime and always hits the spot.

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                                                                          HillJ Nov 29, 2009 01:00 PM

                                                                          OKay as of today it's the pumpkin ice cream and pecan pie recipes found here.
                                                                          What can I say I'm totally fickle about my WOW's.

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                                                                            Jacey Nov 29, 2009 03:47 PM

                                                                            A scoop of PB from the jar

                                                                            roasted veggies

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                                                                              rainey Nov 29, 2009 04:38 PM

                                                                              Can't understand how anyone's answering this question. For me the answer would be completely different at any given time.... ::shrug::

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                                                                                Craig L Nov 30, 2009 12:08 AM

                                                                                I was thinking more along the lines of the last thing I ate that really hit the spot. Rainey, you are thinking too far into the question

                                                                              2. RetiredChef Nov 30, 2009 04:29 AM

                                                                                Great Question but I can’t pick just one thing:

                                                                                A sun-warmed peach right off the tree.

                                                                                A perfectly made dish of Pad Ke Mao

                                                                                A tantalizing bowl of Yebeg Wat and injera to eat it with.

                                                                                And on the rare occasion that I am craving it a Chili Dog

                                                                                1. CindyJ Nov 30, 2009 09:54 AM

                                                                                  A kosher hot dog from a great NYC deli -- on a bun with a little mustard and a lot of sauerkraut.

                                                                                  1. Missy2U Nov 30, 2009 11:46 AM

                                                                                    This is a tough one - it's hard to narrow it down. I'd probably have to say my top would be biscuits and sausage gravy.

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                                                                                      Jelly71 Nov 30, 2009 01:40 PM

                                                                                      on Thanksgiving night, i stopped at Del Taco because i hadn't really eaten or enjoyed lunch. it was empty so they made my fries fresh. i tell you, they came out perfect. a good crinkle cut fry, hot, lightly salted and just a little greasy. they were downright heavenly.

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                                                                                        just_M Nov 30, 2009 03:07 PM

                                                                                        When I was in high school a friend worked at Del Taco and they told me to always order my fries w/out salt and they would always be fresh. They are so good! I added my own salt.

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                                                                                        CookieWeasel Nov 30, 2009 02:34 PM

                                                                                        A steamy bowl of Tom Kha Gai soup fresh out of the hot pot brings tears of joy.

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                                                                                          dagrassroots Nov 30, 2009 08:57 PM

                                                                                          A fresh crisp apple.

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                                                                                            Normandie Nov 30, 2009 10:33 PM

                                                                                            Hamburgers. I don't eat these very often, at all, so when I do have one, it's because I had a craving and it therefore inevitably "hits the spot".

                                                                                            If you were to expand the question to cover "ingestibles", then my first answer would be a nice, freshly brewed, steaming cup of black coffee.

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