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Guilty Pleasures - Foods you shouldn't eat, but eat them anyways

A5 KOBE May 10, 2011 03:45 PM

Post your favorite guilty pleasure foods that you know are bad for you, but eat anyways.

Mine has to be Chili Cheese Fries w/ Pastrami at The Hat.

I know they are terrible for you, but it is just so darn good.

  1. The Chowhound Team May 17, 2011 07:08 AM

    Hi folks- we try to keep this board focused narrowly on chow that's unique to the Los Angeles area, and would like to ask everyone to please adhere to that focus. If you'd like to discuss guilty foods you buy at the market or chain restaurants, please head over to either the General Chowhounding Topics board or the Chains board. Thanks!

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team
      inaplasticcup May 17, 2011 08:03 AM

      Oops. Guilty as charged. Didn't take note of the board of origin when I posted my response. :/

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      Jwsel May 17, 2011 12:13 AM

      The California Burrito at Alberto's -- carne asada, french fries, and added guacamole. Alberto's just opened in Van Nuys and this is my new guilty pleasure.

      Baked mussels at Suchi Ichiban Kan -- baked mussels, mayonnaise, and avocado. So what if you can barely find the mussels.

      Rock 'n' Roll hand roll at Cho Cho San Tarzana -- scallops, mayonnaise, smelt eggs, and avocado baked and rolled into a hand-roll.

      The firecracker polish sausage served Mexicali style (with adobo sauce, sour cream and guacamole) with a side of tater tots at Fab.

      Fab Hot Dogs (location as of May 2010)
      19417 Victory Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

      Sushi Ichiban Kan
      19723 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA

      Revolving Sushi Chochosan
      19010 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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        skaderal May 16, 2011 10:03 PM

        Guilty pleasures? This is a little bit west-side biased:
        Foie Gras at Animal and Orris
        Burger at Nook and Rustic Canyon
        Lamb Neck at Shamshiri
        Ribs at Bandera
        Tandoori Sea Bass at Akbar

        The list could go on....

        Shamshiri Restaurant
        19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

        Bandera Restaurant
        3201 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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        1. re: skaderal
          Bradbury May 17, 2011 08:41 AM

          The tandoori sea bass sounds delicious! (haven't tried it yet but hope to) It doesn't sound all that bad for you though... are you sure it's a guilty pleasure? Maybe if it were a bacon-wrapped tandoori sea bass... ;-)

          1. re: skaderal
            Porthos May 17, 2011 05:08 PM

            Love the lamb neck at Shamshiri. Why is it a "guilty pleasure"? Seems pretty healthy to me...especially in light of all the other stuff.

            Shamshiri Restaurant
            19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

            1. re: Porthos
              silence9 May 18, 2011 08:44 AM

              Yeah, the only reason I can fathom that virtuous lamb neck might be considered a guilty pleasure would be if the person partaking was a vegetarian. Or possibly, if another lamb were eating a lamb neck, gnawing on a distant relation, possibly...

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            trvlcrzy May 13, 2011 05:43 PM

            Bacon cheddar cheese waffle and Potatoes Stroganoff (fried hash browns tossed with bacon, melted american cheese and sour cream) at Uncle Bill's Pancake House in Manhattan Beach. Yes, with a side of Lipitor please!

            Uncle Bill's Pancake House
            1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

            1. Kris P Pata May 13, 2011 02:26 PM

              The Bearnaise sliders @ Yard House
              The Puddin' doughnut @ Gourdough's
              Swanson's Chicken a la King

              I took an aspirin just to write this post.

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              1. re: Kris P Pata
                Jase May 13, 2011 05:34 PM

                Holy Moly! A Kris P Pata sighting!

                Aspirin or Lipitor to write the post?

                1. re: Jase
                  Kris P Pata May 16, 2011 02:38 PM

                  : ) Still around, Jase! Both: aspirin prior and lip post!

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                JosephEBacon May 12, 2011 08:13 PM

                Paul's Kitchen--Chashu Egg Foo Yung and House Special Fried Rice...

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                  eeka May 12, 2011 11:24 AM

                  Hom yu at Chinese Garden
                  Triple double at In and Out
                  Loco Moco at Aloha Cafe
                  Fried zuchinni with the pastrami burger at Tops on Colorado
                  Pastrami sandwich at Pete's Blue Chip
                  Pork belly app at Bashan's
                  Coconut cupcakes from Auntie Em's
                  Pink's chili dog with saurkraut
                  Cha shu and rice with gravy at Paul's Kitchen
                  Sausage McMuffin

                  3459 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

                  Paul's Kitchen
                  1012 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                  Pete's Blue Chip
                  1701 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                  Chinese Garden
                  856 N Garfield Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

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                  1. re: eeka
                    Servorg May 12, 2011 11:36 AM

                    "Triple double at In and Out"

                    Is that a 3X2 (3 cheese and 2 patty) or a 2X3 (2 cheese and 3 patty) burger?

                    1. re: Servorg
                      eeka May 12, 2011 11:48 AM

                      2 cheese 3 meat

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                    running pig May 11, 2011 06:30 PM

                    the cheese on a stick at Hot Dog on a Stick....yum, cholesterol!

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                      silence9 May 11, 2011 04:03 PM

                      7 Courses of Beef (Bo 7 Mon) plus a starter of Cha Gio ( crispy pork rolls) from Pho So 1. It occupies the entire 4-top table, then occupies my belly. Mind you, I order this for myself, whether the wife is with me or out of town. Though there are plenty of virtuous fresh herbs and veggies on the table too, it IS seven courses of beef (and an extra course of pork, counting the crispy rolls) ! When it first all arrives nearly simultaneously to the table, I sit back and survey the tasty tasty landscape, like a feudal lord surveys the lush rolling hills around his fortress (or for that matter, his myriad concubines spilling forth on silken pillows). All for me !!

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                        cdub May 11, 2011 03:50 PM

                        the strawberry donut, peach donut, and the apple fritter from donut man.

                        1. goodhealthgourmet May 11, 2011 02:35 PM

                          the creamy polenta at Scarpetta. it's worth every butter- and cream-laden bite.

                          225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                            goodhealthgourmet May 11, 2011 06:39 PM

                            meant to edit my post earlier but missed the time window. i was raised in a family where disordered eating patterns were the norm (and still pretty much are), and after years of hard work in therapy, food-related "guilt" is no longer welcome at my table...so that polenta is pure, unadulterated pleasure for me.

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                            foodworthy May 11, 2011 02:08 PM

                            I'm surprised no one's mentioned "animal style" at In-N-Out. I crumble at the sight of a Chick-fil-A and will be there on opening day of the Hollywood and Highland site.

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                            1. re: foodworthy
                              mc michael May 11, 2011 02:29 PM

                              see 6th post from the top

                            2. Tom P May 11, 2011 01:28 PM

                              Really amazing french fries at Delphine or Church and State.

                              And Panda Express Orange Chicken is my true downfall. I could eat a large tub of that stuff.

                              1. Phurstluv May 11, 2011 12:13 PM

                                Another one I thought of: Fried Whole Belly Clams. The whole freakin' platter. With extra tartar sauce. I was safe for the first 10+ years here in LA when no one made them out here like I had all the time at home. But then Blue Plate Oysterette had to come to SaMo and start flying in Ipswich clams, no less!!! And they're only 5 miles from my house, AAAAAHHHHH!!! There goes the resolve, luckily they don't give you a whole platter full like in NE, but I've got to have them. All of them.

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                                1. re: Phurstluv
                                  mariacarmen May 11, 2011 12:54 PM

                                  alright, THIS is where we're going when i next come to l.a. DONE.

                                  1. re: mariacarmen
                                    Phurstluv May 11, 2011 01:03 PM


                                    Then I'm coming up North so we can do the same in your 'hood, I'm so tired of driving through that gorgeous city, instead of eating through it!!

                                  2. re: Phurstluv
                                    junescook May 11, 2011 02:03 PM

                                    I never feel so guilty about my fried oysters, especially if I don't eat all of the fries.

                                    What I do feel guilty about is all the pork ribs, lamb shanks and turkey thighs that I slowly roast until they are meltingly succulent and then eat in their entirety. Then again, isn't that what the Zocor's for?

                                  3. Servorg May 11, 2011 10:55 AM

                                    Each and every time I have a full order of beef Nacho's...lately at Don Antonio's but I originally began this effort to sabotage my circulatory system at the dearly departed Hamburger Hamlet on Sepulveda very near National Blvd. in WLA...

                                    Don Antonio's
                                    11755 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                    1. katydid13 May 10, 2011 10:49 PM

                                      The garlic cheese bread at Mazzarino's. Absolutely, positively addictive.

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                                        IPA USER May 10, 2011 11:24 PM

                                        Foie Gras

                                        1. re: IPA USER
                                          mc michael May 10, 2011 11:29 PM

                                          you're right, but somehow foie gras is cheating. it's de trop and tres chic at once.

                                      2. JAB May 10, 2011 09:05 PM

                                        Kow Yuk is my kryptonite.

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                                          jessejames May 10, 2011 06:08 PM

                                          chicken cutlet curry at hurry curry on sawtelle with lobster bisque instead of salad...time for an afternoon nap....

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                                            maudies5 May 10, 2011 09:00 PM

                                            Chopped chicken liver on double-baked rye at Nate 'n Als . Wouldn't want a cholesterol check after that tasty lunch. Oh,forgot to add a slice of sweet onion and a little cole slaw.

                                            1. re: maudies5
                                              yummyinmytummy May 13, 2011 11:55 AM

                                              Maudies5 - you need to have a little egg salad with the chopped liver....adds to the cholesterol, yet cuts the richness of the liver.....

                                              1. re: yummyinmytummy
                                                maudies5 May 13, 2011 07:54 PM

                                                Thanks. I have done that, but usually in the privacy of my own home. Nate'n al's chopped liver is the best! I have tried others. No comparison.

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                                            Bradbury May 10, 2011 05:31 PM

                                            Poutine with smoked Montreal beef at Redondo Beach Cafe

                                            House special pork belly and sticky taro rice at Shanghai Bamboo House

                                            Torta cubana (con todo!) at El Gallo Giro

                                            The spinach/cheese/probablydontwannaknow dip at Houston's

                                            Pecan pie at Pie 'n Burger

                                            And, maybe once every two years, a Filet-o-Fish. (I get it so rarely that I can really notice how much McDonald's has been ramping up the sugar/HFCS content since I was a kid ... it's seriously like a warm fishy donut now)

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                                              Jase May 10, 2011 05:29 PM

                                              Tommy's, double chili cheese burger, no pickle or tomato, side of chili cheese fries, a big pile of those yellow peppers, everything washed down with an ice cold coke. Yeah, not only do I know it's bad for me, I also know it's not that great of a burger or chili. But man, there's something about that whole combo that just does it for me. The nostalgia sauce makes it a five star meal.

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                                                wienermobile May 10, 2011 06:30 PM

                                                Another big yes for The Original Tommy's on Rampart.

                                                1. re: Jase
                                                  mariacarmen May 11, 2011 12:08 PM

                                                  OH GOD I MISS TOMMY'S!

                                                  1. re: mariacarmen
                                                    Phurstluv May 11, 2011 12:10 PM

                                                    That's it, you must come visit, and when you do, we'll do a junk food crawl.......LOL!!

                                                    1. re: Phurstluv
                                                      mariacarmen May 11, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                      yes!! i've never been to The Hat. I've been to Johnny's Pastrami, and of course Canters...

                                                      1. re: mariacarmen
                                                        Phurstluv May 11, 2011 01:01 PM

                                                        You make the list of places, and let me know when you're coming. Plan for two or three nights, one for the JF crawl, one for a chowdown at my house, and one to recuperate!!!

                                                        1. re: mariacarmen
                                                          Jase May 11, 2011 01:47 PM

                                                          The Hat and Johnny's showdown. Personally I think the Hat wins easily. Category is of course thin sliced fatty cheap fast food pastrami.

                                                          Do a Canters/Langers showdown after that for category of more traditional deli pastrami. Always fun to do a same day comparison.

                                                          When my wife and I were dating, I took her downtown and we walked from Philippe's to Cole's having a dip at each place.

                                                          1. re: Jase
                                                            wienermobile May 11, 2011 02:45 PM

                                                            ....any excuse to go to Langer's pastrami heaven and I'm there.

                                                            1. re: Jase
                                                              Phurstluv May 11, 2011 02:47 PM

                                                              You sound like fun, Jase!! Love the ideas!

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                                                      andytseng May 10, 2011 05:14 PM

                                                      Alfredo's/Alberto's Carne Asada Fries

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                                                      1. re: andytseng
                                                        skjax May 11, 2011 07:44 AM

                                                        +1 Also the Carne Asada Nachos

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                                                        Jelly71 May 10, 2011 05:13 PM

                                                        I, too, am powerless over the CCF at the Hat. The only upside is that they are only edible for the first 30 minutes or so. After that, they harden into a bizarre, inedible mass. And they DO NOT reheat well at home.

                                                        So, I eat what I can in those 20-25 minutes and toss the rest. And then feel virtuous because I "didn't eat them all."

                                                        1. Phurstluv May 10, 2011 04:51 PM

                                                          Did you HAVE to show me the picture??! Now I want some.

                                                          Medium rare cheese burgers with avocado & bacon, in addition to all the other fixings.
                                                          Onion rings.
                                                          Chili cheese fries from Tops
                                                          Lobster Mac & Cheese

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                                                            A5 KOBE May 10, 2011 06:03 PM

                                                            I thought the picture would add to the topic. LOL

                                                            1. re: A5 KOBE
                                                              Phurstluv May 10, 2011 07:46 PM

                                                              Oh, totally!!!

                                                            2. re: Phurstluv
                                                              mc michael May 10, 2011 11:30 PM

                                                              lobster mac & cheese--where the hell is this? i need it now.

                                                              1. re: mc michael
                                                                wienermobile May 11, 2011 06:56 AM

                                                                At Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica.

                                                                1355 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90402

                                                                1. re: wienermobile
                                                                  maudies5 May 11, 2011 10:00 AM

                                                                  That lobster mac and cheese really is delicious and very very rich! They serve it in a deep soup bowl. I suggest sharing one order. I can't imagine anyone finishing that whole thing.

                                                                  1. re: wienermobile
                                                                    kandykane Dec 9, 2011 10:44 AM

                                                                    Blue Plate Oysterette has terrible food and should be half the price-
                                                                    This is basically a fast food greasy dive trying to trick tourist inot thinking it is serving "GOOD" food-I had the lobster roll $20.oo basically a small taseless sandwich-the oysters -not cleaned well and crunchy-the fried clams-good but wortht $18.00-
                                                                    This place is dirty and makes me think of a coney island shack-BUT WITH HIGH PRICES
                                                                    Worst meal I have ever had-felt ripped off by the poor quality-
                                                                    I sat at the counter and watched them prepare the food-NOT A GOOD IDEA-
                                                                    Cleanliness is not happening-Nuff said-

                                                                  2. re: mc michael
                                                                    Phurstluv May 11, 2011 08:07 AM

                                                                    OMG - mcm, it's incredible, rich & gooey, and so, so bad for me. And I always have leftovers for like 3 days in the fridge, calling my name..........evil stuff!!

                                                                    1. re: mc michael
                                                                      fedpool May 11, 2011 04:15 PM

                                                                      go to the Blue Palms Brew House in Hollywood and sample their Lobster Mac. better than Blue Plate in SM IMO.

                                                                      1. re: mc michael
                                                                        ipsedixit May 11, 2011 04:21 PM

                                                                        Best Lobster Mac N cheese is at Wolfgang's Steakhouse, in my opinion.

                                                                        Wolfgang's Steakhouse
                                                                        445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                                                                      mc michael May 10, 2011 04:26 PM

                                                                      now we know why you lost 4 straight!

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                                                                        Phurstluv May 10, 2011 04:52 PM

                                                                        LOL - good one, mcmichael!!

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                                                                        mc michael May 10, 2011 04:25 PM

                                                                        I like the pizza at The Luggage Room. You get some cover in that some claim to be healthy or meatless.
                                                                        I had a great double double animal style the other day. I smiled all through my guilt.

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