The Best Meal You Ever Had .... The Great Meal Discussion

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Fast food certainly has its place. Portland has some of the best street food anywhere, thanks to--oddly enough--our overnight parking ordinances.

In most places in Portland, it's not illegal to leave your vehicle parked overnight (as long as you're paying for parking). This allows food trucks to move into an area and set up shop indefinitely. Others move nearby, and soon you have a "pod" of food carts with a variety of different food options. It's just such a weird and awesome part of Portland.


Chances are: no matter what time of day it is and no matter where you are in town, you are within walking distance of some excellent fast food.
 
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Mallus

Legend
Fast food is pretty awesome when I'm drunk, but I don't think my tastes should be taken seriously at that point. ;)
"I never had a meal like I did when I was drunk. Jesus, does anybody?" - Stephen King, probably.

53 year-old me still swears 21 year-old me was right about the Fat Cat -- with or without chili -- which is one of the greatest sandwiches on Earth and certainly New Jersey's most important contribution to global cuisine, outside of Taylor ham, obviously.

(a Fat Cat is 2 cheeseburgers on a sub roll topped with lettuce, tomato, and French fries)
 
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Ryujin

Legend
I have tastes that don't go for the more expensive stuff I suppose. I've been all around the world, eaten at many places of great exhibit and taste, but the best places are almost always places you wouldn't imagine. (for me, at least. Eventually you realize, at least for many, that the places that cost a lot are many times selling an "experience" more than what the food is, and if you really want the food, go to the street and find out what is actually really popular among the people who live there. The more popular a place, no matter how cheap, is probably where you are going to find the food that is actually what they like more and tastes better...at least for me).

And interestingly enough, I've always come back to American Fast Food as what I would prefer as the best of the best in the US. At the top of it all (though, go back to when they used the real method of cooking them), the best fry there is are the ones from Mcdonalds (as long as you eat them fresh).
For fries I would say that it's a toss-up between fresh McDonalds fries and fries the way that you used to be able to get them from KFC; straight from the fryer, done in the same oil as the chicken, and not yet soggy.
 

payn

Legend
For fries I would say that it's a toss-up between fresh McDonalds fries and fries the way that you used to be able to get them from KFC; straight from the fryer, done in the same oil as the chicken, and not yet soggy.
This is every story about KFC. Chicken used to be good, biscuits used to be good, etc...
i feel sick flu GIF
 

Ryujin

Legend
This is every story about KFC. Chicken used to be good, biscuits used to be good, etc...
i feel sick flu GIF
You're not wrong. These days I either go to Popeye's or Mary Brown's. For those non-Canadians out there, "Mary Brown's has the best legs in town." (Their old slogan)
 

payn

Legend
You're not wrong. These days I either go to Popeye's or Mary Brown's. For those non-Canadians out there, "Mary Brown's has the best legs in town." (Their old slogan)
I'm not a huge fast food guy, but I do indulge from time to time. KFC has gotten so bad I'd rather go hungry.
 

Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
Best fries I ever had were the twice-fried steak chips at Kennedy's on Westland Row (right by Trinity College) in Dublin. I'm often not a fan of steak fries, being too thick and soft. These were big, but perfectly crisp on the outside and perfectly soft and lovely on the inside. Their burgers might also be my favorite ever. They had one called the Station Burger with a mix of minced short rib and... damn. Can't remember the rest of the blend. But spectacular. Their lamb burger was also excellent.

I've read through this thread twice now; once when it started and once today, and I still couldn't pick a single greatest meal. The first time I went to Boston Chops might be a contender. Splitting the 20oz chateaubriand with my date, as well as the heart carpaccio and finishing with a Yamazaki single malt for dessert was pretty damn divine. But I've had so many fantastic feasts with my family, including similarly excellent beef, sherry-braised duck, and some of the best roast chicken you'll find anywhere, that they all blur together now.

My perfect final meal would probably have to be one of my mother's famous holy day feasts. Fish, flesh and fowl all required. But with all my favorites. The aforementioned duck would have to feature, as well as lollipop lamb, roast Chateaubriand, and probably mussels in a perfect white wine sauce with tarragon (that sauce/broth so good you are compelled to spoon it up with the shells is what pushed this option up over other seafood). Fresh popovers hot from the oven with honey and butter. A salad with arugula, plum tomatoes, kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. Accompanied by a decent French red and a bottle or so of bubbly. I'm not picky on the labels. A slice of red velvet cake with real buttercream frosting (crisp enough to hear the sugar crunch when you cut it) to finish, with milk.
 
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payn

Legend
My perfect final meal would probably have to be one of my mother's famous holy day feasts. Fish, flesh and fowl all required. The aforementioned duck would have to feature, as well as lollipop lamb, roast Chateaubriand, and probably mussels in a perfect white wine sauce with tarragon. Fresh popovers hot from the oven with honey and butter. A salad with arugula, plum tomatoes, kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. Accompanied with a decent French red and a bottle or so of bubbly. I'm not picky on the labels. A slice of red velvet cake with real buttercream frosting (crisp enough to hear the sugar crunch when you cut it) to finish, with milk.
OH....MY....GOD....YES
 

Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
OH....MY....GOD....YES
It's a miracle that I'm not fat. While not all of those items will feature, the menus for our holiday meals are usually similar to that. But with more veggies, other fresh-baked breads, and usually mushrooms, chicken livers and such on the side. Amazing roast chicken appears more often than duck, chateaubriand is more a birthday or special occasion dinner and more common cuts of roast beef and pork appear more often, and while lamb features regularly it's usually a regular leg or shoulder rather than rack. But I get to eat similar feasts 8-10 times a year.
 


Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
I am actually a bigger fan of leg and neck than I am of the rack. (I am talking about Lamb)
Yeah, I love leg as well (usually roasted with lots of garlic and lemons and rubbed with a ton of herbs). Lollipop particularly sprang to mind in part because of the elegance and simple portioning in this lorge feast. :ROFLMAO:
 

payn

Legend
Yeah, I love leg as well (usually roasted with lots of garlic and lemons and rubbed with a ton of herbs). Lollipop particularly sprang to mind in part because of the elegance and simple portioning in this lorge feast. :ROFLMAO:
In the summer I toss together a Moroccan spice blend and smoke the leg at 250 for 3 hours. Perfect medium rare and better than prime rib every time...
 

Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
In the summer I toss together a Moroccan spice blend and smoke the leg at 250 for 3 hours. Perfect medium rare and better than prime rib every time...
I don't know if it's going to beat my mother's prime rib, but I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

(TBF, for me lamb and roast beef sing significantly different notes, so I normally wouldn't try to compare, even when I'm eating them off the same plate.)
 

Janx

Hero
I'm terrible at this. I can't recall a restaurant meal that was so awesome that it stood out. I like food, but it's just food. If we had to switch to food pellets, I'd be fine and prolly lose a few pounds,.

I do have the violates rule 4 example where I spent 3 days in the woods for survival training and the first meal was a BK with cheese sticks that was AMAZING! In fact, that is the one strong memory I really have of eating something and it was 20 years ago. We were in the drive-thru, so it wasn't even sit-down...

Last Meal? Lasagna made by my wife. It's good. It's hard to make. There's love in it.

Oh that breaks a rule, too? Fine, we'll go where my wife wants to go.

Also, my wife makes an awesome porkchop with carmelized onion and pineapple and goatcheese.

She makes the food I like the best.
 

Janx

Hero
OK, I see what Danny did later.

Best Salsa: Los Reyes on 1960, in the 97-2003 era. It was smooth, thickish. thinner than queseo. Dip a chip and it coated it. They got old and retired and the place closed. I never had a salsa like it and I wish I could reproduce it because overall, I'm not keen on any other salsa.

That place was one of the first Mexican restaurants I'd been to when I moved down here.
 

payn

Legend
I don't know if it's going to beat my mother's prime rib, but I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

(TBF, for me lamb and roast beef sing significantly different notes, so I normally wouldn't try to compare, even when I'm eating them off the same plate.)
I think I had some prime rib that was meh, and then a month or two later my first (that I cooked) leg'o'lamb and it just blew the experience out of the water. So, thats where I started using the comparison. Folks (like my family) think prime rib cant be beat and wont even try lamb.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Y’all fellow meat lovers need to find and dine in a Brazillian churrascaria at some point. As much as I love a good prime rib or ribeye steak at a top steakhouse, I consider a churrascaria to be an equally epicurean delight for carnivores.

For those who don’t know, the typical setup- at least in the American versions- is an all-you-can-eat upscale salad & soup bar in the middle of the restaurant, and a wandering squadron of waiters who deliver meat on skewers to be sliced off onto your plate...also as much as you can cram down your gullet. They’ll keep bringing you meat and slicing it off with their sharp, machete-sized knives as long as you keep signaling them so to do. Each restaurant is a little different, but a typical one will have between 1-2 dozen different meats, covering various presentations of poultry, beef, pork and lamb, and sometime some more exotic things.

My buds and I have tried a bunch of them around Dallas/Ft. Worth, and we don’t really have favorites. Each has something ridiculously good, so when we decide to hit one, we pick on the basis of what particular dish we want…or simply which one is most convenient, because damn if they aren’t all good.
 

dragoner

solisrpg.com
My honeymoon, Cairo in the 90's, lamb and couscous, it was five star for $20, and $20 afterwards for a private boat on the Nile. It was a real relief after europe, because my wife who is Apache and Ukrainian, there was a lot of racism against her, such as in brussels, we could not even get served at restaurants, or in berlin's subway, we were almost attacked by nazis; the Egyptians were truly civilized in comparison.

I remember looking out over the Nile at nighttime, the Moon's reflection on the water, as the boatman manned the rudder and lateen sail, and his son made us cardamon tea. It was really perfect.
 

payn

Legend
Y’all fellow meat lovers need to find and dine in a Brazillian churrascaria at some point. As much as I love a good prime rib or ribeye steak at a top steakhouse, I consider a churrascaria to be an equally epicurean delight for carnivores.

For those who don’t know, the typical setup- at least in the American versions- is an all-you-can-eat upscale salad & soup bar in the middle of the restaurant, and a wandering squadron of waiters who deliver meat on skewers to be sliced off onto your plate...also as much as you can cram down your gullet. They’ll keep bringing you meat and slicing it off with their sharp, machete-sized knives as long as you keep signaling them so to do. Each restaurant is a little different, but a typical one will have between 1-2 dozen different meats, covering various presentations of poultry, beef, pork and lamb, and sometime some more exotic things.

My buds and I have tried a bunch of them around Dallas/Ft. Worth, and we don’t really have favorites. Each has something ridiculously good, so when we decide to hit one, we pick on the basis of what particular dish we want…or simply which one is most convenient, because damn if they aren’t all good.
Oh yeah, I been to a few of these. The one in Minneapolis is a little too busy for my tastes. It feels like the staff wants you in and out ASAP. Kinda ruins the ambiance. They have an excellent one in Madison WI that is in an old playhouse. They have three piece jazz bands play on certain nights which is my kinda ambiance.
 

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