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August 7, 2013 9:46 AM
Fast food is not a "cultured" sort of taste, and no, on a strictly "quality" basis, you can't compare it to what you'd get at a higher end place. With that said, a lot of fast food options still taste pretty good, and I think we all have our own little "dives" we like to take sometimes when we're in the mood for it. ;)

My wife and I don't eat fast food much, but it's cheap and easy while traveling. You don't even have to get out of the car to pick it up. And yes, I know the line about "you could at least exercise to get into the building" (usually delivered with eye rolls), but when you're driving all night to get somewhere and aren't interested in waking up your two year old, a one-handed meal from a drive through can't be beat. In fact, it could taste a whole lot worse and still be worth it.

It's also excellent for getting a lot of quick energy really fast. I used to have a monthly job doing piecework that HAD to be done overnight, usually without notice, after having previously put in a full day of work. It was a tedious job and fatigue would settle in around 9:30 or so, and there's nothing like two double cheeseburgers and a large order of fries to get a second wind that lasts most of the night.

Plus, if you order off the dollar menus, it's really cheap and fast for when you aren't able to cook.
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August 7, 2013 9:56 AM
I grew up in an area that was limited on fast food chains. We had McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell. When I moved after high school, across the country, a whole new world opened up to me. Wendy's has, and probably always will be, my all-time favorite. I love the taste of their burgers , fries and the frosty is just something I want to be buried with when I die (I'm joking, but you get the point).

Fast food is, just as the name implies. It's fast and it's food. Everyone has their own tastes. Some people like milk chocolate, others like dark chocolate. Don't knock them for their tastes. Nobody should have to justify what they eat and why, it's like shaming them.

That being said, I've cut out a significant amount of fast food from my life. I still enjoy it, in moderation, at most once a week. Probably less than that now that I've stopped working recently.
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August 7, 2013 11:04 AM
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What I get from this thread: "Hi, I'm a food snob and better than you so please justify your tastes."


Omg, how did you know?! THAT is exactly why I started this thread. And not just better than anybody, but specifically YOU.
< lmao and rolling my eyes. >

I'll respond to the more serious posts later, I'm short on time right now.


Not so short on time that you can make sarcastic and rude remarks to someone that pretty much hit the nail on the head.


Bingo. A couple of these threads pop up every week. If you don't like a type of food, why the need to point that out? OMG guize, I just hate okra, isn't it icky!!!!! yawn
August 7, 2013 11:20 AM
I hate water chestnuts and sanctimoniuos douches.
August 7, 2013 11:20 AM
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Have you ever had Qdoba (chipotle)?

I don't dig most of the fast food joints but I don't mind them. I love Qdoba. Popeyes is awesome too! Taco Bell is 4 AM is awesomesauce!

In many cases though I agree, a high end joint or a mom and pop shop is better but I got no hate for fast food.


The nearest Chipotle is forever away from me. I've never eaten there. :(


Most places where there isn't a chipotle nearby usually have Qdoba instead which is pretty much the same


Hmmm *google check*

Yeeeeaahhhh, nearest Qdoba is in Bumfaq, Egypt Foreverplace. Chipotle is actually closer and more attainable.

*pouts*


What about Hot Head? It's also in the Chipotle family of burrito places.
August 7, 2013 11:36 AM
Isn't it about what you are used to eating anyway? It is okay to hate fast food, but it is okay to crave it too. I will knock down children and old people when I am craving Krystal cheeseburgers and fries. The best burger I ever tasted is at a rundown café two miles from my house. I actually like both of these better than what I make at home, and yet my hubby thinks my burgers are the greatest on a global level.

In my young life, leaving a bar, buzzed, at 3am...nothing was better than a greasy burger with fries and tons of ketchup, from anywhere. It lessened the effects of a hangover.

And, it is okay to be a food snob...so relish that. My husband is a food snob and finds Krystal burgers entirely deplorable. Oh, and it is also okay to be curious about why others struggle with it. This is how we learn to be kind. If someone calls you a food snob, thank them genuinely so they too, can learn kindness. It is who you are and you are created for greatness.
August 7, 2013 12:09 PM
Honestly? You don't get this?

It's about personal taste + availability + expense.

I love Burger King's fries when done right, which happens ~80% of the time at the one closest to me. I can count on one hand the local sit-down restaurants I've been to that make ones I like better. Mind you, I'm picky. Can't stand coated fries, seasoned fries, or shoestring fries. Fries must be hot and crispy, fluffy inside, fried with fresh oil (not old-tasting oil) and lightly salted. Home-made doesn't compare, since I don't fry them. Baked french fries are good and definitely have their place, but they're more comparable to a baked potato, IYKWIM. Of the restaurants that consistently make better fries than Burger King, one went out business a long time ago and the rest are a good 30min drive away with no traffic. So, if I want fries and don't have 2hrs (and $10) to go get some and get back to what I was doing, then it's Burger King FTW.
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August 7, 2013 12:10 PM
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Have you ever had Qdoba (chipotle)?

I don't dig most of the fast food joints but I don't mind them. I love Qdoba. Popeyes is awesome too! Taco Bell is 4 AM is awesomesauce!

In many cases though I agree, a high end joint or a mom and pop shop is better but I got no hate for fast food.


The nearest Chipotle is forever away from me. I've never eaten there. :(


Most places where there isn't a chipotle nearby usually have Qdoba instead which is pretty much the same


Hmmm *google check*

Yeeeeaahhhh, nearest Qdoba is in Bumfaq, Egypt Foreverplace. Chipotle is actually closer and more attainable.

*pouts*


What about Hot Head? It's also in the Chipotle family of burrito places.


Nope!

I have Moe's and Willy's. Moe's is still tasty.
  41905005
August 7, 2013 12:12 PM
The best advice I can give to anyone to change their eating habits within an hour, is watch documentaries like Food Inc. or ones that show how your food is made and where it comes from. Made me an instant mainly vegetarian and organic eater.
August 7, 2013 12:16 PM
Cheaper and faster.
I will always prefer a burger from Red Robin, but my bank account and 30 minute lunch break won't always allow it.
  17431946
August 7, 2013 12:16 PM
There's a lot of people trying to convince me not to eat fast food. But the finger-chili incident didn't make me stop eating Wendy's.

Its cheap, its easy, and its all I have time for when I have ten minutes between class and work. Without a fridge to store food, I only have so many healthy bring-along-with-me options. Sometimes I'll bring almonds, but sometimes I want a subway salad. Its delicious either way.
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August 7, 2013 12:17 PM
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I don't think it's necessarily settling for one or the other. Sometimes I am in the mood for a particular taste that comes from a specific meal at a fast food joint. For example, I can make a taco at home with 90/10 ground beef and fresh, organic ingredients, but maybe I want a volcano taco instead.


This. I grew up eating a lot of fast food and I think that's mostly why I like it now. Luckily for me, the nearest fast food other than Hardee's (ick) and a Dairy Queen that is not a brazier, is an hour away. I am totally craving a big mac today even though the rare times I go to McDonalds I don't even get big macs. I will not get it though, since it is an hour away.
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August 7, 2013 12:18 PM
Oftentimes for me it's convenience. Time, cost, and ease. I do tend to gravitate more towards the healthier options at most places, but a fast food burger will sometimes be all that's needed.
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August 7, 2013 12:19 PM
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The best advice I can give to anyone to change their eating habits within an hour, is watch documentaries like Food Inc. or ones that show how your food is made and where it comes from. Made me an instant mainly vegetarian and organic eater.


I've seen all the documentaries and still enjoy fast food fairly often. I'm too hardcore to be freaked out by a few videos, much to the dismay of those who show me said videos. I used to be friends with someone very into animal rights and peta and she made me watch all these videos, thinking it'd scare me vegetarian. Seven years later and we aren't friends anymore and I still eat meat at every meal.
August 7, 2013 12:20 PM
Cheap, tasty and I don't have to go through the rigamarole of being waited on at a sit down place. I can grab my bag full of tasty, calorie-laden goodness, take it home and sit in front of the TV yelling at Shark Week on the Discovery Channel while stuffing my mouth full of McYumness. 'MURICA
  12462715
August 7, 2013 12:24 PM
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The best advice I can give to anyone to change their eating habits within an hour, is watch documentaries like Food Inc. or ones that show how your food is made and where it comes from. Made me an instant mainly vegetarian and organic eater.


I've seen all the documentaries and still enjoy fast food fairly often. I'm too hardcore to be freaked out by a few videos, much to the dismay of those who show me said videos. I used to be friends with someone very into animal rights and peta and she made me watch all these videos, thinking it'd scare me vegetarian. Seven years later and we aren't friends anymore and I still eat meat at every meal.


HA!

I've seen PETA scare videos, Fat Sick And Nearly Dead, Food Inc., and Hungry For Change. Zero things appealed to my giving up anything I enjoy. Scaremongering annoys me.
  41905005
August 7, 2013 12:30 PM
I'll admit I'm a huge food snob, and I kind of hate that when my office goes out for burgers on Fridays it's usually at a fast food place instead of any of the gourmet burger joints nearby. However, there are some things I will always, always want from fast food:

Taco Bell's Enchirito
Arby's curly fries
Whataburger's Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
Whataburger's taquitos
Wendy's Frosty
Jack in the Box's Mint Oreo milkshake
Jack in the Box's eggrolls with the sweet and sour sauce
Sonic's cheese sticks
Taco Cabana's tortillas and queso

I either think these things are genuinely better than their homemade/other restaurant equivalents, or I'll get a craving for them that can't quite be satisfied by anything else. Some of it may be nostalgia from childhood/college, but some of it is that Arby's has frikkin rocking curly fries and dipping them in Arby's sauce makes me extremely happy.

...Other thing I like about fast food: a gourmet burger at a non-chain, specialty burger restaurant will run me about 900 calories, and I will eat the whole damn thing. A Whataburger Jr with no cheese will be 230. Does it taste as good? No. Can I easily fit it in my calories? Obviously yes.
August 7, 2013 12:30 PM
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Cheap, tasty and I don't have to go through the rigamarole of being waited on at a sit down place. I can grab my bag full of tasty, calorie-laden goodness, take it home and sit in front of the TV yelling at Shark Week on the Discovery Channel while stuffing my mouth full of McYumness. 'MURICA


^^^What she said:)
  5598359
August 7, 2013 1:25 PM
Ok, to all you people that made inane comments about how I'm judgmental, shaming, and a food snob, all while proceeding to be judgmental of me, trying to shame me, and reading into my benign honest question what you thought I was saying without ever having met me or knowing absolutely anything about me....whatever. It's called projection. Take your own issues and deal with them yourselves. Not my issues or my problem.

To the people that gave me legitimate responses, thank you. Sounds like for some it's conveinence and for some it's honestly taste. I gave up fast food when I realized certain things about it I didn't like, but I guess it partially is cause I don't crave it that makes it easier. To the person that brought up Taco Bell, you got me on that one. That is probably the one fast food joint I've thought of and kind of missed. And I also realize I will sometimes eat from food trucks, and that is kind of fast food. And I do like that.

I think part of it for me is an aversion to childhood memories. My mother hated cooking and I was left with tv dinners or fast food. A home cooked meal for her was microwaving frozen vegetables, which was as elaborate as it got. I guess having learned how to cook, part of it is enjoying that aspect and the other maybe my mother giving us the fast food. Interesting also cause she used to buy a ton of sweets in the house, ding dongs, twinkies, etc., and I lost my sweet tooth too. I don't even like chocolate, and people think I'm weird cause of that. So, that really could be part of it.

Anyways, thanks again to the legitimate non-fueled with fire posts.
August 7, 2013 1:42 PM
A burger from Five Guys and a small order of fries puts me in heaven for the day. Easily.
August 8, 2013 8:09 AM
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Ok, to all you people that made inane comments about how I'm judgmental, shaming, and a food snob, all while proceeding to be judgmental of me, trying to shame me, and reading into my benign honest question what you thought I was saying without ever having met me or knowing absolutely anything about me....whatever. It's called projection. Take your own issues and deal with them yourselves. Not my issues or my problem.

To the people that gave me legitimate responses, thank you. Sounds like for some it's conveinence and for some it's honestly taste. I gave up fast food when I realized certain things about it I didn't like, but I guess it partially is cause I don't crave it that makes it easier. To the person that brought up Taco Bell, you got me on that one. That is probably the one fast food joint I've thought of and kind of missed. And I also realize I will sometimes eat from food trucks, and that is kind of fast food. And I do like that.

I think part of it for me is an aversion to childhood memories. My mother hated cooking and I was left with tv dinners or fast food. A home cooked meal for her was microwaving frozen vegetables, which was as elaborate as it got. I guess having learned how to cook, part of it is enjoying that aspect and the other maybe my mother giving us the fast food. Interesting also cause she used to buy a ton of sweets in the house, ding dongs, twinkies, etc., and I lost my sweet tooth too. I don't even like chocolate, and people think I'm weird cause of that. So, that really could be part of it.

Anyways, thanks again to the legitimate non-fueled with fire posts.
August 8, 2013 8:10 AM
That is the key! Way to go on this post. You are a sweetheart.
August 8, 2013 1:34 PM
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The best advice I can give to anyone to change their eating habits within an hour, is watch documentaries like Food Inc. or ones that show how your food is made and where it comes from. Made me an instant mainly vegetarian and organic eater.



watching now with a sack from bk laugh

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