by Rick

The following is a list of five of my favorite, affordable, decadent meals that can become a health hazard if eaten too frequently. This is by no means a comprehensive list. If there are meals you feel should be added to this list, please email me and send me money for the meal and I will be more than happy to eat it and judge for myself. One of your favorites could potentially make it on this list...

1. KFC

I know I said "in no particular order," but this greasy, not-so-delicate delicacy holds a special place in my heart and would be #1 on any true food connoisseur's list...No other fried chicken is as much of an amusement park to the palate as original style KFC. In addition to the unbeatable fried chicken, the sides of creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, and piping-hot corn on the cob, rounds out a top classic meal for the ages (ages 1-100 that is HAHAHAHAHAHA).

2. Mongol's

Mmmmmmm. I fell in love with Mongolian BBQ the moment I was introduced to it ten years ago as a freshman at UCLA. Half the fun in eating this is trying to artistically cram as much meat and vegetables into your bowl while somehow getting the pile of noodles to balance on top of it all. I have finally, after ten years of practice, become proficient at my technique (if you too would like to learn, it will only cost you the price of my meal...) Mongolian BBQ had me at hello.

3. Damon & Pythias

Two words - GARLIC FRIES! I don't know if that was Damon's or Pythias's, but the world (or at least westwood) owes him/her a debt of gratitude. Even if the dipping sauce was diarrhea (which it isn't), those garlic fries would still taste better dipped in it than regular fries dipped in ketchup. Don't believe me? Try it. I did, and I vomited. You try. The LA Cheesesteak sandwich is the perfect complement to the garlic fries, but be prepared to drink gallons of water after this meal because it contains enough sodium to...make it onto this list.

4. Fatburger

The best burger I have had in Los Angeles, hands down. The name of the restaurant should start with "Ph" instead of an "F", that's how tasty these burgers are. The Kingburger with cheese coupled with the steak fries and a drink is a meal fit for royalty. A basic meal with the flavor and richness to rival any fancy, overpriced meal.

5. Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles

The combination of fried chicken, butter, syrup, and waffles is like the combination of adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine. Any of those alone is amazing in its own right, but all together "the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts." One combination is a stroke of culinary genius, while the other is the genetic code. Coincidence? I don't think so...

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