Contributor Post Created with Sketch. After the McRib

 

Listeners to the “Law Talk” podcast will know by now of Troy Senik’s heretical thoughtcrime concerning the McRib. But even worse is the item’s disappearance from McDonald’s menus across the country — like the steady dimming of the lights of civilization across Europe as Rome fell.

After turning away in disgust from a McDonald’s in Los Angeles last week, hands empty of gooey pork goodness mixed with raw onion and pickle, I went on a quest for a fast food substitute. What should tide over the loyal McRibber until its next sighting? I tried a Carl’s Jr. Jalapeno Burger and even a McDonald’s CBO, but was left wanting more. And it wasn’t even Chinese food.

Ricochetti, please help by nominating the go-to fast food meal until the return of the McRib.

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  1. Troy Senik Contributor

    First of all, let me say that the level to which John will stoop to try to get an endorsement deal is truly breathtaking.

    Second, John, there are Five Guys locations in Northern California. Look into it. This is a place where the fries are so bad for you that a nutritional study couldn’t even ascertain how they managed to pack so much artery-bursting goodness into them.

    Some may call that obscene. I call it American exceptionalism.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:23 AM PST
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  2. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
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    Do Subway or Quiznos have a pulled pork sandwich where you are?

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:24 AM PST
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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    My favorite is a Southern thing: The Krystal!

    I know that White Castle is there. Yes. I have had it. I prefer the Krystal.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:24 AM PST
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  4. Shane McGuire Member

    Whataburger!

    Or, in the alternative, I’m a fan of going to Wendy’s for the following order:

    Junior bacon cheeseburger

    Medium fries

    Small Frosty—5.06 after tax. (used to be $3 when i was in college)

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:29 AM PST
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  5. Goldgeller Member

     I just had my first Whataburger (TX ftw!) and wow, it’s so great! Get a double-meat Whataburger with cheese and you’re good to go!

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:29 AM PST
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  6. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
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    Can you get shawarma in Los Angeles?

    Good shawarma is heavenly.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:29 AM PST
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  7. Ross C Member
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    I am not an In and Out Burger fan (nor a hater for that matter). Interesting that you do not mention them. Beneath your notice?

    I recollect no Whataburgers in CA, your loss.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:30 AM PST
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  8. tabula rasa Member
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    In-N-Out Burger: The Double Single (double meat, one slice of cheese*) with onions sauteed, fries, and a Diet Coke (extra ice).

    * I get only one slice of cheese because I’m on a diet.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:31 AM PST
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  9. Hammer, The Member

    Don’t you have in and out over in California? Their burgers are pretty good, as far as I can remember.

    I’ve always been partial to the Big Mac.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:33 AM PST
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  10. Illiniguy Member
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    Stick with the classics: the Cheddar ButterBurger (Double) at Culver’s

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:34 AM PST
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  11. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    That crap is gonna kill you. 

    How about you just make one of these at home:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robert-irvine/bbq-pork-burger-recipe/index.html

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:42 AM PST
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  12. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    My Saturday Night Special: Taco Bell – 7 softshell tacos, no lettuce, and the largest Mt Dew they can legally sell you

    Honorable mention:

    Monday Night Madness (Football season only) – Five Guys – two double patty burgers with A1, two hot dogs, two Cokes

    In Europe: Donerix – doner kebab (spiced veal) with fries and a Coke

    In Canada: Baba’s – perogies with sausage

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:44 AM PST
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  13. UreyP3 Inactive

    Conventional guilty pleasure fast food – Burger King’s original Double Whopper.

    Not so conventional but still fast and carrying its own guilt load – Quiznos’ Prime Rib sub.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:49 AM PST
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  14. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
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    In Saskatchewan there is Burger Baron, where you can get a burger with a patty that is made from chopped bacon.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:52 AM PST
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  15. Troy Senik Contributor
    Misthiocracy: In Saskatchewan there is Burger Baron, where you can get a burger with a patty that is made from chopped bacon. · 2 minutes ago

    Calling the folks at U-Haul right now.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:55 AM PST
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  16. Sheila Member
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    Since you’re in the East Bay, my fav used to be Caspar’s Hot Dogs in the Richmond/El Cerrito area. Are they still there? 

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    • February 6, 2013, at 1:55 AM PST
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  17. Jason Cahill Member

    You tried to make a McRib appointment, while the McRib was not in session? My sympathies wither …

    Double-double animal style, chocolate/vanilla swirled shake.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:03 AM PST
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  18. BJRR Inactive
    Whiskey Sam: My Saturday Night Special:Taco Bell – 7 softshell tacos, no lettuce, and the largest Mt Dew they can legally sell you

    Honorable mention:

    Monday Night Madness (Football season only) -Five Guys- two double patty burgers with A1, two hot dogs, two Cokes

    In Europe:Donerix- doner kebab (spiced veal) with fries and a Coke

    In Canada: Baba’s- perogies with sausage · 7 minutes ago

    I don’t know what is in doner meat, but I’m pretty sure it’s not actually veal…

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:13 AM PST
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  19. Foxman Inactive
    Misthiocracy: Can you get shawarma in Los Angeles?

    Good shawarma is heavenly. · 40 minutes ago

    We have lots of shawarma here in Dearborn, but fast food?

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:13 AM PST
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  20. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
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    Troy Senik, Ed.
    Misthiocracy: In Saskatchewan there is Burger Baron, where you can get a burger with a patty that is made from chopped bacon.

    Calling the folks at U-Haul right now.

    Great, now I’m really craving some Burger Baron, and the closest one is 2,613 kms away.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:14 AM PST
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  21. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
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    Foxman
    Misthiocracy: Can you get shawarma in Los Angeles?

    Good shawarma is heavenly.

    We have lots of shawarma here in Dearborn, but fast food?

    It’s late-night, drunken fast food where I live.

    And it’s oh, oh, oh, so good…

    I’m starting to drool on my keyboard.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:15 AM PST
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  22. Crow's Nest Inactive
    John Yoo:Ricochetti, please help by nominating the go-to fast food meal until the return of the McRib. · · 54 minutes ago

    Wait, there’s been 21 comments and no one has dared broach the obvious choice?

    An Animal Style burger from In-N-Out. As if there was any question here.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:19 AM PST
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  23. Tsunami Blue Inactive
    Misthiocracy: Can you get shawarma in Los Angeles?

    Good shawarma is heavenly. · 47 minutes ago

    I had to look it up to find out what it is–it looks heavenly!

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:21 AM PST
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  24. Ross C Member
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    ron3png.pngThis “little” hamuburger which is a 1/2 lb. patty composed of equal parts ground beef and ground sausage, covered in Chili and cheese (also available without Chili) is only available in Tulsa, OK where I once lived. I realize that it does not look that good, but you would be painfully wrong to judge it from its looks.

    Is it worth a $500 plane ticket? Yes….yes it is.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:22 AM PST
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  25. mask Inactive

    5 guys

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:26 AM PST
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  26. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
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    If yer ever in the Toronto area, give Lick’s Homeburgers a try.

    The ingredients are super fresh, they hand-mould each patty, they offer turkey burgers, they have amazing ice cream, and they sing songs while making your food.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:31 AM PST
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  27. Profile Photo Member
    Troy Senik, Ed.: First of all, let me say that the level to which John will stoop to try to get an endorsement deal is truly breathtaking.

    Second, John, there are Five Guys locations in Northern California. Look into it. This is a place where the fries are so bad for you that a nutritional study couldn’t even ascertain how they managed to pack so much artery-bursting goodness into them.

    Some may call that obscene. I call it American exceptionalism. · 1 hour ago

    Five Guys is a poor substitute for In-N-Out Burger with a New York accent to make it worse. It’s only redeeming value is that they let you have all the peanuts you can eat while you’re waiting.

    If you want serious Fries goodness, go to In-N-Out and order your fries “Animal Style”. Fries topped with grilled onions, special sauce, and melted cheese. Gooey, messy, heavenly.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:35 AM PST
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  28. Matt Smith Inactive

    My go-to: Chick-Fil-A spicy chicken sandwich, side salad, ranch dressing. The ranch is great on the sandwich, and Chick-Fil-A’s waffle fries aren’t worth the calories.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:35 AM PST
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  29. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
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    BJRR
    Whiskey Sam: My Saturday Night Special:Taco Bell – 7 softshell tacos, no lettuce, and the largest Mt Dew they can legally sell you

    Honorable mention:

    Monday Night Madness (Football season only) -Five Guys- two double patty burgers with A1, two hot dogs, two Cokes

    In Europe:Donerix- doner kebab (spiced veal) with fries and a Coke

    In Canada: Baba’s- perogies with sausage 

    I don’t know what is in doner meat, but I’m pretty sure it’s not actually veal… 

    Maybe it was a typo and it’s actually Donner meat.

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:36 AM PST
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  30. grotiushug Inactive

    I suppose a case can be made that Fuddrucker’s is not really fast food (you order/pay at the counter, but they cook your burger to order) but it’s as good as it gets. When I get off the plane in Billings, the first thing I do is head to Fudd’s. I get two one-pound burgers (the patty is 16 ounces) on their house-baked brioche and one for the lady ($7.99 each, no sales tax in Montana). We load up at the “fixin’s bar” and settle in. I eat mine, and then eat the 2/3 to 3/4 of hers that she couldn’t finish. With bottomless sodas (alas, Pepsi products) the whole thing costs less than $30. A steal for this New Yorker. 

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    • February 6, 2013, at 2:37 AM PST
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