Top 5 Foods Better Prepared by Someone Else

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I think most would agree that food tends to taste better when prepared by someone else, the obvious reasons being no mess to clean up and no dishes to do. But there's also a sense of nostalgia and comfort that comes with a dish made by someone who loves you. And then there's the whole experience of dining at your favorite restaurant. Maybe no matter how well you follow a recipe it's not about the ingredients but about who is making it. These are the five foods that, to me, always tastes better when prepared by someone else.

5. Grilled Cheese Sandwich - You have to admit that no matter how simple a sandwich is, it tends to taste better if made by someone else. For me, the grilled cheese sandwich in particular is never quite as good made at home. I could spring for the expensive cheese and the artisan bread, but my cheese will never get quite as gooey and my bread will never be quite as perfectly toasted or crunchy. Visions of Max's Wine Dive's Grilled Cheese are dancing in my head now.

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4. Steak - People who like to grill may not agree with me on this one, but to me this is about the whole dining experience. This is about splurging for the dry-aged double porterhouse at Strip House and just sitting back and spoiling myself. I also enjoy my local bar's steak night with a pitcher of beer and a game on.

3. Spaghetti- When I cook at home, spaghetti consists of mixing together some ground beef and tomato sauce on the fly after a long day at work. No, I am not an Italian grandmother. I really hate this dish when I make it, but when made by someone else I could eat a couple of bowls full of the stuff. My dad makes a version that includes random vegetables thrown in, and somehow it tastes better than anything I could ever make. And I'm guessing the spaghetti and meatballs at Stella Sola are slightly better than my Ragu version.

2. Breakfast - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but I usually only have time for a bowl of cereal in the morning, if that. So when there is time for breakfast, I prefer to leave it to someone else. Poached eggs are my favorite, but I've wasted many an egg trying to make the perfect poached egg. And damn it, why does my bacon curl up like that?! Plus, there are so many cheap options for breakfast, why bother cooking?

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1. Soup - This is a pretty obvious one -- chicken soup, in particular. It is food for the soul, after all. When I think of soup, I think of my grandmother's home and how comforting a bowl of her Mien Ga, Vietnamese chicken soup with cellophane noodles, was. My dad also makes the best Bun Bo Hue, spicy Vietnamese Pork and Beef Noodle Soup. I could follow their recipes to a tee, and my version never comes to close to theirs. And then, of course, a bowl of menudo soup from the taqueria is the probably one of the best remedies for a hangover there is.

What are some foods that you think taste better prepared someone else?



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Beelargus
Beelargus

How is Indian or Pakistani not on this list? Go to all the Indian grocery stores you want. Bring that big bag of stuff home with you. Slave over your hot stove -- it never tastes as good as something from the Hilcroft area restaurants.

JB
JB

Anything involving duck. It takes forever to get the kitchen clean after cooking duck.

And I also disagree regarding soups and pasta sauces. I much prefer to make my own, mainly as a way of cleaning out leftover veggies.

Crystal
Crystal

Huh? I disagree with all of the above (except maybe #4, since restaurants can get higher quality meat than I can). These are all some of the simplest foods you can make. Plus, when you make them yourself, you can avoid all the extra grease and salt that restaurants insist on adding to their food.

My top two would be Fried Chicken and Boiled Crawfish. Both a total PITA to make and both create a giant mess. Let someone else deal with it.

trisch
trisch

I totally disagree with all but #4. I don't have the facility to dry age steaks at home, so yeah, they do taste better at a steak house. Grilled cheese sandwiches and breakfasts are too personal and nostalgic for anyone else to get them perfect to my taste, whatever that may be at the moment. Spaghetti and soup? All about developing flavor. You can get good ones out there, but making a great one at home comes with an added sense of accomplishment.

My addition to the list is dumplings, especially if made by somebody's grandma from Beijing who uses the recipe handed down from her grandma's grandma!

Eric S
Eric S

How is barbecue not on this list? It requires (frequently) expensive equipment, a lot of time and practice to smoke a brisket properly. Alternatively, I can drive 15min to Gatlin's and stuff myself stupid for less than $15. Total no-brainer.

kaztx
kaztx

Gnocchi. Can anyone do this well at home?

Ruthie J M
Ruthie J M

Totally disagree with 3, 2, and 1. And my addition to this list is SALADS.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Crawfish. It's enough work just to eat it. I don't want to have to cook it too.

SirRon
SirRon

*facepalm*

These types of Top 5's are cloying.

Onions
Onions

Sushi. Don't try this at home.

Offbeat
Offbeat

Will never try again. I'm a good cook but sushi takes too much effort.

Ali
Ali

Anything Cajun. I haven't found one restaurant here or in Louisiana that cooks it like my family and friends do. Probably because you can't reproduce recipes that call for "a lil' bit a dis and some a dat" or "a touch a my momma's seasoning". Also, you can't bottle up the love and good times that go into each dish. Those are the most important ingredients in Cajun cooking.

Wyatt
Wyatt

"Also, you can't bottle up the love and good times that go into each dish. Those are the most important ingredients in Cajun cooking."

That and HUMAN FLESH. You heard it hear first, cher

Wyatt
Wyatt

Hear? Here. fuck

Wyatt
Wyatt

I know, I know

Ali
Ali

HA. That's what you get for being a Smartass McSmarterson. :)

iMidget
iMidget

I miss my mom's "I don't want to cook" dinner - ramen and grilled cheese.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Disagree with 3 and 5, agree half way with 2 and 4, agree with 1.

Rationale for 3 and 5: Ordering spaghetti at restaurants is fraught with peril. It is frequently overcooked and is often served with a cloying sauce. And I've never had a grilled cheese at a restaurant nearly as good as what I make at home. Not even close.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

You were just dying to use "cloying" in the comment box.

Bruce R
Bruce R

I've done enough beer reading and writing so that the word cloying is quite familiar. Perhaps I should have said stodgy?

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