I have to specify “savory” because if I didn’t, my top ten would be entirely comprised of desserts.
By the way, “guilty pleasures” isn’t entirely accurate as I don’t feel particularly guilty about eating any of these, but I can see how some might!
10. Stuffed Pasta with Cream Sauce
I don’t have it that often but when I do go to an Italian restaurant and I order a pasta medley, I do make it a rule to include at least one of these delectable artery-cloggers.
A fave standby at a lot of yakitori restaurants and many casual Asian eateries is this version of popcorn chicken that is essentially fried chicken cartilage.
This one is tricky since I can trace two of my five food-poisoning experiences back to ramen (an impressive 40% rate). Still, I love me some tonkotsu base broth with black garlic and extra butter.
7. Shahi Paneer
This Indian dish is basically cheese in a creamy cashew sauce. Delicious!
6. Fried Dumplings
There’s a restaurant a ten minute walk from my place that serves up a dozen a plate with a side of sweet and spicy chili sauce for dipping purposes.
Obvious, perhaps, but not just any pizza. One of my favorites is a version that combines honey with spicy sausage or pepperoni, black olives, and cheese – sweet, salty, and spicy.
Ah, I remember the old Stargate days when writer-producer Carl Binder and I would do the Vancouver schnitzel tour. There’s a place here in Toronto that offers up a platter comprised of three different schnitzel varieties and a piece of sausage. I always prefer mine paper thing and crispy.
3. Katsu Curry
This Japanese dish if comprised of tasty fired pork, rice, and their version of curry which is sweeter and thicker than the Thai and Indian versions.
2. Chicken Wings
Nothing gets me quite as excited as the prospect of going out with friends and sharing a variety of chicken wings. Buffalo, parmesan, barbecue – you name ’em, I’ll eat ’em.
1. Fried Chicken
I suppose this one should come as no surprise as I’ve often alluded to my search for Toronto’s best fried chicken. I love the fact that this dish transcends cultural boundaries and some of the city’s best offerings include Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Southern versions of this dish.
So, do tell – What are your top savory guilty pleasures?