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Old 06-08-2020, 11:42 AM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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Underrated: Beef liver and onions. Cooked properly with a delicious gravy, what's not to like?

Overrated: brussel sprouts! I hate the disgusting little green balls.
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Old 06-08-2020, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Underrated: vinegar and oil. I use EVOO and white balsamic vinegar to dress most of my salads. These two ingredients are better than 99% of bottled salad dressings. If I make a vinaigrette with them and add a splash of half and half, I invariably am asked what my salad dressing is. Everyone likes it.

Overrated: slow cookers. I haven’t used mine since I bought an Instant Pot. I Just like cooking fast, I think. For me, at least, they are over rated.
First one that I've agree with 100%. Discovering white balsamic changed how often we eat salads around here. Just add some fresh cracked pepper and kosher or finishing salt. (half and half, huh? gotta try that. Do you think cream would work if watered down a bit?)

Since the IP, the only time I've touched my slow cooker is when we have parties and I need to keep something warm.

nmita and other sweet salsa haters - Try baking some chicken pieces in Salsa Verde. Brown the chicken first on both sides, put in the salsa verde in the bottom of the pan, leaving the skin exposed so it's gets crispy. I like the Herdez Hot brand. One of DH's new favorites that I cooked up during Covid when the pantry was a little bare. Serve with rice.





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Old 06-08-2020, 12:52 PM
 
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Underrated: Vietnamese food, love most dishes but my fave is Bun (boon). So much more interesting than Thai although a proper Thai curry is good (not too sweet IOW). Vietnamese food is almost the only restaurant food we like as much as our home cooking. (Spouse loves sushi, I take a pass but love tempura)

Overrated: Breyers ice cream. I remember (1980s) when Breyers was full fat and a quart would put me in a coma of bliss. My gut tells me every time I make the mistake of eating it that they are putting fillers and thickeners and who knows what else. Breyers (and others) hide a lot of crap when the word "natural" is used. There are a lot of natural things that do not belong in ice cream.
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Old 06-08-2020, 01:04 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Underrated - Mexican taquerias in ethnic neighborhoods
Overrated - Most Japanese / Thai places in America

I go to a nearby Mexican place that are in Hispanic heavy neighborhoods I get a huge plate of food for $8 with tons of meat, fresh guac, and beats Chipotles anyday. Then you go to any neighborhood or even shopping center sushi place for $8 you get 2 rolls of sushi that hardly fills you and poor quality ingredients. Almost 8/10 sushi places in America do not use real sushi grade rice. Then almost 1/2 the Thai places I go to are not using real ginger even though dish says ginger. I expect pieces of ginger as it is cheap item but it seems most Thai places in America have nerfed Thai dishes of ginger.
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Old 06-08-2020, 04:11 PM
 
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Underrated - Cabbage, its so versatile and delish. Ex, cabbage rolls stuffed with ground seasoned turkey, fermented cabbage with garlic for delicious probiotic, refreshing coleslaw, braised cabbage with mushrooms in butter

Overrated -Bacon......its greasy, its like snacking on chunks of fat, the pigs eat everything and then some, pork has know to have worms in it.
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Old 06-08-2020, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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wow, under rated; I would say split pea soup: To me, it is the only soup worth eating, well almost the only soup and don't forget the easy but tasty grilled fish,almost any kind of fish. of course I would want the soup and the fish at the same time. At the very top of my list I think is LOX and Bagels; especially when the Lox are home made.

over rated: agree with JKGourmet: caviar is just plain good for nothing except to spit out. Another over rated food is salsa that is made with sugar or anything sweet in it and not spicy. To me, a good salsa has to have kick unless it is made more like a marinade to be used for flavoring meats. Still lay off the sweetness if you are having me over for a meal. I am not a huge lover of sweet flavoring for my cooked dishes.
I haven't yet figured out caviar. I have had the sushi rolls that have salmon roe and what have you. Tasty fishy, salty, and crunchy. One day I went to a fancy brunch buffet for a friends b-day. They had a bunch of kinds of caviar with crepes, and all the other fixings. Honestly I just felt like they were a salt delivery device, like capers. Definitely don't need to buy any. Depending on the dish, I am ok if they are a garnish of some form.

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Me too on sweet salsa. I also wonder why barbecue sauce Has to be so sweet. I thin the stuff with cider vinegar to cut the intense sweetness.

So—overrated: intensely sweet barbecue sauce.
Growing up my mom's "homemade" bbq sauce was the bottled stuff with a lot of vinegar, some extra mustard, and chili flakes. So I always thought that tart spicy bbq sauce was what you would get and that was normal. As BBQ sauce has become more and more staple sauce, I am always disappointed. It is just weird. Now if I have bbq sauce, like at a restaurant or something, I always add so much hot sauce to add that vinegar note and cut the sweetness. Crystal hot sauce is great to cut overly sweet sauce!

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Underrated: vinegar and oil. I use EVOO and white balsamic vinegar to dress most of my salads. These two ingredients are better than 99% of bottled salad dressings. If I make a vinaigrette with them and add a splash of half and half, I invariably am asked what my salad dressing is. Everyone likes it.
Ok, growing up my mom's favorite flavoring agent was apple cider vinegar. It was probably in half of the foods we ate growing up. Served for all green veggies (though sometimes we'd use the pepper vinegar instead), on fish, my mom likes it on fried chicken, and she put some in all of her roasted meats. So basically I grew up looking for a lot of acid in basically every dish. You may or may not remember the good seasonings Italian dressing mix and bottle - but anyway it was a spice packet with dried spices and you mixed your own oil and vinegar in it. The bottle looked for 2 parts oil, one part vinegar. We always made it one part oil 2 parts vinegar!

As an adult I started experimenting with more vinegars. And I have soooo many. All give me a different vibe in dishes, dressings and salad. On many days I pick a vinegar, pick and oil and there is my salad. Sometimes I do make a dressing. But a few favorites of mine: flavored white balsamic (I have a cucumber one right now - so good!), champagne vinegar - this a great sub for the white balsamic with a little more bite. I have a honey flavored champagne vinegar - great for salads. And I also have an orange muscat vinegar (from Trader Joes) I love for fish, and also those fruity salsas you all hate! I like a fruity salsa with heat e.g. mango habanero or something like that. For me good salsas have both heat and acid. And I am ok with a little fruit as a sweet agent. But not sugar. But I love fruit salsas with lighter meats - fish, chicken, and grilled pork.

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Underrated: Vietnamese food, love most dishes but my fave is Bun (boon). So much more interesting than Thai although a proper Thai curry is good (not too sweet IOW). Vietnamese food is almost the only restaurant food we like as much as our home cooking. (Spouse loves sushi, I take a pass but love tempura)
I really like the bun dish - super bright and a lot of great texture. I prefer Thai, but I have now learned there are a lot of terrible Thai restaurants, and here in the Bay we have a little more variety and higher quality. Bad Thai is muted in both flavor and texture. Good Thai is a lot more amped up and offers the freshness you get in Vietnamese food, but with more spice and bolder flavors. You can definitely see how they are cousins, especially as you get more of the regional Thai dishes. But the average Thai restaurant is more like the greatest hits, and usually does them poorly (trying to cater to American tastes, so it lands as overly sweet and kinda bland).

I know this will sounds like blasphemy, but overrated - most Italian restaurants.
I think there is a lot of delicious Italian food. Unfortunately, since Italian food is one of the premium options, there are a lot of high-priced but mediocre places. Most I can eat there and think yup, I could totally make this and do a better job. I don't mind paying for high quality and well-prepared food, but when I go out for Italian it rarely delivers.

Underrated: Crystal Hot Sauce.
For whatever reason, Tabasco is the default "American hot sauce" option. But it has no flavor to me. So bland. Crystal is so much more balanced and has a very short ingredient list: aged red cayenne peppers, distilled white vinegar, and salt. And it is family owned!
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Old 06-08-2020, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Overrated: sushi/sashimi. I've never encountered either one of these that I thought wasn't nasty.

Underrated: Tomato, cucumber, and onion salad in vinegar. I find it to be the absolute perfect, light summer side.
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Old 06-08-2020, 10:13 PM
 
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Underrated: Pumpkin seeds, the raw deshelled ones that you can toast yourself and season any way you like. They are high in protein and fiber and make a great alternative to the usual peanuts or almonds.

Overrated: Radicchio. Bitter and what’s the point in eating it?
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Old 06-09-2020, 03:39 AM
 
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Overrated: Chocolate desserts, they are my last choice on any restaurant menu and at home. Most are too much after the first bite and forget triple chocolate anything.

Underrated: baked sweet potatoes, they have so much flavor compared to other baked potatoes


Strongly disagree on brussel sprouts and squash, but understand if they have been overcooked by boiling or steaming. Oven roast either and it’s a whole different world of flavor, the same with beets, cauliflower and asparagus. I often have brussel sprouts and lightly steam them; there’s a fine line between undercooked, perfect and overcooked.

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Old 06-09-2020, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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Gosh so hard. I find anything can be under OR over rated depending on how it is prepared.
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