Dishes I have Learned to Love as an Adult

Some people say I'm a picky eater. Personally, I consider myself a "choosy" eater. As an adult, I ought to be able to choose what I eat. And I eat what I like, damn it. Is that so wrong? At any rate, my palate has changed (and improved) with age. Here's a list of food items I have learned to love in my years of adulting.
  1. Grits.
    Particularly cheese grits. After living in the Deep South for the last eight years, I have certainly discovered that not all grits are created equally. However, really good grits are really, really good.
  2. Beans.
    When I was a kid, I wouldn't touch 'em, but as an adult, I have learned to love 'em. From refried beams to pinto beans, I'm a fan. Red beans and rice is one of my favorite dishes.
  3. Chinese Food.
    Yes, I know it's a broad category. But for me, being able to embrace rice and just about any kind of seasoned meat (orange chicken, teriyaki beef, etc), is a new thing.
  4. Chicken and sausage gumbo.
    My friend, Patrick, has a killer secret recipe and although it's a lot of work, the payoff is always worth it.
  5. Onion rings.
    I would have cried had you made me try one of these as a kid. But as an adult, a really well-constructed onion ring is hard to beat.
  6. Tomato soup.
    Not sure why I wouldn't eat it when I was growing up, but it's one of my favorite comfort dishes. Throw in a little basil and I'm golden.
  7. Meatloaf
    Back in the day, "Gag me with a fork," would have been my suggestion when presented with the possibility of eating meat loaf. Nowadays, I would pick a well-made meatloaf just about any day. Side of mashed potatoes, please.