Some of us out there view 7-Eleven as purely a place to stop and grab a quick Red Bull, or bag of chips, or maybe some chapstick, motor oil, toilet paper, and lottery tickets at 5am. Some view it as a place to grab beer on the way to your friend’s house, and others view it as place to treat yourself to a delicious Slurpee. Regardless, at some point, it's likely you're stopping at 7-Eleven, and you're equally likely to be tempted by the hot bar, where foil-wrapped sandwiches sit behind a glass wall like precious items at a museum and where taquitos and hot dogs seem to rotate on rollers for all of time.
The amount of hot food available at 7-Eleven is staggering in its volume and variety. But what's worthy of your late-night (or early morning) snacking, and what should be relegated to spin eternally on the rollers? To find out, I journeyed to multiple 7-Elevens and ordered up everything I could get my hands on. Nothing about this ranking went the way I expected. There were a few things that I expected to loathe that became favorites, and a few things I expected to love that left me gargling Slurpees to get the taste out of my mouth. When it comes to 7-Eleven hot food, there are no rules. It’s the Wild West. Here's how the hot items fared.
Editor's note: 7-Eleven is a fickle beast. The items on this list represent what we were able to find at multiple locations, which were visited more than once to ensure we got the widest spread possible. We concentrated on the hot bar itself, rather than the cold case full of stuff you microwave. But not all 7-Elevens are created equal. Some don't stock everything. Some employees can't be bothered to keep the case full. If you notice an item missing -- cheeseburgers, breakfast bites, chicken sandwiches among them -- let us know what we're missing (or what we should avoid) in the comments. Otherwise, we did our best to score every item that was available during our quest.