Back when I started being a vegetarian (1973), we didn't have fake meatless foods like you young whippersnappers have now.
But now, there is plenty to choose from. Here are the vegetarian foods that I have found that taste the most like real meat (at least, from what I remember the real thing tastes like).
Rice milk - tastes much more like real milk than soy milk, almond milk, etc.
Boca burgers - tastes like real burgers
Lightlife hot dogs and bologna - tastes a lot like the real thing.
My wife is not a vegetarian, but she loves Morningstar Farms breakfast sausage patties. She says they are better than real sausage patties (which she says tastes greasy). I don't eat them, because they have eggs in them, but they sure smell good when she cooks them.
I use Gimme Lean sausage for breakfast sausage patties. They are OK, a little bland, but I am trying to add spices and herbs to mimic what my wife's Morningstar Farms sausages smell like.
Taste is a peculiar thing, and I find mine has changed quite a bit over the years, esp. since going veg.
First I couldn't stand anything that remotely reminded me of meat, but now there are things I find myself craving that are direct (kinda) subs.
I've always loved Boca chik'n patties.
I don't like rice milk- but do like soy and sweetened almond.
Field Roast sausage and frankfurters are my favorite!
I hate all other hot dogs I've tried.
I don't care for Gimme Lean- texture problem
I make a mean seitan- from vegandads blog
Better than Boullion Not chicken and Not beef soup bases
Trader Joes soy chorizo- like taco seasoned beef
Gardein burgers seem closet to real beef hamburgers- says my son who will still eats hamburgers, and likes these better
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good
Hmmm. I love the Morningstar veggie sausage patties, way better than Gimmie Lean. I do however prefer Gimmie Lean on a Veg Mc Muffin (with thin cut tofu slices cooked with nutritional yeast, cheese slice and veg sausage patty on an English muffin).
I like to get on occasion the mock chicken in sauce at the Tan-A in Richmond (Asian grocer). Great for stir fries. I think it is made by Vegefarm? Great texture and taste.
I make ribs using this recipe http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/05/barbecued-seitan-ribz.html
Boca Burgers are the best burger. If you can find pepper steak patties at the Asian Grocer, try them they are awesome.
For chicken I make tofu chick'n and I use this for Buffalo Tofu and chick'n nuggets. http://www.vegsource.com/talk/recipes/messages/68022.html
I make my own chick'n broth powder, very simple and cheap. It is a Bryanna Clark Grogan recipe. I bet you already have everything in the house to make it yourself. http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2008/02/homemade-veggie-broth-powder-big-batch.html
For turkey, ham and chicken seitan these are my fave recipes. Vegefarm makes a really good fake ham.