I took my free coupon from last week's Del Taco Slow Cooked Challenge and traded it in for my free Carnitas Taco.
This is a street taco, in two mini flour tortillas. The taco had plenty of meat and the sauce was tangy. I found that
On a recent trip to DC I tried out District Taco. This small chain offers fresh tacos and burritos that are made to order. Unlike Chipotle, this fast food Mexican restaurant has you select your ingredients and pick your protein from a menu. The cashier takes your order and the kitchen delivers your meal (or calls your name). Pretty conventional.
Want to win prizes for staring at meat cooking? Then Del Taco is your place. To promote the return of Del Taco's slow-cooked carnitas fast food menu items, Del Taco has rolled out "The Slow Cooked Challenge." If you watch a video of the meat cooking for 15 seconds, you win a free drink. Well, not exactly free. Free with purchase of any Epic burrito. Watch the meat cook for 30 minutes and you win a free Carnitas Taco al Carbon (with purchase.)
When they say watch, they mean WATCH. Once the video and timer start, moving your mouse or pressing a key stops the clock and you are out. Additionally, they do random reflex tests every minute or two where you have to click the screen (the only time a mouse is permitted) in a certain amount of time or else you are out again.
Why so strict? Well there are much grander prizes than a free taco. Try a $50 gift card to the first 25 people who
It seems all the fast food restaurants are upgrading the look of their newer stores and refreshing older ones. Similar to last year's revamp of Burger King, this Wendy's in Maitland, Florida is all new. Brand, spankin' new.
Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a long-awaited final ruling requiring calorie information on "menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations... The rules are required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
The ruling is meant to standardize information for brand-name food items, covering as many Americans as possible. The FDA acknowledged that several states have been preemptive in enacting their own rules. The new FDA standard will ensure some degree of consistency across state lines.
"The menu labeling final rule applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. Covered food establishments will be required to clearly and conspicuously display calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards, next to the name or price of the item. Seasonal menu items offered for sale as temporary menu items, daily specials and condiments for general use typically available on a counter or table are exempt from the labeling requirements."
We here at Fast Food Source do not object to this type of labeling. In fact, one of the key features of fastfoodsource.com since our launch in 2000 has been links to nutrition information. In fact, when we first launched this website, we researched and typed calorie, fat, and sodium content for chains where it was not easily found online. Providing this information at point-of-purchase only makes sense.
It will be interesting to see whether this rule has any effect on how chains market their products or what products they decide to advertise. For instance, will we see a surge in health-conscious fare like salads and other "lite" offerings as chains try to de-emphasize their more heavily weighted caloric offerings? Time will tell.
We've updated the menu for Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. One of the chain's newest locations opened a couple miles from my house, and I checked it out recently. My Freddy's Original Double was the same as I remember it when I first reviewed them back in 2012. This fast food burger's claim to fame is that the patty is smashed and flattened, leaving a thin patty allowing for a fantastic meat-to-condiment ratio of 0.9:1. The double meat burger means you still get a decent meat taste in every bite.
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers menu (11/21/14)
Sonic menu (10/2/14)
El Pollo Loco menu (9/14/14)
Burger King menu (8/19/14)
KFC menu (8/19/14)
Taco Bell menu (8/19/14)
Steak-n-Shake menu (8/19/14)
Wendy's menu (8/19/14)
Chipotle menu (4/4/14)
Portillo's menu (4/4/14)
Burgerfi menu (4/4/14)
Subway menu (2/18/14)
Ted's Hot Dogs menu (2/18/14)
Which Wich menu (2/1/14)
The Habit menu (2/1/14)
Krystal menu (1/9/14)
Carl's Jr. menu (1/1/14)
Ono Hawaiian BBQ menu (12/14/13)
Five Guys menu (12/14/13)
Dickey's BBQ menu (12/14/13)
Baskin Robbins menu (12/9/13)
Jack In The Box menu (10/2/13)
Schlotzsky's menu (9/27/13)
Whataburger menu (9/27/13)
Culver's menu (9/20/13)
Kneaders menu (9/16/13)
Wienerschnitzel menu (9/16/13)
Del Taco menu (8/7/13)
Checkers/Rally's menu (7/31/13)
Chik-fil-a menu (7/31/13)
Chipotle menu (7/31/13)
Dairy Queen menu (7/31/13)
Zaxby's menu (7/31/13)
Arby's menu (7/23/13)