We're pleased to introduce Ono Hawaiian BBQ on Fast Food Source. Ono is a small west-coast chain offering chicken and beef dishes with a distinctly Hawaiian flair. BBQ, Teriyaki, Island Curry, and Chicken Katsu are just some of the specialties. They also offer beef, pork and seafood menu items, along with a couple including that Hawaii staple, Spam. For sides, Ono offers rice and macaroni salad and serves their food accented with cabbage.
The chicken is moist and tasty - like what you might grill yourself at home. In fact, I can't recall a more moist chicken at a fast food or quick serve restaurant. The food is just different enough to feel like a treat but convenient enough to enjoy as an alternative to other more traditional fast food fare.
The Japanese/Polynesian influenced menu might be more at home in our International restaurant category. But Hawaii being a state, we think it fits best in the Chicken category where the majority of their menu is centered.
During a recent visit to my local Dairy Queen I had my dog with me in the car and the guy at the drive thru asked if I'd like a "pup cup" for my dog. Not knowing what a pup cup was I said "sure." Here's what I got:
It's a dog biscuit in a little pool of vanilla soft serve. I'm not sure my dog should eat dairy, but he really liked the creamy cold biscuit! Thanks DQ.
I was admiring the new Carl's Jr. commercial promoting their fresh-baked hamburger buns, not for the sexy girls and the pun on the word "buns" but for the subtle shift in product positioning that seems to finally be happening. I refer, of course, to the transition of the chain's large format burgers from the old Carl's "Six Dollar" moniker to the adoption of the Hardee's "Thickburger" label.
It has been four years since we wrote an article on this subject. Back then, the discussion was how the term Six Dollars has moved from a gimmick to an uncomfortable reality: the burgers are no longer the equivalent of what you paid big money (six dollars) for at a sit down chain (read, Chili's) but sadly, are rapidly approaching the $6 mark themselves. Inflation does that to you. Which is why McDonald's recently had to revamp their approach to their "Dollar Menu" and Del Taco did the same with their "Buck and Under" menu this past spring.
So what is Carl's Jr. actually doing? Ever-so-subtly phasing in the "Thickburger" name. Note in the commercial and in the web ad the use of the term "Six Dollar Thickburger." It's probably no longer much of a prediction but I will make it anyway: Carl's Jr. will drop the term "Six Dollar" from their menu in 2014. There is your first New Year's prediction.
We updated the links to the nutrition-oriented companion websites with a new addition: Restaurant Menu Nutrition, aka restaurant-menu-nutrition.com has a harder to remember URL than FastFoodSource, but a very handy interface for finding your food items.
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