Here are some pics of the menu from Carl's Jr. in Panama. They are a bit grainy, but the key message is there is virtually no difference between this and a U.S. restaurant. Panama's currency is US Dollars, so even that was the same.
Several readers have said that it would be nice, especially on the menu pages, to be able to click to zoom in the images so that they can be more easily read. Well, good news. Over the next few weeks we will begin adding this feature to articles and new menu posts.
There's no way for me to go back and fix all the old images as I no longer have the original larger images in most cases. However, over time, we'll all get to enjoy this improvement.
My family is from Buffalo, NY, so naturally they all wanted to give McDonald's new Mighty Wings a try. Both my mom and my sister really like them, but yesterday is the first chance I got to order them. For the review, read on...
Like most fast food chicken strips, these wings come in two order sizes, 3pc and 5pc. There is also a larger 10pc family size. Opening the box, you are greeted to something highly unusual for McDonald's: bone-in chicken pieces.
The chicken comes out-of-the-box with a slightly-spicy seasoning which makes these wings enjoyable without dipping. Both my wife and I thought the chicken, without adding any sauce, reminded us of the hot and spicy KFC chicken. The wings are crispy and golden brown, just what you would want from fried chicken.
I added the buffalo sauce and found the whole experience tasty. We didn't find the wings comparable to true buffalo wings, but they stand on their own as a tasty snack. Nutritionally, the 5pc wings are similar in scale to a Big Mac in terms of calories, calories from fat, fat grams, cholesterol and sodium (480, 230, 31, 145, 1450 for the wings vs. 550, 260, 29, 75, 970 for the Big Mac.)
With all "for a limited time" deals at McDonald's, you have to be cautious about getting too excited about making this a must-eat meal. But if these become a permanent staple, it would be nice to have another fried chicken fast food option.
Taco Bell loves to repackage and re-work their menu. Case in point, the new Shredded Chicken Soft Taco. The twist, the chicken is shredded and seasoned as opposed to the chunky and somewhat bland predecessor.
Above is the Freso-style version. Note the shredded chicken down on the bottom beneath the lettuce and pico. Toppings are the same as the other basic tacos. The taste was good and the chicken flavorful. However, the taco is small and there is no way it will fill you up. Taco Bell is notorious for jacking up the price of their chicken-based items and this is no exception. Weighing in at the size of a basic taco, this one has a jumbo-taco price of $1.99. Wow. And I thought $1.50 for the old chicken taco was high. Definitely not worth the money.
McDonald's was pretty much the last holdout in keeping the word "Dollar" in their "Dollar Menu." While most other chains have switched to some variation on the word "Value" to describe low-priced products, McDonald's insistence on sticking with the word "dollar" severely restricted their ability to market and promote specialty items that could not profitably be sold at that price.
According to an article in AdAge, McDonald's will make a switch in November to debut a "Dollar Menu & More" structure of three tiers, giving them much-needed pricing flexibility.
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