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McDonald's, in some markets, is experimenting with an "under 400 calorie" menu.  Note, the items on this menu are not new, they are just organized by caloric content.  Interesting approach, however, I suspect it suffers from the same flaw as the salad.  That is, consumers think they are eating lighter but, after you order three 400-calorie items (burger, fries, and a non-diet drink) you are back up over 1200.  Same problem as those who perceive salads as healthy and then pile on fried chicken strips and Ranch dressing.  Note that the Premium Caesar Salad is listed as 200 calories but "excludes dressing."  Really?  Who eats a Caesar Salad without dressing?  That's just a salad.

Buyer beware.  At least you are more informed.

mcdonalds under 400

mcdonalds under 400

mcdonalds under 400

It's been so long since I had an Arby-Q that I completely forgot what they are like.  The Arby-Q is a basic Arby's Roast Beef sandwich smothered in BBQ sauce.  It's as simple as that.

arbys arby-q

arbys arby-q

OK, that may look unappetizing, but who really examines a BBQ sandwich?  Maybe you check if there isn't enough BBQ sauce.  But that isn't a problem here, as my sandwich came drenched in sweet and tangy Arby's BBQ sauce.  Still, while it satisfied a craving, I am surprised Arby's hasn't experimented a bit more with this flavor by adding some of their new onion rings or maybe some garden toppings.  There is an untapped BBQ taste experience waiting here!

checkers

In the west, we have Rally's.  In the east, Checkers.  I confess I eat here extremely rarely, as there isn't one convenient during my daily living.  But on a recent trip to Atlanta, I had a hankerin' for a burger at the airport, so I sidled up to the Checkers counter and visited my old friend, Big Buford.

checkers big buford

checkers big buford

This was a dang good burger.  Look at that presentation, at an airport location no less.  Casually but not sloppily assembled, my Big Buford double meat, double cheeseburger was juicy, tasty, with the right meat to cheese ratio, cool toppings and no grease.  A clean-messy burger experience is always welcome, especially in work clothes.  And as for the fries...

checkers fries

Frequent readers know I am NOT a fan of seasoned fries.  They often taste bland and processed, as if the coating is covering up their frozen origins.  But these seasoned fries made me think twice.  Salty, almost savory, dark and crispy, the Checkers fries were a great companion to Mr. Buford.  Kudos Checkers, for keeping an eye on the prize.

teds

I am very lucky.  I live in the only place outside of Buffalo, NY, where I can have Ted's hot dogs and those dang mouthwatering onion rings.  But how is Ted's treated in its home town?  Well, this greets you upon landing at Buffalo International Airport:

teds

What a glorious sight.  It is funny, they should say "7 Western New York locations and one in Tempe, AZ"

I am worried.  Listening to stories and reading news articles about the current drought in the U.S., it seems the experts are in agreement:  food prices will be going up over the next couple years.  When it comes to our favorite fast food staple, the hamburger, declining corn yields will lead to less feed for livestock.  This, in turn, leads to lower livestock available for the beef market.

Experts believe U.S. consumers will begin to feel the pinch in their pocketbooks in 2013 and the higher costs will likely extend into 2014, depending upon the severity and duration of the drought.

I've got to think that there is a ceiling on fast food prices, above which people will turn to other food options (sit down, eat at home.)  So it will be interesting to watch the industry react - will we see smaller menu items for the same price as current larger offerings?  Simple across the board price jumps?  Or something else?  Keep in mind, soft drinks, desserts, etc. also often contain corn as a sweetener (corn syrup) so expect your beverage to take a hit as well.  Perhaps discontinued discounts on larger beverages, like McDonald's any-size-drink-for-$1 promo.  Free refills go away?  I doubt it.  But pretty scary stuff to think about.

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