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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.

tommys

I am a big fan of Tommy's expansion - more locations for easier access to my favorite burger.  On a recent stop at a new store in Pasadena, CA, something outside the restaurant caught my eye:  the cool 3-D sign with a little model of the original "shack" jumping off the sign:

We continue our world tour of McDonald's with one that is technically not outside the United States:  Puerto Rico.  The U.S. commonwealth prices in US dollars but posts signs in Spanish and, in a lot of ways, feels like a foreign destination.  They use the metric system, so I fully expected to see the Quarter Pounder to be called something else.  But nope, it's there:

mcdonalds puerto rico

The combos come with fries (McPapas - cute name) or a side salad and include mostly familiar items, but some slight variations:

  • Big Mac
  • Quarter Pounder con Queso
  • McNifica (looks like a Big N Tasty)
  • Bacon Triple
  • McChicken
  • McNuggets
  • Chicken Selects

In addition to the core menu, there were some other highlighted items included the dreadful Chicken McBites:

mcdonalds puerto rico

Three different Premium Chicken sandwiches:

mcdonalds puerto rico

And, because Puerto Ricans really seem to love their chicken, a Chicken Mac!

mcdonalds puerto rico

Kooky!

I'm driving along in Orlando, minding my own business, when, out of the corner of my eye, I see a Del Taco logo on a highway sign of food at the next offramp.  No way!  Del Taco in Florida?!  Turns out there are three, all in the greater Orlando area.  A quick check of their website's locations and I see there are some springing up in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio too.  Wow!  Go Del Taco go!

raising canes

Raising Canes is a small chicken finger chain operating outlets in more than a dozen states.  The menu is an exercise in simplicity:  chicken fingers.  That's it.  You can have them as is or on a bun, but no burgers here.  There are a few main combinations, all basically settling upon the number of fingers and whether you get one or two sides.  My box had four fingers, crinkle fries, cole slaw and a piece of Texas toast.

raising canes

Yummm!  The chicken fingers were juicy, salty and crispy.  They come with secret "Cane sauce" which hopefully is not in any way connected to the fact that the namesake "Cane" is a dog.  The crinkle fries were thin and tasty.  The cole slaw was cool and sweet.  The Texas toast was, well, unnecessary.

Raising Cane's has a fun restaurant atmosphere, with a mirrored disco ball, campy movie posters, and top 40 music to entertain you while you feast.  They claim they can crank out 100 fingers in just a few minutes, making them an excellent go-to for last minute parties.

Check out Raising Cane's and enjoy something different.

freddys

Fast Food Source is pleased to add a new restaurant to our site: Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.  I finally got around to trying out Freddy's, a frozen custard and burger chain similar to Culver's.  I ordered the #1 "California Style" which adds 1000 island and lettuce to the standard double cheeseburger.

The burger was full of flavor.  The hand-smashed patties are very then, which makes a double burger no big deal.  Flattening out the patty also helps the burger to cook all the way through.  If you like your beef well done, you will love Freddy's.  I found a bit too much singed meat around the edges of my burger, hanging off the sides like blackened condiments.  It was so dry and gristled I did not even feed it to my dog, who likes accompanying me on these taste adventures.

Here's the meat:

The combo comes with shoestring fries which were very tasty.  They give you a generous portion that fills up the rest of the basket.  But they have to - these fries are so skinny you need to eat three or four to equal one standard fry.  But I love the format.  Also, it didn't hurt that they sell Pepsi with my favorite type of ice - crushed.  Woo!  All in all, aside from the dryness of the meat, this meal was a winner.

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Since 2000, Fast Food Source has been the premier independent site dedicated to fast food lovers, offering fast food restaurant menus, and nutrition information, as well as fast food blogs, articles, forums, and fast food industry news. We offer fast food location information for over 50 cities and more than 80 fast food chains.

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