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Admittedly, when I go to visit my friend the Happy Star, I often choose from one of three staples:  The Western Bacon Cheeseburger, the Famous Star, or the best dang chicken sandwich - the Charbroiled Chicken Club.  But there is another silent classic trudging along, standing the test of time while other specialty gimmick burgers come and go.  The Six Dollar Burger, named in the mid '90's as the same burger you'd pay $6 for at a sit down restaurant (now I guess $12 would be more apt), is the big patty brother.

carls six dollar burger

carls six dollar burger

It's hard to see how hearty this sandwich is.  And this is the original, not one of the fancy variants with all the crazy toppings.  Just pure, simple burger enjoyment.

Check out the nice new look to our recently-remodeled neighborhood Burger King.  Very classy brick and wood trim everywhere.  Digital flat panel menu boards.  Those everything Coke dispensers made popular at Five Guys.  Nice.

Very clean.  Fresh looking.  The brown, black and silver accents are nice complements to the standard fast food reds.  I also like the flame circle BK logo.  Perhaps all of their outdoor signage could be upgraded to this look as well?

On a recent trip to NYC, I took the subway out to Coney Island to get a ride on the Cyclone.  Sadly, it was closed.  Fortunately, Nathan's was open on the boardwalk.  Now, this is not the original Nathan's, which is actually around the corner just off the street, but this one is fun and has that beachy vibe.

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And check out this so-delicious-it-must-be-good-for-you chili cheese dog and fries combo:

nathans coney island chili cheese dog

It was good, but some of the fries were a bit too soggy.

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In a somewhat puzzling move, Del Taco has rolled out what they are calling a "New Buck & Under" menu.  The email I received included this ad with what appear to be all the usual items that are already less than a dollar on their menu:

del taco buck and under menu

Upon closer inspection, there are some new items which I can only describe as smaller portions of regular items.  For 50 cents you can choose between the Mini Cheddar Quesadilla (a shrunken version of their existing cheese quesadilla), a Value Bean & Cheese Burrito (which I think was the kid's burrito before) and a Regular Taco (which is actually a price increase from 49 cents.)

For 75 cents, you can slap bacon on that Mini Quesadilla, try the Jacked Up Value Bean, Rice & Cheese Burrito (Jack cheese), or a Chipotle Beef Taco.

Rounding out the menu, a buck gets you nothing specific.  Instead, they say "starting at $1" (sneaky!) and the listed choices are a Grilled Chicken Taco (up from 99 cents), a 1/2 LB Bean and Cheese Burrito (also up from 99 cents), a Double Beef Classic Burrito (I think this was also 99 cents and was previously just called the classic, if I recall correctly). or a couple of beverages:  The Real Strawberry Lemonade or a 30oz Iced Tea.

All in all, nothing to get excited about.  We always counted on Del Taco to have a good selection of items for under a dollar.  I do feel a bit deceived by the subtle 1-cent markup on some of my favorites like the chicken soft taco and the basic taco.  But if these are the prices we will live with this year despite the impact of last year's drought then I am happy.

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McDonald's and chicken are at it again.  This time, they have packaged their premium strips by wrapping them in a tortilla with some fresh veggies and different sauces and come up with three different varieties of Premium Chicken McWraps.  The choices, Chicken & Bacon, Sweet Chili Chicken, and Chicken & Ranch, all use the same base fried chicken strip.  I opted for the Chicken & Ranch.

My first impression as I hefted the wrap out of my bag was "Whoa, this thing is heavy."  Make no mistake, this is one big-ass chicken wrap.  The second thing that struck me was the innovative, almost out-of-our-way packaging that McDonald's devoted to this new set of entrees.  The box, which you unzip in the middle like a giant Hot Pocket, is truly unique.

mcdonalds chicken mcwrap

There are little tags on the side to indicate what sandwich you ordered (mine weren't used) and the whole eating experience is very much like the aforementioned Hot Pocket.  My only complaint about the handling experience is that the unzipped box reveals about 3/5 of the entire wrap, making for a very top-heavy balancing act when you first dig in.

The ads for this wrap feature nicely sliced chicken strips amongst various fresh veggies.  Well, the veggies were there, but the chicken was unsliced, making for gigantic mouthfuls of just chicken every few bites.  Still, the toppings, sauce and garden items all tasted fresh and very un-McDonald's.  If I wasn't looking at the bag, I'd think this wrap came from somewhere else.

If the other two wraps are as tasty as this one, I think McDonald's has a winner.  It would be nice to have a grilled chicken option, but the base offering is strong.  Check it out!

Reader Deborah M. provides this reaction to the Carl's Jr. Atlantic Cod sandwich:  She says it "Doesn’t really look very appetizing" but it "tastes like a fish sandwich should taste...Has sauce, lettuce and one slice of tomato.  No cheese standard; sure you can add."

Deborah was surprised by the caloric content of the grilled fish sandwich though, "Is 420 calories a good reduction for no breading?  Did the fat drop down?"

carls jr atlantic cod

carls jr atlantic cod

Try it yourself and let us know if you agree.

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