Just a short post today. I found this interesting: Tyson, the poultry giant, is now featured on Del Taco window clings. I just saw this one advertising the Chicken Soft Taco, "Made with Tyson quality chicken." I don't know about you, but to me this isn't a selling point and is a bit more of a distraction than anything else.
EDIT October 2012: By popular demand, menus are coming back!
When FastFoodSource.com launched way back in 2000, the Internet was still young. One of my personal desires was to have a single site where I could see the menus for all the restaurants I went to locally. But the web has changed quite a bit in the last dozen years. Now, pretty much every restaurant has menu information online. While they normally do not include prices (which we do) they often include convenient links to nutritional information that I have never had a desire to maintain.
So, rather than continue to update the menus (a manual process which requires me going to each chain on a regular basis), FastFoodSource will instead link to each chain's own online menu info. What I may do is open up the comment area for each chain and allow you, the loyal reader, the ability to add prices in your area.
What will FastFoodSource become? Pretty much what it already is, a blog where people who are fast food fans can gather and discuss the latest trends and tasty new offerings. As we continue into our second decade, we hope you will continue to enjoy, and find useful, FastFoodSource.
Checking out the new Outlaw Burger at Jack in The Box, I fully expected a clone of the popular (and delicious) Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl's Jr. I was pleasantly surprised. The Outlaw Burger packs a punch, with lettuce and tomato up on top so as not to distract you from the real stars: a big beef patty, two slices of cheese (including one under the meat so your tongue tastes it first), two onion rings, bacon and BBQ sauce.
The sandwich comes in a paper wrapper, so you know right off the bat I approve. Manageable in size makes it easy to handle; the Outlaw Burger is delicious. I found the bacon, cheese, onion ring and meat coexisting in mouthwatering harmony. The lettuce and tomato on top added juciness that Carl's Western Bacon Cheeseburger sometimes lacks.
Nutrition-wise, the Outlaw Burger rates 722 calories, 328 from fat, 14g of saturated fat, and 1800mg of sodium. This exceeds Carl's WBC (740, 310, 14 and 1500, respectively) in almost every category. But, slap a second slice of cheese onto Carl's sandwich and you are in a nutritional dead heat. Besides, what do you expect from a burger with cheese, bacon and onion rings?
I'm not sure if the Outlaw Burger is here to stay or just a limited promo. But I, for one, welcome it as a worthy addition to the stable of great burgers from Jack in The Box, right up there next to the Ultimate Cheeseburger.
(Nutrition information from jackinthebox.com and carlsjr.com)
Updated menu for Jack in The Box shows a pretty big jump in prices between last December and now. On average, sandwiches are up 30 cents, while the biggest jump was in the kid's meals. The kid's cheeseburger meal, for instance, went from $2.79 to $3.69. Wow.
Drink prices were up 10-20 cents, with JITB busting the psychological $2 beverage price barrier with large drinks priced at $2.29.
Some prices remained flat, however. Specifically, the Value menu remained virtually unchanged with the notable exception being the conversion of the Jr. Cheeseburger (99 cents last year) to the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger for a buck-forty. I have to admit I don't consider that last one a cheat. I like Jack's willingness to "plus" their value menu, unlike McDonald's taking a slice of cheese off their 99-cent double cheeseburger and rebranding it as the "McDouble." Oh, and don't get me started on Taco Bell's use of potatoes instead of meat in some of their value offerings. Thanks, Jack, for not insulting our intelligence.
Check out the menu here.
McDonald's, you rule my mainstream burger world. But you apparently cannot make an innovative chicken product to save your life. We rant and we rave, but the folks in Mickey D's test kitchen must not get the Internet. The latest experiment in chicken? Chicken McBites. "Hey, they look a lot like KFC's Popcorn Chicken" you say? You'd be right. But look closer.
Imagine a standard chicken strip broken up into pieces. That's all these are. And what little pieces they are. Look inside the box above. This is the "regular" size. They also have a size for "snack" and "sharing" but I wouldn't share these. They are dry, flavorless, and mostly breading. That last one might not be a fair criticism. I mean, of course they are mostly breading. But really, I thought they'd be relatively uniform chunks of chicken breast. Instead, they look like the crumbs from an IHOP Chicken Strip Dinner (which is excellent, by the way, but not fast food so I digress.)
McDonald's, you know this comes from a place of love. For Pete's sake, stop throwing sub-par chicken at us. It is beneath you. If you cannot innovate here, leave us the McNugget and move on.
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