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OK, we are going to try a little experiment. I have been receiving comments on different restaurants (some intended for an individual location) via the Contact Us form. Instead, we have enabled blog-style commenting for all Restaurant pages, including menus.

It is our hope here at Fast Food Source that readers will use this area to post likes, dislikes, memories, and favorite food items on the pages where fellow fast food fans can easily find the information. In addition, you can add comments to the menu page as well, with local variations, etc.

Just select your favorite restaurant from the menu on the left like usual, comment, and enjoy!

We've added a couple new choices to this website's main menu:

  • Search By Food Type
    Select this option from the choices on the left and you can search for restaurants by type of food (e.g. burgers) instead of by city.  Helpful if you find yourself outside one of the 50 cities FastFoodSource covers with local listings.
  • Blog Index
    A handy directory, by title, of all blog articles, allowing you find your favorite faster.

Added a new menu for Steak 'N Shake, featuring a very meaty cheesy list of food items worthy of the name.

Added a new menu for Checkers, which also acts as the menu for sister chain Rally's.  This menu is updated from a Checkers location near Orlando, Florida.  Note that Rally's menus, while pretty much the same, may vary by selection and prices.  Of course, the same can be said for just about all menus!

jack in the box

Recently Carl's Jr. released it's Big Carl, a rival to the McDonald's Big Mac (I think it's pretty different) and possible counter to the Angus Attack waged by the Arches.  Now, Jack In The Box enters the double decker fray with the return of the Bonus Jack.

The Bonus Jack is a double decker with a middle piece of bread, two beef patties, Secret Sauce, lettuce, two slices of cheese and pickles.  No onions like the Big Mac.  The bottom-up assembly is heel, Secret Sauce, meat, cheese, bread, meat, cheese, pickles, lettuce, Secret Sauce, and crown.

jack in the box bonus jack contents

If you are new to Jack In The Box, maybe you glossed over one of the most significant ingredients above.  Missing from the menu for about the last ten years (but available if you asked), JITB has brought back their famous Secret Sauce, roughly a blend of ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, A-1 and Tabasco sauce.  The full ingredients can be found here.

Pretty tasty sandwich, although I found it a bit salty.  Also, don't assume the name implies it is somehow related to the Jumbo Jack.  It is not.  The taste is distinctly meaty/cheesy, with the Secret Sauce adding overall appeal.

carls jr big carl poster

Possibly in response to McDonald's recent incursion on Carl's Six Dollar Angus turf with the Third Pound Angus burgers, Carl's Jr. debuts the new Big Carl. And if you think this two beef patty, two cheese burger's similarity to the Big Mac is pure coincidence, Carls' own ads remove all doubt.

This sort of rivalry between fast food chains goes on all the time, but usually not so overtly. After all, isn't the Big N' Tasty just McDonald's response to the Whopper? And don't forget Burger King's own version of the Big Mac. Dubbed the Big King, the sandwich did not last in the U.S. (but it was pretty good.)

Anyway, I tried the Big Carl the other day. First, while it is advertised in the TV ad above at $2.49, my local Arizona store was offering the sandwich for $1.99 and a combo for $3.99.

carls jr big carl

If you're thinking "Whoa - this things gotta be huge if they're using the Six Dollar patties" you can relax. They are not. The Big Carl uses the classic patty of the Famous Star and the Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Note the side-by-side comparison of a Famous Star and Big Carl in the last frame above. The assembly and ingredients are basic: heel, thousand island, lettuce, meat, cheese, meat, cheese, more thousand island, crown. Note the absense of McD's pickles and onions. The Big Carl can more plainly be described as a double cheeseburger with thousand island and lettuce.

It is well known that McD's Special Sauce is not simply thousand island dressing, so the taste of the two sandwiches is a bit different out of the gate. But I am a big fan of thousand island burgers so I really enjoyed this fast food burger. The meat, always tasty and juicy, lived up to Carl's reputation. And the blend of meat, cheese and thousand without any other real taste distractions left me wanting more.

I'm wondering if Hardee's will also release a version on their side, but as of this writing they have not. For those of us in Carl's Jr. territory get one while you can. However I predict it will go the way of the Big King largely due to it's inability to compete with the more superior siblings on the Carl's menu. Time will tell.

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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.