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What to look forward to from fast food/fast casual in 2019

By Mike Thayer

Slowly but surely, fast food/fast casual restaurants are responding to customer demand for more upscale choices, better burgers, sandwiches and other fare, specifically, smokehouse/chophouse style options of meat on bread.

We're talking the smokey flavors of hickory, oak and fruit woods.  We're going to see bolder sauces, more varieties of meats, cheeses, buns, toppings like crispy fried onion rings, and of course - more bacon!   Expect to see a lot more brisket in a variety of meat on bread offerings in 2019, it's predicted to be THE meat for the year.

Arbys Smokehouse BrisktArby's pretty much lead the way in breaking out better sandwiches in 2018 and look for that trend to continue.  They gave us several limited time offerings of what they called "Signature Sandwiches" like their Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich featuring smoked brisket, smoked gouda, crispy onions, mayo and BBQ sauce, served on an artisan-style roll.  Now that's kicking it up a notch!  And have you ever combined Arby's Sauce AND Horsey Sauce on a sandwich?  It's a great combo of the two sauces and offered on their "Arbynator."  Their Beef Short Rib sandwich was mighty tasty too!

20180715_210440McDonald's isn't far behind Arby's in upping its game and crafting better offerings.  The top dog of fast food rolled out Quarter Pounders using fresh beef in early 2018 and added a Bacon Smokehouse Burger featuring that fresh beef to their menu in July.  It's a nice burger that includes crispy apple wood smoked bacon, smoky bacon-onion sauce, real white cheddar, mild sweet mustard sauce and in-house fried onion strings. Look for McDonald's to add a few more "Smokehouse" style items to its menu in 2019.

Steakhouse Bacon CheeseburgerSonic is now offering a Steakhouse Bacon Cheeseburger which I have yet to sample.  It's a quarter pound burger served on a Brioche bun layered with natural cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, grilled onions and topped with a smokey black pepper mayo.  It sounds like a great deal along with medium tots for only $4.99.  I'm looking forward to trying it!

Wendy's introduced what they called The Smoky Mushroom Bacon Cheeseburger back in February 2018.  Here's the description from the press release:  The Smoky Mushroom Bacon Cheeseburger features smoky, sautéed portabella mushrooms, melted asiago cheese, crispy Applewood smoked bacon, and crunchy fried onions atop of juicy, fresh never frozen beef. But in a look at the Wendy's menu on this date, the burger is NOT listed.  It appears to have been dropped.  I don't know if Wendy's can afford to sit on the sidelines on this one.  Competition demands that they don't.

Rodeo KingBurger King has an interesting sandwich with a smokehouse theme but surprisingly, they're not hyping it up much since its unveil clear back in 2017.  The Rodeo King sandwich features two flame grilled patties, three strips of thick cut bacon, crispy onion rings, bbq sauce, American cheese and mayo on a sesame seed bun.   I've become a bit tainted against Burger King though and haven't yet tried this burger.....  Well, if I did and don't remember it, then it's unremarkable.  There's not a well run Burger King restaurant in my neck of the woods and the chain seems to be in some kind of decline funk overall.  Perhaps that's why the marketing of this sandwich, which was introduced ahead of the smokehouse eats curve, hasn't taken off.

Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Club SandwichChick-fil-A has a nice alternative to burgers with their Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich.   Here's another company that was ahead of the grilled/smokehouse curve.  Around since 2014, the Grilled Chicken Club is a grilled boneless breast of chicken, marinated first with a special blend of seasonings and served on a toasted multigrain bun with Colby-Jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, green leaf lettuce and tomato. Served with honey roasted BBQ sauce, it's elevating the chicken sandwich up a couple notches.  As fast as Chick-fil-A is growing in popularity - expanding big time into the Northeast part of the country - don't be surprised to see a few more "grilled chicken" options appear on the menu.

Hardees has the Memphis BBQ Thickburger which I have yet to try and look forward to.  Here's the description:  The Memphis BBQ Thickburger features a 1/3 lb. charbroiled 100% Black Angus beef patty, smoked pulled pork, Memphis BBQ sauce, crispy fried onions and American cheese on a premium bun.   Hardees has a habit of putting burgers on the menu, taking if off, putting it back on....  This is one of those burgers, first introduced way back in 2012. 

That's just a sampling of what's to come, I'll also be exploring sub shops, deli's, pizza joints and more to evaluate their take on smokehouse style eats.  The new year looks promising for a continued trend of more upscale burgers, sandwiches and other meat on bread offerings from fast food and fast casual.  Hopefully, new offerings won't be limited to what has been so far, mostly burger offerings.  There's also the possibility that one or more of the mainstream fast food/fast casual joints may offer a smokehouse style veggie sandwich or side.  That's the direction Taco Bell seems to be taking, they're downsizing their Value Meal options and adding more vegetarian fare.  I'm looking forward to sampling new menu items and finding new favorites! 

Happy New Year!

$pend Wisely My Friends....


Sandwich baskets great for more than just sandwiches

By Mike Thayer

I hate doing dishes, even with a dishwasher available.  If there's a way to avoid doing dishes, even if it's simply rinsing off some plates and silverware and throwing them in the dishwasher, I'd just rather not.

20181228_084941Enter, Sandwich Baskets.

Whoever invented these things was a genius, I LOVE these things!  I have four sandwich baskets sitting on top of my refrigerator at the ready, for whatever....  Able to hold a huge sandwich and a generous portion of fries, they're good for so much more. They're great for holding just about any kind of snack, no fuss, no mess...  Chips, popcorn, pretzels, nuts.  When you're done, just throw the parchment paper away, rinse off the basket and let dry for the next meal or snack.  They're not just for one person to use either.  Task the baskets to serve bread sticks or garlic bread, family style at the dinner table.  For a big Sunday family breakfast, serve bacon in a basket rather than dirtying up a plate.  They're space savers when it comes to storage (easily stackable), convenient to use, easy to wash, they're sturdier than paper plates and the best part, they're inexpensive. 

20181228_090532I picked up four baskets at Dollar Tree for $2 (two sets of two at $1 each).  That's Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly and these baskets will last me a very long time.  I'll get multiple uses for serving up a vast variety of foods.  Just about any kind of finger food can go in a basket, chicken nuggets, tacos, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce....  Don't want bar food fare?  Slice up some fruit or toss in some veggies and dip, there's just so much you can serve in a basket.

Use them indoors, outdoors, get some for yourself, family use, parties, the backyard BBQ, picnics, casual holiday gatherings...

Pictured right, two bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sliders and hash browns....  It was another dose of YUM and super easy clean up!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

 

 

 

 


Service Review: CarStar Collision

By Mike Thayer

20181130_092826So while inside my neighborhood grocery store one day picking up a few items for the day's evening meal, somebody hit my parked truck.

As I'm walking outside with grocery bags in hand, I notice a strange man standing by my truck, talking on his cell phone. 

He sees me approach and asks, "Is this your truck?"

And then I see it, my front bumper dented in and pushed downward, a broken front grill and the hood slightly dented and out of alignment.

Obviously, I wasn't happy and did not understand how somebody could hit a parked truck.  But at least the guy stuck around and owned up to hitting 'ol Nellie.  He hit the gas instead of the brake, he did quite a bit of damage to the nearby cart corral too.  He was a super nice guy, he hit my parked truck, but a nice guy.....

We exchanged insurance information and in working with his insurance provider and reading some online reviews, I decided to get my truck repaired at CarStar Collision.

What a great decision!

From the time I dropped off my truck to pickup, everybody at CarStar Collision was super friendly, informative and exercised great care in getting my truck repaired in a timely fashion and done right.   

20181222_100808-1My truck is a 1992 Ford F-150, an older truck, so parts aren't easy to come by.  CarStar Collision went over the repair process with me in detail, letting me know that if the search for original parts didn't produce quality replacements, then they would search for aftermarket parts.  Their communication is fantastic, frequently providing me with updates on my truck.  I was very impressed, quality meant everything to them in getting this job done and done right, even on an older vehicle that, well, isn't as purdy as she used to be back in the day.

The results speak volumes on the quality work that CarStar Collision does, see for yourself! 

CarStar Collision gets five out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars for their TOP NOTCH customer service and excellent repair work.  Thank you!

5 stars

Located at 606 N. Webb Road in Wichita, I highly recommend them should you need the services of a body shop.

(316) 652-7821

606 N Webb Rd,

Wichita, KS 67206

 

 


Christmas dinner leftover ideas

20181226_121639By Mike Thayer

Christmas dinner leftovers are great as they are, well, provided whoever cooked the meal knew what they were doing.... 

But the realm of possibilities in creating something new to eat with those tasty bites is just about endless!

Don't want to eat anymore Christmas ham as is?  No problem, fire up the wok or big skillet and make some ham fried rice.  You probably didn't have any rice for Christmas dinner so this is a nice change of pace, along with the flavor of soy sauce or Terriyaki you'll be throwing in that pan as well as a few carrots, celery, onion and perhaps a few other veggies you may have on hand.  The great thing about doing up some fried rice is, just about any meat will work.  Leftover turkey, pork roast, roast beef all work well in a fried rice.

Some ham & cheese sliders are an easy twist on eating up that Christmas ham.  Just use a few of those leftover dinner rolls, warm up the ham, melt some cheese from that cheese tray, dress things up with a nice seasoned mayo, some black pepper, a little garlic perhaps.  Try a small spoonful of your favorite rub in a healthy dose of mayo for some extra zip.  It's another dose of YUM! 

A lot of families have two meats on their Christmas meal menu.  If you had a pork roast along with that traditional ham, a Cuban sandwich would be in order.  This is one of my favorite grilled and pressed sandwiches, a wonderful combination of those meats, mustard, Swiss cheese and pickles. 

For turkey lovers looking to do something a little different with that turkey, try a Louisville Hot Brown sandwich.  This is a great open-faced sandwich of sliced turkey on white bread, covered in a Mornay sauce - which amounts to a white sauce with cheese added to it.  If you don't feel like making a Mornay, leftover gravy will do nicely!  Sprinkle the top of that sandwich with Parmesan cheese then broil it until bubbly!  Add some leftover bacon after pulling that sandwich out of the oven and you've got some FANTASTIC comfort food!  

Looking for something a little lighter for your next meal?  Try a Chef's Salad.  In addition to your greens, top your salad with some chunks of turkey or ham.  Shred up some cheese, slice up some hard boiled eggs (the whites from deviled eggs will do nicely), scatter on some tomato slices, cucumber, a few croutons perhaps...  Salt and pepper to taste, drizzle on some dressing to your liking and you've got a winner, winner, Chef Salad dinner!

And how about a drink?  If you have any leftover cranberry sauce, either the canned stuff or scratch made, it doesn't matter....  Make a cranberry martini or a cosmopolitan.  Just make sure to strain the cranberry sauce before adding it to your drink - you don't want lumps in your adult beverage!

MartiniCombine vodka, orange liqueur, vermouth, cranberry juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to chill. Pour into martini glasses, garnish with cranberries and serve.

Cosmo:  Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

So there you have it, some great tasting Christmas leftover ideas!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Food Review: Red Baron Deep Dish Singles Meat-Trio Pizza

By Mike Thayer

20181223_175631-1Pizza, it's at or near the top of just about anybody's list of favorite foods.  I'm a thin crust pizza kind of guy, but today I'm checking out Red Baron's personal size pizza, which is a deep dish style.  The toppings, a meat-trio of sausage, pepperoni and ham sounded good and for the price - $1 each at Dollar Tree - I picked a few up.

I recently did a review of frozen pizzas, to include Red Baron and in full disclosure their version of a thin crust pizza didn't crack the top five of pizza brands reviewed, but, this is a different style of pizza.

So enough of the background already you're thinking....   "How was the pizza?" You ask.

For $1, you can't go wrong, it's a repeat buy.  The meat to crust ratio was good, I suspected going in the personal size pizza would be all crust and skimpy on the toppings, but not so.  The pepperoni, not authentic pepperoni...  Red Baron uses pepperoni using beef, pork and chicken (chicken?), but that's not unexpected in a pizza this cheap and the flavor you expect from a decent pepperoni is there.  The sausage is also made with chicken, combined with pork, but it's seasoned nicely enough.  The ham is actually ham!  The cheese contains real cheese and the sauce is actually pretty decent.  You can taste the onion, garlic and other spices.  

20181223_182734-1Red Baron is a go-to brand for a lot of folks, second only to DiGiorno in sales.   Their Deep Dish Singles Meat-Trio Pizza is something you should consider having on-hand in your freezer, especially for the price at just $1 each at Dollar Tree.  The price is right for a cheap, convenient meal or snack.  Don't waste your time on microwaving it though, it's SO much better prepared in the oven per the package instructions.

I've got a bachelor's passion for freedom.

$pend wisely my friends....


Food Review: Appleton Farms Spiral Ham

By Mike Thayer

20181225_122600-1I'm a ham for Christmas dinner kind of guy, but it was just a party of one this year so I didn't need a big ham for my Christmas meal.  Something less than 5 pounds did the trick, some ham for dinner and then the tasty leftovers to enjoy later.

I don't like to do a lot of carving either, I like low maintenance cuts of meat, so a boneless, spiral cut ham was on the shopping list.  

Already smoke cured, I purchased an Appleton Farms spiral cut ham at Aldi for $9.39.  Weighing in at slightly over 3 pounds, that's just $2.99 a pound and Appleton Farms throws in a brown sugar glaze.  That's Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and the ham was delicious, a repeat buy! 

I put my ham on the grill to enhance that smoke cure and the spiral cut really embraced that brown sugar glaze.  Appleton Farms gets five out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars, it was the perfect main dish for Christmas!

5 stars

Putting a spiral ham on the grill is easy peasy.  Just put the ham, flat side down on a disposable aluminum pan (you may want to double up on the pans depending on the weight of the ham), pour some kind of juice over the ham.  Orange, pineapple, apple, whatever, I like to use a sweet & sour mix myself.  Grill over indirect heat, for about 20 minutes per pound of ham at around 275 - 300 degrees.  Wait to glaze the ham until that last 20 minutes of cooking time, brushing the glaze in between each slice.  Pull the ham from the grill and let it rest for about 10 minutes, tenting with aluminum foil.  A spiral cut ham from the grill is another dose of YUM!

I've got a bachelor's passion for freedom.

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Women, don't try to change your guy - it only drives him away

Mike Thayer

Sooner or later....

Trying to change your man may not drive him away right away, after all, he loves you.

But mark my words, it may take 20 years, constantly trying to change your man to how you want to do to things, WILL only drive him away sooner or later.  And then what do you have?  No man.  You drove away somebody that loved you, but he ended up not being able to live with you and your ever-trying-to-change-him ways.

And I'm not talking about the little things, like putting the toilet seat down, or not farting in public.

I'm talking about core values, core needs.

Your man needs a room to call his own in the house.  It could be a man cave, but that's not always feasible for every relationship or household setup.  Man gets that.  But let your man have his own space, somewhere.  Sure, you get the rest of the house/apartment, and that's fine by man.  Decorate how you want all the rest of the house with your flower patterned couch, frilly curtains and lace covered end tables, but do NOT tell a man how to decorate his cave/space.  And no, a home office space does NOT count!  A man needs a space to go AFTER work!  Let him have a man cave or some kind of space/room in the house to call his own, unless of course, you want him to spend time at the local neighborhood bar......

If your man wants to store BBQ seasonings in the kitchen, don't make him put them in a box in the basement or the garage, it's his kitchen too!  SHARE the kitchen to some extent at least.  If you, as the woman of the house do the majority of the cooking/baking/food prepping, by all means set up the kitchen to your liking.  Man is OK with that, but give him some space, a cabinet, a shelf, to call his own for when he wants to put some meat on the fire or yes, make you that occasional dinner.  Allow him to have that monkey butt fire spice or 5 alarm volcano rub in the kitchen, you may not like it, but I guarantee, he doesn't like the herbs de provence you've got in the spice rack either.  You're a couple, right?  Give your man at least some of that kitchen space.

If your man wants to wear jeans to a casual party, don't make him put on business casual.  Just don't.  You want to dress him right for a formal party?  Fine, he probably needs your help on that.  But for a gathering of close friends, do NOT tell him what to wear.  You want your man to be in a COMFORT zone and in his element at casual gatherings.  What you don't want is to get him all anal-retentive-wound-up before you even get to the party because you're nagging him, worried about how he looks......  Relax.  It's about the party, the friends, the conversation, NOT the clothes or the "image."

If your man is trying something new, or working on a project that makes him happy, do NOT interject/interrupt his thought process, let HIM figure things out.  A man needs a sense of purpose, to see a project/new task through as he sees fit.  Trust your man, he'll pleasantly surprise you, IF you let him.

To sum, when you met your guy and you were attracted to him, despite his burping, his occasional obnoxiousness, his scratching somewhere on himself that shouldn't be public......   Don't try change that behavior, it's man behavior!  Let it be.  Yes, have a Beatles moment.  Telling your guy to NOT do that stuff only creates an argument, or at the very least, pisses your man off.  Sure, he may be passive/nice about your nagging at the moment, but eventually, the nagging will cost you, sooner or later.

It is imperative that you allow your man to be his authentic self.  Look in the mirror and reflect on yourself BEFORE you try to criticize and/or be a control freak over the man in your life.   In other words, if you are unhappy with yourself, you're probably being overly critical of him.  As a general rule of thumb, the feedback to your man should be 75 percent positive, 25 percent negative, a.k.a., constructive criticism, NOT nagging!  If all you're doing is nagging, guess what, man leaves, maybe soon, for sure later. 

And guys, by all means try to squeeze the cheeks to avoid the complaint if you must, but ladies, if a guy farts in his own house, don't bitch.  Laugh it off or better yet, fire one back!  It's a human function after all, not just a man thing.

 


McDonald’s refocuses value efforts as customers seek savings this holiday season and in the New Year

Company brings back 2 for $5 Mix & Match Deal including 100% fresh beef* Quarter Pounder® with Cheese, announces enhancements to $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu

McDonalds 2$5As part of McDonald’s ongoing efforts to serve up more of the delicious food our customers crave at a great value, we’re pleased to bring back the 2 for $5 Mix & Match Deal on December 21 for a limited time at participating restaurants nationwide.

With the return of the 2 for $5 Mix & Match Deal, customers can choose two craveable and delicious menu items at a great value. Burger fans will rejoice thanks to the introduction of a new headliner: the hot and deliciously juicy 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder with Cheese. The fresh beef Quarter Pounder with Cheese is an exciting addition to the lineup, which also includes iconic menu options that we know our customers love like the Big Mac®, Filet-O-Fish® and 10 pc. Chicken McNuggets®. As the 2 for $5 Mix & Match Deal takes off, the $6 Classic Meal Deal will conclude.

Knowing customers are seeking value more than ever in the New Year, McDonald’s is also enhancing the $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu in early January to enable greater flexibility at the local market level. Local markets and owner/operators will have the opportunity to offer delicious food and beverages at a compelling value on the $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu, while also meeting the tastes and preferences of their local customers.

“Our customers have told us value is important to them, so value continues to be key in sustaining our long-term growth,” said McDonald’s chief marketing officer Morgan Flatley. “With the $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu and our new 2 for $5 Mix & Match Deal, we’re providing our customers a strong everyday value platform through more local market flexibility, plus rotating deals.”

McDonald’s is committed to offering compelling value to customers through the $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu, and will continue to offer complementary deals like the 2 for $5 Mix & Match Deal.


Stocking your bar for Christmas and New Years - Bachelor on the Cheap

20180812_182511-1By Mike Thayer

This is NOT the typical frilly, foofoo, cutesy, fancy drinks will make everything all merry Christmas drink idea list.....

The truth is, all you need are some basics to get "merry".....   A simple glass of wine, a choice or two of beer, and/or a smart selection of a few spirits will make just about any Christmas party guest quite happy....  pun intended.  You won't see frilly drinks like "Candy Cane Cocoa" or "Hot Buttered Rum Punch" on this list.

Here are my choices for the Christmas bar:

Wine:  It won't matter what you're serving, you'll need both a red and a white.  The fact is people prefer one over the other and it just doesn't matter if you're serving turkey, ham or beef.  And who really cares about wine etiquette anyway, drink what you like, right? For pre-meal and the meal itself, I go with a Chardonnay (just about everybody likes Chardonnay) - and a red that's not too dry.  My go-to wines are Dark Horse wines, they taste good and the price is right at around $8 - $10 a bottle.  Their line-up is versatile that's Bachelor on the Cheap friendly.  I like everything they offer - except the Merlot of course, I don't like anybody's Merlot.  After dinner, go with something sweeter, a Moscato, perhaps a Reisling, or a Port will do nicely.

Whiskey:  This is my go-to spirit of choice, it's versatile, tastes great neat, on the rocks or in a mixed drink.  And whiskey is actually THE trendy spirit beverage right now, with all the flavored varieties available.  You can find just about any kind of flavor combination in a whiskey these days, from vanilla, to apple, to pecan - the latter two I would recommend to have on hand for the holidays, a nice seasonal, festive touch.  All flavored whiskeys of quality are good as a chilled shot or as an excellent add to a bowl of vanilla ice cream or other dessert!  Be sure to have a regular whiskey on hand, be it a straight or blended variety for those mixed drinks.  Remember that a straight whiskey like a Makers Mark is going to be harsher than a blended whiskey like Seagram's.  Know your party audience on what most might prefer in their drink.

Beer:  Not everybody is a wine or spirits drinker, so you've GOT to have a selection of beer on hand.  I don't care for any of that seasonal beer crap like "Gingerbread Stout" or "Christmas Ale"....  Screw that, most of those are beers designed, a.k.a., "crafted" to pull in the quick seasonal buck, they're not truly refreshing beers.  You want "Christmasy," go with a good, hearty, tastes-good-anytime, red beer like Killian's Red or Sam Adams Irish Red.   You can go with some of the classics like Miller High Life or regular Budweiser for those who don't want to venture out of their comfort zones, but try to convince your guests to try the reds.  You might also consider having a light beer on hand too for those who don't want to drink anything too heavy, but don't go there - it's a CHRISTMAS PARTY for crying out loud!  If you need a plan 'C' beer, anything along the lines of Fat Tire, Modelo or Blue Moon will do (Have some orange slices on hand for bottle garnish).

Rum: I personally hate rum, did FAR too much of it drinking one night, prayed to the porcelain god as a result and I haven't really had a taste for it since if you know what I mean.....  But I do have some rum on hand for guests.  It's a versatile spirit for mixing and lends itself to some seasonal drinks if the crowd demands it.  It's a nice pairing with eggnog (bourbon is better), and yes, if somebody wants to do hot buttered rum you've got the main ingredient and of course, there's the boring Rum and Coke.  Apparently it's also a nice addition to apple cider.

Vodka:  This spirit is great for this time of year because it pairs so well with the seasonal, fruity, festive flavors.  It's nice with cranberry (the ladies like a Cosmopolitan), it works well with ginger, orange, lemon, lime, apple, pear and if you're going to do some kind of punch this would be my go-to spirit.  For vodka lovers, there's always the classic martini.

You can always of course add some spirits like Bailey's Irish Cream or Kahlua, those can be fun, but if you don't want to go to the extra expense, don't do it, you've really got all you need to please a party crowd with what I've listed above.  If you do go with some cream liquors however, here's a list of those and others you will want to refrigerate after opening.  They're NOT distilled and will go bad sitting on a counter or forgotten on a shelf in the liquor cabinet.

  • Bailey's
  • Kahlua
  • Sherry
  • Port
  • Vermouth

And one last tip, don't worry about buying top name brands of whiskey, rum, vodka or whatever, ESPECIALLY if your drink menu for the evening predominantly consists of mixed drinks.  Your guests won't be able to tell the difference between top shelf or the 'discount' brand.  Don't get Grey Goose Vodka, when Smirnoff will do....

There you have it folks, a nicely stocked bar that won't break your bank but will provide you and your guests a nice variety and a fine time.

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Taco Bell is killing its dollar menu

Taco Bell is ditching the dollar menu.

On Thursday, the chain announced it is swapping out its Dollar Cravings Menu for its new, unified Cravings Value Menu. The Cravings Value Menu will include both $1 menu items, such as the $1 Grande Burrito, as well as $5 Cravings Boxes.

In December 2017, Taco Bell announced it was expanding its dollar menu. The chain rolled out 20 limited-time $1 offerings throughout 2018, in addition to the 20 permanent $1 menu items.

via www.businessinsider.com

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