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PIZZA HUT®BEER DELIVERY EXPANDS TO NEARLY 300 RESTAURANTS AHEAD OF SUPER BOWL LIII

New participating states include: Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio and additional locations in California and Arizona

Pizza Hut Beer DeliveryPLANO, Tex. – The expansion continues – and isn’t expected to stop – with Pizza Hut adding more restaurants to its category-first beer delivery program. Today, the company announced the second expansion of the program to nearly 300 restaurants across Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, and additional locations across California and Arizona by mid-January. The rollout is a brand priority, with Pizza Hut aiming to grow beer delivery capabilities to 1,000 restaurants across new markets by Summer 2019.

The announcement is aptly timed ahead of Super Bowl LIII, one of the busiest days of the year for Pizza Hut. According to a recent survey, 86% of Americans plan to serve both pizza and beer at their upcoming Super Bowl party this year.[1] With this recent expansion, Pizza Hut is serving more customers than ever as a one-stop-shop for both.

“As the official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, we’ve been celebrating football fans all season long, so it only makes sense for us to bring more customers the beloved combo of pizza and beer ahead of the Super Bowl,” said Marianne Radley, Chief Brand Officer, Pizza Hut. “We are proud to be pioneers of beer delivery and are well-poised to take on more markets in the coming year.”

In December 2017, Pizza Hut launched its beer delivery pilot program in Arizona and expanded to parts of California five months later. Now, in 2019, with strong franchise partner participation, the company is in seven different states with additional markets forthcoming.

“Our expanded beer delivery program and Super Bowl weekend creates a great level of excitement across our participating franchise partners and team members,” said Nicolas Burquier, Chief Customer and Operations Officer, Pizza Hut. “Beer delivery is a game-changing lever that we’ll continue to pull in order to deliver oven-hot pizzas with ice-cold beer to customers watching and celebrating their favorite teams.”

“Super Bowl Sunday is one of our biggest days of the year, and now being able to offer the pizza-beer delivery combo in Orlando, FL during the big game, is a great upgrade our customers will truly enjoy,” said Carl Vannostrand, President and COO of CFL Pizza, a Pizza Hut franchisee organization.

Qualifying orders must meet delivery minimum requirements and be placed through PizzaHut.com, the Pizza Hut Mobile App for iPhone and Android or via phone. Delivery fees apply. For more information about Pizza Hut visit Blog.PizzaHut.com or head to PizzaHut.com to order now.

About Pizza Hut®
Pizza Hut, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM ), has more restaurant locations in the world than any other pizza company. Founded in 1958 in Wichita, Kan., Pizza Hut operates over 16,800 restaurants in more than 100 countries.

With easy order options including the Pizza Hut app, mobile site, and Amazon and Google devices, Pizza Hut is committed to providing an easy pizza experience – from order to delivery – and has Hut Rewards, the Pizza Hut loyalty program, that offers points for every dollar spent on food any way you order.

Pizza Hut is also the proprietor of The Literacy Project, an initiative designed to enable access, empower teachers and inspire a lifelong love of reading. The program is rooted in the foundation set by the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program, which is the longest-running corporate supported literacy program, impacting more than 14 million students each year. For more information, visit www.pizzahut.com. Pizza Hut is the Official and Only Pizza Sponsor of the NFL and NCAA®.


Officially Dunkin’: New Look and New Menu Items Provide Energizing Start to 2019

New Dunkin’ brand identity comes to life with bright and bold new in-store packaging

Dunkin’ introduces New Power Breakfast Sandwich and Energy Cold Brew;

Brown Sugar Chipotle Bacon Breakfast Sandwich and Caramel Chocoholic Donut return

DunkinCANTON, MA – The New Year is all about new possibilities and opportunities, and enthusiasm enough to maybe finally keep those resolutions. In the spirit of “new year, new you,” Dunkin’ is presenting an exciting new look to its product packaging, while welcoming both new and returning favorite menu items, to give the brand and its guests an energizing start to 2019.

Officially Dunkin’: New Packaging

Last September, Dunkin’ Donuts revealed plans to put the company on a first-name basis with America, in recognition of its long relationship with fans who have referred to the brand simply as “Dunkin’.” As part of its rebranding efforts, in January Dunkin’ will introduce bright and bold new product packaging that brings to life the energy and excitement of Dunkin’s new brand identity. The colorful cups, donut boxes, MUNCHKINS® donut hole treat boxes, Box O’ Joe®, napkins and more will begin appearing in Dunkin’ restaurants across the country in the coming days, and will be in all U.S. shops by the end of the month.

According to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ U.S., “Our new look represents both our heritage and our evolution as the brand that fuels optimism and keeps America running with great coffee, donuts and more. What better time than the start of a new year to bring our new look to our coffee cups and packaging, and introduce a new energy to our restaurants and our fans.”

The new branding, developed in partnership with creative and branding agencies Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR), BBDO New York and Arc Worldwide, is part of Dunkin’s multi-faceted blueprint for growth, a plan designed to transform Dunkin’ into the premier beverage-led, on-the-go brand. Fans can follow Dunkin’s social channels this month for special content celebrating the new look, including fun vignettes showcasing ways people might make their first-name basis relationship with Dunkin’ official, from knitting a Dunkin’ sweater to creating a special handshake to even getting a Dunkin’ hairdo.

New menu items for the New Year

For a powerful start to the New Year, Dunkin’ is adding two new menu items created to give guests living an on-the-go lifestyle new choices for the energy they need to start the morning right and keep running throughout the day:

  • New Power Breakfast Sandwich: Available for a limited time, this new, better-for-you sandwich features a veggie egg white omelet with spinach, peppers and onions, turkey sausage and American cheese on a new multigrain sandwich bread topped with seeds and rolled oats. At 370 calories, the Power Breakfast Sandwich has 20 grams of whole grains, 24 grams of protein, and has no artificial flavors or dyes and no high fructose corn syrup.
  • New Energy Cold Brew: Dunkin’s signature cold brew coffee with a shot of its freshly brewed espresso brings coffee lovers a new source of power in their cup.

More ways to keep running in January

Dunkin’ is also bringing back two favorites introduced in 2018. The Brown Sugar Chipotle Bacon Breakfast Sandwich offers a double portion of caramelized brown sugar chipotle bacon – made with real brown sugar and chipotle seasonings – along with egg and cheese served on a buttery, flaky croissant. Meanwhile, for a treat for donut lovers, the Caramel Chocoholic Donut features a classic chocolate donut frosted with caramel icing, sprinkled with semi-sweet chocolate curls and finished with a drizzle of caramel icing.

Dunkin’ recently launched an entirely new handcrafted espresso experience in its restaurants, with new state-of-the-art espresso equipment for optimal espresso bean extraction and a new recipe for a stronger and more robust flavor profile. For a perfect pick-me-up throughout January, guests can continue to enjoy a medium-sized Dunkin’ latte or cappuccino for $2 from 2 PM to 6 PM at participating locations.


Introducing Big Mac Bacon, Quarter Pounder Bacon and Cheesy Bacon Fries, Because There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Bacon

Editor's Note: I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food.  Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.

Consumers are clamoring for something more, creations beyond the ordinary realm of classic burger and sandwich flavors.  People want smokey, they desire more than just ketchup and mustard, folks are calling for cheeses with deeper flavors and buns with a little more tease than run-of-the-mill sesame seeds.  And it's no different when it comes to other meat on bread options, a.k.a., pizza, consumers are looking for more, something beyond the traditional flavors.

McDonald's has upped it's game with their Bacon Smokehouse Burger and now they're kicking their classics up another notch.

 

Mouths Prepare to Water as McDonald’s Classics with Bacon is first Limited Time Offer of 2019

Bacon ClassicsBacon makes everything better, and the only thing better than bacon is McDonald’s adding it to three of its widely-loved Classic menu items. That’s right bacon aficionados, today McDonald’s unveils the Big Mac® Bacon burger, Quarter Pounder®* Bacon burger and Cheesy Bacon Fries for a limited time. Just when you thought your taste buds couldn’t discover more deliciousness, Bacon on Classics will be available for a limited time starting Wednesday, January 30 at participating restaurants nationwide. The new line-up includes:

  • Big Mac Bacon: An exciting twist on the iconic fan-favorite’s 50-year history, three pieces of thick cut Applewood smoked bacon adorn two 100% all beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, Special Sauce and onions on a sesame seed bun. (Big Mac-sized bacon dreams do come true).
  • Quarter Pounder Bacon: Three pieces of thick cut Applewood smoked bacon added to the hot and deliciously juicy fresh beef** burger cooked right when you order. (We’re not kidding)
  • Cheesy Bacon Fries: McDonald’s World Famous Fries® topped with real cheddar cheese sauce and smoked bacon bits.  (You’re welcome).

While trendy condiments and new food pairings are introduced daily, the love of bacon continues to hold strong. In fact, since 2018, this tasty indulgence has been mentioned more than 17,000 times a day across U.S. online platforms (that’s 740 times an hour!)***.

“People love bacon, and they love our iconic Big Mac, fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers and World Famous Fries, so we had to see what would happen if we combined all that tastiness,” said Chef Michael Haracz, McDonald’s Manager of Culinary Innovation. “As a bacon enthusiast myself, I’m proud to say that we’ve done right by bacon fans and I can’t wait for our customers to try these Classics with delicious, thick cut Applewood smoked bacon for themselves.”

McDonald’s has introduced a number of new menu items, including fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers, Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, Triple Breakfast Stacks and café-quality espresso beverages like the McCafé Caramel Macchiato, Cappuccino and Americano. Not even one month into 2019, the addition of bacon to a handful of Classics is our latest step to build a better McDonald’s with more craveable and delicious menu choices than ever before. We can’t wait to show you what’s next.

*Weight before cooking 4oz.

**Available at most restaurants in contiguous US. Not available in Alaska, Hawaii and US Territories.

*** Total volume of mentions on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and forums from Jan. 1, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019


About McDonald’s USA 
McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.


The New BIG KING XL Sandwich at BURGER KING® Restaurants Outsizes the Competition

Try the Flame-Grilled Difference with a Sandwich that has 175% More Beef Than the Big Mac* and No Third Bun

Big King XLMIAMI-- BURGER KING® restaurants is flame-grilling the competition with a new sandwich that has 175% more beef than the Big Mac. Introducing the BIG KING XL sandwich, featuring more than 1/2 lb** of flame-grilled 100% beef, topped with melted American cheese, sliced onions, zesty pickles, crisp lettuce and our special savory sauce all on a toasted sesame bun.

Available at restaurants nationwide and starting today, the BIG KING XL sandwich will make guests want to swap their bread for beef—literally.

On January 18, guests can bring their expired MacCoins to select BURGER KING® restaurants in Chicago, IL to exchange them for a free BIG KING XL sandwich***. The McDonald’s MacCoins were distributed in 2018 for the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac, but as of December 31st these coins can no longer be redeemed for a Big Mac. Now that the MacCoins have expired, BURGER KING® is giving people one more day to use their MacCoins, but this time for the bigger, flame-grilled option.

The BIG KING XL sandwich is available at select restaurants nationwide for a limited time only with a recommended price of $5.59. The BIG KING XL sandwich is the latest hand crafted premium sandwich to join the King’s Collection. The collection includes flame-grilled, flavorful, handcrafted sandwich offerings such as the Bacon King, Double Quarter King and now the BIG KING XL Sandwich.

*Based on weight of two pre-cooked patties. BIG KING XL patties weigh 8.8 oz. total. McDonald’s Big Mac patties weigh 3.2 oz. total.
**Weight based on pre-cooked patties.
***Valid only on January 18, 2019 at select BURGER KING® restaurants in Chicago, IL. Trade in an original MacCoin for one free BIG KING XL. MacCoin has no cash value. Limit one per guest. Participating Chicago, IL locations: 2328 South Michigan, 2501 West Cermak Road, 2401-2407 West Ogden Avenue, 2344 West Chicago Avenue, 1401 W. Fullerton, 3141 Ashland Avenue, 2701 N. Western Avenue, 151 North Michigan Ave, 1213 N Milwaukee Ave, 2700 South Kedzie Avenue.

About BURGER KING®

Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates more than 17,000 locations in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Restaurant Review: Burger King

By Mike Thayer

I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food.  Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.

Consumers are clamoring for something more, creations beyond the ordinary realm of classic burger and sandwich flavors.  People want smokey, they desire more than just ketchup and mustard, folks are calling for cheeses with deeper flavors and buns with a little more tease than run-of-the-mill sesame seeds.  And it's no different when it comes to other meat on bread options, a.k.a., pizza, consumers are looking for more, something beyond the traditional flavors.

Rodeo KingSo today I went to Burger King wanting to try their Rodeo King Burger.  Here's the description from their website:  The RODEO® KING™ Sandwich features two savory flame-grilled beef patties totaling more than ½ lb.* of beef, topped with 3 half-strips of thick-cut smoked bacon, our signature crispy onion rings, tangy BBQ sauce, American cheese and creamy mayonnaise all on our sesame seed bun.  Here's the promo pick for the sandwich:

But this is what I got in my to-go order:

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Do you see any cheese?  How about a second patty?  Is there any bacon?

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Nope, nope and nope.....  No cheese, no second patty, no bacon. 

I've become a bit tainted against Burger King in recent times and this is yet another reason why.  The service is in decline, their restaurants I've visited in my neck of the woods don't seem to be properly run. I wanted a Rodeo King Burger, and look at what I got.   So how did the burger I got taste?  The patty was nicely char-broiled, the BBQ sauce was pretty standard - Burger King uses Sweet Baby Ray's - and the amount of sauce was properly portioned, not too much, not too little.  It wasn't bad, but not at all what I wanted.

The Burger King visited is located at 11551 E. Kellogg Ave., Wichita, KS. 67207.

I don't recommend this restaurant, try a different Burger King if you're in Wichita. 

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Valero has GOT to be THE worst convenience store chain

By Mike Thayer

According to their website, Valero is the world's largest independent petroleum refiner, and a leading marketer, ethanol producer and corporate citizen.

Their convenience stores however, are less-than-stellar.

ValeroOut and about running some errands one day, I decided I needed a snack, craving some Nacho Cheese Doritos, my favorite chip.  I pulled into the Valero located at 7101 E Lincoln St, Wichita, KS 67207.

I wish I hadn't.  A Grab Bag of my favorite chip and a 12 ounce bottle of soda cost me $4.17!  In contrast, that Doritos grab bag of chips and a Big Q fountain drink costs just $2.99 at QuikTrip.  And yes, I could have poured myself a fountain drink, saving on the drink price, but given the appearance of this store, I didn't trust how clean that fountain service area would be.  Some lights in the store were out, another was flickering, the floor needed a good sweep and mop and the price of gas has to be the highest in town at $1.95 a gallon.  The attendant on duty was less-than-friendly, no greeting as I entered, no smile.

I've visited other Valero locations before, and while they aren't as bad as this Lincoln location is, there always seems to be something that's not right.   I've never been impressed with how Valero presents itself to customers. 

I have to quit stopping at Valero convenience stores, I wouldn't recommend them at all!  Only stop at a Valero as an absolute last resort!

The Valero located at 7101 E. Lincoln Street in Wichita gets one out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  They are NOT wallet friendly, the store wasn't clean and the service was sub-par.  

1 star

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Don’t Quit, Cheat Sweet! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ New Chocolate Glaze Collection Rewards Americans’ New Year’s Resolutions and Fuels Their Crave

Experts encourage ‘cheating’ to help achieve diet-related resolutions, so Krispy Kreme ‘choco-fies’ four fan favorites for first time, beginning Jan. 14

NEW Rewards members will enjoy a FREE dozen Original Glazed® Doughnuts with the purchase of any dozen at regular price when they join Jan.14-27

 
 
"Allowing some indulgences provides a break from normal dieting without sabotaging your results. So, it’s not only OK to cheat as part of your resolution, it’s encouraged. I recommend that people treat themselves with the indulgences they crave most."
 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has a message for all Americans in the midst of New Year’s resolutions: Don’t Quit, Cheat Sweet!

By Monday, it’s likely a third of Americans will have already abandoned their New Year’s resolutions, and by the end of January up to half will have fallen out. But numerous experts say that “cheaters prosper” when it comes to keeping fitness- or diet-related resolutions.

“If you’re dieting, occasional indulgence is one of the keys to succeeding,” says nationally recognized registered dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine exercise physiologist Jim White.* “Allowing some indulgences provides a break from normal dieting without sabotaging your results. So, it’s not only OK to cheat as part of your resolution, it’s encouraged. I recommend that people treat themselves with the indulgences they crave most.”

According to a new national survey, chocolate is the top “crave flavor” for Americans trying to stick to a fitness- or diet-related resolution. In the survey of 1,005 adults conducted in December 2018, 65 percent rated their crave for chocolate as “extreme” or “high” when thinking about their fitness- or diet-related New Year’s resolution.*

To feed that crave and help Americans not quit, Krispy Kreme for the first time ever is turning four of its classic filled doughnuts chocolate. Krispy Kreme’s all-new Chocolate Glaze Collection features the popular Cake Batter, Raspberry Filled, Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled and OREO® Cookies & KREME™ doughnuts “choco-fied” with chocolate dough and mouthwatering chocolate glaze. Available Jan. 14 through 27 at participating Krispy Kreme shops throughout the U.S. and Canada:

  • Chocolate Glazed Cake Batter Doughnut: A chocolatey spin on the popular Cake Batter Doughnut, this new doughnut features a chocolate doughnut filled with yummy cake batter, glazed in chocolate, dipped in chocolate icing and topped with sprinkles.
  • Chocolate Glazed Raspberry Filled Doughnut: What could be better than chocolate and raspberry? This decadent version features a chocolate doughnut covered with chocolate glaze, filled with raspberry and topped with a decorative red icing swirl.
  • Double Chocolate Glazed Kreme Filled Doughnut: Taking the Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled Doughnut up a notch, this double chocolate version features a chocolate doughnut covered in chocolate glaze, filled with Krispy Kreme’s classic white Kreme and decorated with white icing.
  • Chocolate Glazed OREO® Cookies & KREME™ Doughnut: This chocolatey version features a chocolate doughnut glazed in chocolate, filled with cookies & kreme filling, dipped in chocolate icing and topped with OREO® cookie pieces and chocolate icing.

“If you’re taking a brief break from your diet or exercise routine, you may as well make it worth it,” said Dave Skena, Chief Marketing Officer for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “This is worth it.”

Krispy Kreme is offering an additional start-of-the-year reward. Anyone who joins Krispy Kreme Rewards by downloading the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts app or via krispykreme.com Jan. 14 through 27 will receive one FREE dozen Original Glazed® Doughnuts with the purchase of any dozen at regular price at participating shops across the U.S.

Inspire Americans struggling to keep their resolutions and show us how you’re fueling your chocolate crave with Krispy Kreme’s Chocolate Glaze Collection by using #CheatSweet and tagging @krispykreme on social.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed ® Doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has nearly 1,400 retail shops in 33 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

About the Survey:

The survey was conducted by TRUE Global Intelligence, the in-house research practice of FleishmanHillard, on behalf of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. The survey included 1,005 adults from the 50 states and the District of Columbia and was conducted from Dec. 27-30, 2018 via Engine Group. Respondents for this survey were selected from those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. The data have been weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the U.S. adult population. At the time of the survey, participants had to have been at least 18 years of age or older.

* Defined as a rating of 5 or 4 on a 5-point scale, with “5” meaning “extreme craving” and “1” meaning “no craving.”

* Jim White has been compensated by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for providing his professional opinion.


Coming Soon: Ranking Fast Food/Fast Casual Versions of Smokehouse Style Burgers, Sandwiches, Meat on Bread

By Mike Thayer

I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food.  Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.

Consumers are clamoring for something more, creations beyond the ordinary realm of classic burger and sandwich flavors.  People want smokey, they desire more than just ketchup and mustard, folks are calling for cheeses with deeper flavors and buns with a little more tease than run-of-the-mill sesame seeds.  And it's no different when it comes to other meat on bread options, a.k.a., pizza, consumers are looking for more, something beyond the traditional flavors.

Here's my list of fast food/fast casual joints and their version of smokehouse style offerings to try.   Restaurants in bold have already been sampled, click the restaurant name for the full review.  Stay tuned, the rankings will be out soon.

A&W:  No offerings of smokehouse flavors.  The closest they get is with a classic bacon cheeseburger.  They need to get in the game!

Arbys:  Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich

Burger King:  Rodeo King

Chick-fil-A:  Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich

Dairy Queen:  KC BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Domino's:  Memphis BBQ Chicken

Freddy's:  A-1 Chophouse burger

Firehouse Subs: Smokehouse Beef and Cheddar Brisket.  Sounds mouthwatering, doesn't it?

Five Guys:  They have nothing specifically smokehouse on the menu, you can order BBQ sauce or A-1.

Hardees:  The Memphis BBQ Thickburger

KFC:  Smoky Mountain BBQ

Little Caesar's:  Smokehouse pizza

McAlisters:  The Memphian, but does it count as a Smokehouse style offering?

McDonald's:  Bacon Smokehouse Burger

Schlotzsky's:   Brisket flatbread

Sonic:  Steakhouse Bacon Cheeseburger

Papa Johns:  BBQ meats pizza

Pizza Hut:  BBQ Meatlovers

Wendy's: Their new Barbecue Cheeseburger

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Chick-fil-A reveals its top-selling menu items of 2018

Chick-fil-A is expected to become the third largest fast-food chain in the US this year in terms of sales, behind only McDonald's and Starbucks.

That's a significant jump from the No. 7 spot that Chick-fil-A held in 2017, when it ranked behind competitors like Taco Bell, Subway, and Wendy's.

Chick-fil-A's explosive growth has been driven largely by the popularity of its famous chicken sandwich, which was the company's third best-selling menu item last year, according to the company.

Here are all the other best sellers in 2018, according to Chick-fil-A:

via www.businessinsider.com


Food Review: Arby's Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich

By Mike Thayer

I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food.  Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.

Arby's Smokehouse BrisketSo with that brisket in mind, for dinner tonight I sampled the Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich from Arby's.

Here's the description from the Arby's website:  We set out to make a sandwich with layers of smoky flavor, and this is the result. Our brisket is smoked for at least 13 hours in a pit smoker. We top that delicious smoked beef with smoked gouda, crispy onions, mayo and BBQ sauce and serve it all on an artisan-style roll.

So how was the sandwich you ask?

"Eh"....

Arby's Smokhouse Brisket Sandwich
Count those 'crispy onions'

I expected far more for a sandwich that boasts of brisket smoked for 13 hours, but this is a very average sandwich and the preparation fell into the typical fast food preparation mode - LAZY.

This sandwich has SO much flavor potential but totally failed to live up to the marketing hype.  First, there's no way this brisket was truly smoked for 13 hours, yes, it was tender and seasoned well enough, but it didn't carry all the smoky notes you would expect from a meat being in a bonafide pit that long.  I'm calling B.S. on the smoking process.  The meat to bun ratio was good, the gouda cheese is a nice pairing with the brisket and was melted nicely, so no knock there.  The 'crispy' onions however were almost non-existent and lacked a true crunch, being almost mushy. The sandwich was sauced well with the mayo and BBQ sauce - a nice BBQ sauce - and the 'artisan' roll, while that sounds good in the sandwich description, doesn't really deliver any special flavor or texture to the dance. 

Tater Cakes
Under cooked

This sandwich gets three out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars and only because I don't do half stars.  It falls short on delivering enough smokehouse flavor and the preparation was less-than-stellar.  I'm sad to report that even the tater cakes were under cooked.  How tough is it to set and pay attention to a timer?  I entered the Arby's restaurant shortly after 6pm on a Wednesday night, there were maybe eight people inside and perhaps three cars in the drive-thru at the time.  It's not like the staff of five (that I saw) was getting slammed.

3 stars

This sandwich is NOT a repeat buy.  It was an insult to brisket done right.  My 'Smokehouse' Brisket Sandwich, large order of tater cakes and drink came to $9.98 with tax.  That is not Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly, especially for a brisket sandwich that failed to deliver.

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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