By Mike Thayer
Here's a short list of the fast food and fast casual meal deals currently going on. Sadly, only 1 out of the 10 "limited time" offers on this list is the promotion of a new menu item. Only Taco Bell is offering something new with an asterisk* to try! Otherwise, all deals are for existing menu items suffering from slow sales or the "bringing back" of old promotions in lieu of introducing a new product. It's like the fast food/fast casual kingdom isn't interested in being innovative in 2020.
Here's the list in alphabetical order and remember that caveat, available at participating locations for a limited time:
Burger King: The #2 burger chain (sales, U.S) has brought back the 5-for-$4 Deal. You can get a bacon cheeseburger, four-piece order of chicken nuggets, a cookie, a 16 ounce soft drink, and value sized fries - all that for $4 (plus tax of course).
Dairy Queen: America's favorite soft serve ice cream chain has brought back the popular $6 Meal Deal, which features a 1/3 Double with Cheese, OR a 3-piece order of Chicken Strips, regular fries, a 21 ounce drink and a sundae. The $6 Meal Deal is available all day, nationwide, but of course - only for a limited time.
Hardee’s: Normally not one to offer "Meal Deals" the likes of Burger King or McDonald's, Hardee's is offering their version of a Mix and Match deal with a 2 for $5 menu that includes the choices of its Roast Beef Sandwich, Double Cheeseburger, Hot Ham ‘N’ Cheese, and Bacon Cheddar Double Cheeseburger in the deal.
IHOP: Announcing the return of the Pancake Special, you can get free all-you-can-eat pancakes when you order any breakfast combo until March 1. The free pancakes come two at a time.
KFC: The #2 chicken chain (sales, U.S.) is offering its Famous Bowls, layered with KFC's creamy mashed potatoes, sweet corn and bite-sized chunks of crispy chicken, drizzled with home-style gravy and then topped with a blend of three shredded cheeses. All that for just $3. You can get the classic Famous Bowl or go for the Nashville Hot sauce option.
McDonald's: The 2 for $5 is another repeat promo. You can get two iconic McDonald's items such as a Big Mac and a 10-piece McNugget, or a Filet-O-Fish and a Quarter Pounder with cheese - and pay just $5.
Pizza Hut: Living up to their tag line of "No One Out Pizzas the Hut," the former #1 pizza joint (sales, U.S.) launched a $10 Meat Lover’s Pizza value deal, which is 30% off the usual price. Pizza Hut, now the #2 pizza joint, lost its crown to Domino's. I still don't understand that one, Domino's pizza sucks.
Ruby Tuesday: Back for a "limited time," the $7.99 fajitas special. Choose from Veggie, Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas. And here's where the upsell comes in.... You can round out your meal with the Endless Garden Bar for an additional $3.99 and/or add an individual side of Chips & Queso for another $1.99.
Subway: Calling it the Fresh Values Promotion, Subway is offering the Oven Roasted Chicken and the Veggie Delite sandwiches for just $2.99. That's cheap and probably driving franchise owners crazy. They lost money with the $5 foot long deal.
Taco Bell: Calling the deal Happier Hour, buy a regular freeze or medium drink for $1 and get a Doritos Locos Tacos for $1. Happier Hour runs from 2pm to 5pm local time, every day. Also available for just $1 are the new* Double Stacked Tacos, with the flavor options of Nacho Crunch, Chipotle Cheddar and Reaper Ranch. Double Stacked Tacos with the aforementioned flavors were introduced on December 22, 2019. But the Double Stacked Taco is actually not a new concept. The Double Stacked Taco (minus the Nacho Crunch, Chipotle Cheddar or Reaper Ranch flavors) was first introduced by Taco Bell in 2016, but for..... yes, you guessed it.... a limited time and has been missing from the menu since, well, 'til now.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....
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