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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Succotash takes on the Taco Bell breakfast menu

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Succotash chef and general manager Sumer Zinnert has engineered her own spin on the Taco Bell Waffle Taco, and it looks like this. - SUCCOTASH
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  • Succotash chef and general manager Sumer Zinnert has engineered her own spin on the Taco Bell Waffle Taco, and it looks like this.

Taco Bell gave its breakfast menu a splashy nationwide launch March 27, with heavy focus on what the fast-food company called "the highly anticipated and revolutionary Waffle Taco." I held out as long as I could, but eventually I was ordered to try one, along with the chain's "all-in-one A.M. Crunchwrap."

More like all-in-one revulsion.

I am not just being cranky when I warn you that this soggy little waffle, folded around scrambled eggs and salty, chewy bacon bits (or an equally soggy sausage patty) and sprinkled with grated cheese, is an affront to at least four of the senses. All five if you listen to yourself eat the stuff.

But there is a way to eat a whole breakfast inside a waffle in Kansas City without hating yourself later. Go to Succotash (2601 Holmes) when it's serving its anti-Taco Bell experiments. More on that after the jump.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Arby's Bacon Cheddar Potato Cake Melt shows how far we'll go to get away from bread

Posted by on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hash browns are no longer a side.
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  • Hash browns are no longer a side.
Bread is delicious. A perfect slice needs nothing else. No butter. No condiments. No meat. But fast-food joints are not blessed with perfect bread. They are inundated with chewy, listless rolls. Sweet, sugar-enriched white bread that doesn't so much hold the meat in as stick to it with dogged indifference. Nobody goes to McDonald's for the sesame-seed bun.

Which is why fast-food executives can't stop trying to get rid of the bread and simply replace it with more fat or salt. First, McDonald's cranked out pancake breakfast sandwiches with McGriddles. Then, KFC decided to use fried chicken for its bacon-cheese monstrosity, affectionately called the Double Down. Now, Arby's is set to break the Internet with the Bacon Cheddar Potato Cake Melt. We can save time by simply calling it a hash-brown sandwich from here on out. The hash-brown sandwich puts two halves of American cheese and pepper bacon (that sounds familiar) between a pair of hash-brown triangles. And that, America, is breakfast. For now, it's just a test item in Evansville, Indiana. But if given the opportunity, would you buy this sandwich?

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What if hobbits were actually dining at Denny's?

Posted by on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

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It wasn't just one ring to rule them all. It was an onion ring — a fact the Hobbits were soon to discover on their way through the ramparts of Kansas City.

"What about breakfast?" whines Pippin, his foot drumming a beat against the back of the driver's seat.

"You've already had it," Aragorn replies, gripping the steering wheel with white knuckles.

"We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?" says Pippin.

"Are you all expecting a second breakfast?" Aragorn asks.

Pippin and Frodo shout their acknowledgment while Gimli bangs the handle of his ax against the restraints of his child seat. Aragon sighs and wheels his Datsun into the parking lot of the Denny's on Broadway. Mordor will have to wait.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is betting big on KC

Posted by on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 7:59 AM

This is a combo at Freddys.
  • This is a combo at Freddy's.
The spread of custard continues unabated. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is about to significantly increase its presence in the Kansas City area. The Wichita Eagle reports that the location under construction at 11775 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe will open next month, and another restaurant at 107th Street and Roe will be serving burgers in Overland Park by the end of the year.

The Wichita-based chain has 75 restaurants. The first area Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened in Overland Park at 7301 West 135th Street in August 2010. Fat City took a trip and found a modern take on a classic diner, a mash-up of Sheridan's and Winstead's.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mac Lethal spits his take on Chik-fil-A (Video)

Posted by on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Mac Lethal has aimed his latest fast-rapping video straight at the franchise Chick-fil-A. In his latest rhythmic opus on YouTube, he provides his recipe for how to "make your own amazing, 100 % hate free Chick-fil-A sandwich." The secret ingredient in his sandwich? One teaspoon of presidential candidate Rick Santorum's blood. Politics aside, the end result (which is in large part because of brining) looks pretty tasty.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

7-Eleven's mashed potato Slurpee machine is Thanksgiving on demand

Posted by on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

This is really happening.
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  • This is really happening.
America can now eat lunch like a kid with his jaw wired shut. 7-Eleven is selling mashed potatoes dispensed via a Slurpee-like machine. [h/t Gizmodo]

At the push of two buttons, you can have mashed potatoes covered in chicken gravy (here's video from a 7-Eleven in Singapore of how it works). I'll admit when I first came across this story, I envisioned a window into a swirling white cloud of creamy potatoes. The reality is less appealing — powdered potatoes behind the instructions waiting for hot water to be added to them. It does lend more credence to the idea that 7-Eleven may one day simply feature a wall of foods shot out of a straw to be eaten with a straw or one massive machine that dispenses a three-course meal, from nachos to pudding.

Is this Thanksgiving on demand or simply the evolution of our apparent aversion to chewing?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Burger King has a bacon sundae for you to pig out on

Posted by on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Yeah, thats some pork in your dessert.
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  • Yeah, that's some pork in your dessert.
America just can't stop trying to get the pig and cow into one perfect dish. Denny's thought that they had it with a maple bacon sundae, Jack in the Box was convinced it was a bacon milkshake, and now Burger King is sure its bacon sundae will provide you with your daily dose of mork or pilk.

The newest baconstronsity, vanilla soft serve with fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a piece of bacon, is part of a cast of new menu items. It's expected to be available through the end of the summer.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Your Marriage Proposal in 30 minutes or less

Posted by on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You no longer have to just save up for the ring if you're thinking about getting engaged. Now you can save up for the ring ... and the pizza.

Pizza Hut is offering 10 stupid lucky couples the $10 Big Dinner Box Proposal — a red ruby engagement ring, flowers, videographer, photographer, limo ride, and breadsticks, cinnamon sticks and a one-topping pizza — for the low, low price of $10,010, plus tax. It's a clever promotion for a new product (you've only got five more days to order, and the website suggests that your purchase price will be refunded if the package is not used by March 31), even if it may not be a recipe for lasting love. But people have been making reservations at White Castle on Valentine's Day for the last six years, so what do I know about the love forged over fast food?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Jack in the Box has a bacon shake. We have Jack in the Box. It's your call.

Posted by on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Hearts in Kansas City are about to be broken. No, I'm not talking about next Tuesday. I'm talking about right now, when your heart ceases to be able to function properly because you decide that it's going to be pumping pork milk instead of blood. Jack in the Box has a new menu item: the Bacon Shake. And while it's apparently made with Torani bacon-flavored syrup, rather than crunchy griddle bits, I'm still not sure that will make a difference to the atria of your heart. There are four area locations. Let your heart down gently.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Americans will yield to our sugary, gordita masters

Posted by on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The unholy progeny of Cinnabon and Taco Bell.
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  • The unholy progeny of Cinnabon and Taco Bell.
We American eaters may be collapsing under the weight of our own appetites, yet up until now, we've been fat but functional. Taco Bell may be ending the gravy times, however, with its foray into breakfast, aka FirstMeal.

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