If you've been on the fence about whether or not to try Jack in the Box (211 South 18th Street, in the Prescott Shopping Center), maybe two free tacos can entice you to head out to Kansas City, Kansas. The offer is only for today and starts after 2 p.m.
The nation is in the middle of a full-on McRib craze. Whether it's great brand marketing, a debate over whether it qualifies as barbecue, or offered as an enticement to get former President George W. Bush to appear on The Daily Show, there's been a lot of buzz since the McDonald's sandwich returned to menus nationwide on November 2.
And although my conscience is telling me to bury a link to a do-it-yourself McRib, my heart says there is no stopping America's love affair with the molded meat product.
I've never eaten a Happy Meal in my life. But that's only because McDonald's introduced the concept -- created by Kansas City advertising mogul Bob Bernstein in 1977 -- after I had graduated from college and had moved on to other sinful (and, ultimately, less happy) pleasures.
But if I missed out on Bernstein's creation of a gaily-decorated cardboard box containing a burger, small fries, packet of cookies and a toy, I was part of that pre-childhood obesity generation that aggressively nagged our parents for the sugary breakfast cereals that were so heavily advertised on Saturday morning TV commercials.
The lure wasn't the sugar. It was the toy.
The wait is almost over for Kansas City's fast-food connoisseurs --
we're less than 72 hours from having a Jack in the Box. Located at 211 South 18th Street, in the Prescott Shopping Center, the restaurant
is set to open for business at 9 a.m. Monday, November 1.
When Fat City recently asked, "Why does Kansas City love Jack in the Box
so much?," reader Emily commented that it was "the crazy menu with so
many different things." And it is a weird menu -- alongside the usual fast-food
suspects -- burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries -- Jack in the Box has egg
rolls, grilled pastrami sandwiches and mini funnel cakes. Not to mention
those tacos, which are said to be as cravable as White Castle sliders.
Clearly, White Castle is in league with the vampires. Why? Because the new garlic cheese sliders are available only until Friday -- one day before Halloween. Pretty sneaky.
Of course, this a moot point for Kansas City. But, just as some people can't help looking up exes on Facebook, some of us KC Cravers can't help checking out the chain's website now and then. Either way, garlic cheese sliders sound kind of nasty.
Eat This, Not That, the Men's Health diet blog, released its list of the 20 worst foods of 2011 last week. It might as well have been called "Don't Go to the Cheesecake Factory."
The restaurant chain has three spots on the list, including the honor of worst food in America: its bistro shrimp pasta, which comes in at 2,727 calories.
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Gillette has done a masterful job of linking innovation to the number of razor blades. You think that three-bladed razor is good? Wait until you see what four can do, mister.
Domino's is taking a page out of the disposable razor playbook and upping the cheese ante with its new Wisconsin 6 Cheese Pizza. Mozzarella, feta, provolone, cheddar, parmesan and asiago will be fighting for your mouth's attention, courtesy of the dairy-laden pie.
Sherlock Holmes had Moriarty. I have Jack in the Box. One of the great mysteries of my job has been trying to figure out exactly what it is about the fast-food chain that sends Kansas Citians into a frenzy.
The news broke earlier this year that Jack in the Box was returning to the Kansas City market, and that information caused the equivalent of a blog parade. Add in the fact that Jack in the Box would be open in Kansas City, Kansas, by year's end and the joy turned to stalking.
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