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Ex-Interns: We Invented the Doritos Taco ... in 1995

And they offer up some proof

(Newser) - While interning for Taco Bell's ad agency in the summer of 1995, four college students took part in a competition. Their idea—which didn't win, yet might seem familiar: a taco shell made out of ... Doritos. Of course, Taco Bell ultimately came out with just that roughly 17... More »

KFC Owner Opens Chick-fil-A Wannabe

Super Chix does not reference its relationship to KFC

(Newser) - Yum Brands, which owns KFC, is quietly testing a single store in Arlington, Texas, that appears to be in direct competition with Chick-fil-A, Ad Age and other outlets note. Super Chix offers up "hand-breaded," MSG-, HFCS-, and phosphate-free chicken sandwiches and tenders, toppings like pickles and jalapenos, and... More »

Sbarro Ready for Chapter 11, Round 2

Exiting bankruptcy in 2011 didn't appear to take

(Newser) - If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again: Probably not advice you'd want from your bankruptcy attorney, but Sbarro is getting ready to undergo its second round of Chapter 11, reports the Wall Street Journal . The pizza chain, which is carrying some $140 million in debt and... More »

McDonald's Mighty Wings, Now 40% Off

They're discounted until they're gone

(Newser) - McDonald's Mighty Wings simply didn't fly with customers, and now the chain appears to just want to break even on them. Reports in December predicted that a promotion would be coming, and it's here: Instead of selling the wings at a buck each, McDonald's is now... More »

What McMuffin? Taco Bell Makes Run for Breakfast

Chain plans to go head-to-head with McD's

(Newser) - Taco Bell plans to go head-to-head—and burrito-to-burrito—with McDonald's in an effort to grab a big slice of the fast-food breakfast market. The chain plans to launch its breakfast menu at its almost 6,000 locations nationwide late next month, featuring items like the Waffle Taco, a breakfast... More »

Where Fast-Food Chains Began

'Mental Floss' recounts original locations of McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and more

(Newser) - Can you imagine a time when Pizza Hut was actually a single hut? Neither could we, but the folks over at Mental Floss compiled a great list of the original locations of a variety of fast-food chains that have since swept across the globe, assimilating all before them in Borg-like... More »

Pizza Hut Closed After Manager Uses Sink as Urinal

TV station in West Virginia gets the not-so-pleasant video

(Newser) - The latest tale of fast-food workers behaving badly comes from West Virginia, where health officials have shut down a Pizza Hut after video surfaced of a worker urinating in a kitchen sink, reports the Consumerist . Maybe the scariest part of the video, obtained by WOWK-TV , is that it all looks... More »

Burger King Experiments With Apples in Burgers

Tomato-less burgers seem to be going over well in Japan

(Newser) - USA Today picks up on an odd food story out of Japan, where the burgers at Burger King tend to taste like apple pie. The reason? The new BK Ringo and the NY Whopper ditch tomatoes for slices of grilled apple. It also helps that the mayo is infused... More »

New at Burger King: Chicken Waffle Sandwich

But the first tasters aren't very enthused

(Newser) - Chicken and waffles, a comfort food favorite, is coming to ... Burger King? Yes, the fast food restaurant is testing out a chicken and waffle sandwich at select East Coast locations. How's it going? Foodbeast says it "looks like struggle," a sandwich that is essentially "a soggy... More »

Study: It's Not McDonald's Fault Our Kids Are Fat

It's the fatty, sugary foods they're eating the rest of the time that's to blame: study

(Newser) - Fast food isn't making your kids fat—not really. What's truly behind the trend of childhood obesity are the sodas, frozen pizzas, and cookies consumed at home, school, and whenever kids aren't in a McDonald's or Burger King booth—a "Western diet" high in saturated... More »

McDonald's: We'll Serve Sustainable Beef ... Someday

First step: Define 'sustainable beef'

(Newser) - McDonald's hopes someday all its beef will come from sustainable sources—but there's a lot of work standing between it and that lofty goal, CNBC reports. One key step: figuring out just what sustainable beef is. "There hasn't been a universal definition," the company says... More »

Man Loses 37 Pounds Eating Only McDonald's

John Cisna stuck to strict dietary guidelines for 3 months, walked each day

(Newser) - Want to lose some weight? Try eating nothing but McDonald's for 90 days. That's what science teacher John Cisna did, and he not only lost 37 pounds but also saw dramatic improvements in health markers like cholesterol. The Iowa man was inspired to try his experiment after watching... More »

McDonald's to Its Workers: Beware of Fast Food

Burger, fries an unhealthy choice, guide warns

(Newser) - It's hard to have a healthy diet when you often eat at fast food joints, according to sensible dietary advice posted in an unlikely place: McDonald's own employee resources website. "Fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people... More »

Chipotle's Next Frontier: Pizza

Launched Pizzeria Locale in Denver, looking to open 2 new spots

(Newser) - Chipotle has quietly made the move from Mexican to Italian: The fast food brand has been dishing out premium pizzas in Denver under the name Pizzeria Locale since May, after it spent 18 months revamping the joint, NBC News reports. Like the brand's burrito method, the pizza concept is... More »

McDonald's to Workers: Don't Forget to Tip Pool Boy

As workers rally, tipping etiquette puts McDonald's in the fryer

(Newser) - Bad move, McDonald's? As fast food workers walked off the job in 100 cities this week amid demands for higher pay, the fast food giant thought it was a good idea to dish out some holiday tip suggestions to its employees—like how much to tip your massage therapist... More »

Fast Food Strikes Return as Wage Debate Looms

Obama speaks up in favor of minimum wage hike

(Newser) - Fast food workers in 100 cities will walk off the job today, and protesters will show up in 100 more to call for drastically higher wages for the nation's lowest-paid workers. The movement started with a small strike in New York City last year, and has ballooned since, with... More »

Biggest Fast-Food Strikes Yet Coming Thursday

One-day strikes, protests planned in 200 cities

(Newser) - Want a Big Mac ? Don't plan to buy it on Thursday: The fast - food strikes are coming back. Organizers who want to see workers paid $15 per hour are planning strikes in 100 cities across the US Thursday, plus protests in 100 other cities. The latest move... More »

Sorry McRib Fans: Sandwich Won't Go National

McDonald's cites higher national priorities, like Mighty Wings

(Newser) - The McRib is going... regional. McDonald's, which has been struggling to keep up with a raft of new menu items, says the McRib won't be available nationally this year. The fast-food chain says it's leaving it up to local franchise groups to decide whether to offer the... More »

McDonald's to Workers: Need Cash? Sell Your Stuff

Spend less on food by breaking it 'into pieces'

(Newser) - More handy financial advice from McDonald's, which recently suggested its workers might want to get second jobs : The chain's McResource tip website says readers can make money in a pinch by selling "unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist." The advice comes in a section on "... More »

McDonald's Is Reinventing Its Drive-Thru

With 3rd window...

(Newser) - You may soon have to visit not one, not two, but three drive-thru windows to get your Big Mac. McDonald's on Thursday announced "Fast Forward Drive-Thru," a refresh that will see the fast food giant add a third window to its new and remodeled locations. The goal,... More »

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