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Fast-Food Chain Introduces New Pickle-Based Drink

Get your pickle juice slushes this June at Sonic

(Newser) - Pickle juice is having a bit of a moment (a disgusting, disgusting moment), Food & Wine reports. You can get your whiskey shot with a pickle juice back at hip bars, and pickle juice sports drinks are apparently a thing. Now USA Today brings news of a brine too far:... More »

Chain Has New Employee— a Burger-Flipping Robot

Meet Flippy

(Newser) - Welcome to 2018: Robots are cooking hamburgers now. Fast-food chain CaliBurger is using a robot called Flippy at its Pasadena, Calif., location, KTLA reports. A human employee loads up the grill with raw burger patties, and Flippy uses thermal imaging, 3D and camera vision to detect the temperature and size... More »

KFC Customers Get Their Chicken Back, With a Catch

Now there's no gravy at many UK locations

(Newser) - Winner winner chicken dinner? Sure, but likely without the gravy. That's the conundrum KFC is facing in the UK, where feathers were ruffled earlier this month when the fast-food chain had delivery issues that resulted in a chicken shortage and mass restaurant closings . Now, even though all but about... More »

KFC Suffers Mass Closures Over Lack of Chicken

Some 600 of its 900 UK locations were closed Monday

(Newser) - The chicken has crossed the road, "just not to our restaurants," explains KFC UK in a tweet addressing its weird problem: no chicken. USA Today reports about 900 of the chain's roughly 21,500 locations are in the UK, and only 300 of them were open Monday... More »

Managers at In-N-Out Get Shockingly Huge Paycheck

'In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else'

(Newser) - In-N-Out is famous for its secret menu, but perhaps the fast-food chain's most shocking secret is the six-figure salaries its managers are pulling down. The California Sun reports managers at In-N-Out make more than $160,000 a year on average. That's more than the average software engineer, lawyer,... More »

Guy Cooks Own Meal After Finding Waffle House Worker Asleep

He says was 'pretty inebriated'

(Newser) - A Waffle House customer in South Carolina decided to get behind the counter and cook his own meal after he couldn't find any employees who were awake. Alex Bowen says he was "pretty inebriated" when he stopped by the West Columbia restaurant at around 3am Thursday, WIS-TV reports.... More »

Guy Discovers KFC Secret, Gets Special KFC Painting

Um, wow

(Newser) - "Dreams DO come true." And for Mike Edgette, who tweeted just that on Saturday morning, his dream entailed receiving a painting depicting him riding piggyback on Colonel Sanders against a picturesque mountain landscape, all the while waving a KFC drumstick. Edgette tells Mashable he received the artwork, along... More »

Kit Kat Quesadilla May Soon Come to a Taco Bell Near You

Or maybe one stuffed with Twix, if the chain's test goes well

(Newser) - If Taco Bell can stuff a tortilla with three different types of Doritos, why not a candy bar filling for a quesadilla? Consumerist reports the latest offering from the taco chain is a "Chocoladilla" packed with bits of melted Kit Kats or Twix. And all that mouthwatering goodness will... More »

KFC Only Follows 11 People on Twitter, and It's Genius

'5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb'

(Newser) - We're not sure if the guy who goes by the Twitter handle @edgette22 does any detective work on the side, but he may want to look into it. Mashable reports the online sleuth made a startling find during what must have been a day filled with downtime, and it... More »

Wendy's Discontinues Spicy Nuggets; Burger King Jumps In

'People miss spicy nuggets'

(Newser) - Burger King is adding spicy nuggets to its menu and firing up a rivalry with burger chain Wendy's, which pulled the peppery snack from most of its restaurants earlier this year. Burger King said Tuesday that its version of spicy nuggets will roll out nationwide this week, the AP... More »

Dunkin' Donuts May Be Nixing a Big Part of Its Identity

Parent company plans to drop 'Donuts' from brand name in test-drive

(Newser) - Dunkin' Donuts is thinking about dumping "Donuts" from its name. A new location of the chain in Pasadena, Calif., will be simply called Dunkin', a move that parent company Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. calls a test, the AP reports. The Massachusetts-based company said Thursday that a few other stores... More »

Witnesses: Chick-fil-A Trashed After Nugget Dispute

It happened in Jacksonville, Florida

(Newser) - A tiff over cold chicken nuggets apparently led to a trashed Florida Chick-fil-A. Action News Jax reports on the incident, which took place Monday night in a Jacksonville restaurant and started with what witnesses say was a teen boy complaining he wasn't satisfied with his order. Allison Music, who... More »

When It Comes to Service, McDonald's Isn't No. 1

Survey finds McDonald's is dead last; Chick-fil-A comes out on top

(Newser) - The fast-food industry may not be heralded for Michelin-rated fare, but chains can earn loyalty through the customer service they offer, ensuring consumers keep coming back for their burgers, tacos, and pizzas. And per 24/7 Wall St. , fast-food restaurants bested full-service restaurants for the first time ever on this year'... More »

Internet Doesn't Approve of Popeyes' Cookie-Coated Chicken

Kids, on the other hand...

(Newser) - "I'm not saying this is the best chicken I've ever had, but it's probably in the top five," one 10-year-old tells Delish . The chicken-loving kid was testing a brand new, possibly over-the-top food invention from Popeyes: fried chicken strips breaded with crumbled shortbread cookies. The... More »

Little-Known Billionaire's Job: Making Cheese for Our Pizza

You've probably never heard of James Leprino, the 'Willy Wonka of cheese'

(Newser) - You've likely never seen a photo of James Leprino, a 79-year-old reclusive billionaire in Colorado who runs Leprino Foods, a cheese and dairy manufacturing company. But that business is actually an empire—its website says it's the "world's largest producer of mozzarella"—and though Leprino... More »

10 Best Fast-Food Chains in US

Nary a Burger King or Dairy Queen to be found

(Newser) - McDonald's and Subway may be the fast-food kings in America, but are they the best fast-food options in the states? Not even close, according to a Business Insider ranking of the 25 best fast-food restaurants in the US. With the help of Restaurant Business' 2016 data, Business Insider looked... More »

McDonald's Pizza? It Exists, and This Guy Found It

Podcast documents Brian Thompson's travels to Ohio to sample the wares

(Newser) - McDonald's is ubiquitous, but Brian Thompson has been obsessed with one particular location in Ohio—and one menu item that's gone missing from virtually every other McDonald's. That item is pizza, and as Cara Giaimo explains in Atlas Obscura , the journalist got it in his head that... More »

McDonald's Sauce From '98 May Return, Thanks to Cartoon

Rick of 'Rick and Morty' really wants chain's Szechuan McNugget dip on the menu again

(Newser) - More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition calling for McDonald's to bring back a special sauce for its Chicken McNuggets, and it's thanks to a cult-favorite cartoon. Rick and Morty, a popular animated series co-created by Dan Harmon for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim roster,... More »

Carl's Jr. Tries Advertising Burgers With Actual Burgers

Fast-food chain trying to expand customer base by ditching sexy commercials

(Newser) - Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are ditching the bikinis and getting back to the burgers, the AP reports. The chains are famous for advertisements featuring models and celebrities like Paris Hilton, Kate Upton, and Emily Ratajkowski munching on burgers while scantily clad. A new commercial for the chains shows... More »

Subway Sues Broadcaster for $210M Over Chicken Story

CBC stands by accusation that chain's product is half soy

(Newser) - Subway and the CBC are continuing their game of chicken, and neither side looks to be swerving. The latest in the fast-food drama: The restaurant chain says it will file a lawsuit against the broadcaster for a story that claims Subway's chicken isn't 100% chicken , but halfway made... More »

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