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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 »

McDonald's Is Making Ordering Less 'Stressful'

Chain is testing mobile order-and-pay app before national rollout

(Newser) - McDonald's has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be "stressful." The company says it will gather feedback from the test before launching the option nationally toward the end of the year, the AP reports. It says mobile order-and-pay is now... More »

Subway: We Tested Our Chicken, and No, It's Not Soy

Chain refutes 'false' CBC report, says its own tests show only 'trace' amount of soy

(Newser) - Subway says lab tests it commissioned show its chicken contains only trace amounts of soy. This after a CBC show reported that tests showed only about half the DNA from Subway chicken samples was from chicken. The rest was mostly from soy. After calling the report "false and misleading,... More »

McDonald's Dropped 500M Transactions in 5 Years

But fast-food giant says it has a plan to win customers back

(Newser) - McDonald's says it's lost 500 million customer transactions in the US since 2012 and plans to use deals to help win people back. The world's biggest burger chain said Wednesday during its investor day in Chicago that much of that business was lost after it did away... More »

Burger King Owner Buys Popeyes for More Than $1.6B

Restaurant Brands also owns Tim Hortons

(Newser) - Doughnuts, hamburgers, and as of Tuesday … chicken. That's what's now on the menu for Restaurant Brands International, the owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons that just raided the fast-food henhouse to buy the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain for nearly $1.65 billion, per the Wall Street ... More »

Burger King Offers 'Adult Toys' With Adults-Only Meal

Only available in Israel after 6pm

(Newser) - If you think Burger King isn't a romantic enough destination for a Valentine's Day date, it's willing to sweeten the deal with a couple of beers and a sex toy. In a deal being offered only in Israel, and only after 6pm on Tuesday, the chain is... More »

McDonald's Is Giving Away 10K Bottles of Big Mac Sauce

Bigger, smaller Macs to be launched Thursday

(Newser) - To get you to come into McDonald's and buy new versions of its Big Mac, the chain is giving away 10,000 bottles of its trademark special sauce for people to use at home, the AP reports. The move is to celebrate the introduction of the Mac Jr. and... More »

McDonald's Is Brewing a McCafe Makeover in 2017

Watch out, Starbucks and DD: McCafe is getting major overhaul

(Newser) - When McDonald's rolled out its McCafe in 2009 , it ramped up caffeinated competition, notably with Starbucks. But sales of McDonald's coffee products have been stagnating since that initial jolt, per Crain's Chicago Business , with Nick Karavites, a Chi-Town owner of 18 McDonald's, revealing his own mixed... More »

Why Folks May Now Feel Like Royalty at McDonald's

Chain announces table service, self-order kiosks, other upgrades

(Newser) - You deserve a break today. No, really, don't get up—a McDonald's server will bring your Big Mac right to you. That was the Thursday announcement from the company's execs, who said the new table-service option they're offering will help transform Mickey Dee's into a... More »

If You Hate Fast Food, Don't Stare Into the Crystal Ball

Indie restaurants don't stand much of a chance against global chains

(Newser) - An industry expert recently told Megan McArdle that fast-food chains are beginning their slow, inevitable decline—an opinion she dismantles for Bloomberg . McArdle acknowledges chains suffer from "added layers of bureaucracy" and sacrifice quality as they try to "wring out economies of scale," and that should give... More »

McDonald's Ditching Controversial Ingredients

Fewer preservatives, same calories

(Newser) - McDonald's, which is trying to shake its image for serving processed junk food, said Monday that it's eliminating some unpalatable ingredients from its most popular menu items. That includes making Chicken McNuggets and other items without artificial preservatives, and removing high-fructose corn syrup from its burger buns, the... More »

Corpse Spends Weekend at Fast-Food Restaurant

It wasn't discovered for three days

(Newser) - The crew over at Hungry Jack's on Wanneroo Road in Westminster, Western Australia, might want to step up the restroom maintenance. Case in point: A dead man sat in a bathroom at the fast-food restaurant for three days before he was discovered on July 18, the AFP reports. Police... More »

Dress Like a Cow, Get Free 'Chikin'

Tuesday is Chick-fil-A's annual Cow Appreciation Day

(Newser) - Want a free entrée from Chick-fil-A? All you have to do is head to one of the fast food joint's more than 2,000 locations Tuesday dressed as a cow. It's part of the 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day , Consumerist reports; the day is a celebration of... More »

Wendy's Hit by Huge Credit Card Hack

Almost 1 in 5 outlets nationwide affected

(Newser) - Wendy's has apologized and offered help to customers affected by a massive cyberattack that has affected nearly one in five of its restaurants nationwide. The company says credit and debit card data was stolen by malware in payment terminals at 1,025 US locations, all of them franchisee-owned, Restaurant ... More »

These Chili's Workers Don't Just Serve, They Believe

GQ magazine profiles the 'super-trainers'

(Newser) - You may never look at Chili's the same way again after reading a lengthy new profile at GQ . The company need not worry, though, because this is a flattering piece about how the chain is a "strange and singular" place to work. The first clue would be the... More »

Elon Musk's Brother to Sell Organic Fast Food

The Kitchenette will open in Memphis in August

(Newser) - Healthy food might finally be as affordable as a Big Mac. Elon Musk's brother plans to open a healthy fast-food restaurant in August with each menu item costing $5 or less, reports Food & Wine . The Kitchenette—the brainchild of 43-year-old Kimbal Musk and co-founder Hugo Matheson—is set... More »

Burger King's New Item Involves Cheetos Breading

It's mac and cheese plus Cheetos

(Newser) - Love mac n' cheese? Love Cheetos? Burger King hopes you'll love Mac n' Cheetos. The new 310-calorie snack is basically mozzarella sticks but stuffed with macaroni along with the cheese and cased in Cheetos-flavored breading, per Time . So far, reviews are mixed. One Twitter user says it's the... More »

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