Tag Archives: fast food

Wrap it up, B.

13 May

Prices are going up all over the place.  Gas will get insane in the next month or so.  All that being said, how to give customers great prices is always the question.

Welcome again to the JFC SOLUTION CENTER:

How about companies stop spending MILLIONS of dollars on TRASH?

This chicken sammich from Wendy’s is wrapped in a paper and then slid into a paper-box.   Sort of like you would get sliders in from White Castle or what you get your fries in.

Why do I need this?  It’s slick, full-color, and obviously cost Wendy’s money to make.   It’s great branding.   It’s also in my hand for 10 seconds as I withdraw the sammich and toss it back into the bag as trash.

Why not cut back on worthless junk and lower your prices?   A six-dollar chicken sammich from a drive-thru place is getting silly.

5 bucks – The Magic Number

15 Nov

 The last couple of weeks I have seen a change in several fast food joints – advertising price more so than the food items themselves.

I originally intended one day last week to write about just how PRICEY everyone is getting (my Wendy’s combo was almost 8 bucks) and is it REALLY worth your money if that drive-thru combo cost as much as a dinner at a modest sit-down restaurant.

Obviously I am not the only one thinking this way.   Several places are putting together 5 and under menus.

My theory is this:  If it’s around 5 bucks people are cool with it. Get closer to a 10 spot and people get a bit itchy.

What is your price-point for fast food?

 

The Future of Fast Food?

19 Sep

I am seeing a trend and I am not sure if it’s good or bad.  It’s just happening.   Just go with it, people.

Fast food was designed to compete with restaurants.   That battle continues but the lines are blurring between those two giants.    I see restaurants trying to offer “bites” or “mini” sized (and priced) items — at the same time — drive-thru joints are offering “premium” chicken sandwiches and etc.. that rival in taste and price of the sit-down restaurants they are competing with.

When you can get a 8 dollar chicken sandwich at Chili’s or a 6.50 one at Burger King – who wins?

CONVENIENCE STORES.   That’s who.

I see convenience stores starting to really go after the fast food joints.   QT, RaceTrac, and Seven-Eleven all have “grills”  or “food markets” inside gas stations or corner stores.   They offer 24 hour availability and some items are even better deals than you get from a drive-thru value menu.

RaceTrac has .49 cent any-size-drinks.   My last soda at BK was 1.89.  But I can also get a NATHAN’s Hot Dog at RaceTrac?     Kinda tempting.

Seven-Eleven sells by the slice pizza that is just as good as any mall pizza I have had for a buck a slice.   10 bucks and I can buy a whole pizza cooked for me fresh in 90 seconds. 24 hours a day.  Beat that Pizza Hut.

Pizza. Nachos, Breakfast sandwiches, chicken strips, corn dogs, chicken wings, subs, coffee, taquitos – all these stores are just going for it.

I think it’s great because it is forcing the drive-thru joints to stay in the middle with their prices.   This is why you are seeing McDonald’s selling any size drink for a buck.   Or BK ice cream cones for .50 cents.  It’s all to compete for your almighty dollar.

Teenagers hang out at burger joints because it’s a cheap date.   Will we now see them having dates at the Seven-Eleven in the future?    I say maybe.

THE GOLDEN RULE

27 Aug

Okay, I guess I have to say this.  Out loud.  To the millions…… AND MILLIONS of Junk Food Critic fans out there.

THE GOLDEN RULE is this:    If your damn car window does NOT roll down, then you take your little self INSIDE.

Opening the door not only makes everyone in the drive-thru NERVOUS (are you getting ready to rob the joint or are you just an idiot?)  and it also is just inconvenient for EVERYONE involved.  You have to lean out and back.  They have to lean out and over.

And it annoys the bloody-blue-hell out of me.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen this, and just about ALWAYS they scrape their door against the bricks or just bang it outright and do more damage to that poor car.   JUST. GO. INSIDE.  JERK.

Taco Something Part THREE

3 Aug

Okay, if you are STILL with me, you have made it through Taco Something Part ONE and then Part TWO -leading you to here.

At this point I am just disgusted, and ready to go.  My friend gets up to throw her trash away and walks back over and orders SOMETHING ELSE.  I was prepared to scream blue murder at this point.

She turns and just smiles at me like she knows something I don’t.

I look around and there is still a few of those hot sauce packets left.  One of them is called FIRE ROASTED.   Since I am at my absolute end here I might as well fill up on taco sauce since it looks like my friend is ordering more junk.

HOLY SMOKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    I have had their taco sauces before and they weren’t very memorable – but this stuff was VERY VERY GOOD.   I thought I was hallucinating at first.

It has a smokey, chipotle flavor to it, and it was good enough for me to stuff them in my pocket for later use.  I make street tacos all the time, so these will be AWESOME on them!!!

I can’t believe my favorite thing at Taco Bell is their tiny packets of Fire Roasted sauce.

And then my friend returns to shut my mouth proper.

It seems I TOTALLY forgot something about Taco Bell.  Something my friend KNEW I forgot about and was her ace in the hole.

THE CARAMEL APPLE EMPANADA.  It is a forgotten treat since I don’t frequent here.  But in the past it has earned BEST DRIVE THRU DESSERT praise from me in the past.   It’s exactly what you would expect it to be, a flaky crust filled with apple chunks and a caramel sauce.   It’s rich.  It’s delicious.  It’s damn near decadent.

And it’s the best thing Taco Bell has – hands down.  All that drama was worth it to get to this fantastic sweet treat.

You have GOT to try it if you haven’t.  They don’t much advertise it, so you may have to ask, but DO.  It’s very good.

TASTE TEST: Subway does Pizza

15 May

This one has been kicking around my head for awhile. I can’t believe I am just now getting around to it.

I am SO LATE to the party, but here goes—- in case you didn’t know – SOME – Subway restaurants serve PIZZA!

SURPRISE!!!!! (I always have sarcasm on hand)

It was an item I immediately thought was a great idea, but I notice that most of the Subway locations near me serve them.

And the ones that do are sold out alot of times. I guess that is a good thing for the company.

It’s essentially a small frozen cheese pizza. It’s crust is a little on the thicker side I would say.

Having these pre-made probably saves tons of time and money. Subway already has just about anything you could want on a pizza already available as a sandwich topping, so this is kind of a no-brainer.

As for the taste – for me personally it’s been hit or miss. Depending on the toppings and I suppose how long that frozen “canvas” has been sitting in that freezer.

This last attempt I just went for a simple pepperoni with some parmesan cheese and some oregano for a kick.

It was actually pretty fresh tasting but not as indulgent as say – one of those personal pan pizzas that you can get from the Taco Bell / Pizza Hut joints. Those I think are just a touch better in terms of taste.

Both are not perfect – but this a quickie lunch decision we are probably talking about here.

And speaking of quick, that Subway toaster is quite impressive. Once topped, they can pop out a fully cooked pie in a couple of minutes.

So if you have seen it but didn’t want to take a chance, give it up and go for it. I bet you will find it’s a nice departure from the same ol’ sammich you order every other time.

I hate it when I’m right

4 May

I always judge a sandwich shop by their “hot” sandwiches.

Anyone can throw some cold cuts on some bread.

To me, if you can make a kick ass HOT sandwich, you are on your way to having something good going.

Quizno’s – a few years ago used to have a meatball sandwich I liked. It was the sandwich that got me hooked on them.

AND OF COURSE – if you read this blog you know by now- If I LOVE something it gets cancelled or discontinued.

So flash forward to now.

My latest trip to Quizno’s I see they have a handful of new items.

One of them is MEATBALL SLIDERS that come in singles or two-packs.

LOVE THIS.

It’s very filling, so don’t let the slightly small size fool ya. These ARE sliders after all.

They come standard –Meatball, sauce, and cheese. I am sure you can dress them up anyway you like but I love’em as is.

I am very glad to see that Quizno’s see things my way and has brought the meatball back. Not only as just a regular sandwich, but in these killer sliders.

Try’em!

All About The Sauce

25 Apr


Ok, so I have been all over this new Burger King menu, and I have to say that the thing I love most is the thing I passed over a few times until today.

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the ROASTED JALAPENO BBQ sauce.

Now it’s not HOT or so spicy that you can’t eat it. It’s a mild addition to a basic BBQ sauce. But it’s so subtle and smooth that it’s addictive.

I had a three piece chicken tenders and I went through two of these tubs because I was loving it. It’s an instant favorite because it’s got a nice kick.

It’s a fact that all the research of the day suggests that people’s tastes are changing.

People are CRAVING spice and taste and texture.

Papa John’s, McDonalds, Dominos, and most other places I can think of are stocking up on dipping sauces to compliment their menus without having to actually roll out new menu items.

My next trip to BK I plan on doing a bit of an experiment. Feel free to follow in my footsteps. Here’s the plan:

1)Order a Double cheeseburger – meat and cheese only.

2) Ordering a side of Onion Rings

3) Asking for (even if I have to pay) for some of this sauce.

Assemble 1-3 with a tornado of black pepper into what I am calling
——-
the Wild West Double CheeseBurger.

WOO!!!!!!

TASTE TEST: Carl’s Jr. Buffalo Strips

22 Mar

LORD knows I loves me some chicken wings. I say LOVES me some chicken wings. The marriage of tender yet crispy chicken mixed with a super spicy sauce makes my mouth water.

So when I passed Carl’s Jr. and saw they offered Buffalo Strips I flipped a “U” all Bo Duke style and cruised right on in.

Now, if you have paid any attention to this blog, you might have read my article about Wendy’s awhile back.

Wendy’s came out with Boneless Buffalo Wings and I was super excited. I liked them. And they didn’t last. That is my luck.

Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of being able to swing into a place like Carl’s Jr. and get restaurant style chicken strips covered in a sauce that has some nice “kick”- just about anytime I want.

Wings, Boneless or otherwise, are really more of a restaurant item. They take awhile to make RIGHT, so fast food places usually steer clear of them.

So I am very impressed with Carl’s Jr. for taking the chance and making something that is readily available, AND tastes like the kind of strips you would find in a great sports bar.

These were so good, I actually had them three days in a row over this last weekend, and that is something I almost NEVER do.

Try’em!!!

REVIEW: TOP THAT PIZZA!

26 Feb
top that by Junk Food Critic
top that, a photo by Junk Food Critic on Flickr.

I have been sorta excited about this place and the concept in general for a few months now.

At TOP THAT PIZZA they make the pizza in front of you (think Subway) and then are cooked and on your table in five minutes.

This “Fast Casual” dine in pizza place is a great idea and one that I think will develop fast and hopefully get people back into “sit-down” pizza joints. I think we have spent way too much time relying on weak delivery pizza.

The TOP THAT PIZZA in Mansfield is the first location in Texas and it’s quite good. For 6.99 you get UNLIMITED TOPPINGS. As you can see from that picture, this pie was LOADED. They have a ton of different toppings, crusts, sauces, and cheeses so you can really go crazy.

My first thought when I sat down with this monster is that I feel sorry for the owner. At the end of the month, when he sees his food costs, he is gonna go ballistic!

The pizza makers are NOT stingy at all with the toppings. Grabbing toppings by the fistful.

This made me happy and full in my belly.

It’s just a 10″ pizza, but after pounding down that bad boy I was full.

I chose the WHEAT crust and was glad I did because I tried a bit of the WHITE and it seemed rather plain and slightly underdone. The wheat crust was a champ holding all that goodness without sliding off or being sloppy mess.

The place was steadily busy as they have only been open for a few days. Everyone I talked to loved the pizza and didn’t mind paying 7 bucks for a pizza like this.

I think this is a great place and would love to see it do well and spread to multiple locations all over the DFW.

I have always been a fan of the “sit-down” pizza place over delivery pizza and I think this concept is a great step in the right direction.

TOP THAT PIZZA
3300 E. Broad Street
Mansfield, TX 76063
682.518.0080

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