By Jesse | November 2, 2012
I was going to write this post about an article on The Huffington Post about a Kansas McDonald’s Franchise getting charged $400K for hiring undocumented workers…but in typical HuffPo style, there was an even more interesting slide show at the bottom of the article, “The Top 10 Cities for Fast Food Spending.”
Low and behold my hometown, Madison, WI, was listed at the #2 city for Fast Food spending per resident. Dang. There’s definitely a lot of fast food in Madtown, but for a city known for it’s liberal ideals and healthy, outdoor lifestyle, it was a bit shocking.
I won’t deny there’s a fair share of fatties in Wisconsin. Long winters, fatty food, and great beer are a recipe for plumpness. But Madison also has an incredibly fit population. Hell, they host an Iron Man every year. I’ve witnessed runners on Christmas morning training in a foot of snow. Practically all my family members that still live there have participated in at least one marathon.
Here’s my suspicion. It’s the college kids. 40K plus students, almost 25% of the population, makes for a lot of late night fast food visits. When I was in college there, both a Qdoba and a Chipotle opened within blocks of each other. Both were packed on a daily basis. The Qdoba would have 300 person lines at 3:00 morning Friday and Saturday night. That’s a lot of Federal Loan money getting pumped into fast food.
By Jesse | October 30, 2012
Get a free Doritos Loco Taco today at Taco Bell from 2pm – 6pm. This is in honer of a base being stolen during the World Series.
And…it’s Taco Tuesday!
By Jesse | March 9, 2012
The following guest post is brought to you buy Burger King Delivers and is written by Lynn Jackson.
Burger King’s delivery service, which was launched in the DC area in the fall of 2011, is currently expanding to the rest of the country. The service slaps a $2 delivery fee onto its regular prices and offers the full range of its menu items to any location within a 10-minute drive of participating stores. Burger King delivery hours vary from store to store, but typically begin after breakfast, from 11am (forget rubbery pancakes at your door) to 10pm (no luck for your late night munchies).
As the world’s second largest hamburger chain, Burger King hopes its delivery service will bump its famous flame-broiled recipe to the forefront of your fast-food cravings. Especially since McDonald’s convenience ends at drive-thrus and an extremely limited delivery service (exclusive to NYC-based business offices).
With a surge of online delivery websites, including GrubHub.com, Delivery.com, and Campusfood.com, offering a wide-variety of restaurants that deliver web orders to your door, why would you choose Burger King delivery? It requires an $8-$10 minimum purchase and an up-to-30 minute delivery wait, the delivery service defeats the whole point of fast food – fast food is supposed to be cheap and fast. Instead, why not order a fresh salad from your neighborhood Italian joint? Support your health, while supporting a local business.
Who knows whether this is a passing fad or the beginning of a major fast food milestone? Domino’s Spokesman Tim McIntyre is skeptical. “We wish them luck,” he says, “There is a reason that not all pizza places deliver: It isn’t easy.”
By Jesse | December 29, 2011
Hola Amigos, it’s been awhile since I last rapped at ya. All and all it’s been a slow year here on Fast Food Reviewed. As you can probably see, I’ve more or less given up on updating this site. Mostly because I don’t eat much as much fast food and I have a hard time endorsing it to the public. However, my fascination with America’s food will likely never die, so expect to see the occasional morsel here and there from me in 2012.
By Jesse | April 11, 2011
Last weekend I was having a food crisis. I was hungry, didn’t want to go anywhere, and couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to order.
I stumbled on a banner add for Pizza Hut’s Ultimate Stuffed Crust Pizza while checking my Yahoo email for delivery coupons. The ad looked so enticing I decided to order.
As a child, Pizza Hut was my favorite. I loved that silly book club with the free Personal Pan Pizza’s after reading five books. It was about as close as my family ever got to going to a real restaurant. They seated you, you had wait staff, and even desert pizza. And the best part was that the food was actually good.
It’s been a slow decline for Pizza Hut. It started with the four years of indulging in the all-you-can eat Pizza Hut buffet on State Street in Madison. I rationalized it as “buffet” food. Of course it wasn’t as good as ordering it fresh. It only got worse when I moved to Chicago. Every pizza was worse than the last. This “Ultimate Stuffed Crust” was the final nail in the coffin.
The experience first when wrong with the online ordering process. The process lead me to believe that I was getting a large pizza with the “ultimate stuffed crust” and the same toppings on the pizza. This was in fact incorrect. I will admit to some of the blame here. This very well could have been operator error fueled by a hangover. However, it got worse. The order never officially took. It froze in the processing state, and I had to do something we’ve all become accustom to hating, speaking to a live human being on the phone while placing an order.
They had in fact received my order. You would think I would have been able to clarify exactly what I would be getting at this stage, but unfortunately, the Pizza Hut employee’s English was about as good as my Spanish, which is to say it was muy malo. He was a nice guy and I hate to fault him, but I had no idea what he said besides that he had received my order.
The pizza and my chicken wings arrived at a decent time, but that was the last good thing I have to say about my food. I wish I would have taken a few photos, but I was too appalled that I was going to put that monster in my body. So this is getting classified as From the Editor’s Desk and not an official review.
Anyway, first off, my pizza was not what I intended to order. It was an Ultimate Stuffed Crust pizza, but only cheese. I thought I was getting the same meat trio that was rolled up in the crust on the pizza itself. The pizza was slightly cold, salty as hell, and generally lousy. The crust was the best part, and that’s not saying much.
My chicken wings were just as bad. It looked like someone had baked a few wings and just squirted some pre-packaged sauce on top without bothering to mix it at all. The sauce was a dark reddish orange, not typical to your usual buffalo wing sauce. The wings were small and low quality.
Needless to say, I still ate the whole thing in one day. It was gross and I wish I could take it back. That was the last straw Pizza Hut. After a twenty plus year relationship, I’m calling it quits. Luckily Papa John’s is now back in Chicago.
By Jesse | March 30, 2011
So far 2011 has been a crazy and exciting year for me. I haven’t been eating as much crap as usually, but have started a new job and ended up in a pretty different overall life situation. All good so far, but in summary, I haven’t had much time to post.
I’m in a little bit of a moral quandary on what to do with this blog. It’s been a great learning experience, but I’m not sure if the subject matter is something I want to continue with.
Is anyone out there reading this? Is it worth continuing featuring news, ideas, and reviews? Or is there a better topic to start blogging about? Readers, let me know what you think.
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