Jack in the Box’s Excellent BBQ Bacon Double Cheeseburger

Some of the best fast food is the kind that shows up once in awhile for a limited time, encouraging people who love the item under discussion to consume far more of them than we otherwise would if they were always around and we took them for granted. The McRib is the obvious example. I’m a person who spends more money at McDonald’s in six weeks eating those sandwiches with the attendant fries and Coke than I spend the other 46 weeks of the year and the following 46 before the McRib comes back at McD’s combined. And since I’m …

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In Search of the Goldilocks Hot Dog at 7-Eleven

As I write this, it’s 7-Eleven Day, that curious alignment of the calendar where Americans get free Slurpees and Europeans wonder why we Yanks don’t celebrate 7-11 Day in November like civilised people. But I was not interested in iced beverages—well, not solely interested in them, anyway—when I went out to America’s favorite chain convenience store for lunch today. No, I was making good on a promise first made on Twitter: I would like to know where one finds jobs/apprenticeships as hot dog correspondent or perhaps convenience store/stadium food in general correspondent, because I have strong opinions about the comparative …

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The Essential Condiments for Every Kitchen

When they’re not killing Applebee’s and trading their birthright like Esau in the Bible for avocado toast, Millennials, it is said, love sauces. Now, I’m not a Millennial (Gen-X through and through, so get off my lawn), but I am strongly of the mind that food is made or broken by the sauce applied to it. If you don’t believe me, come on over and I’ll serve you unsauced pasta and salad with no dressing on it. So we’ve established that when it comes to food that tastes good, practice safe eating, use a condiment. But what condiments should be …

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In Search of the Perfect Ribwich: 7-Eleven

I love the McRib. Like, to the degree where I will eat 50 of them in the fall and look forward to the sandwich’s return to McDonald’s the way I used to look forward to Christmas when I was a little kid kind of “I love the McRib.” McDonald’s gold standard for rib-shaped pork patties cannot be topped, the perfect marriage of meat, a downright obscene amount of barbecue sauce, and the right level of accoutrement (although I’m more the type to just order the sandwich sans pickles or onions and enjoy the pure meat-and-sauce joy.) But what do I …

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Wendy’s Cravings Menu Is Barbecue Burger Bliss

Wendy’s recently debuted a new “Cravings Menu”, part of a new and improved drive to put premium burgers in a new place on the traditional “I’ll have a number X” ordering menu. The method is genius; you order your burger (the traditional Dave’s Classic and the Baconator now occupy the 1 and 2 spots, while the new Barbecue, the elevated “S’Awesome”, and a peppercorn mushroom offering rounding out slots 3 through 5 while the chicken side of the menu board remains unchanged), then you are given a choice whether you want a single, double, or triple (or, in the Baconator’s …

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