Spider Doughnut - © 2022 Dunkins

Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant And Snacks News!

A nice mix this week of returning favourites, seasonal specials and new menu items under test. Taco Bell announces come-back contest winner. And a preview of the latest FF Resto of the Future concept: the Desert Safari Amble-Thru at a Las Vegas In N’ Out location…

Fergie the rescue camel saunters up to the ‘Safari-Thru’ window at a Las Vegas In ‘N Out resto three days ago for fries. She treats the visit as an every-day occurrence…

Taco Bell does Dippin’ Tacos…

The Bell continues to innovate its menu after a major strip-out and refocus on its core menu items (i.e.- tacos) a couple of years back. Now, they’re introducing what they call Dippin’ Tacos, which seem to be right on point. Two versions are offered: One based on The Bell’s signature seasoned Beef, the other on new Shredded Beef. The latter has been compared by some reviewers to Birra. Choose Red Sauce or Nacho Sauce for dipping. Simple but sumptuous…

… Announces come-back winner

We mentioned a little while back, that The Bell was running a contest to determine which of two former main menu items would be coming back (for a limited time).

Enchirito - Back For Fall - © 2022 Taco Bell

The Enchirito (Enchilada-Burritro cross) narrowly beat out the Double-Decker Taco by more than 2 – 1. Some 67 percent of the 760,000 Bell Rewards members who voted backed the Enchirito. It’ll be back from November 17 to November 30.

Whataburger has ‘natural’ crunch

Whataburger has given some serious thought to its latest menu item: the Chili Cheese Burger. It’s a big, juicy burger with two beef patties, two slices of American (Processed) cheese, beef chili, embedded corn chips, mustard, and onions, served on a toasted five-inch bun. That’s right: corn chips. Reviewers say it gives the thing a definite dose of Fritos’ Pie crunch. I say that makes it a truly original innovation on the chili cheeseburger; one folks will enjoy that doesn’t cost the resto a fortune to implement. There is also a Jr. version with a single patty on a 4 in. bun.

Eggo premieres ‘Vegan Chicken’ Waffle

The Incogmeato Plant-Based Chik’n & Eggo Liège Style Waffle Sandwich is a mouthful no matter how you look at it. Looks great in the official portraits, anyway.

Eggo Vegan Chicken Sammy - © 2022 Morningstar Garms

Except maybe for the Morningstar Farms veggie chicken patty. Sorry, guys, but it has that too-smooth, too evenly browned, too regular surface texture that always calls out a faux meat substitute. On the other hand, the Eggo Liège Style Waffle ‘bun’ looks great!

Popeye’s brings back $5 Big Box Meal

The popular combo meal includes two pieces of bone-in fried chicken, two regular sides, and a biscuit for $5 ($6 if you order in-restaurant). Order through the app or the website. At participating locations nationwide. While supplies last, well into the Fall…

Dunkins reprises Spider Doughnut for Hallowe’en

The Dunk-o-Lantern is bright orange iced doughnut with a chocolate doughnut hole body and chocolate drizzle legs (see photo, top of page). And don’t forget to snag a Peanut Butter Cup Macchiato: an orange-hued, peanut butter cup swirl with a layer of espresso stirred in. Not to mention a bunch of other seasonal faves available now through the end of October.

Reese’s releases new Footballs

A new one-bite treat for the new NFL season that captures all the fun and flavour of Reese’s PB Cups in a football-shaped, chocolate-covered candy

Resse's Footballs - © 2022 Reese's

Yes, they’ll remind you of Reese’s Easter Eggs. The largest size is the big, PB Cup-sized Easter Egg. There’s also a mid-size. Choose the one you need, from garnish to main, featured snack!

Rare Sighting: Camel visits Drive-Thru

Fergie is a 12-year-old Colorado rescue camel who now lives at a Nevada animal sanctuary near Las Vegas. Seems she had one of her occasional cravings for Fries earlier this week. Just for fun, a human buddy walked Fergie up the strip and into the first Drive-Thru they spotted, an In N’ Out franchise. A bystander captured the event in glorious night-vision HD. The staff will be telling this one for years to come…

And that’s the skinny…

… On the best of the best Fast Food and Snacks offerings over the past week. Meet us back here in 7 for the next edition of Fast Food Week!

Maggie J.