Carls Chili-Cheese Burger - © 2022 - Carls & Hardees

Fast Food News: Quick Service Restaurant And Snacks News!

Well… We’re on the doorstep of Valentine’s Day, and it seems the major players have shot their bolt. Only one Valentine’s special announcement. (Okay, I guess it’s getting late to make a big deal of it). But the St. Patrick’s Day specials are starting to bloom like the crocuses in spring…

Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT - © 2022 Taco BelTaco Bell celebrates 10 years of Locos Tacos, 60 years in business!

Taco Bell celebrates 10 years of Locos Tacos

Yes, Doritos Locos Tacos have been around for a decade, evolving over time to the current top-tier variant, the Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT. It’s based on the usual crunchy taco shell actually made of Doritos, but this time it’s coated with Cool Ranch seasoning and a top layer of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Couldn’t they think of anything else to add? Anyway, the stuffing is deceptively simple: the Bell’s signature ground beef, lettuce and shredded Cheddar. It’s a limited time offer, of course…

Checkers, Rally intro Fry-Seasoned Tenders

These chicken tenders are, as described, crispy fried white meat pieces coated with Checkers and Rally’s Famous Fry seasoning. Sounds like a really salty, savoury bite, in 3-, 5- and 8-piece orders, at participating locations.

Fry Seasoned Tenders - © 2022 Checkers & Rally

Enter the Seasoned Chicken Tenders sweepstakes starting February 16 to win Tenders swag and coupons for free Tenders.

Carl’s Jr.& Hardee’s get spicy

C&H are reportedly testing a new chili formula: ground beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers, chilis, and a secret blend of spices. They’re featuring the stuff in three new menu items including: the Chili Cheese Star burger (a char-grilled patty, topped with Chili, American Cheese, Crispy Onion Rings and Mustard on a sesame seed bun) (see photo, top of page); a Double Chili Cheese Star (with 2 patties); and Chili Cheese Fries (topped with Chili and shredded cheese). At selected outlets in DC, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, Texas and California.

Jack in the Box blasts out new Tiny Tacos

Nacho Tiny Tacos are a spicy iteration of Jack’s original fan fave Tiny Tacos, topped with zesty nacho seasoning. The bite-sized  cuties come in a 15-count order with a side of cool Ranch Sauce.

Nacho Tiny Tacos - © 2022 Jack in the Box

No word whether they’re here permanently or just a limited time teaser. Get ’em while you can!

McDonald’s reprises Shamrock Shake

The iconic Shamrock Shake is coming back at McDonald’s for St. Patrick’s Day. And there’ll be an OREO cookie crumb Shamrock McFlurry as well. Starting February 21, through St. Paddy’s.

Little Caesar’s loves bouquets

They’re specially-packaged Cheezy Bread arrangements designed to gift your Valentine. And they’re available only via online order. That means you can order them via the Little Caesar’s app for pick-up, or delivery to your sweetie.

Little Caesars Cheezy Bread Bouquet - © 2022 Little Caesars


Now through Valentine’s Day – but only in selected south-Atlantic coast markets. We wonder why they didn’t make this deal chain-wide…

Novelty Alert! McD’s Japan plates ‘New York’ Burgers…

They’re actually ‘Itta Ki Ni Naru N.Y.’ burgers – which translates to ‘I Feel Like I Went to N.Y.’ burgers. You can get beef or chicken versions, with bacon, lettuce, onion cheese, and an appropriate complimentary sauce for each. The most notable feature is the square sesame seed bun. Available now for a limited time. If you’re going to be in Japan. Meanwhile…

… Brings back Large Fries

A while ago, we reported that McDonald’s Japan had discontinued Large Fries due to shortages of potatoes (imported from Canada), caused by the global transportation troubles which are, in turn, caused by the COVID situation. Now, Large Fries are back on the menu. For how long? Who knows?

And that’s the skinny…

… On what’s going to be making some of us a little fatter (and lovier) over the coming days and weeks. See you back here in 7 for the next edition of Fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.