Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant and Snacks News!

A bumper crop of premium offerings this week! New sandwiches, returning favourites and a Spaghetti Burger. We also bring you the latest in the Taco Tuesday saga. And we feature a couple of Novelty Alerts we just couldn’t bear to leave out…

BBQ Brisket - © 2023 Del TacoThe new Del Taco Honey Chipotle BBQ Brisket menu…

Del Taco features Honey Chipotle BBQ Brisket

You can get it as a Brisket Quesadilla; a Brisket and Bacon Burrito; or as Brisket and Bacon (bits-studded) Fries. The star ingredient is lean pulled-beef brisket, pit-smoked for 16 hours and brushed with smoky honey Chipotle BBQ sauce. There’s nothing else quite like it out there just now, that is. And as you might expect, it’s a limited-time offer.

Jack In The Box launches Taco TuesNight

Rushing to cash in on the promotional hubbub over the Taco Bell court victory over Taco John’s  re.- the ‘Taco Tuesday’ slogan, JITB is suggesting an alternative: Taco TuesNight.

Taco TuesNight - © 2023 JITB

One-upping Taco Bell’s latest deal, Jack In The Box is offering Jack Pack reward members two free tacos with any regular menu purchase every Tuesday, beginning now. The one-upping references the expiry dates of the free taco deals. Taco Bell’s ends September 30. JITB’s bear no expiry date!

Carl’s Jr. does Big Char Chile Burger

Carl’s is now offering what it calls The Big Char Chile Burger (see picture, top of page). That’s a standard burger bun with a regular or Angus charbroiled patty, topped with a whole grilled Green Chili Pepper. Dressings include pepper jack cheese, creamy southwest sauce, and lettuce. Twin patty versions are available. I like the sound of that flavour!

SONIC blasts out

In spite of the fancy name, this creation is listed as a ‘value menu’ item. Starting with SONIC’s signature Texas Toast, the burger utilizes a junior grilled beef patty…

Bacon Pepper Ranch burger - © 2023 SONIC

…topped with melted American (Processed) cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, and creamy peppercorn ranch. There’s a deal when you order the burger with a small-sized Tots or Fries.

Jollibee tests new Spaghetti-topped Chicken sammy

The Spaghettiwich is just that; a crispy-fried chicken breast topped with Jollibee’s signature Jolly Spaghetti and house Gravy. Comes in both regular and spicy chicken varieties. The Filipino Fast Food chain has only been in North America for a few years, but it’s been generating enthusiastic headlines across the food media. In case you were wondering,m their Spaghetti is a flavour adventure unlike any you’ve embarked upon before…

Domino’s rolls out new Pepperoni hand pie

Think McDonald’s dessert pies or Hot One x Hot Pockets. Domino’s is stuffing its iconic Cheesy Bread with a medley of cheeses and pepperoni, garnishing it with Parmesan and running it under the broiler for a crunchy finish.

Pepperoni Stuffed Cheesy Bread - © 2023 Dominos

“Adding our number one pizza topping to our Stuffed Cheesy Bread was a no-brainer. We honestly can’t believe we didn’t launch it sooner!” said Kate Trumbull, Domino’s Senior Vice President – Chief Brand Officer. Pepperoni Stuffed Cheesy Bread is just the latest addition to Domino’s Stuffed Cheesy Bread menu.

Popeye’s adds new Sweet ‘n Spicy Wings

You get an order of 6 drummies and flatties for $5.99. They’re marinated, battered and fried, and can be doused or dipped in a new spicy-sweet sauce. There’s a limited-time deal for folks who order via the website or the mobile app. It gets you a free side.

Wendy’s unveils Nacho Cheese sammys…

Wendy’s is launching a new ensemble of Nacho-inspired sandwiches and fries. They’re front-and-centre in the recently inaugurated Made To Crave menu. The new loaded Nacho Cheeseburger starts with a signature square grilled beef patty.

Nacho Cheeseburger - © 2023 Wendy'

It’s topped with American (processed)cheese, roasted poblano queso, spicy corn tortilla strips, chipotle sauce, lettuce, and tomato, And the real ‘new’ feature of this offering: a Jalapeño cheddar roll. There’s also a Loaded Nacho Chicken Sandwich which simply swaps out the beef patty for a crispy fried Chicken Breast. And don’t forget the Queso-blessed fries.

… Rolls out Biggie Bundles

Get any 2 of the following for just $3: Sausage Biscuit; Egg and Cheese Biscuit; small order of Seasoned Potatoes; or a medium Coffee. The new 2 for $3 Biggie Bundles are a limited-time breakfast deal at participating locations across the U.S.

Doritos sneaks out Late Night Loaded Taco chips

Hardly a week goes by these days that Doritos (under the guidance of parent Frito Lay) doesn’t roll out a new flavour. The latest is Late Night Loaded Taco.

Late Night Nachos - © 2023 Doritos

“Taste the night — day or night — with the bold crunch of Doritos Late Night Loaded Taco Flavored Tortilla Chips. […] Late Night Flavor with a Bold Crunch.” They’re available for a limited time exclusively at Kroger supermarkets across the U.S. if they sell well enough, they may just be added to lineup permanently.

Goldfish go Pumpkin Spice

As add as it may sound, Gold Fish crackers have issued a special fall version: Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Grahams. As much as I decry the tired old Pumpkin Spite ‘tradition’, I have to admit this product earns a gold star based on my criteria for a truly ‘new’ snack. Order now online, or starting in September at the usual Goldfish retail sources.

Novelty Alert! Oscar Mayer releases Franken-Straw

You’ll recall that an anonymous sports fan was caught in a viral video about a year ago using a hot dog as a beer straw. Now, Oscar Mayer, the hot dog giant is offering a limited-edition frankfurter beer straw.

Hot Dog Straw - © 2023 Oscar Mayer

It’s all plastic, so you can rinse and reuse as many times as you want to. The catch is, you have to pre-order at the website. “Wash thoroughly before use. Hand wash only with soap and warm water. Not dishwasher safe. Do not microwave. Not intended for use with hot beverages. ”

Novelty Alert! Capri Sun Fruit Punch silences kids

Capri Sun, makers of a variety of fruit punches aimed at kids, is offering a limited-edition special aimed at adults. Starting August 28, you can visit this website to register for your chance to win a Wireless Kid Noise-Cancelling Technology kit. The package looks like it might house a st of fancy noise-cancelling headphones…

Kid Silencing Kit - © 2023 Capri Sun

But it’s actually just a two-pack of Capri Sun juice drinks, which the company says will take your thirsty kids at least 50 seconds to drink. “At Capri Sun, we know that back-to-school season is a hectic time and our goal through launching the Kid Noise-Canceling Juice Drink is to show our appreciation for parents by providing them 50 seconds of calm,” said Samantha Mills, Associate Director, Brand Communications.

And that’s the skinny…

… On all the best Fast Food menu items and deals destined to make us all a little fatter over the coming weeks. See back here in 7 for the next edition of Fast Food Week.

~ Maggie J.