Big Game Burger - © 2023 Arbys

Fast Food Week: Quick Service Restaurant and Snacks News!

Lots of new fall fare announcements this week, with a tip of the helmet to the NFL from KFC and a Taco Tuesday assist from The Bell. Di Giorno thaws out a Pineapple Pickle pie. And don’t forget to get in line for one of those new Arby’s Wild Game Burgers!

Pineapple Pickle Pizza - © 2023 Di GiornoDi Giorno’s new Pineapple Pickle Pizza: Aimed at football fans at the start of the NFL season…

Arby’s out for Big Game

The guys who proclaim, “We’ve Got The Meats!” really come through this month with a new Wild Game Burger. (See photo, top of page.) It’s composed of Venison, Elk and Ground Beef. Can’t imagine how it tastes. I guess we all have to go buy one and find out for ourselves… Besides the patty, you get dark cherry steak sauce, crispy-fried onions, pickles and Swiss cheese. Details of the very special limited initial release can be found at

Taco Bell intros new Chicken Enchilada Burrito…

Is it an enchilada or a burrito? The official product photo indicates clearly that it’s a burrito. But its innards call to mind an enchilada heritage: grilled chicken, The Bell’s signature seasoned rice, red sauce, 3-cheese blend, and sour cream.

Chicken Enchilada Burrito - © 2023 Taco Bell

And it’s just $2 as a member of the TB Cravings menu. Also available: a Chipotle Ranch Grilled Chicken Burrito, a Beefy Melt Burrito, and a Fiesta Veggie Burrito.

… Pays for your Taco Tuesday

Well, they’ll help, anyway. Even if you choose to celebrate the recently liberated fête at another vendor. As of this week, The Bell and Door Dash are partnering to offer $5 off any qualifying order at any participating Mexican resto. Just use the tag TACOTAB when ordering via the website or mobile app. A list of participating restos will eventually be found here.

Shake Shack reprises Hot Menu

Welcome back the SS Hot Chicken Sandwich. And say Olé! to the new Spicy Shackmeister Burger. The Shackmeister is described as: a 100 percent Angus beef cheeseburger…

Hot Ones Menu - © 2023 Shake Shack

…dusted with a hot pepper blend, topped with crispy-fried onions, chopped cherry peppers, and Shack Sauce. Also on the limited time Hot Menu: Spicy Fries and Spicy Cheese Fries, both with Ranch Sauce.

KFC blasts out Hot & Spicy Wings

KFC is offering new Hot & Spicy Wings to usher in the new NFL season. It’s a limited-time offer. They’re drummies and flatties double breaded in KFC’s Extra Crispy manner. You get 8 KFC H&S Wings for just $4.99. It’s seen as a swat back at Popeyes’ current Ghost Pepper Wings and Sweet ‘N Spicy Wings deals, which are priced at six for $5.99.

El Pollo Loco now uses real Oaxaca

The trouble with getting and using real Oaxaca cheese outside Oxaca is, it’s not pasturized (so can’t be imported in most places) and it doesn’t travel well. But El Pollo Loco is using the stuff in its Stuffed Quesadillas, returning this fall for a limited time.

Oaxaca Menu - © 2023 El Pollo Loco

Choose from Poblano Chicken, Chipotle Chicken and Shredded Beef Avocado versions. If you’ve never tasted real Oaxaca cheese, the bast way to describe it is ‘similar to fresh Mozzarella’. A great cheese pull, mild flavour and a superstar melting cheese.

Di Giorno rolls out Pineapple Pickle Pizza

For the Heat and Eat crowd: Di Giorno’s is now offering a kitschy new pie topped with pineapple chunks and pickle slices. The base sauce is creamy garlic, and the cheese is Mozzarella. The toppings are not intermingled; there’s pickles on one half and pineapple on the other.

DiGiorno is giving away a limited number of the Pineapple Pickle Pizzas for free on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last, every remaining Tuesday in this month at their online store. General supermarket release expected next month.

Lunchables intros Grilled Cheesies

Lunchables lunch box an snacks packs have been around for some time now. But they’ve been largely limited to small, format servings featuring meat cheese and crackers.

Grilled Cheesies - © 2023 Lunchables

Now the brand is introducing full-sized grilled cheese sammys in a special heating pack. The ‘360CRISP’ container is designed to heat, crisp and brown the sandwich in the microwave in just 60 seconds. Due to arrive in supermarkets this month, in Original and Pepperoni Pizza flavours…

Kellogg’s launches Frosted Chocolatey Chip Pancake Pop-Tarts

Imagine a toaster-ready Pop-Tart filled with real chocolate chips, topped with maple-flavored icing and chocolate chip flakes. Well tell your imagination to stand down! They’re available now exclusively at Walmart, along with Frosted Strawberry Milkshake Pop-Tarts. And they should start appearing at all regular Pop-Tart sources in December.

McDonald’s phasing out self-serve drinks

McDonald’s is phasing out self-serve drinks refills in its dining rooms. The change should be complete across the chain by 2032. It’s all part of the Business Model of the future…

Self Serve Fountain - © 2023 CNN

… Under which dine-in customers will become more of a nuisance than a pleasure. But refills will still be free for the asking, at the service counter.

Dairy Queen offers $0.85 Blizzard

Through September 24, at participating locations in the U.S. The offer is exclusive to the DQ mobile app, where details can be found. You can get any Blizzard on the regular menu, and the currently-featured 2023 fall Blizzard menu.

And that’s the skinny…

… On the most outstanding Fast Food offerings that will be making some of us a little fatter over the coming weeks. See you back here in 7 for the next edition of Fast Food Week!

~ Maggie J.