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IHOP Introduces Massive Breakfast Feasts Delivered To Your Home

As amazing as American breakfasts are every morning, home cooks will attest that they are a HUGE pain to cook at times, especially if you have a large family to feed. Rather than being stuck doing an hours worth of dishes after a relaxing meal, wouldn’t it be easier to order out?

IHOP was wondering the same thing and is now offering a selection of Family Feast Meals that you can order and have delivered straight to your home.

There are four feasts customers can choose from depending on their cravings:

IHOP’s Breakfast Family Feast features 16oz of scrambled eggs, 4 servings of hash browns, 8 bacon strips, 8 sausage links and your choice of 8 pancakes, 8 French toast triangles, or 12 Belgium Waffle triangles.

The Pancake Creations Family Feast with Sausage or Bacon gives you 8 buttermilk pancakes, 4 servings of scrambled eggs and hash browns, 8 pieces of meat, and a choice of two pancake toppings. This includes glazed strawberries, blueberry compote, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, vanilla sauce, mini cheesecake bites, Lucky Charms cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries cereal.

There is also a Lunch/Dinner Feast for those looking to step outside the warm comforts of breakfast foods which includes 16 pieces of buttermilk Crispy Chicken Strips with your choice of dipping sauce, a basket of mini churros and icing dipping sauce, and a basket of fries. You can, however, sub out the fry basket for buttermilk pancakes or Belgium waffles if you’re looking for that chicken and waffle action.

Customers can order their Family Feasts for an average price of about $24.99, though prices may vary depending on your location. IHOP is also releasing a new Classic American Breakfast sandwich too, for those looking for a lighter dining choice. All options are available for takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup.

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This New Food Festival Is an Ode to the Chicken Strip

Chicken tender fanatics often live out their passion in silence. The dish can draw some serious side-eyes if ordered for dinner during a night out. Once the age has passed where “being picky” is a legitimate excuse for not wanting to try new menu items, the childhood favorite is usually reserved for the occasional bar order or desperate fast food buy. But, those crunchy breaded chicken strips are loved by most for a reason — they’re easily made and moldable to just about any profile. 

Later this month in Los Angeles, tenders will be getting the recognition they deserve, when Off the Menu and John Terzian of the H.Wood Group will be teaming up to throw the city’s first TenderFest at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 15. The festival aims to show off the tender’s full potential by bringing together some of the area’s top chicken vendors, including Delilah, Fuku, Raising Cane’s, Hot Mutha Clucker, CAULIPOWER, and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.

Additionally, famed chefs Nancy Silverton, Wolfgang Puck, Chris Oh, and Timothy Hollingsworth will each be crafting their interpretation of a tender to serve in front of a panel of judges. The winner of this showdown will be gifted a cash prize to give to a charity of their choice. 

Tickets for TenderFest are available now for $65, which pays for unlimited tenders and beer. The VIP tickets, which run for $175, also include the food and booze, as well as event merchandise, a VIP lounge, access to VIP-only vendor Dave’s Hot Chicken, a gift bag, and a 6 month membership to Off the Menu.

Off the Menu has been throwing dope food-focused events for a while now, and is a consistent source for innovative and creative flavors, which stands out in a Southern California culinary universe that can tend to stagnate on flavor-of-the-month trends. 

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Panda Express Debuting Sichuan Hot Chicken Nationwide

Both Sichuan and Nashville Hot chicken have been iconic dishes in their own cultures respectively. Boasting a sweet and fiery heat with each bite, the flavors from two different corners of the world have always stood apart, especially in the world of fast food. Though it looks like that time’s come to an end.

The latest original recipe from Panda Express, Sichuan Hot Chicken draws from classic Sichuan-style spices paired with one of the United States’ favorite comfort dishes: Nashville Hot Chicken.

What results is a flavorful marriage of heat and heartiness in the form of a crispy breaded white meat chicken strip.

Head of Culinary Innovation, Chef Jimmy Wang, helped bring forth this culinary union after a trip to Chengdu, China, bringing back the aromatic flavors of tingling Sichuan peppercorns to combine with the spice blends that make up the fundamental identity of Nashville Hot Chicken.

Our boys in the field Richard Guinto and Constantine Spyrou were some of the first ever to try this new fusion of flavors, even having it served in burrito form:

Panda Express’ Sichuan Hot Chicken debuts at all restaurant locations nationwide on July 17, and will run for about 10 weeks or while supplies last.

Note: The pickles featured in our imagery can only be found at Panda Express + Tea Bar locations. The Sichuan Hot Chicken will be served without them at the majority of their locations. 

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Check Your Chicken, Tyson Recalls Over 69,000 Pounds of Strips

Tyson has had a bit of a rough 2019, recalling over 18 tons of their packaged chicken nuggets back in January.

Now they’ve got another massive recall on their hands, as approximately 69,093 pounds of frozen chicken strips are at risk of metal contamination.

There were two customer complaints about “extraneous material” in their strips, and Tyson felt it was best to just pull them all off the shelf.

The three categories of strips affected were Tyson’s Fully Cooked Buffalo Style Chicken Strips, Fully Cooked Crispy Chicken Strips, and  Spare Time Fully Cooked Buffalo Style Chicken Strips, all with a “best if used by November 30, 2019” label.

 

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This is a Class I recall, which is the most serious classification by the USDA. A Class I means that it is “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

If you have any of the three types of Tyson chicken below, take it right back to the store, and if you feel the possibility that you’ve been affected by its consumption, the USDA suggests you consult a healthcare provider.

– 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0317 and 3348CNQ0318, and individual bag time stamps from 17:00 through 18:59 hours (inclusive).

– 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED CRISPY CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0419, 3348CNQ0420, 3348CNQ0421, and 3348CNQ0422, and individual bag time stamps from 19:00 through 22:59 hours (inclusive).

– 20-lb. cases of frozen “SPARE TIME FULLY COOKED, BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” and case code 3348CNQ03.

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Chicken Tender Stuffed ‘FAT TACO’ Is The Hangover Cure We Need To Drown In Salsa

Photo courtesy of Tito’s Burritos and Wings

When going on a taco run, I never come home with less than four of any type of taco. I may want to reconsider that rule after laying my eyes on this hard-shelled behemoth.

New Jersey is home to Tito’s Burritos and Wings, a restaurant chain that specializes in massive menu items that are hands-down not for the faint of heart. One of their newest items, the Fat Amy Taco, is one you’d have to step back to be able to take in.

Known for naming items after celebrities and fictional movie characters, Tito’s taco is also inspired by local favorites. It takes it name from the tradition of the “fat sandwich,” a New Jersey staple of stuffing sandwiches with an excess of fried foods as a means to cure the dreaded hangover. It is also influenced by the fictional character “Fat Amy” from the Pitch Perfect film series, whose personality is “loud and proud” — just how the restaurant describes this massive taco.

At 12 inches, the tortilla shell is deep fried and stuffed with fried chicken tenders, hand-cut French fries, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo salsa, cheese, and a spicy chipotle sauce.

The Fat Amy Taco can be found at all five of Tito’s New Jersey locations (Summit, Morristown, Ridgewood, Boonton, and South Orange). You can bring a friend and share, but tackling the massive taco on your own is also a true culinary feat.

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Chick-Fil-A Is Quietly Testing Spicy Strips And Fans Are Losing Their Minds

While several fast food restaurants scramble to make stunt food like Mac N’ Cheetos, or “Potacos,” Chick-Fil-A can make very minimal changes and still get its fans excited.

Case in point, the Spicy Chick-N-Strips they’re currently testing in Philadelphia and several regions in Texas. Phoenix will be added as a test city August 25, so it’s slowly expanding.

Spicy strips are one of those things that makes you wonder how they weren’t already on the nationwide menu, but they aren’t, and certainly should be.

The 3rd largest fast food chain in the U.S. has always kept its menu fairly simple, and these new strips fall in line with that simplicity.

According to Chick-Fil-A, these strips will use the same spicy blend as their spicy chicken sandwich, so it will be very familiar to customers.

The strips are being sold in three and four-count entrees, and will rely on these test cities to see if it’s worth a larger launch.

Of course, fans of the chicken sandwich restaurant are already on board with the strips, and are praying for a permanent release:


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It’s pretty evident that Chick-Fil-A fans are pretty riled up over the idea of spicy strips. I don’t see anyone being opposed to them being a permanent menu item.

Hopefully we see them soon, but Chick-Fil-A has broken our spicy hearts before, nixing their spicy nugget tests, and taking the spicy chicken biscuit off the menu.

Here’s hoping for some spicy redemption from the inventors of the chicken sandwich.

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Jack In The Box And Merry Jane’s New Munchie Meal Celebrates Marijuana Legalization In California

In 2018, Jack In The Box fans with the munchies will definitely have something to be merry about – even after the holidays. The fast food chain is partnering up with a munchies-driven partner to create a limited-time Late Night Munchies Meal.

Jack in the Box is partnering with Merry Jane, a leading cannabis lifestyle and media platform, to launch the new Merry Munchie Meal.

The Merry Munchie Meal features a serving of Halfsies (1/2 curly fries, 1/2 onion rings), 2 Jack Tacos, 5 Mini Churros, 3 Crispy Chicken Strips, and a small drink. Truly a meal that would conquer any form of munchies.

On Jan. 18, the new Munchies Meal will be available in California to coincide with the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Iwona Alter, Cheif Marketing Offier of Jack In The Box said in a press release:

“Jack’s Munchie Meals have been successful for us because of the authenticity of how we speak to our customers. This partnership is one more way for us to connect with them—whether you’re at a concert, up late playing video games or pulling an all-nighter. We are about welcoming all of our guests, no matter what they’re craving or why they’re craving it.”

“Launching the Merry Munchie Meal is the perfect way to acknowledge the cannabis culture in our shared home state of California,” said Scott Chung, Merry Jane’s Chief Operations Officer.

Jack fans in the Southern California area can find this new Munchie Meal in select locations around the city of Long Beach. The box will be available for, you guessed it, $4.20. Before tax, though.

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Restaurant Caught Selling Popeyes Chicken As Their Own, Offers Bizarre Explanation

UPDATE: Sweet Dixie Kitchen responded to the accusations of them using Popeyes chicken. Still no denial of their dishes containing Popeyes, but they did strongly defend the several foods that are made from scratch. They said, “We have never claimed we make each and every item,” which wasn’t exactly the case before they changed their Facebook bio this morning. Check out the Facebook response below:

Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California has some pretty favorable Yelp reviews and seems to be pretty popular, but one reviewer was not impressed, called them out for selling Popeyes fried chicken, and prompted a strange response from the restaurant.

Tyler H. of Los Angeles, CA accused the restaurant of passing off Popeyes chicken as their own. In the review, Tyler said:

“Before my friends and I got seated we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeyes to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeyes and was also rather stale. I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes.”

Instead of denying it, Sweet Dixie owner Kimberly Sanchez appeared to reply to the review, saying they “Proudly serve Popeyes spicy tenders.”

After naming other places they borrow food from, Sanchez appeared to try and pass it off as part of a collaboration with local businesses. If true, it is one thing to support mom & pop restaurants, it is another to just buy some chicken from an inexpensive fast food chain and pass it off as your own tasty menu item. She even threw in some snark, something that seemed to be consistent with several of Sanchez’s previous Yelp responses, saying, “Whatever to you and your little review like it was some great exposure – and whatever to you dude.”

Get ’em!


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It is even more comical reading previous Yelp reviews as people love how it has “just the right amount of spice,” and is “perfect!” They probably think they’re getting a special Dixie recipe (Especially since Dixie’s claimed “Everything is made here, right down to our bacon jam and Sriracha sour cream sauce…”), when there’s a chance it was just some good ol’ Popeyes.

It’s nice that people are at least enjoying the chicken, but the biggest gripe a customer could have with this is that you’re paying $12+ for chicken we know costs significantly less. On top of that, on their Facebook page they seem to pride themselves on “big flavor with conscious healthier cooking methods…” No disrespect to Popeyes, we love them, but they’re not exactly the model of healthy cuisine, with their 3-piece tenders having 1,350 milligrams of sodium, and even 1 milligram of trans fat.

Dixie Kitchen’s chicken slider costs around $12.50, and it appears it might just be Popeyes chicken tenders inside their hand-made biscuit.

Not sure if it’s good or bad, but they are suddenly being super transparent about their Popeyes tenders, to the point where they recently posted on Instagram, almost condescendingly (Although it’s always possible they could have been hacked), “Did you know we don’t get anything here? So how do we get this awesome crispy strip? We go to Popeyes every morning to buy enough for you to eat for the day! Come early – we run out!” Hack, or not, this tone now seems consistent through multiple social media avenues.

Screen grab Sweet Dixie Kitchen’s Instagram, before being deleted.

We’ll see how this all works out. Maybe people don’t mind paying high-end prices for fast food. Hopefully Sweet Dixie did get hacked, and this was all an elaborate scheme, because it’s not exactly a good look for this popular restaurant.