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Shhh! DUI Fries Are California’s Best-Kept Secret

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DUI Fries sound like something your drunk buddy invented, or some kind of urban legend about fries that cure your hangover, and while those are questionable claims, both are probably the reason these fries exist.

If you search for #DUIFries on Instagram, only 674 photos come up. It’s insane that a dish as crazy as this one hasn’t even cracked 1,000 IG posts, as of this writing. But those in the know, know what’s up with these majestic, artery-clogging fries.

About five years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to DUI Fries. He told me that if I went to a restaurant called Jim’s Burgers in La Puente, California, I could find some chili cheese fries that were topped with not only pastrami, but carne asada, as well.

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This no doubt intrigued me, and we set out on this mission to find the DUI Fries.

As with most “secret menu items,” I nervously asked the cashier for these “DUI Fries,” fully expecting to be given a, “What’s that?” But she put in the order, and I awaited the greasy goodness to fill my insides.

It was pretty much everything I hoped for, as I felt like death afterward, but came to terms with the over 1,500-calorie meal possibly being my last before my heart exploded.

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I recently went in search for the origin of the majestic DUI Fries, and was first led to Dino’s Chicken and Burgers. After speaking with Jim Pantazis, the small burger chain’s owner, he said the DUI Fries were born at Dino’s “about 10 years ago,” at their Pico Rivera location, and actually had nothing to do with alcohol, despite the obvious name.

We later found out those claims made by Dino’s owner to be furiously contested, as there were claims that the origin of the DUI Fries actually came in the 70s, and it came across the street from Dino’s, at a diner called Jim’s Super Burgers.

Owner Robert Stavrakis said, “The DUI was created by us and our customers over 20 years ago.”

Stavrakis said some of the regulars at Jim’s Super Burger wanted to name a menu item and put together the fry concoction, inspired by the pastrami fries that were already on the menu.  They added carne asada to the mix, and it became a hit. After noticing that nearby bar-goers would often come into the restaurant in the middle of the night, they decided to go with the name, “Dining Under the Influence Fries.”

They even came with receipts, showing us a registered trademark for the D.U.I. name.

Regardless of the origin, DUI Fries are now one of Southern California’s best kept food secrets, and the craziest thing about it, the ingredients are readily available at most mom & pop burger shacks around Cali. Because of this, the fries can be found at several different locations, some even giving them a different name, but same look.

Archibald’s Drive-Thru has their own version in their five So Cal locations:

Victory Diner in Orange County sells them now, too:

Bomb ass carne asada, pastrami, chili cheese fries. #DUIfries #omnomnom #ocfood #carneasadafries

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Arry’s Super Burgers in Montebello will give you these heart-stopping fries:

The great Arry’s😨 #DUIFRIES

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Like I mentioned earlier, the place where I first experienced them, Jim’s Burgers serves up a mean plate of them:

Hell, there’s even places that call them “Loco Fries” like Rubi’s Grill and Frosty Freeze in Whittier:

Can you say heart attack?? 😳 #getinmybelly #yum #foodporn #chilicheese #pastrami #locofries #rubis

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Whether you call them DUI Fries, Loco Fries, or simply ask for carne asada and pastrami chili cheese fries, these are a gem in Southern California. Those in the know, might covet them as much as In-N-Out’s glorious Animal Style Fries, maybe even more, since they’ve been on the low for so long.

Y’all need to experience these fries, and the chosen few who already enjoy them might hate me for this story, but I can’t be greedy.

Whether you go to Jim’s Super Burgers, Dino’s (Also, their chicken fries are fire, but that’s one secret to uncover another time), or any of the other restaurants mentioned, pop in and see if you can handle them.

Just make sure you go with a friend. Ya know, just in case you need someone to quickly perform CPR on you.

Fast Food

Taco Bell Canada Now Rockin’ Chili Cheese Fries Loaded Grillers

Loaded Grillers

For anyone out there who prefers to chow on appetizers rather than an actual entrée, Taco Bell Canada looks to be streets ahead of the snacker game with their two new exclusive flavors of Spicy Beef Nacho and Chili Cheese Fries. For those of you who don’t know, a “griller” is just a grilled burrito wrapped around a side item. Excuse me while I contain my drool.

The Spicy Beef Nacho is filled with seasoned ground beef, nacho cheese and jalapeño peppers. The Chili Cheese Fries Griller is filled with Taco Bell chili, french fries and nacho cheese. While these flavors are only available in Canada, the US chains featured loaded Potato, Chipotle Ranch Chicken, Beefy Nacho Griller (swap the jalapeños for red tortilla strips) and Chili Cheese Fries (with Potato Bites instead of fries).

I don’t say this much, but thank you Canada.

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Fast Food

Wienerschnitzel Tempts Us with Cake Batter-Dipped Cone

Cookie Ice Cream

I have to admit that chocolate-dipped cones have always been a guilty pleasure of mine and the idea of cake coating replacing said chocolate may just find a new home in my heart. Wienerschnitzel is adding a new dessert to their menu and it sounds pretty sweet. This vanilla soft serve is dipped into cake batter and rolled with rainbow sprinkles.

For those looking for an every day deal, Wienerschnitzel is also adding a $1.99 special for each day of the week. Monday’s customers can get Chili Cheese Curly Fries, Tuesday Angus All-Beef Chili Dog, Wednesday Original Pastrami Dog, Thursday Jalapeño Poppers, Friday Polish Dog, Saturday Junkyard Dog and Sunday is Two Corn Dogs.

Both the Cake Batter Cone and the Daily Deals are available at participating Wienerschnitzel locations for a limited time only.

Fast Food

Taco Bells Adds Chipotle Ranch Chicken and Chili Cheese Fries-Stuffed Mini Burritos


Adding to their entourage of mini burritos — sorry, I mean Loaded Grillers — Taco Bell’s latest items feature the  Chipotle Ranch Chicken and Chili Cheese Fries loaded grillers. The duo was first spotted being tested back in November for 79 cents each and will join their brethren, the Beefy Nacho and Loaded Potato-flavored Loaded Grillers.

The Chipotle Ranch Chicken Loaded Griller comes stuffed with grilled chicken, chipotle ranch and sour cream — something the chain is promoting as a take on “a spicy chicken wing with ranch dip.” The Chili Cheese Fries Loaded Griller follows a similar Super Bowl-ready recipe, as it’s packed with crispy potato bites drowning in chili and nacho cheese sauce.

The two new options will hit Taco Bell locations on Thursday, January 23. For a limited time, all Loaded Grillers will be $1 each throughout the day, as opposed to their regular $1 offer only available during the chain’s 2-5pm Happier Hour.


This Is Supposed To Be Chili Cheese Fries. Served At Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School, CO


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Fast Food

Taco Bell Testing Chili-Cheese Fry and Chipotle Chicken Loaded Grillers


Page one of the idiot’s guide to getting millennials to buy your fast food product: put fries in that sonumbitch. (Incidentally, that’s also what you’ll find on pages 5, 60, and 343.)

Our buddies at good ol’ T-Bell are currently testing a new Chili Cheese Fries and Chipotle Chicken Loaded Grillers at select locations in Southern California. Unfortunately, none of our nearby shops carried them (womp), but Brand Eating reports the Chili Cheese comes with a brand-new chili, warm nacho cheese sauce, and fries, while the Chipotle Chicken features marinated white meat, chipotle sauce, and sour cream.

If you do manage to find some, let us know. They’re .79 cents a pop.

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Fast Food

Wendy’s Debuts New Sides, Including a Baked Sweet Potato With a Buttery Cinnamon Topping

In a continuing effort of menu innovation for the restaurant chain, Wendy’s will be introducing three new signature sides to its over 6,000 U.S. restaurants. Part of the of the  addition includes two limited time items including Macaroni and Cheese and a Baked Sweet Potato.

Also along for the ride as a permanent menu addition is a side of Chili Cheese Fries. The company boasts that all three of these new side items utilize quality ingredients like cavatappi spiral noodles on the Macaroni and Cheese, and freshly baked sweet potatoes with a buttery cinnamon topping.

All three items will be available a la carte at a suggested retail price of $2.49.

Fast Food

White Castle Launches New Angus Chili Cheese Fries

White Castle, the fast food restaurant forever immortalized by its screen time in the first Harold & Kumar movie, is now serving up a new chili recipe for its glazed over* fans. Advertised to be made with lean, 100% Angus beef braised with southwestern seasonings & blended with red beans, tomatoes, select peppers, onions and mild green chilies.

The new chili comes a la carte in three sizes: small, medium and family (serves 3-4), or topped with cheese and spread over an order of fries. Nutritionally, the small older will set you back 160 calories and 5 grams of fat, the medium is 260 calories with 8 grams of fat, and the family size, if you’re really hungry, will push you back 720 calories and 22 grams of fat.

A medium order of chili cheese fries is actually a healthier option than the brand’s fully loaded fries (cheese sauce, bacon, ranch). The Chili Cheese Fries will set you back 250 calories and 22 grams of fat, while a medium order of Fully Loaded Fries chalk up 460 caories and 38 grams of fat.

The chili is a limited-time only product, so try it while it lasts!

*Not all fans of White Castle are glazed over.