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Dave & Buster’s Unveils LOADED RIBS As Part Of New Hawaiian Menu


Dave & Buster’s has been stepping up their food game introducing new, chef-driven dishes, and they’re continuing that trend with a Hawaiian-inspired menu that features ribs loaded with pineapple and bacon.

While ribs normally come just glazed served with other sides, Dave & Buster’s Smoky BBQ Bacon Hawaiian ribs come topped with grilled pineapple slices and chunks of crispy bacon. The entire rack is glazed with KING’S HAWAIIAN Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce and comes with caramelized mango pineapple salsa.

You can also order a smaller portion of the ribs that comes with some Crispy Hawaiian Chicken Sliders. These are made with toasted KING’S HAWAIIAN rolls and karaage-style chicken tossed in KING’S HAWAIIAN Sweet Island Ginger BBQ Sauce.

These ribs and sliders are all part of Dave & Buster’s special menu created for Hawaiian Foods Week. Other dishes in the lineup include the Hawaiian-Style Ginger Salmon, made with mango pineapple salsa and served with stir-fried veggies and rice. 

There’s also some tropical-inspired cocktails to wash everything down, including the Jamaican Mai Tai, which brings together Appleton and Aperol for a refreshing, boozy drink.

You can find all of these items at Dave & Buster’s locations nationwide for a limited time.


Created in partnership with King’s Hawaiian.

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The Dishes You HAVE To Try While Gaming At Dave & Buster’s


We all know Dave & Buster’s as the grown-up arcade spot where you can relive being a little kid. But going just for that means you’re missing out on a pretty expansive menu of drinks and eats to fill up on while gaming.

The Dave & Buster’s menu isn’t necessarily new, but it went through a revamp a couple of years ago that brought a ton of items in that weren’t there before. Foodbeast’s own Elie Ayrouth and Marc Kharrat joined up with FaZe clan chef FaZe Cheo at the Del Amo Fashion Center location to go try out the entire menu for themselves.

Yes, they ate through the entire menu at Dave & Buster’s in a single setting. You can see the insane feat above in Foodbeast’s latest episode of Going In.

Based on what they consumed, here are some of the recommended items to try on the menu from Ayrouth, Kharrat, and Cheo.

Drinks

One of the drinks the squad really enjoyed was the new Frose, a blended icy beverage with strawberry puree, Absolute citron, and plenty of rose wine both in the slush and poured into it via mini-bottle. Both Elie and Marc were astounded at how good it tasted.

Elie is drawn to anything that’s Instagram-appealing, so the Green Ghost Glow Kone caught his eye. Made with Crown Royal Apple, Smirnoff Green Apple, and Monin Granny Smith Apple, the glow cube inside makes the entire drink light up like a neon sign. It tastes just as good as it looks, too.

The Strawberry Mango Margarita also stood out because of its bright red color and cubes of strawberry. They keep the drink from diluting but also add a great hue and flavor to the whole beverage.

Food

When it came to the food, the whole squad slurped up the Bang Bang Chicken and Noodles pretty quickly. The combo of spicy fried chicken and peanut noodles was a favorite for all three.

One of the craziest items on Dave & Buster’s menu is the Buffalo Wing Burger, which comes topped with a couple of chicken tenders drenched in spicy buffalo sauce. It brings the heat, but also provides a huge “flavor punch,” as Ayrouth described it.

Cheo was a fan of the Short Rib & Cheesy Mac Stack, a sandwich that brings the two together in a savory flavor bomb. It makes for a pretty comforting dish that’ll make you happy even if you’re not reeling in the tickets.

Having all of the food at Dave & Buster’s is pretty convenient, since you can grub to prep for your squad’s arcade marathon or vice versa. And no matter how you do in terms of getting tickets, at least there’s good food and good times abound.


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Here’s What 2017’s Unhealthiest Chain Restaurant Meals Look Like [INFOGRAPHIC]

A food trend that we’re seeing more and more of this year is a movement towards more indulgent foods by the food and restaurant industries. From Bacon Mac and Cheese Pizza Rolls to Bacon Queso Burgers and Philly Mac Melts, “cheat day” is becoming more like “every day” on menus across the country. That’s definitely the case with multiple chain restaurants as well. Many have created gluttonous meals that easily go over the amount of food a grown person should normally eat in a day for ONE entree or side dish.

As put together by consumer advocacy group CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest), here are some of the worst caloric offenders you can currently find on chain restaurant menus across the USA.

IHOP

The equivalent of FOUR McDonald’s Sausage McMuffins drizzled with syrup, this mixture of eggs, hamburger, hash browns, and burger toppings is enough to set you back for an entire day on calories alone. With the obscene amounts of cholesterol and sodium in this, you may as well just have the cardiologist there at the table with you, defibrillator in hand.

Chili’s

Visually, this looks like it’s meant to be a platter for four people. Picking the three unhealthiest meats out of four for this platter (chicken tenders, sausage, and baby back ribs over BBQ chicken) should keep you full for at least a day. Based on that amount of sodium, you are gonna need a few pitchers of water to help take this thing down should you consume it single-handedly (which we DON’T recommend).

Dave & Buster’s

I’m not sure what the adult arcade was thinking when they created this dish, but they ended up constructing a true monster of an appetizer. This is what happens when a cheesy quesadilla and a meat-stacked pizza have a baby, and it’s definitely not good for anyone’s cardiac systems. One slice of this shouldn’t be too terrible on its own, but I’d walk away after that for your own health.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings has created an absolute monstrosity of a burger here, with deep-fried cheese curds, bacon, and spicy mayo all boosting the burger’s nutritional intake to insane heights. Go big or go home is one thing, but this creation is more like go straight to the hospital. Maybe stick to wings next time, BWW.

Texas Roadhouse

Thanks to a mountain of marshmallows and a flood of caramel sauce, Texas Roadhouse managed to conceive a sweet potato that wouldn’t be considered a health food. It’s served alongside a massive POUND of prime rib, Caesar salad, and all-you-can-eat peanuts, rolls, and butter. This steak dinner is probably the fastest one-way ticket to a food coma out there.

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is no stranger to gluttonous meals and oversized portions, but these new items are just ridiculous. The new Flying Gorilla probably gets its name from the caloric intake, which is enough to be a meal on its own. Not only that, but the Factory also decided to crank out a Meat Lover’s Pizza in pasta form, served in a creamy, buttery sauce that drives the calorie and saturated fat counts up the charts. Don’t plan on eating for a while after downing one of these meals.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

We have to finish off any overindulgent meal with dessert, so why not go whole-hog and dive into one with enough calories to get you through a whole day? At Uno Pizzeria and Grill, you can with this titanic piece of chocolate cake that would even have Gabriel Iglesias saying “I’m good.”

All of these cheat day-worthy creations are massive, but you may have not realized it without reading this article or researching online first. Not all chain restaurants and fast food places have calorie counts and nutrition facts on their menus yet, and while a law was passed a couple of years ago to ensure that would happen, it’s been continually delayed and now reopened for public comment. That means that nutritional labeling on all these meals and transparency from restaurants may be even further away, which is why CSPI created this list in the first place.

Hopefully, by reading this list, you’re more informed on how much you’re really eating with this food. We’re not gonna say whether you should eat it or not, that’s up to you. But you should be aware of the nutrition going into your body nonetheless.

All images in this piece courtesy of the Center of Science for Public Interest (CSPI). 
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Lay’s Crusted Chicken and Every Other Reason to Spend Your Summer at Dave and Buster’s

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Apparently Dave and Buster are real guys. Dave ran a Texas-based video game/pool hall called Slick Willies. Buster was a General Manager at the TGIFriday’s next door. Thirty-ish years ago, they realized their respective customers kept running back and forth between the two and came up with the genius idea to help shorten the commute.

Personability. Quality. Fun. That’s the story told by the blown-up photograph that sits out front at the newly redesigned Dave and Buster’s in Orange, California. Black and white and slightly out of focus, the candidness of the shot of the two formerly faceless cofounders helps welcome guests to a fresher, sleeker and, believe-it-or-not, hipper D&Bs. A giant TV wall loops through a montage of the chain’s cocktails while silver light fixtures hover over the new glowing white concierge desk and swanky white leather bar. Truth be told, for those who frequent the chain, the changes can be a little jarring, like parking in suburban Orange and ending up on the Las Vegas Strip – but this is largely because the redesign is still in progress. Gone are the rows of dimly lit pool tables, the million laggy television screens, the dark wood on dark wood, but for those who’re still clinging to the past, the old belt-driven ceiling fans and Tiffany lamps in the dining room should be enough to tide you over.

Of course Ralph, the General Manager at D&Bs Orange, told us those lamps are the next to go. Cool, casual, he also joked about the possible HR dangers of meeting with bloggers who write about penis-shaped egg molds for a living, before walking us through all the new digs and eats and games at the now 15-year old, 60,000 square foot location. Other changes include the new beer pong game near the dining area; a Facebook check in-enabled wi-fi system; a giant television screen by the bar just like the one in the situation room at the White House; eight new games in the Midway including Temple Run and the immersion horror action shooter Dead Escape 4D; on top of all the new seasonal and regional dishes and drinks that collectively reflect the company’s newfound business boner for change.

Check out the photos from Foodbeast’s latest visit and take it from us: just because something isn’t broke, doesn’t mean you can’t fix it.

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Spinach Dip, served with Warm Tortilla Chips and Salsa: A menu staple at most sit-down chains, D&B’s rendition is hearty and inoffensive — not too cheesy, not too watery.

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Poppin’ Potatoes: Crispy, bite-size potato balls tossed with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese. Think bougie tater tots. Each purchase donates $1 to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

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The CoronaRita: a 7 ounce Coronarita bottle dumped belly-up into a margarita made with Sauza, triple sec and lime. Just make sure to ask for it shaken instead of in a slush, otherwise the tequila will be too watered down.

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The Original Snow-Cone: DeKuyper Watermelon Pucker, Malibu, Three Olives cherry vodka, blue curacao, Sprite and pomegranate syrup. Literally like an alcoholic snow cone, which is to say awesome.

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Strawberry Watermelon Summerita: Margaritaville Tequila Gold, DeKuyper Watermelon Pucker, Finest Call Watermelon pureee and Minute Maid, poured over strawberry flavored ice cubes. Sweet and tart.

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Miami Ice: Skyy Coconut Vodka, Malibu mixed with Minute Maid and Bacardi Strawberry Premium Mixer. Good for fans of coconut, which the crushed ice helps temper down so it’s not too overbearing.

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The 5:15: A regional offering with a built-in food challenge. 5 buffalo wings, 5 quesadilla wedges, 5 pretzel dogs and 5 crispy fried shrimp with a stack of fresh barbecue chips. The goal is to finish it in 5 minutes with the help of only one other person. “Because work sucks.”

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Goldfingers: I know of only two restaurant chains that do a good chicken tender. Chili’s is the first and D&Bs comes in at a very close second. Not too dry with just the right amount and crispness of breading and a perfectly seasoned honey mustard sauce.
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Tomodachi Potstickers: A regional offering and part of the chain’s new “Asian Tastes” menu, these are crispy fried pork potstickers on a bed of Asian slaw served with TYKU Citrus Ponzo sauce. Meant to be shared because tomodachi means “friendship.” Also a little dry.

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Firecracker Edamame: Served with kosher salt, edamame is hard to mess up, and luckily Dave & Buster’s version does a pretty bang-up job (ba-dum-tss).

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Dragon Wings: Crispy wings tossed in a fried sweet chili glaze and served with a side of Honey Hot mustard dipping sauce. These tasted kind of like Orange Chicken, which was definitely nothing to sneeze at.

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken: A splattering of balsamic reduction sauce over dry chicken. Not terrible, but nothing spectacular either.

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Bistro Steak & Shrimp with Lobster Alfredo: The first of its kind we’ve seen, a Surf and Turf pasta. The steak was a good temperature and the shrimp had an awesome texture — not all rubbery. All topped off with shrimp, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and a lobster Alfredo sauce.

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Potato Chip Crusted Chicken: Let me say that again: Potato Chip Crusted Chicken. Tender chicken breasts crusted with Lay’s potato chips and served with warm French onion dipping sauce. Like eating a bag of chips for dinner.

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Bacon Wrapped Beef Medallions and Grilled Shrimp: The texture of the steak here was good, but wrapping it in bacon made it a little too salty. The shrimp was still on point though.

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Perfect Patrón Margarita and D&B TNTea: The former, Patrón Silver tequila and Patrón Citrónge on the rocks or frozen. The latter, Long Island Iced Tea made with Absolut vodka, Tanqueray gin, Bacardi rum, Grand Marnier, sweet ‘n’ sour and Coke. Fun story: my boss bet me that he could finish the TNTea before I could finish the Margarita and that if he lost he would buy me lunch for a week, but if I lost, I had to play Dead Escape 4D by myself. Later that night was the most terrifying 3 minutes of my life.

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Dave’s Double Burger: Double meat, double cheese. Didn’t get to try this one (too full), but it photographed beautifully.

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Belgian Chocolate Fondue: A warm, not-too-sweet chocolate sauce kicked off the closers of the night.

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Banana Foster Pie: Hands down, one of the best banana foster dishes we’ve tried.

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James and the Giant Peach: Rum and peach schnapps make for a cool cocktail that was pretty on the eyes and on the tongue.

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Mexican Candy: Also didn’t get to try this one, but supposedly it tasted just like those chile/tamarind candies you could find at the local liquor store, without the lead.

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Hot Sugared Donut Holes: Melty and sweet, these little cuties are great with or without the chocolate or raspberry sauces.

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Dave & Buster’s Orange

20 City Blvd W #1 Orange, CA 92868

(714) 769-1515