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The Halal Guys Confirms New Burrito Nationwide, And Secret Menu

The Halal Guys grew their legend slanging delicious meal platters built for easy consumption on the go. Piles of chicken and gyro meat, falafel, rice, dabs of red sauce, waterfalls of white sauce — all are part of the delicious hype. The popularity of this cart-turned restaurant chain cannot go unnoticed, and their latest menu addition proves their prominence on the list of Top 10 Fast Food Game Changers for 2019 (link: restaurant game changers).

Keeping in their habit of serving iconic street food, The Halal Guys have confirmed that they will now be serving burritos filled with their beloved rice platter ingredients. Additionally, they’ve unveiled a new, creamy, luscious cheese sauce that’s blended with their famous white sauce. It’s a big move for the chain, but they’ve shown in the past how nimble their model can be with new offerings that continuously capitalize on trends or simply recognize the tastes and wants of their customers.

We got our hands on these new burritos and instinctively ordered an extra side of that new sauce because we had to experience its velvety high. Dunking this burrito all up in it? It would be criminal not to. All of your favorite choices, whether it be chicken, gyro meat or falafel, can be stuffed into this burrito, so trust the platter essence remains true regardless of the vessel.

Feeling a little more hungry than usual? The Halal Guys has verified the ability to order the burrito as secret menu item that’s double the size — and it’s all thanks to the viral creator of “The Blake Diet,” Blake Horton AKA @blake_201 on Instagram. Horton is known for creating and eating massive meals, with portions built for competitive eaters, rather than any normal human, to promote the intermittent fasting diet. The Halal Guys contacted him for the release of their new burrito, which now birthed a version that’s, as Horton put it, “Twice the size, twice the nutrients, twice the gains.” Pretty much think of it as two burritos in one.

So if you’re up to the task of taking down one of these behemoths, make sure to request your burrito be “Blake-sized” and The Halal Guys will serve you up a meal that would make Blake himself nod in approval. 


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Fast Food

Arby’s Just Loaded Their Curly Fries With Greek Gyro Toppings

Every year, Arby’s brings back their Traditional Greek Gyro. While the limited-time item is still fast food gyro, the meat is actually pretty good. Good enough to temper my gyro cravings when I’m in a jam, at least.

This year, the sandwich chain just added a new item that’s sure to turn some fast food-loving heads: Gyro Loaded Curly Fries.

Arby’s new loaded menu item features a bed of the restaurant’s signature curly fries topped with gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, tzatzíki sauce, and gyro seasoning.

We picked some up at our local Arby’s and and managing editor Richard Guinto had this to say about them:

I felt like it was from a legit Greek greasy spoon joint and I was eating my drunchies away at 3 a.m. after buying the wrong girl drinks all night to no avail.

Resident Greek food scientist and ranker of fast food French fries Constantine Spyrou was also present, but was unable to try the meat because he was observing Lent.

I just ate the plain fries, although it smelled like a gyro to me.

Sure you’ll probably find more authentic fare at a real Greek restaurant, but they’re an admirable attempt nonetheless Arby’s.

Arby’s is also added a Greek Gyro Salad that includes gyro meat, tzatzíki sauce, red onions, diced tomatoes, and gyro seasoning on top of some salad made with green and iceberg lettuce.

The gyro items will be available for a limited time, presumably through the next month or two.

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The Halal Guys Made A Giant Gyro Meat Platter, Here’s Where And Why

If you’ve ever eaten at The Halal Guys, you know why people wait in lines out the door for it.

The New York-based gyro restaurant is without a doubt addicting, so seeing its delicious meats, pita bread, and famous ‘White Sauce’ on a MASSIVE 52-inch platter will make you feel a bit tingly, to say the least.

The larger-than-life platter will be a part of FOODBEAST’s upcoming food festival, Meat Street Presented by the Makers of SPAM Brand at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, California.

The Halal Guys will be in the festival’s all-you-can-consume VIP section, as festival-goers will be served their epic chicken and beef kebabs, hummus, rice, lettuce, tomato, and pita bread.

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The festival will be a meat lover’s dream, featuring not only this enormous halal platter, but several exclusive food items throughout the VIP and “Marketplace,” where one can pay as they go.

MEAT STREET is going down Saturday April 22, at the Santa Ana MainPlace Mall. For more event information or tickets please visit www.eatmeatstreet.com.

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Fast Food What's New

Arby’s Is Now Serving Traditional Greek Gyros Made With LAMB Meat

Arby’s has been killing it lately with their latest offerings, like the mouthwatering pork belly burger to their hot-ticket venison sandwiches.

The fast food sandwich chain had been serving turkey and roast beef gyros for years. Gyro lovers will be happy to hear that Arby’s is getting a little more authentic with their new Traditional Greek Gyros.

Arby’s new Greek Gyro features a blend of lamb, beef, and Mediterranean spices sliced straight from a spit rotisserie. The meat is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, tzaziki sauce and Greek seasoning, all resting on a warm pita bread.

We consulted with Foodbeast’s very own Grecian Scholar, Constantine Spyrou, who explained the “Greek seasoning” more than likely was made with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.

Any addition of Greek food to fast food is more than welcomed as far as we’re concerned.

Patrons can find Arby’s new Traditional Greek Gyros for a limited time at participating locations.

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Packaged Food

Lay’s Crowns A Winner As BISCUITS AND GRAVY Will Become Its Newest Official Flavor

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A few months ago, Lay’s announced the finalists for its 2015 “Do Us A Flavor” challenge. The potato chip brand holds an annual competition where fans create their own flavor and the nation votes to see what they enjoy best.

Then, the winning flavor will be sold in stores as the official new Lay’s flavor.

This year’s four finalists were: Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Greektown Gyro, New York Reuben and West Coast Truffle Fries. We got to try them all and there were some pretty heavy hitters in this year’s batch.

Now, Lay’s announced that Southern Biscuits and Gravy has taken home the prize.

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Bailey Green, the lucky winner and creator of the flavor, will receive $1 million or 1% of her flavor’s net sales through July 15, 2016. Lay’s says she gets whichever is higher.

The other contestants will also receive a $50,000 consolation prize from Lay’s. Not bad at all.

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Greek Gyro POTATO CHIPS Are Part Of Lay’s Four New Test Flavors

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Lay’s is on a mission to try and create every potato chip flavor imaginable and its latest four prospects have just been released.

For its annual Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest, they’re putting New York Reuben, Greektown Gyro, Southern Biscuits & Gravy and West Coast Truffle Fries up against each other to see which will reign supreme.

They sent over some samples for us to try. The new flavors were definitely interesting. Some more than others.

Like they’ve done the last four years, it’s up to fans to vote for their favorite to see that makes the cut. The winner will receive $1 million from Lay’s as well as have their chips sold in stores across the nation.

Here’s some up-close shots of the new flavors. Check them out in stores and see which ones you like best.

Southern Biscuits and Gravy

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Greektown Gyro

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New York Reuben

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West Coast Truffle Fries

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Features

These 6 Food Trends Are Already Taking Over 2015

Every year something new in food makes the headlines. From bacon weaves to grilled cheese, people love reading about and looking at pictures of delicious things they probably shouldn’t eat. Some foods, however, tend to be more interesting than others.

We dug around and found a handful of popular food trends for this year. Expect to see more of these pop up on your newsfeed in the months to come.

Donuts

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A variety of donuts from OC Donut Bar 

The deep-fried breakfast pastry has seen many changes through the years. From its more iconic forms to some of the newer innovations, donuts have become an ever-changing staple that brings a smile to the morning commuter.

Sure, we enjoy them as a breakfast snack. However, donuts have unexpectedly been a prominent item in next-level dessert trends. Afters Ice Cream, for example, have become known for their popular ice-cream stuffed donuts. Their signature item, the Milky Bun, features flavored ice cream served inside a warm donut. Toppings optional.

The OC Donut Bar, another Orange County-based bakery, is known for many innovative takes on the donut. One of the biggest, baddest donuts in their menu is the gigantic Pop Tart-like pastry they call the Big Poppa-Tart Donut. The Donut Bar also gets seasonally creative with products like their reindeer-shaped donuts for Christmas and Cadbury Creme donuts around Easter.

High-profile baker Dominique Ansel created a pastry that turned heads around the world: the Cronut. Taking the best qualities of both donut and croissant, the Cronut took on many imitations since its debut. Fast food chains would turn out their own variations of the product, albeit under a different name, and join in on the success.

Somewhere between our kale salads and paleo diets, we thought it would be delicious to use donuts as replacement for hamburger buns. We were right, of course. We wouldn’t call it the norm, but using donuts to hold together burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches has now become far from unusual.

Ballpark foods

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Fritos Mac & Cheese Dog from Dodgers Stadium

Ballparks will never go away. At least in the foreseeable future. People love watching sports and ball parks cater to that love while creating a sense of community and camaraderie.

Sports or no, people still have to eat. Baseball stadiums have been stepping up their food game year after year. This year, however, a majority of them went all out. Don’t be surprised when you see an all-bacon buffet, deep-fried Doritos balls, or Blue Moon Creamsicles more and more. It’ll be like a year-long county fair.

One item, in particular, made national headlines: The Churro Dog. Which we’ll get to in a bit.

We’re embarking on a world where popcorn and nachos will be the healthier option, folks.

Waffles

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Lamb Waffle from Ink Waffles. 

Like donuts, waffles have become an incredibly popular replacement for starches. Whether it’s burger buns, pita breads, or flour tortillas, everything looks better with a waffle.

Popular waffle house Bruxie is one of the first to bring waffles into the mainstream. With a wide variety of waffle sandwiches on the menu, the theme began to bring forth other waffle-inspired eateries. The popular Iron Press at the Anaheim Packing District features some hefty waffle choices while Ink Waffles, currently located in Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market does a full menu.

Waffling, yes a verb, has also made many headlines. Utilizing a waffle maker, folks can take the most mundane of foods and turn it into a waffle. Be it donuts, cold pizza, or leftover cheeseburgers, if you can throw it in a waffle maker you’re “Waffling” it.

There’s something about those checkered patterns and crisped edges that just somehow appeal to people. Who needs a panini press, right?

Middle Eastern foods

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Peep this chicken and beef gyro. 

So the Halal Guys are coming to California, in case you didn’t hear. While Middle Eastern foods have been around forever, there’s something about the combination of meat, veggies and sauce that make folks go crazy.

The east coast, specifically New York, is the perfect example of this. Many falafel spots are filled, night after night, with enthusiastic patrons ready to get their shawarma on. With news of the Halal Guys move to the west coast going viral, it seems Middle Eastern cuisine is something to get hyped for in the months to come.

The food is presented as a healthier alternative to other cuisines, offering lighter choices that aren’t caked in oils and grease.

Middle Eastern cuisine is still relatively unknown to a good chunk of the world. While Asian foods have pretty much been defined across the globe, there’s still an unfamiliarity with food from the Middle East. While foods like falafels, hummus and shawarma have become more commonplace, a mystery surrounding dishes like fattoush, tabouleh and baba ghanoush still remain for most people.

While the hype train for Middle Eastern fare is slowly building, we expect to see a consistent trend in the near future.

Churros

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The infamous Churro Dog. 

The Churro itself, a deep-fried stick of dough coated in cinnamon and sugar, is a pretty impressive creation of man already. This is a fact. If you start adding it to stuff, however, it’ll start taking a life of it’s own.

Between churros stuffed with jelly, churro ice cream sandwiches and churro popcorn, you can pretty much turn anything into a churro these days. Some kid in California even made a Chocolate Churro Quesadilla that turned heads.

Recently, the infamous concoction called the Churro Dog went viral. The monstrous beast featured a simple churro stick wedged between a donut and topped with multiple ice cream scoops, topped with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate drizzle. The dog is available at Chase Field in Arizona and has since been the product of many recreations, including the one above.

Poke

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A bowl of spicy tuna poke topped with mango, avocados, greens and sauce. 

The poke buzz has been climbing the charts as of late. The dish of raw fished seasoned with spices and sauces has been a popular craving for anyone looking for something light and tasty to snack on. Either served with rice or chips, poke is probably one of the more versatile dishes in recent news.

Lighter than cooked fish and relatively cheaper than sushi, poke originates from Hawaiian roots. While it comes from the islands, Poke can sometimes be found on Japanese menus. The dish utilities many Japanese condiments including sauces, spices and toppings.

Recently, popular Orange County-based PokiNometry has been making headlines. The quick-service Chipotle-style poke restaurant allows customers to create custom dishes feature various types of poke.

We’d take a bowl of poke over a fast food fish sandwich any day.

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My 7 Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Date Meals

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Maybe you’ve eaten one or more of the foods on this list during a first date and not only have you lived to tell the tale, you’re now happily married. To you I say: Liar! Just kidding. Still, I can only speak from personal experience—take my advice or leave it on the curb like a forgotten Styrofoam take-out container—avoid the following foods on a first date at all costs. Why? Oh I’ll tell you why, in excruciating detail.

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Ramen

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Have you ever tried eating ramen gracefully? It defies utensils—spoon, fork, chopsticks—okay, maybe chopsticks are what you’re supposed to use, but how the hell am I supposed to know that? Also, the fantasy I had for this date regarding Lady and Tramp style noodle sucking is much harder when scalding hot broth is spilling onto your lap and the laps of those nearby. Also, this person did not find it funny when I put the chopsticks under my top lip and called myself a walrus.

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Specialty Sushi

Impress a date by how adventurous you are. Not only will you eat sushi, you will eat raw sushi, and not only will you eat raw sushi, you will eat something called the Tuna Volcano Salmon Colossal Fucked Up Mess, and just try fitting that little number into your mouth in one fell swoop. Go ahead, try. It’s a choking hazard to say the least, and if a man makes that joke, you should also leave immediately.

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Gourmet Burger

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First of all, this burger was the height of a West Hollywood apartment complex and twice as thick. The person who took me on this date could have been named Dude Bro, so psyched was he for his “totally stacked artisanal” burger. Avocado, onion rings, mushrooms, fried egg, rat-tails, bottle of Jack Daniels—you name it. He loved it. Meanwhile, the yolk of the fried egg ran down his face and onto the table and soaked any of the date’s remaining potential. I distinctly remember him asking, “Do I have something on my face?” Yes, yes you do.

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Homemade Spicy Hot Sauce

The fact that I even set foot in this person’s apartment is a disturbing feat in itself. He referred to the hot sauce as “one of his concoctions” which he “whipped up” just for me. Where did he find the spices or peppers or recipe? Don’t worry. He made them up! It’s just trial and error—just a little experimentation. Sound familiar? Probably because it’s from an episode of Law and Order SVU, right before an unsuspecting woman tries the hot sauce that dooms her to a life of sexual servitude. The only thing burning that night were my legs as I ran away.

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Fried Chicken

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Disturbing for the man on this date only because of how much I ate. “Wow you really have an appetite” is the last thing I remember him saying.

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Crab in a Bag

This actually involved an entire crab in a plastic bag filled with butter and Cajun seasoning. The point of the date, I guess, is for you to gaze into one another’s eyes while savagely breaking open the shell of this recently live animal with only a very small tool and your bare hands. It’s so strenuous I was sweating like a pig for slaughter by the time I finished, and my fingertips were bloody from the crab’s razor-sharp claws. They do have an endless supply of moist towelettes, of which my date insisted on taking extra home for himself “just in case.” I knew immediately, while drying my sopping brow, only a psychopath takes a person here for a first date.

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Gyro

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This is a bad choice only because I can’t pronounce it. I was on edge during this entire date, afraid to say it wrong and expose myself for the inbreed I really am—geero, hyro, gary-o, or some permutation, no matter how many times I heard him say it first. Honestly, I can’t remember a thing this person said on the date, because I was too concentrated on what this glorified sandwich prefers to be called. I will eat this in private, however, and I’ll call it whatever I want.

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Don’t forget—a bad date with the right person is never bad. In other words, you can’t say the wrong thing to the right person, unless you grossly mispronounce gyro. My best advice: try to order a steak, something easily consumed with a knife and fork, or whatever utensil you can use least embarrassingly.