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Barbecue & Pizza Come Together In This EPIC 4th Of July Collab

Photos courtesy of Little Coyote (Left) & Peter Pham (Right)

Two of my favorite foods, together at last.

Legendary California Barbecue spot Heritage Barbecue is teaming up with Long Beach Pizzeria Little Coyote to create an exclusive Pizza that will only be available for 4th of July weekend.

Called the LCPK, the pie features smoked chicken, barbecue sauce, red onion, mozzarella, and cilantro.

Heritage Barbecue will be providing the bacon-cured smoked shredded chicken in a collaboration with the pizzeria celebrating Little Coyote’s one year anniversary.

Photo courtesy of John Troxell | Heritage Barbecue

The pizzeria will be collaborating with other local restaurants in a month-long “Pie of the Week” event.

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The Navajo Taco At This Long Beach Restaurant Is A Delicious Homage

For Chef Arthur Gonzalez of Panxa Cocina in Long Beach, California, opening up a restaurant that paid homage to Southwestern flavors was a genuine need, as his time in New Mexico along with pride in his Mexican roots were the major driving factors behind it.

One of the more unique dishes that resonated with Chef Gonzalez was the Navajo taco, a staple of indigenous and Southwestern cuisine. “I remember just walking through a local farmer’s market and having it for the first time. There was so much simplicity, yet flavor, to this Navajo taco that I’ll never forget.” Compelled by the spellbinding allure of Hatch green chiles and other bold flavors that he experienced while in New Mexico, Chef Gonzalez set his heart on a restaurant that would extoll the savory virtues of the Southwest to the people of Long Beach.

Check out my delicious dive into learning about the history of how frybread plays a crucial role in the Navajo taco as well as appreciating the layers of flavors that come together so simply.

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For One Day, Arby’s Is Paying For Fans To Get FREE Actual Sandwich Tattoos

Photo: Peter Pham

 

Every brand has its hardcore fans who will go above and beyond to profess their love for the company. This could be in the form of collecting memorabilia, getting the company to help them get married, or even tattooing the logo on them somewhere.

Arby’s is giving those who want it the chance to do the latter of those three on their dime, as for one day only, they’ll cover the charges on your themed tattoo.

The sandwich chain has partnered up with tattoo artist Miguel “Uzi” Montgomery to give Arby’s fans a free tattoo of popular Arby’s menu items — all designed by Montgomery himself.

Below is a flash sheet of tattoo designs guests can choose from.

Photo: Arby’s

The one-day promotion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Port City Tattoo in Long Beach, CA. From 11am to 8pm, the artists at Port City will be working to ensure that everyone who comes in will get their free Arby’s tattoo, though it will be limited to one tattoo per customer.

Arby’s and Montgomery created the sandwich-inspired designs as a way to give fans a way to express their love of sandwiches. They actually look pretty sweet, too.

Not too long ago, Domino’s Russia had a similar promotion (albeit reversed) where they asked fans to get a tattoo of their logo for the promise of free pizza for life. Unfortunately, they had to cut that campaign short due to the overabundance of folks willing to ink themselves for free pizza.

Still, it seems Arby’s is taking a more straightforward approach to getting their branding on fans. No promise of 100 sandwiches a year for 100 years, just a free (well-designed) tattoo. If you’re in the Long Beach area next Saturday, and want some free ink, pop your head in to Port City Tattoo. Arby’s will also be serving free sandwiches during the event.

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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.

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Getting Dessert Wasted With Pie Shots At This ‘Bar’ Are Our Idea Of A Good Time

Alright nerds! Its 3.14, and that means National Pi Day is here once again! Since it seems that we missed the actual ‘National Pie Day’ (which was on January 23rd), today will have to do!

If you’re anything like us, and getting pie wasted sounds like a fantastic way to spend an evening, then The Pie Bar, located in the heart of downtown Long Beach, CA, might be your next favorite dessert dive. It’s always a good idea to make friends with the ‘bartender’ and get a shot of your favorite pie flavors. They also offer flights, if your craving won’t be satisfied with just one kind of pie.

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All handmade and baked fresh daily, The Pie Bar has pies in all sizes. Every month, they cycle through different flavors like Irish Cream Pie, Chocolate Stout Pie, Apple Pie, American… Pie (kidding). But in all seriousness, these pie shots are a great substitution for for those who are in a non-committal relationship with their dessert. Because that’s us.

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Worst Shots Ever: This ‘Shoot The Dog’ Is DEFINITELY The Worst So Far

I recently attended my cousin’s 21st birthday, and this little asshole casserole was being fed froofy ass shots like a Buttery Nipple and a Redheaded Slut, and he was loving it. I stepped in to rock that little slut’s face off with some manly man shots, and that’s when I realized that the only two shitty shots I knew were the Gorilla Fart and the Four Horsemen. Right in that moment is when I decided to travel from bar to bar, trying to learn what exactly were…

The Worst Shots Ever

On our trek to discover the worst shots ever, Hayley and I made the horrible mistake of walking into Dogz Bar and Grill. While our bartender Jamie was nothing short of a sweetheart, the drink she made for us was whispering the devil’s prayer and peeling the paint off the walls. Ok, none of that actually happened, but it was damn close.

Although the shot itself doesn’t ring in a cavalcade of ingredients, the few it does have were enough to make Hayley jump out of her skin, bless her heart. I considered what it would be like to actually shoot a dog, and I came to the conclusion that the shot was an only slighter better option. Out of all the shots I’ve taken already, I urge you tough guys out there to head to Long Beach and try this one. You WILL regret it.

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The Halal Guys Coming To Long Beach, CA On January 2nd

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Earlier this year, we broke news that the famous NYC Halal Guys cart was not only coming to California, but we knew exactly where it would land (Costa Mesa, CA).

Their next location? Long Beach, CA. Here’s the address:

The Halal Guys Long Beach
1804 Ximeno Street
Long Beach, CA

Other locations are planned, and we have word that we should be seeing them early into the year. There’s also expansion happening in the Vegas and Bay areas. Grand opening is January 2, 2016. If you’re following @Foodbeast on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll see the Long Beach location is doing some media tastings to get all kinks ironed out by the new year.

Los Angeles residents just got a few miles closer to getting their white sauce fix on the daily. 2016 is the year of the creeeeaaam:

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EXCLUSIVE: Halal Guys Just Confirmed Its Second Southern California Location

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The popular New York-based food cart, The Halal Guys, just confirmed to Foodbeast its second Orange County location as it continues to work its way west.

The Southern California city of Long Beach can start planning to get its middle eastern food fix as The Halal Guys got approved to open shop in the Long Beach “Traffic Circle.”

The location is no coincidence as it is near California State University, Long Beach, the alma mater of two Halal Guys franchise partners, Paul Tran and Phil Hoang.

Sure, their first location in Costa Mesa hasn’t even opened yet, but at least Southern Cali residents know where they’ll soon be able to find Those signature gyros, and chicken and rice platters drenched in “White Sauce.”

As we previously reported on Foodbeast, the restaurant signed a franchise deal that will bring 50 restaurants to Southern California, along with expansion planned for San Francisco, California and the East Bay.

Outside of California, Halal Guys plans to open in Las Vegas, The Philippines, Washington, DC. and Houston, Texas.

Looks like the little food cart might someday be a household name.

Future location address: 1804 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815

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Street view of where it will be:

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