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Wendy’s Debuts Nationwide Breakfast Menu That Includes Breakfast Baconator

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Wendy’s is on the precipice of a major renaissance after an announcement earlier this year about bringing their lauded Spicy Chicken Nuggets out of retirement. The fast food chain has now dropped another major bombshell about their menu that may be a huge plus for the brand: a nationwide BREAKFAST MENU.

Currently, Wendy’s is one of the more popular fast food burger joints that has yet to offer breakfast as a widespread option. Prior to this announcement, a few hundred Wendy’s locations have had breakfast available in some form. However, all restaurants will sell a morning meal after plans were announced to implement an entirely new breakfast menu sometime in 2020.

The new menu will feature items like a Breakfast Baconator, a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, and Frosty-ccinos.

Wendy’s also plans to hire about 20,000 new employees to help usher this expansion in the year to come.

Personally, I’m seriously excited for that Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. Breakfast biscuit sandwiches are such an under appreciated menu item.

We’ll follow up once the menu hits stores, stay tuned!

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Chick-fil-A Is Testing Meal Prep Kits You Can Buy At The Drive-Thru

There was a time in college where all my meals were pretty much fast food. I’d pick up a large breakfast at the drive-thru before class, save some for lunch, and swing back on my way home for a dinner sandwich.

While I stopped eating fast food morning, noon, and night, I always wondered if there was anything quite as convenient as ordering your meals through a drive-thru window.

Harkening back to my college years, Chick-fil-A has announced that it will be testing Mealtime Kits in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, in late August.

The Mealtime Kits are designed to let Chick-fil-A customers cook at home using pre-portioned ingredients that they can order right at the fast food chain’s drive-thru menu.

As of now, there are five different kit recipes being tested in Atlanta that were developed by Chick-Fil-A chef and restauranteur Stuart Tracy. These include Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Enchiladas, Dijon Chicken, Pan Roasted Chicken, and Chicken Flatbread. Sure, it’s not quite their fast food menu, but the star is their pre-marinated chicken. A single kit feeds two people and costs $15.89.

Guests can order the Mealtime Kits at 150 Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants beginning Aug. 27. There’s no advance notice or subscription required to pick up your meal kits. Once you have them, all you have to do is follow the recipe card and you can prep a meal in about half an hour.

Not bad.

If successful, expect to see more cities rolling out the meal prep kits.

Fingers crossed, we see Chick-fil-A try to tackle breakfast meal-preps, too, and cover every meal of the day.

 

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Watch This Restaurant Turn Fried Chicken & Waffles Into A Cubano Sandwich


It’s easy to see why the Cubano sandwich trend has began to proliferate, branching out from its roots on the East Coast. If you think about it, the Cubano is probably one of the simplest sandwiches ever made, yet its simplicity is sparking culinary intrigue across the country —  and everyone is beginning to notice something special about the Cubano.

Having originated in Florida, the Cubano is traditionally made with roasted pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and lightly toasted on a panini grill. Its adaptations can certainly vary when it comes to specific ingredients, but all share the same no-frills approach to making an unforgettable and deliciously savory, melt-in-your-mouth creation.

This April, Bruxie, the fried chicken and waffle sandwich chain, will also be sharing their own Cubano concept.

Photos by Pete Pham

Behold: the Bruxie Fried Chicken & Waffle Cubano Sandwich.

Made with shaved ham, Bruxie’s house-made honey-mustard, thinly sliced pickles, and of course their crispy, golden brown fried chicken, all served between two savory waffle buns, this is something that might actually be better than Spring Break.

If you’re looking to experience the traditional taste of the Cubano with a twist from Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, you’d better hurry. Like Spring Break, Bruxie’s Cubano Sandwich won’t be here forever (even though we all wish it would).

The Bruxie Cubano sandwich will be available from April 5 – 25.

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Chipotle Faces $2 Billion Lawsuit For Allegedly Using Photo Of Woman Without Permission

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This is probably not the best way for Chipotle start off the year, but the burrito bowl maven is in the middle of another lawsuit. This time, a woman is suing the fast-casual chain for more than $2 billion for using an image of her in a promotional photo she says Chipotle had no permission to use.

According to Grubstreet, Leach Caldwell of California is seeking a least $2,237,633,000 from the company for a photo taken by a food photographer Steve Adams in 2006. Caldwell alleges that Adams took a photo of her eating at a Denver Chipotle.

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Caldwell refused to sign a form to use that image after her encounter with him, but discovered eight years later that the image of her was used as promotion at a Florida Chipotle store in 2014. Additionally, alcohol was digitally added to Caldwell’s photo in front of her.

Chipotle founder and CEO Steve Ells and Adams are named as defendants of the suit. The specific amount in her suit is a reflection of the company’s profits from 2006-2015.

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Chipotle Is Being Sued For Allegedly Faking Burrito Calorie Count

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It seems Chipotle is once again facing the anger of its patrons.

MyNewsLA reports that the quick service restaurant company is getting sued yet again. This time, it’s for allegedly lying to customers about their burritos’ calorie content.

After multiple customers took a photo of Chipotle’s store menu, they pointed out something a little peculiar about one of the burritos offered. ScottWeier posted this image on his Twitter.

As you can see, the recently introduced Chorizo burrito boasted only 300 calories. Another Twitter user quickly pointed out there’s no way that was possible. 

Thanks to this display of calorie confusion, three customers are filing a class action lawsuit against Chipotle claiming that they were mislead into believing the burritos were healthier than they actually were.

Grubstreet did the math and ballparked the fast casual restaurant’s chorizo burrito at about 950 calories, more than three times the amount displayed.

A spokesperson for the brand said that the calories were solely meant for the meat itself. Confusing, right?

Sure, it could be argued that the customers should have known better. How could something so large and meaty be so few in calories. However, it’s also a huge error in Chipotle’s end not correctly labeling their item.

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Chipotle Is Giving Out Free Burritos For Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is quickly approaching and restaurants are honoring those who served in our military with free food promotions. Chipotle, is celebrating the national holiday by giving away free burritos and other menu items to our vets.

Who: Chipotle

What: Veterans who provide a military ID will get a buy one/get one free burrito, bowl, salad, or taco from the fast-casual Mexican food chain.

Where: Any participating Chipotle location.

When: Friday, Nov. 11 from 3 pm to closing.

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Chipotle Officially Adds Chorizo To The Menu

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Earlier in the summer, Chipotle began testing chorizo at select restaurant locations. For a while, fans of the fast-casual chain had been wondering when the popular Spanish sausage would appear on restaurant’s menu.

Now, thanks to its meaty test results, Chipotle will have a nationwide launch for chorizo.

The new protein is made with a blend of pork and white-meat chicken. Chorizo aficionados will find a blend of paprika, toasted cumin, and chipotle peppers seasoned into the meat and seared on a grill.

Steve Ells, founder of Chipotle and co-CEO said:

The reaction to chorizo in the cities that have had it has been overwhelmingly positive, so we’re making it available in all of our restaurants across the country.

While introducing new meats is a painfully slow process to the brand, we’d love to see the company evolve into serving other meats like buche (stomach), cabeza (head), and even lengua (tongue) on their menu. Though, seeing how long it took to get chorizo on the menu, that might be wishful thinking.

Chorizo officially launches on October 4, also known as National Taco Day. You can order it with burritos, tacos, salads, and burrito bowls.

Photo: Chipotle

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10% Of Chipotle Bought By Activist Investors, Here’s What We Know

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Chipotle has seen its ups and downs this past year. With all the outbreaks, losses, and disavowment from fans, the fast-casual Mexican Grille needs to make a major comeback.

According to NRN, the Securities and Exchange Commissions filings on Tuesday revealed that investor group Pershing Square Management LP took a 9.9 percent stake in Chipotle. CEO William Ackman called the stock undervalued and an attractive investment with strong growth opportunity for Pershing.

As an activist investor, Pershing is pretty well known for making crucial changes. Here are some of the things we know about Ackman and Pershing’s move into Chipotle so far:

– The chain could start serving breakfast, CNBC reports. In a credit note to clients, Credit Suisse, a leading financial services holding company, says a breakfast menu could help the chain improve digital engagement. Other possible changes include new beverages and drive-thru options.

– Credit Suisse also says with Pershing holding a seat on the board, they could move Chipotle away from the attempts to win customers back through discounts and giveaways and focus on rebuilding the brand instead.

– Fortune did the math and estimated that Ackman has already made about $80 million since buying Chipotle stock about a month ago, though a spokesperson for Pershing declined to comment on those numbers.

Whatever changes Pershing looks to make in the flailing company, we’ll see the investor group’s plans for Chipotle soon enough. Until then, we’ll quietly enjoy the occasional free burrito and embrace the Sandman’s kiss while on the clock.