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Applebee’s Is SMOTHERING Their New Loaded Fajitas In Creamy Queso

It is a universal food truth that most things can be improved by adding cheese and in a stroke of savory brilliance, Applebee’s has improved upon their classic fajita platter by (you guessed it) smothering them in hot queso.

Applebee’s has debuted their NEW Loaded Fajitas in restaurants nationwide. This decadent new item features your choice of sirloin steak, chicken or shrimp served on a sizzling skillet and smothered in hot queso with a generous sprinkling of Applewood smoked bacon. Each order comes with fajita vegetables, Spanish rice and warm flour tortillas plus a blend of cheddar cheese, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream, house made pico de gallo, and a lime wedge.

If you need your queso fix pronto, order online at applebees.com and pick up Applebee’s To Go!

Feeling generous? Give the gift of cheesy goodness to a friend in need with an Applebee’s gift card, available for purchase at any location or online.


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Chipotle Claims To Have Improved Queso, Giving It Away As Proof

After a ton of complaints about the grittiness and taste of their cheesy dip, Chipotle has unveiled an improved queso formula and it has already hit restaurants. To prove that it’s better, they’re giving away queso to customers next week, so you can see for yourself.

As reported by CNNMoney and confirmed in a Chipotle tweet, on December 12 you can obtain a free order of queso when you purchase an entree and wear a “cheesy sweater” (we’re assuming they mean holiday sweater, based on their tweet below). Through this giveaway, more customers will be exposed to Chipotle’s reformulated cheese dip, as the chain didn’t really make a big announcement to say that they’d changed the recipe.

However, spokesperson Chris Arnold told CNNMoney that new queso is still tasty, a lot creamier than before, and is all-natural, just like their previous troublesome queso was.

Not all people on Twitter, however, seem to agree with that statement, despite the recipe shakeup.

Still, Chipotle is hoping that through their latest promotion, people are willing to give the queso a second chance to see if it’s any better. Considering they’ve had a year riddled with food poisonings, a controversial initial queso launch, and a resigned CEO, they need all the boosts they can get.

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Chipotle Announces Another Price Hike Will Be Coming In November

 

 

I don’t know if Chipotle thought it was going to be saved by its mediocre new queso dip, but shares have still fallen, while its food prices keep rising.

The Mexican-ish restaurant announced that in November, prices would rise about 5 percent in about 900 of its stores across the nation, according to Reuters.

This isn’t the first time Chipotle announced a major price hike this year, as back in April about 20 percent of its stores saw a 5 percent increase for the first time in three years.

The store had reportedly planned on opening between 195 to 210 stores in 2018, but that estimate has decreased to about 130 to 150, falling way below what they originally projected. CEO Steve Ells said they’re slowing things down, but only momentarily, as Chipotle is still trying to get back to the basics that made them so popular.

Chipotle has really hit a string of bad luck from their E. Coli outbreaks to lawsuits, now they have to deal with dipping shares and price raises. We’ll just have to sit back to see how it all works out.

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Here’s Where To Find These Cheesy LOBSTERSICLES

Who says lobster can’t be eaten on the go?

Slapfish, the popular California-based seafood fast casual restaurant just came up with a brilliant way to enjoy lobster without the need for any utensils. They threw it on a stick.

A fresh lobster is cooked and skewered similar to a kebab. This LOBSTERSICLE is then topped with cheese and fresh chives and served with Slapfish’s signature queso dip.

Boy, do we want to sink our teeth into this luscious crustaceans. Alas, we’ll have to wait.

Slapfish’s lobster item was created exclusively for Oozefest 3, Foodbeast’s third annual all-you-can-consume cheese and beer festival. The cheese festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14.

For more information or to purchase tickets head to oozefestival.com.

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Del Taco Queso Blanco Is The Chain’s Latest Game Changing Item

Del Taco has been one of the leading innovators in fast food for decades, continuously dropping unique menu items perfect for late nights or early mornings. The chain is about to change the game again with their new, premium Del Taco Queso Blanco and Queso Crunch Taco, both hitting stores on August 31.

As the restaurant bids adieu to nacho cheese from the menu, fans will now have a chance to add premium Del Taco Queso Blanco – a creamy dipping sauce made with real cheese, real milk, and jalapeños – as a go-to side for meal customization.

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However, that’s not the only new addition to the menu, as Del Taco is also introducing a new line of exciting and crave-able Queso Blanco menu items, that Barry Westrum, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer, anticipates will surely become fan favorites.  

“Queso Blanco represents Del Taco’s continued innovation within the premium ingredient space, a strategy that has led to strong results for the brand,” Westrum said. “Queso Blanco will replace Del Taco’s nacho cheese, a step that aligns with Del Taco’s guest promise to serve quality and flavorful menu items at an unbeatable value.”

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They’re starting strong with the Queso Crunch Taco, which is the “Del” Taco kicked up to another level of deliciousness – picture a crunchy taco shell layered with seasoned beef, crisp lettuce, hand-grated cheddar cheese, and fresh diced tomatoes wrapped in a warm flour tortilla with a layer of creamy Queso Blanco in between.

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With that said, Del Taco’s riding the Queso Blanco wave even further, with Queso Loaded Nachos, the Queso Bean Burrito, and their famous Crinkle Cut Queso Fries that will be served at Del Taco’s more than 550 locations nationwide.

Head into your nearest location to try this cheesy goodness ASAP!

Photos by Peter Pham


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Queso Brand Gets Recalled For Forgetting To Say It Contains Cheese

In what could probably go down as the most bizarre food recall in history, a brand of queso was recalled because it contained undeclared cheese.

You’d think it would go without saying that queso has cheese in it, right? Apparently not, as Texas Legend Foods is recalling its Chipotle Queso Dip for failing to mention on its label that milk, eggs, and cheese are present. Furthermore, production of that queso has been halted until the FDA and Texas Legend Foods can confirm that the error has been corrected.

What exactly went wrong can be gleaned from the FDA’s statement regarding the recall:

“The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk, cheese and egg containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the milk, cheese and egg. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.”

This likely means that some sort of labeling error occurred in which allergens like milk, cheese, and egg were not declared on the label, as is required by law for any food containing something that can produce an allergic response. Typically, you’d find these under the Nutrition Facts label of a product, so it’s possible something went wrong during that part of the printing process.

While it’s an inconvenience for Texas Legend, at least they got an odd, yet hilarious tale to tell out of it.

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Chipotle Is FINALLY Starting To Make Its Own Queso

Chipotle rarely ever puts new items on the menu, with chorizo and buñuelos being the two that we can recall. However, it looks like the chain is caving in and beginning to test a brand new item that they once trashed all over the internet in a now-deleted YouTube ad: queso.

Now, to be fair, Chipotle wasn’t hating on the melty cheese itself, but on the fact that it’s nearly impossible to make without stabilizers and other artificial ingredients that go against the Chipotle mantra, according to VICE. It seems that they’ve figured out a way to do that, though, because the chain’s new public test kitchen in NYC is offering up queso as an option.

Eater reports that Chipotle CEO Steve Ells also sent out a companywide memo today regarding the new queso that suggests that they’ve been able to make one that’s artificial ingredient-free.

“All of our competitors sell queso, and we know some customers don’t come to Chipotle because we don’t offer it. But because we refuse to use industrial additives, added colors, flavors or preservatives in our food, it’s very difficult to make queso that meets our standards.”

It seems like Chipotle’s ready to at least begin testing out this queso, but there’s no timetable yet as to when it becomes a part of the official menu. As a comparison, Chipotle’s chorizo took nearly five years to go from test item to menu staple, so it’s possible the queso could take just as long.

Let’s hope not, though. I want to get those proper melty Chipotle cheese pulls to keep my Instagram A-1 sooner rather than later.

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Bruxie’s New Fried Chicken Seoul Mate is Your Ticket to Sandwich Heaven

One of the greatest food quests we all have is to find the perfect sandwich, one that has everything we ever want in it, but meshes it all together so perfectly into a true orchestra of flavor, texture, spice, and deliciousness.

Folks, that quest is over. We’ve officially discovered that perfect sandwich, and it is a true masterpiece.

Everyone in SoCal knows Bruxie to be a craft factory in terms of fried chicken and waffle sandwiches. Every one that they put on the menu is the perfect blend of crunchy chicken and light, airy waffle.

This new sandwich that they’ve unveiled for Noods Noods Noods — Foodbeast’s very own noodle-based food festival presented by Cup Noodles in Downtown Santa Ana — takes sandwich making to a whole new level. This new creation, called the Fried Chicken Seoul Mate, has a perfect blend of ingredients to make it the world’s greatest sandwich.

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This sandwich starts off with a spicy fried chicken thigh and Bruxie’s signature crisp waffle. What’s added on afterward just builds into sheer awesomeness. Smoky, rich pulled pork melded with a creamy, spice queso and mixed with ramen — basically, an epic fusion spin on pulled pork macaroni and cheese. Spring onions are also added for that perfectly aromatic note to cut through all the richness.

If that wasn’t enough, the sandwich also comes with a generous helping of kimchi, and the perfectly acidic component to add to the crunchy fried chicken, creamy ramen, and crisp waffle.

This God-sent sandwich will only be available in the VIP section of the Noods Noods Noods Festival this coming Saturday, January 14th. The festival is going on from 12 pm – 11 pm at the eSports Arena in Downtown Santa Ana, with two VIP sessions available from 1-4 and from 5-8. Make sure to get your VIP tickets ASAP (and use the code “FIVE” for $5 off of your VIP ticket purchase) so that you can come experience this once-in-a-lifetime sandwich for yourself.

We guarantee that after a bite, you’ll be in sandwich heaven.