Fast Food Technology

Skip The Line With Raising Cane’s New App

When you go to a restaurant with an unfamiliar menu, and you have no idea what to order, do you find that the most foolproof way to satisfy your hunger or do you opt for the always reliable chicken fingers? It’s pretty hard to argue how clutch they are at any point of the day.

With the pandemic continuing to affect our dining habits, restaurants have had to quickly adapt to better serve their customers. Spots like Raising Cane’s and their undeniably satisfying chicken fingers have adjusted to this changing climate, and can now be in your hands faster with their new easy-to-use mobile app.

Available on both Google Play and the App Store, the Raising Cane’s app lets you order for now, later, or much later (up to a week in advance). No matter when you want it, that tender chicken with the tangy Cane’s Sauce, Texas toast, and crinkle cut fries are just a few clicks away. You can’t forget the crisp, complex taste of Dr Pepper to compliment that righteous Cane’s meal — it’s a match made in fast food heaven.

So allow the new Cane’s app to satisfy your cravings, drive over to the nearest Raising Cane’s location when your order is ready, skip the line, make a dash for the counter, grab your order and go! Only thing left to do is to smash and sip on that juicy Cane’s and ice cold Dr Pepper.

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Sonic’s New Crispy Tenders Beat Raising Cane’s And Zaxby’s At Their Own Game

Chicken tenders are one of the most popular commodities in fast food right now. While everybody’s got their own version, the gold standards up to this point have been Raising Cane’s and Zaxby’s. Their low breading-to-meat ratios, Instagram-worthy dinner plates, and tangy signature sauces have made these chains the go-to spots for fast food tenders.

sonic crispy tenders

A new contender has emerged in the quick-service chicken tender game, though, that doesn’t just compete with, but surpasses Cane’s and Zaxby’s in every way. While you think this fire might be coming out of Church’s Chicken or Chick-fil-A, it’s actually coming out of Sonic Drive-In. Crazy, right?

I had the opportunity to visit Sonic’s headquarters to try the new Sonic Crispy Tenders ahead of their mid-June release. The new strips replace Sonic’s old, crunchy versions with a meatier, juicier tender that’s on par with the “specialists,” as Culinary Director Scott Uehlein puts it.

To get on par with those gold standards, Sonic slashed their breading by 50% to achieve the texture and meatiness consumers want nowadays. Personally, I felt that Sonic’s tenders were even juicier than those that I’ve had at either of the top tenders chains, and I was beyond impressed at their quality.

Sonic is bringing that same level of flavor to the accouterments alongside their tenders. They’ve concocted a Signature Sauce of honey mustard and barbecue that’s modeled off of Cane’s Sauce, but isn’t as cloying as the OG version. There’s even plate meals of the tenders available that are constructed to look like the Raising Cane’s plates that crush it on Instagram. This “Crispy Tender Dinner” comes with three strips of chicken, sauce, tots, an onion ring, and Texas Toast.

Uehlein was bold enough to call these the “best tenders in QSR” during the visit to Sonic HQ. Do they live up to that claim, though? Being on par with Cane’s and Zaxby’s at their best makes them worthy enough to be in the conversation. The one thing that can put Sonic over the others, though, is consistency.

Sonic’s tenders retain a crispiness just below that of Zaxby’s while being (at the bare minimum) as succulent as a Cane’s tender. That combination, plus the fact that Sonic is matching or beating the “tender specialists” in the sauce, plate, and quality aspects, gives Uehlein’s claim quite a bit of legitimacy.

Those interested in trying out the new Sonic Crispy Tenders will see them in stores starting in early May. A nationwide rollout of the chicken strips to all locations will be completed in mid-June.

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Controversial Map Shows Every State’s Favorite Fast Food, Somehow California’s Isn’t In-N-Out

Photo by Business Insider

Business Insider is usually a pretty credible source, but we have to question this map of America’s favorite fast food restaurants.

Using data from Foursquare, they took the average visit per location and then divided it by locations in the state. The results are a bit questionable, though.

First red flag, as a Californian, was that Raising Cane’s was the Cali winner and not In-N-Out. Say what you want about In-N-Out — maybe it is overrated, maybe you feel there are better burgers out there — but its popularity is hard to dispute, especially in California.

How Raising Cane’s and its seven California locations beat out In-N-Out, is baffling. Instead, Utah and Texas won the honor of having In-N-Out stamped on the map.

It’s nice that those states have a couple In-N-Outs now, but Californians probably feel like this:

Even Texans are laughing at the fact that In-N-Out is representing them.

Business Insider has since taken down the tweet, because they were getting ravaged by the internet, but the story remains, and remains incorrect. Probably.

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This Major Chain Is Giving FREE Chicken For A Year, Here’s All You Have To Do

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, this year is the Year of the Sheep. However, that’s all changing. For 20 lucky people, this year will be the year of the chicken.

Raising Cane’s, a restaurant specializing in serving delicious chicken fingers as its only main course meal, was started in 1996 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After the initial success of the restaurant, owners and creators Todd Graves and Craig Silvey continued to open up restaurant chains.


They now have more than 150 locations open all around the United States, but more specifically on the East Coast. Soon they will have their two newest locations and first west coast chains, in Costa Mesa and Aliso Viejo.

There’s a pretty sweet deal that comes with the opening of the Costa Mesa location in two days, on Thursday, Oct. 29th. If you are one of the first 20 people to dine inside the restaurant, you will receive free Raising Cane’s for an ENTIRE YEAR! All you have to do is be one of the first 20 there before 10 AM and the prize is yours. The first 100 people to eat inside the restaurant will at least receive a free limited edition T-shirt.

I’m always hungry, and I’m going to save a shit ton of money if I eat free chicken fingers for a year. So I only have one question for you guys…who’s comin’ with me, man? Eh? Who’s comin’ with me?

Image Source: Raising Cane’s


Despite Heated Controversy, Chick-Fil-A Named America’s Favorite Chicken Chain


Last month, we reported that Chick-Fil-A was not hurt by its public stance against gay marriage, even experiencing growth. A new survey by Market Force shows the chain edging out Raising Cane’s – a regional chain native to the more deep-fried regions of the country that a friend in the South described to me as an In-n-Out for chicken fingers.

As pointed out by astute commenter Chris Scialabba on that post, perhaps the anti-gay marriage stance taken by Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy was a clever marketing ploy leveraging the conservative demographics of the locales where the restaurant is most built out. Or, per commenter Andrew M.,  they also might be experiencing the natural revenue growth of constant expansion. Anecdotally, I’ve definitely noticed them popping up all over previously-barren California. While Chick-Fil-A’s fried poultry empire may be assuming dominance, the healthy variety of competition listed below should reassure those of you boycotting the chain for political reasons.

via HuffPo/ photo courtesy Chick-fil-A