Fast Food

BAGELRITO: The Breakfast Hybrid We’ve Been Dreaming Of

East coasters tend to be partial to the breakfast bagel, while west coasters often opt for their beloved breakfast burritos. Einstein Bros is combining  both coasts for its beautiful new creation, the Bagelrito.

The Bagelrito is stuffed with two cage-free eggs, thick cut bacon, turkey sausage, a three-cheese blend, hash brown, salsa, green chiles, all wrapped in a flour tortilla, according to QSR.

After that, the burrito is wrapped in a freshly baked Asiago bagel.

Einstein started testing this thing at five Colorado locations, October 18, so at this moment, the Bagelrito cannot be found at all locations.

We can’t imagine the testing going badly, as it is a perfect combination that the needs to be everywhere. Einstein sold out pretty quickly in its initial runs, and feedback from Coloradans was fairly positive:




We can only hope that we get a nationwide release sooner than later.

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Arby’s Is Testing Venison Steak Sandwiches And Here’s Exactly Where To Find Them


A few weeks ago, Arby’s launched their pork belly sandwiches nationally. The addition of the thick cut of pork was a first for fast food chains, espcially with the portions Arby’s was boasting.

Now,  the sandwich company is at it again with another unexpected protein: venison.

Arby’s announced they’ll be testing the deer meat at select locations later this month. The sandwich features thick-cut venison steak that’s topped with crispy onions and a juniper berry sauce. The meat itself is marinated in garlic, salt, and pepper and cooked for three hours.

If you’re itching to take a bite into the new venison sandwiches, Arby’s revealed exactly where and when they’ll be serving the test items.

Available Oct. 31-Nov. 3
2044 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. 37228

Available Nov. 4-6
821 Tower Ave., Superior, Wis. 54880
1690 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, Minn. 55416
704 Highway 33 South, Cloquet, Minn. 55720
348 Lincoln Ave. SE, St. Cloud, Minn. 56301
3275 First St. S, St. Cloud, Minn. 56301
4415 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342

Available Nov. 12-15
4229 W Vienna Rd., Clio, Mich. 48420
4040 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, Mich. 49319
1215 M 89, Plainwell, Mich. 49080
8685 Birch Run Rd., Birch Run, Mich. 48415

Available Nov. 25-28
5205 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102
4260 Ohio River Blvd., Bellevue, Penn. 15202
16 Towne Center Drive, Leechburg, Penn. 15656
2539 W State St., New Castle, Penn. 16101
2648 Ellwood Rd., New Castle, Penn. 16101
3224 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, Penn.16105

This is definitely another first for the fast food chain.

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This McDonald’s Is Testing A ‘Walk-Thru’ For Drunk Customers Who Can’t Drive


Many times we’ve seen folks go through into the McDonald’s drive-thru line inebriated. Though usually they’re in the backseat screaming their orders into the speaker while their sober friends sit at the drivers seat incredibly annoyed.

At least they didn’t get behind the wheel.

What if you were drunk, craving McDonald’s, but didn’t have an empathic friend to cart you around? McDonald’s in the United Kingdom has a solution for just that.


According to The Sun, a McDonald’s location in Wales dedicates a drive-thru lane specifically for customers to walk up to and order their food without having to drive a car. McDonald’s has renovated most of their stores to feature two parallel drive-thru lanes to increase sales time. So there would still be one lane open for cars while the other is open to foot traffic.

This feature is only open from the hours of 2am through 4am during the weekends, typically when people finish partying and are looking for a bite to eat.

It was an immediate success and the franchise decided to keep it as a permanent feature at that location. They might just have to figure out a way to be careful of drunk people ordering next to moving vehicles so late at night.


Man Tests The Limits of ‘All You Can Eat’ Buffets And The Results Are Hilarious


One does not simply enter a buffet restaurant and binge without a plan. As one bold “all you can eat” enthusiast reveals, getting the most out of a buffet can require a great deal of skill and methodology.

In an article for Vice, Oobah Butler shared how he “beat the system” by employing four cons he devised himself. He went to four London restaurants and tested his individual tactics on each of them, leading to hilariously satisfying results.

His first stop was Nando’s in Brixton where he used a receipt from a meal he had the day before which included a bottomless drink. Bringing an empty bottle, he walked straight up to the establishment’s soda machine and got his fill.

“I stop nervously to take a sip of out of my two liter bottle. No cold hand on the shoulder, no rushing manager, not even a glance: Nobody gives a shit,” he wrote.


“So I carry on for a few minutes, sipping and filling until eventually leaving absolutely gobsmacked (literally, my teeth are aching).”

After hydrating himself with enough beverage, Butler marked his “bottomless drink” con as a success.


Day two of his mission landed him at at a Chinese buffet in Camberwell. With a new plan of eating all of his entire day’s meals in the eatery, he brought along his laptop so he could work in between.

The place was packed with customers and he blended easily into the crowd by filling up his plate. As planned, he stayed for lunch and dinner as people came and went, even falling asleep at one point before dinner.

“The place empties and fills again, hours pass, Years & Years play on the sound system, and still none of the staff say a word to me,” he recalled.

Butler chalked up another success after enjoying three full meals for just $10.


For his third outing, Butler, in full business attire and with a briefcase in hand, went to an establishment serving several types of pizza and pasta. Told he could not bring home any of the food, he went on to sneak out a case full of pizza slices.

“Like an Andy Dufresne captivated by greed instead of freedom, with every plate I took from the buffet, I’d eat one and covertly slip three or four into my foil-lined case,” he wrote.


Spending just $11 for a caseload of pizza was another victory for Butler.

His last con was also his most daring one: with his friend Gavin Sparks dressed and made up to look like him as an accomplice, he went to Jimmy’s in Wimbledon to do the old “switcheroo.” He detailed the plan for his biggest ruse:

“Sparks strolls into Jimmy’s at 5:55 PM, he orders a buffet and a Cobra beer. After enjoying their worldwide scope of world class cuisine until his appetite is quenched and drinking exactly half of the beer, he will send a text to me. I will then ring him.”


After his friend pretended to answer the call and managed to escape the staffers’ sight, he traded places with Sparks and continued the order with his own fill.

“Taking his seat at the same table on the left-hand side of the restaurant, I will take a sip of Cobra and fill my boots. At precisely 6:56 PM, I will ask for the bill and pay for exactly one buffet and one beer,” he wrote.


While he didn’t exactly reveal if the plan went without a hitch, there is a fair chance that the duo pulled it off as evidenced by the photos he shared after.

After gaining a total of 5 lbs exploiting all-you-can-eat restaurants, he figured that there was indeed no limit on what one can achieve if enough effort is put into it.

“All You Can Eat is liberty and love; it may well be the most open-minded, independent, and emancipating culture that exists in 21st-century Britain,“ he concluded.

Written by Ryan General, NextShark || h/t Vice

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McDonald’s Is Testing A TWIX MCFLURRY In The US


A while back, McDonald’s started offering the Twix McFlurry at international restaurant locations. Now, it looks like they’re finally beginning to test the sweet dessert in US stores.

GrubGrade reports that the Twix McFlurry was spotted in Florida late last month. Made with soft-serve ice cream mixed together with chunks of Twix candy. Hopefully the new McFlurry sees a national release. There’s nothing we love more than a good Twix bar. According to Impulsive Buy, McDonald’s is also offering the sweet treat in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

A snack-sized McFlurry costs $1.79 and a regular size usually goes for $2.39.

Photo: GrubGrade

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McDonald’s Testing McMozzarella Sticks with McMarinara Sauce


We’re not sure how to feel about this, but it seems at least one McDonald’s location in New Jersey is testing a box of three piece mozzarella sticks for a dollar. Gettin’ crazy up in here.

Previously criticized by its own COO Tim Fenton for “overcomplicating” its menu, McDonald’s introducing yet another non-burger item even in test markets may look like a strange move. According to the interwebs, however, mozzarella sticks were previously available at McDonald’s locations in the UK, so they’re not a totally foreign concept.

The new sticks were recently spotted by Grubgrade reader, complete with marinara sauce and a handy sticker letting you know how many pieces were inside. No word yet on what other locations the breaded cheese tubes might be available at, but as long as they don’t plan on calling them McMozarella sticks, we’re not complaining.

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Wendy’s Now Testing Build-Your-Own Sandwich Program


Wendy’s has always been a touch bougier than fellow burger-shillers McDonald’s or Burger King — what with its fancy pretzel buns and sea salted french fries — but now it seems the red-haired farm girl wants to go full fast casual, with a build-your-own sandwich test program out in Columbus, Ohio.

Like similar customizable platforms Smashburger or Five Guys, Wendy’s customers get their druthers from within five different categories: Proteins, Buns, Cheeses, Sauces, and Toppings. That is, single, double, or triple hamburger patties or homestyle or spicy breaded chicken patties; regular, pretzel, or no (“protein-style”) buns; Asiago, American, Cheddar cheese slices, blue cheese crumbles, or cheddar cheese sauce; mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, bbq sauce, asiago ranch, or garlic aioli; and, finally, pickles, red onions, tomato, lettuce, spring mix, jalapeños, sautéed onions, and/or bacon. Most ingredients are included in the base BYO price, though some are available for a small upcharge.

Last year McDonald’s tested a similar concept in Laguna Beach, Calif. Wendy’s build-your-own sandwich program is currently only on trial at two locations in Columbus near Wendy’s HQ, though Brand Eating notes that any Wendy’s burger is customizable if you ask for it. Pretty sweet, but when can I order bacon in my Frosty?

H/T QSR MagazinePicthx Wendy’s

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Panda Express Innovation Kitchen Now Shilling Boba, Orange Chicken Burritos


In Pasadena, Calif., Chinese American fast food chain Panda Express is currently testing a trendy new concept that’s somehow Chipotle, Teavana, a mom and pop boba shop, and good ol’ fashioned Panda all at once.

Just opened last week, the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen looks like the love child of Panda Express and one of the newer, sleeker Starbucks-es. According to Los Angeles Magazine, there’s a tea bar serving up a bevy of hot or iced teas, fruit teas, milk teas, all the requisite add-ons like boba and egg pudding, as well as a Chipotle-esque assembly line that lets guests compose their own rice, chow mein, or salad bowls, or scallion pancake “burritos.”


In case the name didn’t give it away, the key here is innovation, meaning nearly all Panda toppings are on the table, even, as LAMag illustrates, fried rice and Orange Chicken. Yes, in a “burrito.” Yes, like mothereffing Kogi Truck. Sure, you could just snooze it up with an Eggplant Tofu salad, but we doubt you’d be on this site if you would.

As of now, there’s no news of Panda Express 5.0 making its way outside of Pasadena, but it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea if it did.


As for us, we’d like to order a Double Wide with Honey Walnut Shrimp and Orange Chicken and chow mein and fried rice and cream cheese rangoons. Washed down with an Orange Chicken milkshake, of course.

H/T + Picthx LAMag, Yelp