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Arby’s Is Testing A Massive Curly Fry Stuffed ‘Arbynator’ Sandwich

Often, when we’re eating fast food sandwiches, we like to throw the occasional handful of fries into our serving to give our bite a mini upgrade. Well, it appears Arby’s is saving us that extra step. The sandwich chain is quietly testing another meaty addition this holiday season.

GrubGrade discovered that an Arby’s in Holland, Michigan, is testing a massive new sandwich they’re calling The Arbynator.

It boasts heaps of Arby’s roast beef, curly fries, and a cheddar cheese sauce. Arby’s later confirmed on Facebook that the sandwich also features Arby’s sauce and Horsey sauce.

Residents of Holland, or any drifters passing through, can find the Arbynator in three different sizes: the Classic, the Double, and the Half Pound.

Coincidentally, one of Wendy’s more popular sandwiches in recent memory goes by the Baconator. Curious.

Whether this curly fry-filled sandwich sees a national release remains to be seen. However, if you happen to be near Michigan, maybe you can grab one of those Half-Pounders for us?

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Papa John’s New ‘Papa Priority’ Is Like A FastPass For Pizza Delivery

If you don’t want to wait your turn for a pizza delivery, Papa John’s will let you cut in front with its new “Papa Priority.”

For an extra $2.99 added to your order, select Papa John’s locations will stop whatever pizza they’re working on at the time, and get right on yours, so you can get it ASAP.

It’s kind of like a Fast Pass at Disneyland, but with less obnoxious children around.

On its site, Papa John’s expresses that they know there are situations where people might want their pizza delivered a little faster, so this is their solution.

“For an extra fee, that may vary based on date, time, or Papa John’s sole discretion, PapaPriority will ensure that your pizza is made faster and out for delivery sooner.”

In order to keep customers from going crazy with this concept, each store only does five of these orders a day, so if five people take advantage of it early on, that’s it, no more Papa Priority for the rest of the day.

The term “Faster” is also arbitrary since they don’t provide an actual time frame for delivery, and it’s a good thing they don’t promise anything, because Reddit user The_Rick-Sanchez brought up an issue he has already had with the new system during its testing:

So does PapaPriority actually do anything for the customer? from TalesFromThePizzaGuy

It’s a pretty cool concept that could work, but it still doesn’t beat walking into Little Ceasar’s for a Hot & Ready, and walking out with a large pizza in 2 minutes.

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Arby’s Venison Burger Sold Out IMMEDIATELY, Here’s Why

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Arby’s recently announced they were trying out new venison burgers at some select locations in 17 test markets across the United States. It seems they underestimated the popularity of the deer meat.

According to National Restaurant News, the burgers sold out almost immediately at test locations last week at locations in Atlanta, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Some of the more well-stocked stores lasted an entire 90 minutes before running out of the venison burgers. The lesser stocked locations, like in Minnesota, sold out in 15 minutes.

So how come the burgers suddenly became so popular?

Turns out the states they were testing venison in are popular deer-hunting states, appealing to hunters and non-hunters who have developed a taste for venison. It also doesn’t hurt that you can try the meat for $5.

Arby’s venison burgers feature thick-cut venison steak that’s marinated in garlic, salt, and pepper. The burger is topped with crispy onions and a juniper berry sauce.

Here’s hoping this phenomenal response means we’ll see the burgers get a national release. I wouldn’t mind a $5 venison burger at all.

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Taco Bell Is Testing ‘Walking Nachos’ And Here’s What They Look Like

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A few days ago we found out Taco Bell was about to test Cheetos Burritos nationwide. Another new item that’s scheduled to hit test sites in Charlotte, NC, will be the fast food chain’s Walking Nachos.

Like the name suggests, the nachos are meant to be eaten on-the-go. Served in a bag, the nachos feature seasoned beef, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo on top of tortilla chips.

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Taco Bell noticed (yep, they’re watching) that customers would order a regular bag of chips and then begin to throw taco and burrito toppings on them, eating it with a fork.

Drawing inspiration from that, they decided to make this hack a reality.

If you’re one who likes to enjoy a bagful of nachos as you walk about getting errands accomplished, Taco Bell plans to test them at select Charlotte stores beginning in mid-August. They’ll be available for $2.99.

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Taco Bell Is Testing CHEETOS BURRITOS

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Taco Bell just announced that they’ll be testing new Cheetos Burritos starting in August. The beefy new burritos are stuffed with seasoned meat, buttery rice, a cheese sauce and everyone’s favorite puffy cheese snack.

We have to say, it’s kind of a relief that they’re not Hot Cheetos for once.

Taco Bell Canada introduced Beefy Cheddar Cheetos Crunchwrap Sliders and Supreme Cheetos Crunchwrap Sliders earlier this year. While the chips are not a first for the fast food chain, it’s the first time they’ll be using Cheetos in US menus.

@tacobell is gonna start testing this cheesy Cheetos Burrito next month! || #foodbeast #tacobell #cheetos

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You can expect the upcoming Cheetos Burrito to hit Taco Bell test sites around the US starting in August. They’ll be available for $1. Kind of perfect if you’ve got the munchies and you’re strapped for cash.

Hopefully it makes the main menu. Could always use more Cheetos in our lives.

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Six Cities Can Now Get Chorizo At Chipotle With More To Come

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Chipotle is adding chorizo to select restaurants, the chain’s first new menu item since 2014.

The meat, a blend of pork and white-meat chicken, will be seasoned with paprika, toasted cumin and chipotle peppers. It was first unveiled in Kansas City, Mo. last year and was popular according to executives, but with the chains E. coli scare, the widespread menu expansion was delayed.

Burrito lovers can find the protein in Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento, California; San Diego, some New York units in Manhattan, one Denver restaurant and the Chipotle in Washington, D.C’s Dulles International Airport.

It’s not common for Chipotle to add a new menu items. This new menu item is the first since 2014 when the organic tofu item, Sofritas.  That was the first new menu item since 2005.

In a statement announcing the chorizo this rarity was addressed. “Since we opened the first Chipotle 23 years ago, our menu has changed very little, and our focus has been on constantly improving the quality and taste of the food we serve,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “While we have never been opposed to changing our menu, we only do so when we think there’s an opportunity to add something that is really unique but that fits within our overall menu, and where we can find ingredients that meet our high standards.”

The menu addition comes after Chipotle’s announcement of Chipotopia, their new summer rewards program.

Chipotle expects the new menu item to be available nationwide starting in the fall. 

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Here’s Exactly What The New Whopperrito Looks Like

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Over the weekend, we discovered that a Burger King in Hermitage, PA, was testing a Whopper and burrito hybrid called the Whopperrito.

Pretty much exactly how it sounds, the contents of a Whopper are thrown in a tortilla and wrapped up nice and tight. Burger King’s iconic Whopper features a grilled beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup and mayonnaise.

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The burrito variant is slightly different.

We acquired some intimate shots of the burrito so you can see exactly what it looks like. Since we first wrote about the innovative fast food item, many outlets questioned whether the burrito actually exists.

Here’s your proof.

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As you can see, the beef is cut up into chunks. It’s also dressed in a slightly spicy queso sauce to add a bit of a kick to it. The pickles, onions, lettuce and tomatoes are still in the spotlight.

Darrell Swanson, a gentleman within walking distance of the Burger King, says:

It has a bit of spice, but not much. Actually [it tastes] like a mild sauce at Taco Bell, but with a little less kick and a little more sweetness.

He mentions the Whopper burrito didn’t taste bad at all.

The Whopperrito can be found only in Hermitage for $3.99. For some reason, Burger King decided to pick a town with literally no media access to test such a HYPE burrito.

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McDonald’s Ditches Frozen Patties For Fresh Beef

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McDonald’s is finally taking a fresher approach to their beef. The fast food chain is currently testing beef that’s never been frozen at more than a dozen locations in Texas.

NRN reports that 14 McDonald’s spots in Dallas will feature fresh beef. Because it’s a big change, even for a test, only a few burgers will feature the fresher option. This includes the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, the Homestyle Burger, the Bacon Clubhouse Burger and the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

If successful, this could be a huge change for the fast food company. Franchise owners, however, would have to adjust to the longer preparation and cooking time for the beef patties.

McDonald’s started the year strong with a 5.4 percent same-store sales increase in the first quarter, a huge thanks to making all-day breakfast available. The company has since been shaking things up by also testing garlic fries and different-sized Big Macs.

Perhaps this new test will be another game-changer for them.