Fast Food

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Breaking spicy news, folks! According to a GrubGrade reader, a new Sriracha Menu is being tested at Taco Bell in the Kansas City metro area. The test menu featured a number of unique dishes, including the Sriracha Beef Griller, the Sriracha Grande Scrambler (breakfast item) and a few other tasty dishes that utilized “Sriracha Crema.” Yum!

Here’s what the GrubGrade reader said about the menu:

I stopped by and got a sriracha loaded griller for $1.29. They also had sriracha nachos for $2.49 and a quesarito for $2.29. The sriracha was hard to see in the griller so I couldn’t tell what kind of consistency it had. It didn’t taste anything like traditional sriracha and had a distinctive vinegary taste as well. But it was the spiciest item I’ve had from Taco Bell in recent memory.

(via Grub Grade)

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McDonald’s continually receives questions from consumers and media about what goes into its food. In an attempt to reassure everyone that they’re actually serving something edible, McDonald’s has kicked off a campaign featuring former MythBuster Grant Imahara called “Our food. Your questions.” Consumers are encouraged to submit questions about the food, and Imahara will find the answers. He’s spent years busting myths, so he’s a great fit for this campaign.

So far, McDonald’s has run TV spots and a webisode featuring Imahara at a Cargill plant where McDonald’s gets beef. There’s no pink slime, and you can see what the beef looks like in the factory.

See a couple of the videos after the break.

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Why eat a Big Mac with bread buns when you can make a version with macaroni and cheese buns? Dude Foods was inspired by a reader to make a macaroni and cheese Big Mac so he got the sandwich from McDonald’s, got rid of the buns, and created this. While it makes the sandwich difficult to eat, I have to admit it does look like grade A comfort food.

Learn more about how this burger was made at Dude Foods.

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Mash-up costumes seem to be increasingly popular, and cosplayers continually surprise me with something new. Like Ronald McDonald Thor. The McDonald’s mascot has gotten his greasy fingerprints all over Mjölnir, and he’s probably going to take over all the fast food joints on the planet. Loki help us.

This cosplayer was spotted at New York Comic Con and photographed by Otakus & Geeks.

(via @Keeba13)

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The Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft hits in November and Blizzard is doing a huge tie-in to promote the game in several McDonald’s locations in Japan. Three restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou were given World of Warcraft makeovers with posters and banners for the game. Even employee uniforms were changed to either Horde or Alliance t-shirts. The front entrances also got cool pillars and some locations even had Thrall’s hammer at the ready for photo ops.

Those ordering delivery will also get a points card to redeem for stuff in the game. The promotion runs through November 4th at which time McDonald’s will once again return to its non-WoW ways.

See more pictures after the break.

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Hong Kong McDonald’s latest burger creation, dubbed the Batman Double Diner Beef Burger, has cool Batman-themed packaging and marketing, but that’s pretty much it. The food itself isn’t even black. I mean, come on.

Redditor jc1593 (who’s been documenting the protests in Hong Kong too) snapped a few pics of the Batman meal, and it features a burger with two patties, a fried egg, onions and sauce, as well as some fries with “squeezy cheese.” Eww. The burger is the first of the chain’s Justice League series of burgers, but we’re not quite sure what they’ll end up doing for Superman or Wonder Woman. Oh! Maybe the latter one will be invisible?

Check out another pic and a commercial after the break…

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Once, for a brief, shining moment in time, Taco Bell offered something called “El Todos” which roughly translates to “The All” or “The Everything”—and that’s exactly what was in this food pinata. It was created by one Mark Wilson who had access to their Innovation Kitchen to come up with a new idea, and that idea boiled down to putting every single thing on their menu into one order. Sadly, this doesn’t exist on an actual Taco Bell menu, but just imagine how many people you could feed with this thing!

See the video after the break.

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KFC Japan has the market on weird giveaways cornered. They recently tempted their Twitter followers with a prize of a fried chicken keyboard, and now they’re offering more bizarre office supplies. They’re celebrating “Colonel Day” (an event marking the birthday of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Sanders) by giving away a huge chicken leg iPhone 5s case and a big ‘ol chicken leg desk pillow. Who doesn’t need one of those?

See the hilarious chicken leg desk pillow after the break.

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Customers at the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru in Abilene, Texas got quite a surprise Monday when they arrived at the window to pay and found their orders had already been taken care of by an anonymous man. Workers say he gave them $1,000, and instructed them to use it to pay for the drive-thru orders behind him until it ran out.

The man only gave the store his first name and said he was just trying to make Monday a little better for people. He succeeded, covering the bill for 88 orders in a little over an hour. Some people were so happy, they were moved to tears:

“One lady actually cried because she had a really tough day,” one worker said. “She had a lot of bad stuff happen to her.”

Nicely done, Chick-Fil-A Guy. You made my day brighter just knowing there are people like you.

(KTXS via Consumerist)

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There’s nothing quite like digging into that box of hot, tasty, french fries the second you pull away from the drive through, but here’s a reason to make sure you’re grabbing fries and not something less edible. A woman in New York has filed a lawsuit because there was an employee’s nametag in with her fries and she accidentally put it into her mouth.

She was pregnant at the time and not did she only hurt her mouth on the pin, but her lawyer says she suffered emotional and mental injuries on “realizing that food isn’t always safe to eat.” This is just great. Now, in addition to being warned that our hot coffee is hot, are they going to warn us to look at our food to make sure it’s food before we shove it into our mouths?

(Staten Island Advance via Consumerist / Image via Shane Ronemus)