Restaurants

gundam

The Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is becoming McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe and it’s Gundam burgers for everyone.

Named after the restaurant in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, McDaniel will open in Tokyo on November 19.

Currently on the menu: a Sleggar Burger, which is their basic hamburger, Gundam burger with Gouda cheese, a Char Zaku burger with special tomato sauce, olive and capers, or a Zaku II burger with avocado, steak sauce and woven trio of special wasabi soy sauces.

Head after the break to see more pictures.

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On the fence about the usefulness of a smartwatch? Consider that debate settled because you can now use one to track the status of your Domino’s pizza order. They’ve teamed up with Pebble to create an app that will let you know how close you are to a hot slice of pepperoni. It alerts you to stops in the process including: Order Placed, Prep, Bake, Quality Check, and finally Out For Delivery so you know exactly when that delivery car is about to show up in your driveway. Who wants pizza tonight?

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pizza hut Sweet Sriracha Dynamite

Things are getting fancier and weirder at Pizza Hut as of November 19th. The franchise is releasing a brand new menu with new sauces, new “premium” ingredients, and even different crust flavors. You can mix and match them to suit your tastes or order some of their special combinations like BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, Sweet Sriracha Dynamite (pictured above), Pretzel Piggy, and Cock-A-Doodle Bacon. Who’s naming these things?

Here are the new additions in all their glory:

Ingredients: Sliced Banana Peppers, Peruvian Cherry Peppers, Fresh Spinach, Premium Salami, Classic Meatball

Crust Flavors: Hut Favorite, Toasted Asiago, Honey Sriracha, Salted Pretzel, Toasted Parmesan, Fiery Red Pepper, Toasted Cheddar, Garlic Buttery Blend, Ginger Boom Boom, Get Curried Away

Sauces: Classic Marinara, Premium Crushed Tomato, Garlic Parmesan, Buffalo, Barbeque, Honey Sriracha

Drizzles: Balsamic, Honey Sriracha, Barbeque, Buffalo

What does “Ginger Boom Boom” even mean? I can get behind the garlic flavored crust, but I don’t know how I feel about the rest. I wouldn’t order a whole pizza with the bizarre flavors unless I could try samples.

More pictures of the new pizzas after the break.

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Hello Kitty

California’s getting all the cat cafes. The first actual cat cafe opened in Oakland recently, and a Hello Kitty cafe is coming to Orange County in summer 2015. It will be the first such cafe in the continental United States (continental because Hawaii has a Sanrio cafe). The decor and food will be themed to prominently feature Hello Kitty, and they’ll serve cafe-style food alongside artistan pastries. Fingers crossed that they’ll offer Hello Kitty latte art.

(LAist via Eater)

fritos chili pizza

Fritos and chili is a wonderful combination, and to Papa John’s, that means it’s fit to be put on a pizza. The Fritos chili pizza will be available nationwide through November 23rd and is topped with beef, chili, Roma tomatoes, onions, cheddar, mozzarella, and Fritos corn chips. So basically, it’s a casserole on a pizza. I’m intrigued.

Check out a close up look at the pizza in the video after the break…

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GotG cafe sign

One way to guarantee I’ll stop in your establishment is to put a geeky sign out front. This Guardians of the Galaxy one was spotted in New York City and features Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Star-Lord. It’s adorable, and I really hope that Star-Lord design eventually becomes an actual mug.

(via Marlene)

book it alumni

If you were a BOOK IT! kid, here’s some exciting news. You can be a BOOK IT! adult thanks to the new Alumni Program!

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the program, Pizza Hut and BOOK IT! have created an Alumni version for anyone who previously participated in the free pizza promotion. Just go to their site and put in a little info by October 8th to receive a coupon for a personal pan pizza redeemable until October 10th.

According to Shelley Morehead, BOOK IT! Program Manager, “The number one thing we get asked by any adult who went through the program is can we please develop an adult version of the BOOK IT Program. With the creation of the BOOK IT! Alumni page, we now have a destination to celebrate the positive memories that so many kids, now adults, have with the program.”

Heck, I’m gonna get mine and take a book to read while I eat just like the other BOOK IT! kids.

(via Huffington Post via The Daily Dot)

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Waiter Kyle Hanson arrived for his shift at Kazoku and was in for a rough night. The restaurant was understaffed and despite his best efforts, service was terribly slow. Makenzie and and Steven Shultz were two of the diners there and they had to wait 20 minutes for water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for their meals. It was their anniversary dinner.

You’d think this would mean a lousy tip for poor Kyle, but the Shultz’s decided that it was the perfect time to try and put themselves in his shoes, which was easy to do since they’d once worked waiting tables. They realized that he’d likely be getting bad tips all night even though it wasn’t his fault so they payed it forward. The tip they left on their $66.65 meal was $100.

They posted a picture on their facebook page, along with their hope that it would remind everyone to not judge each other so harshly and to try and see things from the other side.

See an interview with the Shultz’s and the waiter after the break…

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Staying healthy and eating right is important, but sometimes, people get a little too nit picky. Case in point: a small Chinese restaurant in San Francisco named SO shut down for a day because customers were hassling the owner about his food. Eater revealed that one employee mentioned that the owner shut down because one dining party had refused to pay their bill because their food was “too spicy.” Another customer cursed out the owner, as well.

“He needed to cool off,” says the employee of the owner. “He was frustrated and stressed out, and he’s the cook, so we can’t run the restaurant without him. We closed up early, and he put up the sign.”

SO is back up and running, but was the sign too much? Or do you understand his frustration?

(via FoodBeast)

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You may have never thought to infuse bacon, caramel and bourbon into a milkshake, but I bet now that you know it exists, you’re heading to Red Robin for dinner. The chain announced that they will be offering a Beam-N-Bacon Boozy Shake which will include Jim Beam’s maple bourbon, caramel, bacon bits, vanilla ice cream, and a strip of candied bacon as a stirrer. If you want to try one of these sinful concoctions, you have until November 2nd when this limited time item will disappear.

(USA Today via Consumerist)