source YouTube Fast-food chains often experiment with their menus to try to appeal to new customers or offer healthier options. Even though some of these items take off, many of them end up huge failures. Other items that have been long discontinued include Taco Bell’s Seafood Salad, McDonald’s Hula Burger, and Wendy’s Frescata. Not every fast-food option can be a best seller. Some experimental menu items actually end up costing chains millions, like McDonald’s Arch Burger, a “gourmet” burger that aimed to appeal to a more adult crowd but failed miserably. McDonald’s spent an estimated $150 million to $200 million advertising the Arch Deluxe’s rollout, which, at the time, was the most expensive promotional campaign in fast-food history, The New York Times reported. Other menu items failed because they were just unappetizing, like Taco … [Read more...] about These were the biggest menu flops in fast food
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caption The Shake Shack restaurant on Astor Place only has automated kiosks — no cashiers. source Business Insider/Jessica Tyler Shake Shack opened its first cashierless location in Manhattan in October 2017. The intention was to move towards cashless stores with digital ordering and payment systems. By mid-2018, the fast-casual burger joint had abandoned these plans, in part because of customer backlash. In the future, Shake Shack restaurants will have automated kiosks in conjunction with cashiers. We visited the cashless Shake Shack restaurant in New York City, and found that the experience was a lot easier than the reviews made it out to be. In late 2017, Shake Shack set out to go cashless, opening its first kiosk-only location in New York City. Though the intention was to transition to a more seamless operation and become more digitally inclined, the plan … [Read more...] about Shake Shack is adding more cashless kiosks as part of a trend sweeping the fast-food industry. Here’s how to use them.
source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Many fast-food chains have some form of loaded fries on the menu. We ranked loaded fries from the major chains that offer them. Amazingly, Taco Bell was found to have the best loaded fries, despite only just launching french fries in January. Loaded fries are the very definition of decadence. Strips of fried potato topped with copious unhealthy, yet delicious, additions like cheese, bacon, chili, beef, or gravy – the breadth of options is limited only by the scope of the imagination. But as with any fast-food item, there’s a fine line to walk between decadence and disgusting. Too much cheese, and they can become a soggy morass; too many toppings, and a gilded lily can become a gilded mess. Most fast-food chains have offered some form of loaded fries over the years as a limited item, and a handful have them on the menu permanently. Of the six … [Read more...] about We tried loaded fries from major fast-food chains to see who does it best — and the winner is shocking
By Debra Yeo Toronto Star Tues., Feb. 20, 2018 Food has long been Brad Smith’s secret love. The man we watched on TV as the first Bachelor Canada, and later a Breakfast Television reporter and host of food show Chopped Canada, is now a restaurateur. Smith co-owns Resto Boemo, one of the 17 establishments in the newly opened Assembly Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond St. W., with chef Ivana Raca, who was also on Chopped Canada — as a competitor. But for a long time, Smith, 34, tells me when I stop by to sample the signature Boemo Boho Gnoch (gnocchi in mushroom truffle sauce), he kept his passion for the kitchen mostly hidden. Smith was in his third season as a wide receiver and slotback with the Canadian Football League (he played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts) when he became entranced watching Michael Smith’s Chef at Home on the Food Network and taught himself how to cook. Article Continued Below But even when he … [Read more...] about He was Canada’s first Bachelor. Now, Brad Smith is having a love affair with food
Fans clamored for McDonald’s to serve all-day breakfast for years – and in 2016, the chain finally caved. The All Day Breakfast menu is pretty large, as the chain expanded it months after it launched. We ranked everything on it, and we found that while almost every item is good, only a few items are great. When McDonald’s rolled out All Day Breakfast, fast-food fans the world over rejoiced. And now that we have it, a question emerges: what to order? The chain expanded the menu a few months after it launched, adding the beloved McGriddle sandwiches and offering McMuffins and biscuit sandwiches at the same time – previously, restaurants only served one or the other, but not both. It’s a fairly stacked menu, ranging from pancakes to sandwiches to health-oriented snacks. But not all of it is worth the effort. We’ve rounded up the menu choices and ranked them to find out what to … [Read more...] about We ranked everything on McDonald’s All Day Breakfast menu from worst to best — here’s the final verdict