CKE Restaurants Inc.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    A "Pink Slime"-Using Beef Producer Files For Bankruptcy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that AFA Foods, which contributes to about 2% of total U.S. beef production has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The company's products are sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Wendy' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Pick Up Stix Sold to Collector of Chinese Restaurant Chains

    I think I once ate at Pick Up Stix--I can't remember. If I did, I think I found the food serviceable but not enticing--not nearly Chinese-American enough, not nearly 369 Shangai enough. But the San Clemente-based company has made a name for itself in the world of fast-casual restaurants, enough to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Carl's Jr. Says It Doesn't Want to Raise Prices Next Year--Which Means it Probably Will

    Soon to cost double-digits?​If we know one thing about corporate-speak in America, it's that the truth is the opposite of what they say or claim they hope to accomplish. So when Carl's Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder told analysts in a phone call that his company wants to keep prices at the same level despi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Carl's Jr. Gets Voted as the Best Burger Singapore?!

    How many burgers can beat this? Let us count the ways...​Singapore is one of the world's great food centers. CNN is one of the world's great news organizations. Together, they have come to a bizarre conclusion: Carl's Jr.'s Portobello mushroom burger is the best on the island.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Penn and Teller Rhapsodizing on Carl's Jr.

    I've always been a fan of Penn and Teller and love their show, Bullshit! Alas, I don't watch as much television as I should and thus missed out on their episode this past summer in defense of fast food. And their premier case for it? Carl's Jr.YouTube still only allows 10-minute video segments so cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Carl's Jr. Offers iPhone, Android App

    I haven't eaten at Carl's Jr. in years--still sore at them about eliminating their small cheeseburger--and do not understand the appeal of Foursquare. So maybe I'm not the most ideal person to report that Carl's Jr. has created a smartphone app--but the premise is pretty good.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Carl's Jr. Opens in Indonesia; Something Indonesian Opens Here

    Image from Google Maps Gustavo told me recently he heard news that Carl's Jr. opened its first franchise in Indonesia this month. And then on the same day, in a sort of bizarre cosmic coincidence, I got word a new Indonesian grocery store opened in Fullerton. In a bit of food quid pro quo, OC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Maloof Money Cup Competition Begins

    ​The Orange County Fair, nightly concerts in Pacific Amphitheatre and potential new owners measuring the closets aren't the only things going on at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa these days. Tonight through Sunday, the Action Sports Arena there will be taken over by skateboarders seek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Five Indie Sell Outs: Does Anyone Really Care Anymore?

    Andrew YoussefPearl Jam at the Gibson Amphitheater last September​There was a time when leveling the word "sellout" at a band was the equivalent of pinning a scarlet letter to a musician's leather jacket. For some of those bands who made it big in the '90s, fame was ostensibly a lamentable state o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Alice Waters Speaks At the LA Times Festival of Books

    Doyenne of the locavore movement, defender of the schoolyard organic garden and quintessential Berkeleyite Alice Waters spoke at the L.A. Times Festival of Books yesterday morning. A crowd of nearly a thousand gathered to watch her present, completely extemporaneously, a series of demonstrations on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    KFC's Double Down: Is There A Cardiologist In The House?

    Yes, that's right. I put my cardiac health on the line today. I drove to the KFC on Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, steeled my nerves, crossed myself, walked in and ordered a Double Down. Let no one say I never take one for the team.Dave LiebermanNote to the KFC in Garden Grove: the kids in this p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Five Restaurant Rip-Offs We Could Live Without

    ​Dining out can be a lovely occasion, and the temptation to overspend is very great, because extravagance lends a sense of occasion to the meal. Restaurants do what they can to maximize the profits; they're businesses, after all. The reality for most of us, sadly, is that budgets are a way of life ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    The Habit Burger Grill Probably Won't Become One

    ​The chica's parents bought me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas, so this cheapskate finally splurged on Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land, which collected excerpts from a long-forgotten WPA program that sought to capture America's regional food traditions. It's a great read, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Why Not Just Post The Price, Juice It Up?

    Dave Lieberman​Click on the picture to the right. How many sizes of smoothie do they sell at Juice It Up in the Stadium Lofts in Anaheim?Did you guess "two", as I did when I went in today to get a smoothie?Wrong. They sell THREE sizes; the advertised 24 oz. and 32 oz. sizes, and a smaller 16 oz. s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Crime Time: Late Octogenarian Lesbian Sex Edition

    It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local crimes and police calls--now with more . . . um . . . you'll see. (Not that you'll want to.) TUESDAY, NOV. 10 ​ ​ Nothing to See Here Folks. . . . Seriously, You Don't Want to Look This call came in around 1:10 p.m. concerning activ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    The Best Dessert You've Never Heard Of

    ​The picture at left is a mango shake with chamoy, the most mindbending non-alcoholic drink in all of OC. Never heard of chamoy?  Neither have most people in Orange County.Chamoy (accent on the first syllable) starts as apricots that have been soaked in brine. The sweet liquid is mixed with s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Who Amongst You Has Experienced the TK Burgers Truck?

    Not me. But its quality is something I wonder about every time I pass by the OC steamed hams icon. I've seen the Carl's Jr. truck in action, eaten at an In-n-Out version, and virtually live at taco truck. But I've only seen the TK truck in person at their Costa Mesa location, loading up to service s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Tustin's Newport Blvd. is Sweet and Spicy!

    On Tustin's Newport Blvd., there are already several Indian businesses. Masala Bowl, an Indian fast-food joint that has franchise aspirations, started here. India Sweets and Spices is across the street, offering cheap vegetarian lunches and groceries. And if you veer off Newport Blvd. into its tr ... More >>

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    February 13, 2008
  • Columns

    January 31, 2008


    'He will have had a greater positive impact in people's lives than some judgmental, morally superior journalist who can only throw barbs to build himself up at the expense of one who has passed away'

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Crazy-ass Reg letter o' the day!

    (Category: World-Is-Going-To-Hell) SELLING LUST, NOT HAMBURGERS "I am appalled every time I see the new Carl's Jr. ad about 'flat buns.' These ads certainly are helping to destroy our culture. The ads degrade both teachers and students. Please tell Carl's Jr. and the television channels that air th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Del Taco: Chicken-Checkers

    So I'm cruising over the 241 toll road Monday listening to the Angels-Yankees game on 710, when a Del Taco commercial drifts over the airwaves. There's some blah-blah-blah, and then the ad does exactly what the Lake Forest-based fauxMex chain's marketing department hopes it'll do: It gets my attenti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2007

    Best Story of the Day: Cow Anus Burger?

    Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels wins for the best story of the day. In the business section, Semuels reported on the increasingly comical burger wars in Southern California. According to Semuels, CKE Restaurants Inc., owners of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, sued Jack in the Box on Friday in Oran ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 25, 2007

    Diary of a Mad County

    Jan. 17-Jan. 23

  • News

    October 5, 2006

    Wet Your Pants

    Knott's Scary Farm

  • Features

    June 22, 2006

    Sun, Fun and Felonies

    A summer sampling of one week in Orange County crime*

  • Features

    June 22, 2006

    The Summer of Our Discontent

    Surfs lame, unless you know where to look

  • Food

    May 11, 2006

    Requiem for a Cheeseburger

    Lamenting the loss of Carls Jr.s Junior Cheeseburger

  • Features

    February 9, 2006
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    December 29, 2005
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    December 22, 2005
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    October 20, 2005
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    June 23, 2005
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    June 2, 2005
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    April 14, 2005
  • News

    December 4, 2003

    You Cant Beat Their Meat

    Upset about Carls Jr.s ads? Youre so old! And female!

  • Columns

    July 3, 2003
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    March 6, 2003
  • Features

    October 24, 2002
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    June 13, 2002
  • News

    January 31, 2002

    No, Gracias

    GOP bailing out of congressional race against Sanchez

  • Features

    September 27, 2001

    Laguna Niguel

    Cul-de-sacs and soccer fields

  • Features

    February 1, 2001

    Comparison Shopping

    Fast-food fish sandwiches

  • Features

    August 3, 2000

    Hell on Wheels

    Driving in OC, in your own words

  • Columns

    December 16, 1999
  • News

    September 9, 1999
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    August 19, 1999
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    August 12, 1999
  • Music

    May 13, 1999

    Fast Train Comin'

    Havolina Rail Co. are so stupefyingly good you'd swear they were from Austin!

  • Columns

    March 25, 1999

    Beach Boulevard Breakdown

    A history of OC's infamous thoroughfare

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