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  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    California's Only Dunkin Donuts Opens in Camp Pendleton

    You East Coast transplants surely have heard about the Dunkin' Donuts that just opened in Camp Pendleton. It's open to the public. Though you don't have to actually have some sort of security clearance to enter the base to eat a cruller and sip a cup a' joe, there are some requirements and restricti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    McDonald's To Debut New Health-Focused Happy Meal Commercial Today

    ​Ad Age broke the news that the Golden Arches will begin a campaign to teach kids better nutrition. Unless you've been living in a hole the past two decades, you'd know that the company has long been criticized by health advocates of peddling unhealthy food to impressionable minds. It has become f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    The Next Restaurant Frontier: Car Dealerships?

    ​We've seen restaurants in gas stations (see the previous incarnation of Peter's Gourmade Grill) and car-washes (see Kush Bowl), but here's something new: Nation's Restaurant News reports that car dealerships might be the next restaurant frontier.

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Taco Bell Looks to Doritos Loco Taco to Save it From Bad Times

    ​Michelle has written before about the Doritos Loco Taco, the taco made from a Nacho Cheese Doritos shell and...yeah, that's the draw. It should be a hit when it appears, as stoners and fast-food freaks camp out for a week, eat it, then go back to their CrunchWrap Supreme.But Taco Bell is banking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Why Is Subway Adding Vitamin D and Calcium To Its Bread?

    Edwin Goei​Subway has announced that it will add Vitamin D and calcium to all its breads, except for their English muffins and flatbreads. According to Nation's Restaurant News, eating a Subway six-inch sub will now give you 30% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and 20% of the recommen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Report: Millennials Like Trendy Food, Pig Out, Demand Foreign Grub

    Kogi: The ne plus ultra of millennial eating habits...​It always amuses me how research groups will make millions of dollars commissioning reports that conclude with the shit you can pull from everyday life. Take for instance, a study started earlier this year by the advertising agency Barkley, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Buffalo Wild Wings to NFL: Please End Lockout--We'll Give Away Free Chicken Wings if You Do!

    ​Buffalo Wild Wings is a bit better than okay, but it does have financial might as one of the country's largest chicken-wings franchises and is also a bellwether of the coming financial disaster that will happen to thousands of restaurants across the country if the NFL doesn't reach an agreement w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Subway Trying to Upscale by Unveiling Subway Cafe

    ​What is wrong with our mega-chains? Why must they disavow their fast-food roots and try to turn into a combination of Starbucks and Panera? First, it was McDonald's with their years-long campaign to make their McCafe concept as ubiquitous as Grimace; now, Subway is testing out Subway Café, a con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Chili's Allegedly Serves Alcoholic Mudslide Instead of Chocolate Shake to 4-Year-Old

    It was first Applebee's, then Olive Garden, and now this. Chili's is the third restaurant in the last few weeks to be accused of serving an alcoholic drink to a child. This time it's in Chicago, and the drink was a Mudslide allegedly mistaken for chocolate shake.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Are the Days of Chain Restaurants Hiring Illegal Immigrants Over?

    ​Back in my Anaheim High School days, students who worked did so at one of two spots: the Carl's Jr. on Broadway and Harbor Boulevard, or the Family Fun Center (which mostly hired people from Valencia High, but that's another story). Imagine my surprise five years after graduation, when most of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Taco Bell to Invade Southeast Asia?

    ​Will the spread of Mexican food across the world ever cease? No.Will Taco Bell be there every step of the way to act as the gateway drug and make billions?Damn straight. Details after the jump!

  • 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

    December 7, 2010

    Was 2010 the Year of the Fish Taco?

    Photo by Das Ubergeek​Like we've been fundamentally late to many food trends (cupcakes, Pinkberry, churrascarias), OC has pioneered food trends that the lot of us laugh at when reporters declare them suddenly "in"--bánh mìs (and Vietnamese food, in general), luxe-loncheras, and tacos? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Charlie Palmer Opening Burger Joint at South Coast Plaza, Giving Away 300 Free Burgers TOMORROW

    Trish Rusthoven Daniels/Courtesy of DG Burger​The news has been around for a while that Charlie Palmer is opening a burger stand within his eponymous South Coast Plaza restaurant, but Nation's Restaurant News--the bible of the industry--weighed in with a piece today, placing it in the context of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Landry's, New Owners of Claim Jumper, Now Also Own Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

    Flickr user prayitno​I never liked Forrest Gump, and thought that its spin-off restaurant, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., would go the way of Planet Hollywood, the Superman SNES game, and other horrid synergy attempts. I think most people thought like me on that issue, and boy, were we wrong. The Bubb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Claim Jumper Founder to Bid on Bankrupt Claim Jumper Chain

    ​Sometime soon, officials with Claim Jumper--that chain of Western-themed restaurants that I went to exactly once in my life, and I can't even remember what I ate except it wasn't memorable, hence the inexact memory--will announce the best bid that they will accept for the bankrupt chain.Not expec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    New York Chefs Discover Thai Food: Foofaraw, or Fact?

    Awesome beef panang from OC's Thai palace, Thai Nakorn​Few things are funnier than clueless reporters "discovering" a "trend" that flies in the face of reality, and that was my first reaction upon reading a story in Nation's Restaurant News yesterday declaring this is the year of Thai food in New ... More >>

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    February 27, 2003