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Taco Bell loves to repackage and re-work their menu.  Case in point, the new Shredded Chicken Soft Taco.  The twist, the chicken is shredded and seasoned as opposed to the chunky and somewhat bland predecessor.

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taco bell shredded chicken taco

Above is the Freso-style version.  Note the shredded chicken down on the bottom beneath the lettuce and pico.  Toppings are the same as the other basic tacos.  The taste was good and the chicken flavorful.  However, the taco is small and there is no way it will fill you up.  Taco Bell is notorious for jacking up the price of their chicken-based items and this is no exception.  Weighing in at the size of a basic taco, this one has a jumbo-taco price of $1.99.  Wow.  And I thought $1.50 for the old chicken taco was high.  Definitely not worth the money.

McDonald's was pretty much the last holdout in keeping the word "Dollar" in their "Dollar Menu."  While most other chains have switched to some variation on the word "Value" to describe low-priced products, McDonald's insistence on sticking with the word "dollar" severely restricted their ability to market and promote specialty items that could not profitably be sold at that price.

According to an article in AdAge, McDonald's will make a switch in November to debut a "Dollar Menu & More" structure of three tiers, giving them much-needed pricing flexibility.

 

We've updated the menu for Taco Bell.  Check it out.

Here are the 3-pc sliders (chicken, beef and pulled pork) at Honey Bear's BBQ in Phoenix.  Yum!

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Check out the Angus Pastrami & Swiss sandwich from Schlotzsky's.

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Pressed between two sturdy slices of round dark rye bread, the "medium" sized Angus Pastrami & Swiss is anything but medium.  Thick and generous piles of warm and juicy Pastrami, covered with melted Swiss cheese and mustard - this is a really good pastrami sandwich.  Maybe slightly untraditional in the bread department, but nonetheless, a very good example of the breed. 

I'll admit I was a bit mislead by the Schlotzsky's sizing - I guess I don't eat there enough.  If this is a medium, then surely a small would've filled me up.  And the fact that there is no large should've also tipped me off.  Oh well, too many would've - should'ves already.

As a bonus, here is my wife's Fiesta Chicken:

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Also served as thinly-sliced meat, this time on more of an Italian-type bun.  The Fiesta Chicken sandwich has some sort of sassy mayo concoction for its signature taste.  Plus lettuce, a bit tomato, cheese, onions and peppers.  She liked it, but I liked my pastrami better.

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Good for you, Burger King!  Way back in 2009, I lamented a sad trend in fast food restaurants: the transition from a standard, basic french fry to a seasoned, artificially-crispy abomination.  Finally, someone is righting that wrong, and who would've expected it to be BK?!

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With much press, pomp and circumstances, Burger King has rolled out SatisFries, 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than...  wait, (squinting at the fine print) this can't be right... McDonald's?!  I am not disputing the number, I just find it interesting that the fine print has the comparison with the competition, rather than against their own staple.  I guess some marketing genius decided not to highlight the fact that they still offer a more fattening fry on the regular Burger King menu.  So let's see how SatisFries compare with the Burger King french fry.

burger king satisfries

Well, tastewise, it turned out to be easier to compare than I expected, since they mixed in some regular fries in my SatisFries order.  Dang!  I am not getting my full caloric savings with a trick like that!  First off, kudos for being crinkle cut.  A much neglected but highly ketchup-friendly shape.  I found the fry to be light and flaky, crispy but not artificial-tasting.  The seasoning is about normal.

What about the claims?  To repeat, 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald's.  Well I went to the websites and I did the math:

 burger king satisfries matrix

First off, Burger King does their comparison based upon a serving size of 70 grams.  As you can see from the chart above, they were comparing their SatisFries with an equivalent small order of McDonald's french fries.  So I had to make some adjustments, which are represented in the right three columns.  Basically, a VALUE order of SatisFries needs to be reduced by 18% to equal a SMALL order of McDonald's fries.  Making the adjustment, it is pretty much what Burger King claims. 

But do you see the problem?  You can't order the equivalent to a McDonald's small at Burger King.  The closest you can get is the larger "value" size, but how many people actually do that?  I bet most people think they are doing well to order a "small" which is actually MORE calories (270 vs 230) and the same amount of fat (11) as a McDonald's "small."  Granted, it's a bigger serving, but that has to be lost on the majority of consumers who probably stop at the word SMALL.  And, as it turns out, a BK "small" is even bigger than a McDonald's "medium."  Yikes.

Note that SatisFries have about 20% less fat and 21% fewer calories than a Burger King regular order.  Not what is in the big text advertised, which again is compared with McDonald's, but only in the fine print.  So Joe Consumer, who walks into Burger King and thinks he is saving 40% of the fat by switching from a BK regular to BK SatisFries is only saving half that.  Still good, but confusing at best.

Criticism of the advertising message aside, this is still a great move for Burger King.  It's sure to earn them credit in the health gesture alone.  And I am happy to have a more flavorful, honest french fry choice at Burger King.  Finally, extra points to Burger King for a clever product name too. 

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