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del taco red box

I received the package shown above over the holidays.  Now, I knew something was coming tied to a new product Del Taco is unveiling this month.  What I didn't expect, however, was what was inside...

del taco turkey box

OK, those of you who guessed "a box of red and green feathers and a rubber turkey" win.  Seriously, what a fun and silly promotion.  You see, Del Taco is rolling out new turkey-based menu items this month.  I went looking for them on New Year's Eve and was told to come back in a few days.  So here's one time when Fast Food Source is able to let you know in advance about a new menu item.

Needless to say, I'll be reviewing the new Turkey Taco shortly.  I just love when marketing people get creative!

del taco box

Del Taco's marketing arm sent me this mysterious red box over the holidays.  To find out what's inside, you'll need to wait until Friday.  But you can begin guessing right now!

The Dairy Queen 1/2 Lb GrillBurger is a double-decker burger with two kinds of cheese - American and Swiss.  Shown below ordered as a combo #4, the burger comes with fries dumped into the box and a beverage.

dairy queen grillburger

dairy queen grillburger

Not a frequent DQ diner, I wasn't sure what to expect.  The burger was big and hearty, but somewhat dry and bland.  The meat was not too tasty, although I don't hold that against fast food chains provided there is a decent meat-to-condiment ratio (ideally no greater than 1:1).  Unfortunately, as you can see below, it was more like 2:1.

dairy queen grillburger

There was a good piece of lettuce but a few lonely onions and a tomato that, coupled with a sparing dollop of ketchup, did little to offset the dryness of the patties.  The assembly, which places EVERYTHING on top of the meat, didn't help.  As you know, McDonald's figured this out a long time ago with the Big Mac, putting the special sauce on the heel and leaving the crown dry.  Burger King and Carl's Jr. also like putting mayo and ketchup on the bottom, where your tongue encounters it first.  DQ would do well to take a page out of this playbook.  In fact, turning the entire burger upside-down did help.

The fries - oh, what can I say.  Disappointing is not the word since I had no real expectations here.  But these are those fake-coated variety that I lamented as part of a trend way back in 2009.  DQ obviously knows people don't go there for the fries and it shows.

All in all, a drab meal that doesn't drive me to crave DQ for lunch.

ono hawaiian bbq logo

We're pleased to introduce Ono Hawaiian BBQ on Fast Food Source.  Ono is a small west-coast chain offering chicken and beef dishes with a distinctly Hawaiian flair.  BBQ, Teriyaki, Island Curry, and Chicken Katsu are just some of the specialties.  They also offer beef, pork and seafood menu items, along with a couple including that Hawaii staple, Spam.  For sides, Ono offers rice and macaroni salad and serves their food accented with cabbage.

ono hawaiian bbq

The chicken is moist and tasty - like what you might grill yourself at home.  In fact, I can't recall a more moist chicken at a fast food or quick serve restaurant.  The food is just different enough to feel like a treat but convenient enough to enjoy as an alternative to other more traditional fast food fare.

The Japanese/Polynesian influenced menu might be more at home in our International restaurant category.  But Hawaii being a state, we think it fits best in the Chicken category where the majority of their menu is centered.

Next time you are in Northern or Southern California or the Phoenix area, check them out!  We have the Ono BBQ menu and Ono BBQ nutrition information loaded as well.

During a recent visit to my local Dairy Queen I had my dog with me in the car and the guy at the drive thru asked if I'd like a "pup cup" for my dog.  Not knowing what a pup cup was I said "sure."  Here's what I got:

dairy queen pup cup

It's a dog biscuit in a little pool of vanilla soft serve.  I'm not sure my dog should eat dairy, but he really liked the creamy cold biscuit!  Thanks DQ.

carls jr logo

I was admiring the new Carl's Jr. commercial promoting their fresh-baked hamburger buns, not for the sexy girls and the pun on the word "buns" but for the subtle shift in product positioning that seems to finally be happening.  I refer, of course, to the transition of the chain's large format burgers from the old Carl's "Six Dollar" moniker to the adoption of the Hardee's "Thickburger" label.

It has been four years since we wrote an article on this subject.  Back then, the discussion was how the term Six Dollars has moved from a gimmick to an uncomfortable reality: the burgers are no longer the equivalent of what you paid big money (six dollars) for at a sit down chain (read, Chili's) but sadly, are rapidly approaching the $6 mark themselves.  Inflation does that to you.  Which is why McDonald's recently had to revamp their approach to their "Dollar Menu" and Del Taco did the same with their "Buck and Under" menu this past spring.

carls jr six dollar thickburger

So what is Carl's Jr. actually doing?  Ever-so-subtly phasing in the "Thickburger" name.  Note in the commercial and in the web ad the use of the term "Six Dollar Thickburger."  It's probably no longer much of a prediction but I will make it anyway:  Carl's Jr. will drop the term "Six Dollar" from their menu in 2014.  There is your first New Year's prediction.

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