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Updated menu for Jack in The Box shows a pretty big jump in prices between last December and now.  On average, sandwiches are up 30 cents, while the biggest jump was in the kid's meals.  The kid's cheeseburger meal, for instance, went from $2.79 to $3.69.  Wow.

Drink prices were up 10-20 cents, with JITB busting the psychological $2 beverage price barrier with large drinks priced at $2.29.

Some prices remained flat, however.  Specifically, the Value menu remained virtually unchanged with the notable exception being the conversion of the Jr. Cheeseburger (99 cents last year) to the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger for a buck-forty.  I have to admit I don't consider that last one a cheat.  I like Jack's willingness to "plus" their value menu, unlike McDonald's taking a slice of cheese off their 99-cent double cheeseburger and rebranding it as the "McDouble."  Oh, and don't get me started on Taco Bell's use of potatoes instead of meat in some of their value offerings.  Thanks, Jack, for not insulting our intelligence.

Check out the menu here.

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Update menu for Del Taco.  Still delicious.

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McDonald's, you rule my mainstream burger world.  But you apparently cannot make an innovative chicken product to save your life.  We rant and we rave, but the folks in Mickey D's test kitchen must not get the Internet.  The latest experiment in chicken?  Chicken McBites.  "Hey, they look a lot like KFC's Popcorn Chicken" you say?  You'd be right.  But look closer.

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Imagine a standard chicken strip broken up into pieces.  That's all these are.  And what little pieces they are.  Look inside the box above.  This is the "regular" size.  They also have a size for "snack" and "sharing" but I wouldn't share these.  They are dry, flavorless, and mostly breading.  That last one might not be a fair criticism.  I mean, of course they are mostly breading.  But really, I thought they'd be relatively uniform chunks of chicken breast.  Instead, they look like the crumbs from an IHOP Chicken Strip Dinner (which is excellent, by the way, but not fast food so I digress.)

McDonald's, you know this comes from a place of love.  For Pete's sake, stop throwing sub-par chicken at us.  It is beneath you.  If you cannot innovate here, leave us the McNugget and move on.

Subway will be rollong out a promo during the month of December, according to an article in USA today.

I added the menu for Krystal.  Their menu is a bit funky, as everything is in combo form (so no individual prices) and they like to come up with weird names for everything.  For example, their little burgers are just called "Krystals" which is fine.  But then their chicken products are all "Chik'n" and their hot dogs are "Pups".  Cute, but kind of annoying when you are just looking for a descriptive name.  Check out the menu here.

And here's a shot of their "Bar-B-Q Burger" for extra points:

bar-b-q krystal

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The "W" as depicted on Wendy's website

Looks like Wendy's has unofficially jumped on the Big Mac clone bandwagon with their new "W" cheeseburger.  Like the Carl's Jr. Big Carl and the Jack In the Box Bonus Jack, The "W" is a double stack of beef with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and the key to any Big Mac clone: thousand island dressing.  Now before you freak out that Big Mac's sauce is not, literally, thousand island, let's all agree that the popular salad dressing is at the core of all of these sandwiches' spreads.  Dubbed "Signature Sauce" the spread is tasty and goes well with the meat and cheese.

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With the usual breathless anticipation I opened my bag and was surprised to see the actual sandwich staring up at me.  In an unusual twist my burger was not completely wrapped.  Instead, it sits in this cool little box and wrapped in plain white wax paper, a throwback to the style of '50's burgers.  Still, you can see without removing the crown that this looks nothing like the picture.

wendys w unwrapped

OK, updating the popular Wendy's saying, my first reaction was "WHERE'S THE PICKLE?"  As you can plainly see in the promotional web image at the top of this story, there are supposed to be pickles.  Mine were MIA.  The sad strip of lettuce and lonely onions also are no match for the image.  Of course, long time readers know we never expect the food to look like the stylists make it look.  Still, I was expecting the basic ingredients to be present.

The burger itself tasted fine.  It is exactly like you would expect a Wendy's deluxe double cheeseburger to taste if you subbed thousand island for ketchup and mayo.  Which is funny when you think of it, because ketchup and mayo are in thousand island, aren't they.

Anyway, the burger was good and satisfying.  It isn't a home run, and I'd still rather have a Big Mac.  But at $2.99 promotional pricing it is a great alternative to your normal Wendy's choices.

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