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Website ranker.com is spotlighting the "Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America," featuring ten major chains and the lowest calorie/lowest fat menu items.  Many of our favorite healthy "tricks" are represented, from no cheese to no mayo to "Fresco Style" (at Taco Bell.)  As always, YMMV, especially when adding sides and beverages to these base items.

Check it out!

el pollo loco

 

Don't freak out, just because Arby's and El Pollo Loco's pictures are together does not mean they are merging.  I just happened to update both menus on the same day.  It is always interesting going through the menu updates, especially when some time has elapsed since the last revision.  In both of the above cases, the update today replaces the last version dated 10/30/2009.

What's changed in the last 22 months?  Nothing earth-shaking.  Arby's dumped popcorn chicken in favor of "Prime-cut Chicken Tenders."  El Pollo Loco has a bunch of upgraded burritos (I still miss the Chicken Lover's Burrito) and new "Premium" sides.  More dramatic is the price increases between the two chains for the same time period.

Arby's should be commended for keeping a reign on price increases.  In fact, the average menu item only went up about 10 cents.  Some items, like the Medium and Large Beef & Cheddars, didn't go up at all.

On the flip side, I was shocked to see that El Pollo Loco, which makes some outstanding food, showed a full $1 price jump for all of their main items (2pc, 3pc and 4pc meals.)  Wow.  That, plus the fact that some of their standard sides (like the BBQ black beans & veggies) were somehow magically promoted to "premium" is enough to earn a stern finger-wagging from me.

Check out the Arby's and El Pollo Loco menus and add your comments on the bottom of each page.  And if you think 22 months is a long time for me to get around to updating these menus, you can always contribute updates yourself and join in on the fun!

mcdonalds big mac

On a recent trip through the Keystone State, I stopped off at a McDonald's that hosts the Big Mac Museum.

big mac museum display

In addition to the giant plastic Big Mac in the playground (sorry you cannot get inside it) and wall mural timeline, the store is loaded with pictures, trinkets, empty packaging and other memorabilia for the chain's most popular sandwich.  Why Pittsburgh?  Because a local McDonald's operator decided that a double burger was needed back in the '60's and the Big Mac is the result.  The rest, as they say, is delicious history.

carls jr logo

Updated Carl's Jr. menu.  Sorry it took so long!

kfc col sanders

A new website dedicated to stories about the man behind KFC, Colonel Sanders, has been created.  It contains stories, photos and biographical information on this fast food legend.

“Colonel Sanders, his secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices and all he achieved are the cornerstones of our company,” said Barry Westrum, chief marketing officer for KFC. “We’re honored to launch this project to preserve the memory of our founder by collecting stories from folks far and wide.”

Check out the site here.

arbys

"Angus Cool Deli sandwich wrap."  Even the name is a mouthful.  Arby's invited me to try their new sandwich, available either wrapped in a whole grain flatbread or as a sandwich on a conventional bun.  So I headed off to my local Arby's to give the new sammy a test drive.

arbys angus cool deli wrap wrapped

The wrap - wrapped

arbys cool deli wrap unwrapped

The wrap - unwrapped

I deliberately did not read up on this sandwich ahead of time, preferring to be surprised.  The first thing that threw me (and that I completely overlooked in the obvious name) is that this sandwich is served cold.  Similar to the market fresh sandwiches, the Angus Cool Deli wrap is a well-balanced combination of tastes.  Aside from the beef, there is lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss, banana peppers and pickles (diced, not sliced), mayo and a sub vinaigrette.  As you can see from the image below, there was a bit too much mayo on my wrap.

arbys angus cool wrap beauty

In fact, there was so much mayo it actually drowned out the taste of the vinaigrette.  Next time, I'd probably opt for no mayo and see if it's really even necessary.  Deleting the mayo would shave 160 calories and a whopping 17g of fat right there.  The sandwich comes standard (assuming by-the-book construction and according to Arby's website) with 620 calories in the wrap configuration, 36g of fat, and 1640mg of sodium.  If sodium is a worry, don't try reconfiguring this sandwich.  The flatbread alone is 410mg.  Kudos, however, go to Arby's for offering a multi-grain alternative to a standard white bun.  More restaurants should follow Arby's lead here.

Aside from the spreads, the chopped pickles were a fun surprise - something you might do if you made the same sandwich at home.  Also, the sandwich is easy to hold in one hand and eat, with sturdy flatbread holding everything in check.  All in all, it the Angus Cool Deli sandwich wrap is a fine and tasty addition to the Arby's menu, something you won't easily find at another fast food restaurant.

 

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