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In response to a class action lawsuit filed by a single individual in California claiming Taco Bell's meat is only 35% real beef, Taco Bell responded with a volley of media announcements as well as this You Tube response from the company's president:

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In a statement on the company's website, Taco Bell said "The lawsuit is bogus and filled with completely inaccurate facts."  The statement went on to say "The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products."

Fast Food Source will follow this story as it develops.  Meanwhile, Taco Bell, I love you but how about taking the opportunity in the spotlight to announce some unique menu items with unique quality ingredients, rather than parading out a Beef Crunch Burrito that gets its crunch from FRITO'S?!

ted's hot dogs

Updated links for menu and locations for Ted's Hot Dog chain in Buffalo, NY and Tempe, AZ.

mcdonalds chicken club

Why is it that McDonald's cannot master a decent chicken sandwich?  I tried the Chicken Club premium sandwich the other day.  Nice touch that you can opt for grilled rather than fried, but the kudos stop there.  Look at what I got:

mcdonalds chicken club

Does this look appetizing to you?  The sandwich was as boring, dry, and tasteless as it looks in the pic.  Built from the bottom up, the ingredients are assembled as heel, chicken breast, swiss slice, tomato, lettuce leaf, mayo, and crown.  Interestingly, these are the same items in the superior Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Chicken Club.  But while Carl makes his sandwich juicy and flavorful, McDonald's take is bland and uninspiring.

McDonald's - it is time for you to step up and put together a chicken sandwich worthy of your status at the top of the (fast) food chain.


More than once, I have lamented the passing of classic, old school french fries swapped out in the prime of life for flashy new fries with unnecessary seasoning bells and whistles.  Still, encouraged by Jack In the Box's changed fry earlier this year, I gave Wendy's the benefit of the doubt in trying out their new Natural-Cut Fries with Sea Salt.  I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

Wendy's did not abandon the ideal that a french fry should taste like a potato.  Instead, they appear to be willing to let the potatoes speak for themselves.  The sea salt coating is generous, and being a prominent part of the name it shouldn't be a surprise that these fries are saltier than the old version.  In fact, a quick comparison of the nutrition information on the Wendy's website with the data for the old fries found at shows that a medium order of the new fries have 500mg of sodium vs the old fries' 340mg.  They also have more calories (420 vs 390) and more fat (20g vs 17g).

But Fast Food Source is not a nutrition site.  We are a fast food fan site.  So taste matters.  Wendy's new fries are a worthy addition and, in our opinion, the best of the "new" fry offerings.

lennys burger

Fast Food Source would like to welcome our newest restaurant, Lenny's Burger, a 4-store chain in the Phoenix area.  Check it out here!

The Mesa location, their newest, was so clean and shiny my face reflected off the nostalgic metal signs bolted to the equally reflective diner-style chrome paneled walls.

lenny's burger restaurant mesa

Being a fan of 1000 island, I tried their "Country Burger" and was not disappointed.  Shredded lettuce, juicy tomatoes, pickles and a tasty patty on a sturdy yet flexible bun.  Very tasty.

I opted for onion rings instead of fries, and they were thick and tasty, beer-batter style rings.

Oh, and did I mention they serve PEPSI?  Woo hoo!  It's tough to get around the red and white behemoth and find some red/white/blue logos at the soda fountain.  At least, not at a Yum! chain.

I had the opportunity over the weekend to try out the new Pastrami Grilled Sandwich at Jack in the Box.  Nice work Jack, you've successfully brought a traditional deli favorite to the drive-thru crowd.

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The sizable wrapper suggests this is no ordinary fast food sandwich.  Unwrapped, we encounter a pastrami sandwich the way God intended it to be:  Seasoned beef pastrami on grilled sourdough (yes, rye bread would've been more traditional but Jack makes do with what Jack's got).  Deli mustard.  Swiss cheese.  Big-ass sandwich pickles.  Cut in half, thank you very much.

My only beef (wink) was with the amount of meat.  The bread was made for something more, and a true deli stacker would've had the pastrami piled high.  Of course, this, plus the aforementioned substitution of sourdough for rye, are concessions one must make for a $3.99 fast food sandwich.  But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise outstanding offering, and a great alternative for the "I'm tired of burgers and chicken" crowd.

Here's hoping this "limited time only" treat will make it onto the permanent menu.

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Providing fast food blogs, menus, locations and other information for over80 major chains

Since 2000, Fast Food Source has been the premier independent site dedicated to fast food lovers, offering fast food restaurant menus, and nutrition information, as well as fast food blogs, articles, forums, and fast food industry news. We offer fast food location information for over 50 cities and more than 80 fast food chains.