Tim Carman, the $20 Diner, travels throughout the area to find cheap eats and hidden gems that might get lost in the influx of new restaurants. Here are some of the best places he's reviewed in D.C. in recent months, including a revitalized Ethiopian standby and a burgeoning taco empire.
Faded and decaying shop signs remind us of a time gone by. Often painted on brickwork, these ghost signs are found in cities and towns throughout the world – but many of us don’t even notice them.
Four engineers from MIT have opened a fast-food restaurant in Boston that uses mechanical woks to autonomously prepare meals in under three minutes. Billed as the "world's first" robotic kitchen, the Spyce restaurant employs a series of seven automated cooking woks in place of human chefs.
A man in Florida claims he was hospitalized after a McDonald’s employee tried to “murder” him by putting a laundry bleach pod in his soda.
McDonald’s is continually trying to up its game: The recent switch from frozen to fresh burgers (some of its burgers anyway) is just one indicator of the fast-food king’s attempts to retain dominance in an increasingly crowded market.
Chick-fil-A is among the most successful fast-food chains in the US, and it’s also one of the cheapest to open. The company’s sales grew by $1 billion to $9 billion in 2017, making it larger than Chipotle and KFC combined.
As capers go, we gotta say, this one is pretty weak. A 29-year-old woman in Eunice, Louisiana, allegedly had hatched quite a plan, though. KATC.
MCDONALD’S restaurants stand among American capitalism’s greatest success stories. Starting out with just one burger stall in 1948, the fast-food chain’s emphasis on quick service and a standardised menu has helped it to grow to more than 35,000 outlets across the world.
It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; presumably ours did, too, before our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things.
Fast food generally isn’t good for your diet, but some chains are going to be better than others. This chart compiles data from ten fast of the biggest fast food chains to show just how calorie heavy their menus are.
Once you have one of these wraps, you’ll want one every day. This recipe will save you money and cuts out the unnecessary sodium and additives. Apologies in advance for this easy recipe, but they’re too good to resist. On the plus side, they’re all natural…
In early 2009, three years prior to Taco Bell’s 50th anniversary, CEO Greg Creed was already experiencing something of a midlife crisis. “Our target audience is [customers] in their 20s. Turning 50 makes us sound old, and I didn’t want to sound old,” Creed explains.
ACCRA, Ghana — After finishing high school a decade ago, Daniel Awaitey enrolled in computer courses, dropped out to work in a hotel, then settled into a well-paying job in the booming oil sector here.
Perhaps no episode captures what’s ailing the world’s largest restaurant company better than the Mighty Wings Debacle of 2013. In September of last year, McDonald’s launched an ambitious program to sell deep-fried chicken wings across its 14,000 U.S. locations.
It’s come to my attention that many of you, supposedly in 230 cities across the country, are walking out of your jobs today and protesting for $15 an hour.
We've highlighted a number of secret menu items over the years, from the Poor Man's Big Mac at McDonald's to the Chipotle Quesarito. If you can't get enough of these "insider" menus, #HackTheMenu is a great one stop shop for them.
I could have taken a picture of you and posted it here to publicly shame you, but I didn't. That's because I am not trying to be vindictive, ma'am. I'd merely like to answer that question you posed. This can be what the politicians call a "teachable moment" for you and everyone like you.
Subway is in serious trouble. The world's largest restaurant chain is being left behind as consumers seek healthier, fresher food and as competitors offer them better options. Franchisees are protesting its promotions, and some are complaining about the quality of its products.
Tired of fast food chains grasping for a competitive edge by claiming to go wholesome? Don’t care about cage-free, antibiotic-free, weird-chemicals-free fast casual? Well, Burger King is with you.
Stopping at a drive-thru can kill a healthy diet. But there are less-bad options on fast food menus, and Gwyneth’s latest newsletter suggests a few. Surprisingly, their picks are healthy and most won’t result in you starving to death. Here’s a breakdown.
Questions? Suggestions? E-mail me: That's what this guide is for. It's a basic guide to diet and fitness for beginners who want to get in better shape. If you want to look better, improve your overall athletic ability, or just improve your health, read on.
This story and its headline have been been updated, with "alarming" being changed to "striking." See below for more details. Critics of the fast-food industry have long warned about the perils of our addiction to processed food.
Those ingredients cost roughly $2. Then he pays labor. Electricity. Gas. Royalties. Credit card transaction fees. Rent. All told, Miller, who owns three Subway franchises in Northern California, says it costs him well over $4 to produce one of Subway's foot-long subs.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The American fast food industry is built on two pillars: cheap hamburgers, and cheap labor. As economists try to understand why wages have stagnated across the country’s economy, they are examining the cheap labor part of the equation closely.
Reusing (@AndreaReusing) is the James Beard award-winning chef at Lantern in Chapel Hill, N.C. Novel and thrilling in earlier days, today's farm-to-table restaurant menus have scaled new heights of supposed transparency.
Earlier this week, Buzzfeed posted a video that showed burgers from seven different fast food restaurants that had been stored in glass jars for 30 days. At the end, some of them were covered in mold, but some (McDonald burgers in particular) did not look much different from Day 1.
With a theatrical flourish, a sombre, leather-bound document is placed in front of you. Inside, the pages bear a tight italicised script and your eyes are drawn to a couple of items that are embellished with flamboyant descriptions. Then you turn to the waiter and order.
Taco Bell is the best Mexican food I ever ate. I will say this to your face over a plate of enchiladas suiza. You will shake your head at such transparent provocation. What a shocking thing to say at a restaurant that has the best tacos in New York City! I won't even correct that assertion.
LocoL, a fast food concept spawned by famed chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson, offers a new take on traditional fast food. The chain's dishes contain more calories than, say, a salad, but everything is made with high-quality, locally sourced, whole ingredients.
Even if you’ve got a major soft spot for the Olive Garden, no one goes to chain restaurants expecting a five-star dining experience. (And at this point you should expect things like frozen entrees and pre-made bags of soup as par for the course.
EDIT: We now have our Nutrient Per Dollar list complete. This is the ultimate guide to saving money on food. What Fast Food Item Will Feed Me Most Efficiently?
(CNN)Most of the time, when you order fast food, you know exactly what you're getting: an inexpensive meal that tastes great but is probably loaded with fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Every effort to incorporate fresh fare into fast food, it seems, wilts. Consider the McWrap. McDonald’s introduced the chicken-sandwich variant in fourteen thousand U.S. locations in 2013, after having spent two years building a supply chain for fresh cucumbers.
The standard American diet wreaks havoc on our organism and we continue to ignore the fact that processed foods, fast food, GMOs and sugars destroy our body day in day out.
Fast food is hardly health food, but when you’re on the road or it’s late at night, sometimes it’s your only option. These are the menu options to look for that will fill you up without filling you out. Let’s just come out and say it: fast food is generally not healthy.
Weekday lunches can be pretty bleak: limp salad, mushy sandwiches, take-out soup served so tongue-scaldingly hot you can’t even taste how truly mediocre it is.
Earlier this year, feeling tired and stressed, and disturbed by our culture of overconsumption, I decided to try fasting – a practice going back millennia. The results were surprising and now I can’t wait to do it again Everybody knows about fast food.
In the case of two popular Subway sandwiches, the chicken was found to contain only about half chicken DNA. Will Mahood, a loyal customer who considered Subway chicken sandwiches a lunchtime staple, was alarmed by the findings.
In the early 1900s, the American breakfast looked very different from what we think of as traditional today. Instead of artery-clogging platters of meat, eggs, and potatoes, most breakfasts consisted of little more than a roll, fruit, and coffee to wash it all down.
COPENHAGEN — On a recent afternoon, Hampus Elofsson ended his 40-hour workweek at a Burger King and prepared for a movie and beer with friends. He had paid his rent and all his bills, stashed away some savings, yet still had money for nights out.
Legacy mega-brands like McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King have dominated the fast food industry for decades.
When my daughter was a teenager, about a dozen years ago, she went through a vegetarian phase. Back then, the payoff for orthodontist visits was a trip to Taco Bell, where the only thing we could eat were bean burritos and tacos.
I’ll usually be the first to tell you that you should dive into real local cuisine when you travel to another country. It’s one of the most important aspects of a culture. But I’ll also be the first to tell you that you should totally hit up fast food chains in other countries.
No food is perfect, but the masterpiece of molecular gastronomy known as chicken nugget is aggressively imperfect. This is by design. Say what you will about the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder; the hamburger patty is made of nothing but USDA-inspected beef.
Our eating habits have dramatically changed from nutritious raw foods to highly processed foods very low in nutritional value - in fact our optimum cell function is at risk! Without the proper Acid Alkaline Balance of our body fluids we increase the risk of getting life-threatening or chronic disea
Taco Bell is finally serving fries — and customers can't get enough. In late January, the fast-food chain added $1 nacho fries to the menu for a limited time.
If you are going to spend your entire life in the pork industry, you could scarcely hope for a better name than Joe Leathers. Leathers, who proudly inserts the nickname “Bacon Belly” between his first and last names, is now a retiree in Kansas City, Mo.
LONDON — When KFC found itself in an extra-crispy predicament this week when it was unable to provide the one thing customers expect from the restaurant chain — chicken — it had two choices: Laugh or cry. Apparently, it has chosen the former.
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At IHOP and Applebee's, menus are sales documents. And navigational guides. And explainers. This weekend I had lunch at an International House of Pancakes. The menus my companion and I were given to help us navigate this experience were large and laminated and, in their overall demeanor, perky.
“That’s stupid —you’re building a lifestyle business” spat the investor across the table, flashing me a death glare. It was 2011 and I was at a roundtable event at Grow Conference, an annual gathering of investors, entrepreneurs, and wantrepreneurs alike.
The munchies are driving up fast-food sales in states where marijuana is legal. Cannabis has been shown to increase users’ appetite, sending many customers of legalized dispensaries to fast-food chains, according to a new study by Green Market Report and Consumer Research Around Cannabis.