September 27, 2014

Really? Chinese Noodle Shop Owner Confesses to Lacing Meals with Opiates to Get Customers Returning for More

The South China Morning Post confirmed its story earlier this week that a noodle shop owner in the Chinese provincial capital of Xi’an had confessed to Chinese police that he had been secretly including a paste made of poppy pods into his menu items. The article reports that the restaurant owner did so in the hopes of making his customers addicted to his noodles. Read the rest of this entry »

August 19, 2014

Reports: Shake Shack Considers IPO

Shake Shack IPO

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Shake Shack, the fast-growing chain of high-end burger restaurants, is seriously considering a public offering. The chain, owned by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, is credited with pioneering the super high-end burger concept, and it has developed something of a fanatical following since it first opened, as a literal shack, a decade ago in Manhattan’s now-trendy Madison Square Park. Read the rest of this entry »

July 19, 2014

Survey: Americans Really Do Want Higher Quality, More Variety in their Fast Food

Panera Bread Bowl with Clam Chowder

Americans may be spending more money than ever on dining out, but they’re looking for more than what’s being provided by mega-chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC. In results from a massive survey just published by Consumer Reports, readers indicated that, in the three years since Consumer Report’s last survey, food quality has grown in importance for them, while convenience has become less vital.

So while the market for dining out in America has ballooned to more than $680 billion annually, readers in the survey gave especially low grades to some of the highest-provile names in fast food. Read the rest of this entry »

September 6, 2013

Behold The Pizzaburger

This past weekend I was asked to sample a new menu item at Boston’s, a neighborhood sports bar and restaurant famous for it’s hand tossed gourmet pizzas. This month Boston’s debuted a new menu item they appropriately call their “bundle of joy”. The bundle in question? The stuffed Pizzaburger. I must admit, the rather intimidating looking burger had me a little nervous. Naturally I love pizza, and I’ve been known to kill a burger or two, but never had I considered combining the two. I like to think I have a somewhat refined pallet, but I’m also in my twenties and enjoy cheesy and greasy bar food from time to time. I knew I was meeting my match with this burger, which is why in preparation for my lunch at Boston’s I refrained from eating anything. I wanted my stomach completely prepared for this gluttonous experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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