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it was like a big mouthful of ‘Murica/Freedom

After customers started requesting it, Arby's started selling an off-menu item called the Meat Mountain. It costs $10, and has some of every meat Arby's sells. Naturally, pictures are popping up on twitter. Hungry?
posted by Curious Artificer on Aug 26, 2014 - 122 comments

The Not So United States of Infographics

One of the more ubiquitous formats for "infographics" these days is the U.S.A. Map Comparing Individual States and promoting interstate rivalries. After all, wherever you live in the U.S. of A., you need bragging rights for something, right?

Recently, Business Insider featured "27 Maps That Explain America" including ones that compared each state's percentage of residents with passports, most overrepresented job in every state, percentage of each state's population with a 4-year degree, number of billionaires in each state, number of Starbucks locations in each state, states' stances on climate change (judged by Think Progress), fast food consumption and exercise frequency (detail in a weird format here and here), and cavities per capita.

But Business Insider is certainly not the only site 'mapping the states'... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 1, 2014 - 29 comments

A Diet Coke and a George Saunders, please

Cultivating Thought: Cups and bags at Chipotle (previously) will now feature stories and essays by famous authors, including Toni Morrison, George Saunders, Steven Pinker, Sarah Silverman, and Jonathan Safran Foer, who came up with the idea for the series and will be curating it as well.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 15, 2014 - 74 comments

Masala Dosa to Die For

P.Rajagopal is a fast food magnate who may be South India's answer to Ray Kroc. He's also a twice-convicted murderer. And possibly something like a god. (SLNYTimes Magazine).
posted by Diablevert on May 8, 2014 - 21 comments

The Foodroom

McDonalds, Sorkinized for your pleasure. [SingleLinkComedyCentral]
posted by tonycpsu on Apr 17, 2014 - 22 comments

What am I worth?

The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back - She notes that her hourly wage of $7.50 is less than a Wendy’s combo meal: “I make less than the Baconator.”
posted by anastasiav on Apr 17, 2014 - 203 comments

As Easy As Folding A Waffle

Taco Bell's latest food experiment: waffle-based breakfast tacos.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 26, 2014 - 147 comments

The Snows Of Sbarro's

In 2011, the upscale White Flint Shopping mall was closed and planned for demolition, but not before someone went in and photographed the interior and food court in all its pastel-neon-plastic 80s glory.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 16, 2014 - 106 comments

"Pork" and Beans

"The McRib is like Holbein’s skull: we experience it as (quasi-)foodstuff, as marketing campaign, as cult object, as Internet meme, but those experiences don’t sufficiently explain it. To understand McRib fully, we have to look at the sandwich askew." By Ian Bogost (Previously). Also previously, The McRib as Arbitrage.
posted by codacorolla on Nov 13, 2013 - 117 comments

Luckily I was able to quickly sample my screams of pain

Banjo Gyro, one of the weirder videos on YouTube, is a short film about three restaurant employees—Sammy, Bill, and Finger—who hunt demons. Sort of like Invader Zim meets David Lynch's "sitcom" Rabbits.
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 22, 2013 - 6 comments

Low-wage workers fight to make bad jobs better.

A growing number of Americans is realizing that “good jobs” aren’t coming back, and that for things to get better, they’re going to have to fight to turn their McJobs into something better. (Via Jacobin) [more inside]
posted by klue on Oct 5, 2013 - 103 comments

The Fight For Fifteen

In what could be the largest strike of its kind, hundreds of fast food workers in Detroit walked off their jobs on Friday, echoing the rallying cry heard (or not?) across the country that the currently underpaid workers deserve $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Friday's strike in Detroit comes on the heels of similar actions in other cities—Wednesday and Thursday in St. Louis, and in Chicago and New York City last month.
posted by SkylitDrawl on May 12, 2013 - 110 comments

The fare is a veritable smorgasbord

We Must Build An Enormous McWorld In Times Square, A Xanadu Representing A McDonald's From Every Nation
"The central attraction of the ground floor level is a huge mega-menu that lists every item from every McDonald's in the world, because this McDonald's serves ALL of them." Previously.
posted by macrowave on Jan 23, 2013 - 81 comments

" I think it may be a front for a cult."

According to Yelp reviews, a Chicago-area Taco Bell is one of the best dining experience in the city people on r/Chicago over at reddit call it "magical.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 17, 2013 - 169 comments

"It helps if you don't look at them up close before eating them."

"Just as Christianity was offered as an alternative to the pagan ways of ancient people, so was the McRib offered as an alternative to the chicken nugget." Yes, the McRib is back ("and front, and other parts probably best not to mention"), hitting stores today. A product of "restructured meat technology," the meat in the McRib is manufactured at a processing plant at McDonald's HQ in Illinois. Not sure if there's a McRib near you available for purchase and consumption? The McRib Locator is here to help. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 17, 2012 - 112 comments

A Gorgeous Place to Get a McGriddle

The World's most beautiful McDonalds may very well be located in Budapest, Hungary. With vaulted, coffered ceilings wrought-iron scrollwork and modern chairs, it's a lovely place to order a cheeseburger. [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Sep 14, 2012 - 82 comments

"Frankenstein monster of marketing trends that's probably too clever by half."

What Pizza Hut's Crown Crust Pizza Says About Global Fast Food Marketing. [Food Porn] [Pizza Hut-blue?] Perhaps you've heard by now of the Crown Crust pizza, the pizza-cheeseburger hybrid recently unveiled by some of Pizza Hut's international franchisees. Available only at Pizza Hut Middle East, this fast food chimera features a vaguely crown-shaped crust studded with "cheeseburger gems," topped with lettuce and tomato, and drizzled with "special sauce." Many foodies have decried it as a "culinary abomination," "a sign of the apocalypse," or proof that America is finally losing its monopoly on gluttony. A reviewer at Serious Eats, who tried the Crown Crust in Dubai, wrote: "There seems to be no rational explanation as to why this pizza was created." [Via: NPR.org]
posted by Fizz on May 2, 2012 - 83 comments

"Maybe we should call it a food swamp rather than a desert."

The food desert has been a regular topic here on MetaFilter, posts about which often highlight a particular narrative about the effects of meager food choices for poorer urban communities, negatively affecting health and choice among low income people. Though not always. Some new studies indicate the situation in the US might be more like the latter, not quite as dire as is usually asserted. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Apr 19, 2012 - 63 comments

My immediate thought: Messy.

The West Virginia Surf Report is picking up where they left off [McDonald's McSkillet burrito] (previously), Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality has recently been updated with picture comparison and comedic review of: Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco Supreme [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on Mar 28, 2012 - 43 comments

McDonalds: home of the McHotdog Mega Breakfast Sausage

McDonalds menu items from around the world. And part 2.
posted by storybored on Mar 13, 2012 - 73 comments

"In many ways, the Chipotle burrito is very similar to the iPhone."

Chipotle is Apple. "The burrito chain is revolutionizing food. Why doesn't it get more respect?"
posted by box on Feb 11, 2012 - 226 comments

Corporate training videos: Where pop music goes to die.

Hot drinks! [SLYTs all the way down] One wonders why a late-80s fast food chain felt the need to have all their training videos sung as middle-of-the-road hip hop and R&B songs. [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Oct 23, 2011 - 48 comments

What People Eat

Some photos of what individuals and families around the world eat.
posted by reenum on Oct 10, 2011 - 38 comments

Hamburger

"There was no sleight of hand; each bite was cut open, pushed back together, then dropped on a table. The goal was to see moist white meat when it bounced." Inside the world of tabletop directing - the people whose job it is to make food look delicious.
posted by mippy on Oct 10, 2011 - 46 comments

Is Cooking Really Cheaper Than Fast Food?

Is Cooking Really Cheaper Than Fast Food?
posted by reenum on Oct 7, 2011 - 192 comments

Cowned

Is Cone-ing the new Planking? Let's hope so. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 13, 2011 - 54 comments

Demolition Man got it wrong.

Subway has surpassed McDonald's as the world's largest restaurant chain. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 8, 2011 - 167 comments

The Ultimate In-N-Out Secret Menu (and Super Secret Menu!) Survival Guide

The Ultimate In-N-Out Secret Menu (and Super Secret Menu!) Survival Guide. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese on Mar 7, 2011 - 127 comments

Wages So Low You'll Freak

In November of 2009, the IWW set up shop in Minneapolis. Similar to their Starbucks campaign, organizers set up the Jimmy John's Workers Union, and began attempting to unionize the employees of local franchises of the sandwich chain, "seeking a pay increase to above minimum wage, consistent scheduling and minimum shift lengths, regularly scheduled breaks, sick days, no-nonsense workers compensation for job-related injuries, an end to sexual harassment at work, and basic fairness on the job.". When local franchise owners MikLin Enterprises refused to meet with employees, union organizers scheduled a National Labor Relations Board election. As allegations of dirty tricks came out, the union lost in a stunningly close vote. The IWW pressed the NLRB to look into the alleged misconduct, and they did.

The earlier vote has been nullified as a part of a settlement between MikLin and the NLRB. The union is resuming its push for official recognition.
posted by Subcommandante Cheese on Jan 11, 2011 - 84 comments

mcmyspace angle

Fast food - ads vs. reality
posted by crayz on Dec 5, 2010 - 132 comments

McRib : 'a conglomeration of pork waste.'

Hankering for a McRib? According to the Wall Street Journal, the elusiveness of this pork sandwich is driven by marketing, and that despite threats of retirement, the fiendish creation will get trotted out whenever they want to pull in the die-hard fans. If you're one of them, then you probably already know about the McRib Locator. But what exactly are McRib's made of?
posted by crunchland on Oct 11, 2010 - 92 comments

To nom or not to nom: that is the question.

"What's scary is that we've brainwashed our kids so brilliantly -- so even though they know something is disgusting and gross, they'll still eat it if it's in that friendly little shape." Jamie Oliver shows children how chicken nuggets are made [SLYT].
posted by bayani on Oct 11, 2010 - 282 comments

McStatin -- I'm Neutralizin' it!

"The risk reduction associated with the daily consumption of most statins is more powerful than the risk increase caused by the daily extra fat intake associated with a 7-oz hamburger (Quarter Pounder®) with cheese and a small milkshake...Although no substitute for systematic lifestyle improvements, including healthy diet, regular exercise, weight loss, and smoking cessation, complimentary statin packets would add, at little cost, 1 positive choice to a panoply of negative ones." Is having free statin drugs at the fast food counter by the napkins and ketchup packets a good idea? Some doctors think the idea has merit (original paper .pdf). Hmmm... maybe if they were minty flavored.
posted by cross_impact on Aug 12, 2010 - 69 comments

Cooking the In-N-Out Animal-Style Double-Double at home

Cooking the In-N-Out Animal-Style Double-Double at home [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jul 28, 2010 - 41 comments

Colonel Sanders, tear down this wall.

The fast food arms race continues to spiral out of control as Carl's Jr introduces a foot-long cheeseburger. [more inside]
posted by superquail on Jul 22, 2010 - 84 comments

Break out the calipers

Reverse Engineering McDonald's French Fries Although not good for you, one dedicated man determines how you can make them at home, and improves on the recipe.
posted by zabuni on Jun 6, 2010 - 90 comments

Revolutionising the art of kebab carving!

Dönermania! While US citizens know the Döner under its Greek name "gyros", Canadians refer to it as donair. And in its country of birth, Germany, it is much more than late night drunk fodder: it is breakfast, lunch and solid dinner rollled into one. "The döner kebab trade may be worth 2.5 billion euros in Germany, but before last weekend, Germany's favorite fast food had never been honored with its own convention", reports Der Spiegel. " The star of the show? A remote-controlled döner robot." [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Mar 31, 2010 - 107 comments

If it's Tuesday these must be Froot Loops

What cereal should I eat? A flowchart. Also: What fast food should I eat? What chain restaurant should I patronize? What beer should I drink? What frozen entree should I thaw? Bonus question: Can you eat every animal McDonald's serves on a single sandwich? From Eating the Road.
posted by escabeche on Dec 15, 2009 - 68 comments

Easy Recipes. Does what it sez on the tin.

The 100 easiest, fastest recipes. Ever.
posted by lalochezia on Jul 22, 2009 - 71 comments

Fast Food Fashions of the Eighties

Fast food fashions of the Eighties.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey on Jul 18, 2009 - 53 comments

Fancy Fast Food

Fancy Fast Food. Fast food reconstructed into (something that looks like) fine cuisine. Recipes included, for those who dare.
posted by Silune on Jul 14, 2009 - 67 comments

I love chicken. Chickeny chicken chicken.

My gut reaction was that the story--although a legitimate consumer complaint—seemed to reinforce a cultural stereotype about Black people and chicken. I know for a fact that no one on our staff meant for that to be the point of the story, but the fear that we would be accused of this sounded an alarm to me. It’s sad that I even had to worry about this.
Last week a couple of Popeye's restaurants in Rochester ran out of chicken. And local ABC affiliate WHAM decided to run a story. Some people complained, and WHAM responded. Warning: Second link contains some idiocy.
posted by hifiparasol on Apr 26, 2009 - 135 comments

KISS Burger

KISS Burger. Our Meat... Your Mouth.(via)
posted by Joe Beese on Apr 24, 2009 - 29 comments

Behold, the McNuggetini

In which Georgia gives you the McNuggetini.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey on Feb 16, 2009 - 87 comments

The timeless art of seduction

Behold the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 17, 2008 - 46 comments

Man, that's a lot of food

"Features the only hint of vegetable in the form of a few shreds of iceberg lettuce, the nutritionally bankrupt variety. Also features a vile khaki-colored sauce with black flakes we assumed to be pepper. Made it about 80% through before throwing in the towel." An unboxing of the new Guitar Hero: World Tour KFC Fully Loaded Box Meal. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 29, 2008 - 79 comments

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.

The Ghetto Big Mac [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 18, 2008 - 68 comments

Super-Duper-Size Me

Hungry? Arteries not quite plugged enough? Behold, the Big MacChicken.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Feb 29, 2008 - 59 comments

On a diet? Don't get a salad; get a burger!

Think those salads at McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and Taco Bell are a good idea if you want something lighter? Turns out you're actually better off getting a double cheeseburger instead. For more info on nutritional facts about fast food, CalorieKing has a good database.
posted by cerebus19 on Jun 1, 2007 - 67 comments

McDonald's Options Worldwide

Sure, you probably know in France that McDonald’s serves the Royale with cheese (thanks to the famous scene in Pulp Fiction) but did you know that McDonald’s all around the world offer a number of different items catering to their cultures? Ok, you might’ve known. But you might not know exactly what they serve. Here are some of your McDonald’s options in countries all over the world.
posted by ColdChef on May 20, 2007 - 102 comments

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