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Which Burger Should Top Chef’s Gail Simmons Endorse?

Now that “Top Chef” hostess Padma Lakshmi has landed a gig as slinky spokeswoman for Hardee’s Bacon Western Thickburger, it seems unfair for the show’s other judge, Gail Simmons, to be without an off-season burger deal. Toby Young, the Hobbit food critic who came across as a weird blend of Benjamin Button and William F. Buckley Jr. while sitting in as […]

Padma Lakshmi’s Beauty Secret? Hardee’s Thickburgers

Score another point for proletarian culinary culture. First “Top Chef” judge/restaurateur Tom Colicchio shills for Diet Coke in a Super Bowl commercial. Now co-judge Padma Lakshmi will be seen in a new TV spot for Hardee’s Bacon Western Thickburger. Lakshmi tells People magazine that she grew up a vegetarian in India but claims her carnivorous tastes began with […]

Biggest Mac: McDonald’s Global Sales Top $70 billion

Recession-proof? Better than that. McDonald’s Corp. 10-K annual report, filed with the SEC today, reveals that its global revenues (from company-owned and franchised restaurants) topped $70.6 billion in 2008, up 11.2% from 2007. Is there another major U.S. retailer in any category that can top that? Sales by company-owned McDonald’s restaurants decreased 0.3% to $16.561 […]

BurgerBusiness Ranks the Top 25 Steakhouse Burgers

Burgers still are treated as sirloin’s poor relation at most upscale steakhouses. Burgers and steaks are members of the same family, but burgers are the crazy uncle, rarely invited to sit at the dinner table with the adult entrees. At many steakhouses, you’ll find a burger on the kids menu, sometimes on the lunch menu and […]

Hats Off: Top Chef’s Spike Scores Surprise Burger Bash Sweep

The Burger Bash cook-off at the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival is all about big names, starting with Food Network, which runs the event, and Rachael Ray, the Burger Bash host. A-list chefs from the Food Network stable (including Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Psilakis of “Ultimate Recipe Showdown”) along with last year’s […]

Culver’s Is Ready For Its Closeup

Culver’s, the Prairie du Sac, Wis.-based chain famous for its ButterBurgers and frozen custard, will air its first national TV commercial this Sunday during the “Live from the Red Carpet” celeb-fest prior to the 81st annual Academy Awards. The 60-second commercial airs nationally on E! network and then also will be seen locally in select markets during ABC’s Oscars coverage (30-second […]

Hardee’s Happy Celebration of Excess

You have to credit Hardee’s with having the courage of its convictions. When nutrition watchdogs Center for Science in the Public Interest labeled the 1,200-calorie Hardee’s Thickburger “food porn,” Hardee’s responded with the Jalapeno Thickburger, just to raise the heat under CSPI’s collective collar. The same attitude is proudly on display at breakfast. Hardee’s  TV […]

Jack in the Box Readies New Mini Burgers


[UPDATE: See March 30 post on Mini Sirloin introduction] Jack in the Box, the nation’s fifth largest burger chain, will introduce Mini Sirloin Burgers during the second quarter, the company announced today. The burger trio, which the company claims “rivals the quality and taste of similar items offered by casual-dining restaurants,” features mini patties topped with […]

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