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Bacon Jam, Garlic Fries & Fish Fries

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So this is happening: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are the first national QSR chains to use bacon jam as a topping. As I wrote just a week ago, bacon jam is rising in popularity as a sweet and tangy burger spread. Now Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have introduced it on

Burger of the Month Specials: July ’16

Burger of the Month Specials: July ’16 Let’s start then with a show of hands by those who have served or eaten these burger toppings: bourbon-bacon jam, wasabi-ginger aïoli or a hot-sauce-dipped Louisiana hot link. I see hands, which isn’t surprising because the…

Nomura Sees McD’s Comp Sales Fading

Nomura Sees McD’s Comp Sales Fading Nomura restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski maintains both his Neutral rating of McDonald’s Corp. stock and his forecast for the chain’s Q2 same-store sales, which will be reported next week. But Q3 and Q4 likely will be…

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion Hwy 55 is 25 years old and on the move. Well-established in its home territory of North Carolina, the concept is expanding through the Southeast. Founder and president Kenney Moore just signed a master franchise agreement…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/8

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/8 Something special. Every good signature burger needs to have at least one element that’s out of the ordinary without being off-putting. When asked “What kind off burger did you have?” customers should be able to say…

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend Jack in the Box today introduces its latest upscale burger LTO, called Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger (below). The name alludes to a Porter Ale cheese sauce that partners with its signature 1/4-lb. beef patty, grilled onions,…

Burger of the Month Specials: July ’16

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Let’s start then with a show of hands by those who have served or eaten these burger toppings: bourbon-bacon jam, wasabi-ginger aïoli or a hot-sauce-dipped Louisiana hot link. I see hands, which isn’t surprising because the July Burger of the Month specials are pretty restrained, at least by burger-chef standards.

Trendspotting 2016’s New Burger Joints

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Two words recur with many of the burger joints that opened during the first half of 2016: “classic” and “quality.” There is a noticeable simplicity to many of the Class of 2016 burger startups. While fancifully named, multi-topping burgers still can be found (see Crusade Burger Bar below), many are

Finding Hidden Burger

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Hidden Burger may be Toronto’s smallest and least-accessible burger joint, and co-owner Wayne Cowley is fine with that description if you add that it has the city’s best burger. “It’s a great, great burger,” says Cowley, a former professional hockey goalie with a long and distinguished career but just one

Social Media Change BurgerFi’s Burgers

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BurgerFi today launches a new burger—the CEO—and upgrades the casual-dining chain’s entire burger line with an approximately 12% increase in patty size that addresses a complaint that the chain has heard steadily over its five-year span. “We track social media: We have software that picks up any reference, positive or

Sonic: There’s an Industry Slowdown

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Sonic Drive-In Chairman-CEO Cliff Hudson and EVP-CFO Claudia San Pedro voiced what many have believed for some times: The burger segment, if not the whole restaurant industry, is mired in a slowdown. For the quarter ended May 31, 2016, Sonic reported a 2% increase in same-store sales (a 2.1% increase

Burger King Sides with Mac ‘n Cheetos

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From Burger King, which earlier gave us Chicken Fries, comes Mac ’n Cheetos, fried macaroni-and-cheese bites coated with that day-glo orange cheese-flavored powder that makes Cheetos addictive. Served five to a box, Mac ’n Cheetos are priced at $2.49 for this summer-long LTO. Combo meals with Bk burgers will be

McDonald’s, Coke, CBS Do Karaoke Promo

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I don’t stay up to watch CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden” but I do get a kick out of watching his “Carpool Karaoke” videos. Corden and a pop star ride around Los Angeles in his car singing the guest’s hits (to which he amazingly has learned all