The Wrecking Ball
February 24, 2014 For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a delicacy from Potbelly Sandwich Shop's "secret menu." It's called the "Wrecking Ball," and it does not disappoint.
Is that Subway? Middle East analyst Holly Dagres is on a hunt for fast-food lookalikes in Tehran.
November 2, 2013 If you wander through the streets of Tehran, you might find that faux McDonald's, or maybe a Pizza Hat. The rise of the "fake franchise" caught the attention of Iranian-American Holly Dagres, a Middle East analyst and commentator, who says some of these eateries "look like the real deal."
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Goodbye, Sodas. McDonald's says it will now market and promote Happy Meals only with milk, water or juice.
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September 26, 2013 From now on, the fast-food giant says, it will only market and promote milk, water or juice with its children's meals — though parents can still choose to order sodas for their children. The change comes as part of a larger plan to promote more healthful choices.
People gathered outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City on Monday as part of a one-day strike calling for higher wages for fast-food workers.
July 30, 2013 Picketers in seven cities say McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food chains should pay employees $15 an hour. But the restaurant industry says that would force those companies to cut jobs.
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July 23, 2013 Kids' meals have never been a huge moneymaker for Taco Bell, so the move is probably a lot less financially painful for the company than it would be for, say, McDonald's. Nutrition advocates have long criticized the plastic playthings included in fast food kids' meals.
Long John Silver's Big Catch platter will net you 33 grams of trans fats in one meal.
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July 2, 2013 Long John Silver's Big Catch platter has plenty of fans. But the limited-time seafood dish is anything but healthful: The fish dish, complete with onion rings and hush puppies, comes in at a whopping 33 grams of trans fats — more than two weeks' worth, according to a nutrition watchdog group.
Teen boys are far less likely than girls to check out calorie counts before biting into that burger, researchers say.
May 28, 2013 About 40 percent of kids ages 9 to 18 report paying attention to calorie information when it's available in chain or fast-food restaurants. But youths who frequent fast-food joints two or more times a week were far less likely to say they used posted calorie counts to guide their choices.
April 30, 2013 The French may have a global reputation as gastronomes, but the majority of their restaurant spending now goes to fast food chains, a new survey finds. The change comes amid shrinking lunch breaks and growing laxity among the French when it comes to their famously rigid food culture rules.
Demonstrators from the Fast Food Forward rally protest Thursday outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City.
April 4, 2013 Fast-food workers in New York City are on strike for the second time in six months, demanding higher wages that they can live on. Workers complain that $7.25 an hour, New York's current minimum wage, is not enough to live in the city.
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Visitors to one Kansas City hospital will no longer be able to buy a Big Mac on the premises.
December 27, 2012 The presence of fast food joints on hospital campuses often conflicts with wellness efforts. Long-term leases have made it difficult for these facilities to kick the restaurants out. But some hospitals are managing to give burgers and fries the boot.
When they eat out at a restaurant, kids consume more calories than they do at home. Here, members of the Long Island Gulls hockey team enjoy a lunch at TGI Friday's back in 2007 in Marlborough, Mass.
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November 6, 2012 Whether you pick up some fast food or eat at a full service restaurant, eating out means eating more calories and drinking more sugary soda. For kids and teens, that has a lot of implications, especially as the country faces an obesity crisis.
October 1, 2012 After scoring poorly on recent restaurant surveys, Arby's is introducing fresh-made sandwiches and a new logo. But the chain is not about to ditch the curly fries that made it famous.
Ryan Hart, 14, found a severed finger in his junior roast beef sandwich.
May 17, 2012 A Michigan teen bit into his Arby's sandwich and discovered a severed finger. It's the latest in a long line of disgusting discoveries of real-life fingers in fast food.
The new Crown Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut
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May 2, 2012 Pizza Hut's latest offering, available only in the Middle East, is a cheeseburger-pizza hybrid. The combination either makes foodies' stomachs turn - or growl. But from a global perspective, it's not that different from how ethnic cuisines are marketed in the U.S.
In the United States, you get the extra salt for free.
April 16, 2012 Fast-food items in the U.S. are much saltier than the same items in Europe, according to new research. France and the United Kingdom had the least salty food overall.
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