Fast Food

Chick-fil-A reveals top selling menu item of 2018

Can you guess what it is? America’s favorite fast food chain has revealed its most popular item of the past year – and it’s not the Chicken Biscuit, which clocked in at number nine of the top 10 bestselling items. Actually, it’s not chicken, at all. Despite the chain’s cow mascots asking people to “Eat mor chikin,” it seems the restaurant’s most popular menu item are the Waffle Fries. “Our most popular menu item, the waffle fry is arguably the tastiest way to eat a tater. There’s no doubt that the Waffle Fries seem to be the perfect side for just about anything else on the lunch and dinner menu. Cooked with canola oil and sea salt, put simply, they are pure perfection!” Chick-fil-A wrote in a press release. Though the fries took first place, rest assured, chicken did fall on Chick-fil-A’s bestselling items of 2018 – accounting for five of the top ten items. In a list of the most popular items of the last year, according to the company’s press release, the Spicy Deluxe Sandwich came in at 10, Chicken Biscuit was 9, Chick-n-Strips were 8, Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich was 4 and Chicken Nuggets made the list as the highest chicken product at 3. The brand’s other potato item, hash browns, made the list at 7, while lemonade came in at 6, iced tea was 5 and soft drinks were the second bestselling item of 2018. It may seem surprising that a fast food chain known for its chicken sold more french fries than poultry – but it isn’t. The brand’s unique waffle fries and dipping sauces have built such a following that several people have created Instagram profiles dedicated to only pictures of the hearty fried spuds. Chick-fil-A is projected to be the third largest fast food chain in the United States in terms of sales, behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks.

..beating out Taco Bell.  Excellent!!      🙂

Drink mas? Taco Bell to serve alcohol at Chicago location

Taco Bell says it will serve beer, wine and “mixed alcohol freezes” at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer. The chain, owned by Yum Brands Inc., says the restaurant will have a new design it’s testing in urban markets. It says the layout has already been launched in South Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom. A rendering of the design shows a row of lime-green stools along a bar that peers into an open kitchen, flanked by an exposed brick wall. The chain says the location “will highlight the work of local artists” to give it a neighborhood feel. The new layout is the latest sign Taco Bell is working to shed its fast-food image and appeal to millennials, who marketers say prefer places and products that seem less cookie-cutter and more “authentic.” Wendy’s, which is also trying to recast itself as a step up from traditional fast-food, has also been pushing a remodeling of restaurants that features more inviting and mixed seating options. The push to embrace a new image extends to food as well. Last month, Taco Bell announced it would drop artificial flavors and colors from its menu by the end of this year, although co-branded products like the Doritos Locos tacos would be exempt.