Quesalupa from Taco Bell Testing in Ohio

Last week we posted the video of Conan O’Brien trying the Quesalupa from Taco Bell in their Irvine, California test kitchen.  GrubGrade reader Josh just passed along the image below… the Quesalupa is testing in Toledeo, Ohio.  Priced at $2.99 with seasoned ground beef (chicken or steak also available), this cheesy Chalupa is “Stuffed with melted Pepper Jack cheese”.  We’ll pass along more details about the new Quesalupa as they become available.


McDonald’s Pay With Lovin’ Promotion Begins Monday

Starting on Monday, February 2nd, McDonald’s will debut their Pay With Lovin’ promotion.  More details here, but the gist of it is getting your food order for free by completing a “Lovin’ Act”.

Lovin’ Acts will be designated by the Lovin’ Lead and may include things like fist bumping the Lovin’ Lead, calling a loved one, telling the Lovin’ Lead what the Participant loves about their significant other, blowing a kiss, or other general sentiment”

McDonalds Pay with LovinThe last day of the promotion will be Valentine’s Day which is Saturday, February 14th.  Thoughts on the promo?  Please don’t make me blow a kiss to my sister.

Chick-fil-A Offering Free Coffee in February

So the hints being dropped by Chick-fil-A earlier this week are actually not in reference to a new flavor of coffee coming February 2nd.  Instead, for the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A will be offering free coffeethe coffee they introduced last summer.  This offer includes 12 ounce hot coffee or 16 ounce iced coffee.  No purchase necessary, but I’d recommend Chick-n-Minis.  Offer is limited to one cup of coffee per customer, per visit.

Chickfila Coffee

The Atlanta-based restaurant chain partnered with THRIVE Farmers Coffee in August 2014 to introduce the quick-service industry’s first-ever specialty-grade coffee. The new coffee qualifies as specialty grade per the standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and only the top 10 percent of coffee consumed worldwide meets this quality designation. The sale of each cup of coffee provides direct revenue to THRIVE Farmers network of family farmers in Central America, allowing them to earn up to 10 times more than farmers earn in traditional revenue models.

THRIVE Farmers’ blend is unique to Chick-fil-A, as it has been roasted with characteristics and flavors that complement the chain’s breakfast menu. Both Chick-fil-A’s hot and iced coffee are prepared fresh throughout the day. The iced coffee is prepared with an exclusive blend of THRIVE Farmers’ cold-brewed, specialty coffee beans and fresh two percent milk, sweetened with pure cane syrup and served over ice.



Review: Chipotle Chicken Stack from Taco Bell

When I reviewed the original Triple Steak Stack from Taco Bell back in 2011 I felt it was pretty mediocre.  I shouldn’t have expected much from the Chipotle Chicken Stack considering I was likely going to experience the same kinds of issues.

Chipotle Chicken Stack Taco BellThe Chipotle Chicken Stack features a triple portion of shredded chicken, chipotle sauce, and a three-cheese blend in a bolillo flatbread.  At a price of $5.19, you’ve got to really impress me to be considered a decent value.  Unfortunately, like the Triple Steak Stack, the Chipotle Chicken Stack fails in all the same places for the most part.  I actually would put this version a notch below the steak… let’s review. … continue reading “Review: Chipotle Chicken Stack from Taco Bell”