The latest offering from Popeyes came about from a collaboration with Tabasco to create a spicy new flavor. New Red Stick Chicken aims to please those looking for some extra heat. Let’s review.
Popeyes new Red Stick Chicken features four tenderloin chicken pieces marinated in Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper and accompanied by a new Smok’n Pepper Ranch dipping sauce. Red Stick Chicken comes in a combo box with Cajun fries and a buttermilk biscuit for $3.99.
Last month we brought you a first glimpse of new Red Stick Chicken from Popeyes. The officially release date will be Monday, March 30th. New Red Stick Chicken comes in a $3.99 combo box with 4 TABASCO Pepper marinated tenderloins, fries, a biscuit and new Smok’n Pepper Ranch Dipping Sauce. Available for a limited time at participating locations.
Breakfast at Taco Bell is about to enter year number two and the Waffle Taco has been kicked to the curb in place of the Biscuit Taco. I just tried the new Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeño Honey to find out what happens when chicken and biscuits get the Taco Bell treatment.
Taco Bell describes their new Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeño Honey like this:
A warm, fluffy, buttery biscuit folded in the shape of a taco and filled with our new premium marinated all-white-meat crispy chicken that is rolled in tortilla chips, served with jalapeño honey.
The new Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard is featured Blizzard of the Month for April at Dairy Queen. The Blizzard will be available Monday, March 30th and it features salted caramel truffles, toffee pieces, cocoa fudge, and choco chunks blended with vanilla soft serve.
Taco Bell released a bunch of new menu items today and figuring out which product to review first was tough. To narrow it down I decided to pick something that had the most “newness” factor. I chose the new Mango BBQ Chickstar to kick things off. Taco Bell describes their new Mango BBQ Chickstar like this:
A warm, soft, flour tortilla filled with new premium all-white-meat crispy chicken that’s marinated in bold Mexican spices, rolled in a crunchy corn tortilla coating, and crisped to perfection combined with a tangy Mango BBQ sauce, real cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes and then wrapped up and grilled for maximum portability.
For lunch today, I decided to try a new Hardee’s which is closer to my house, but in a high-traffic area. I was really impressed with the friendliness of the staff. Waiting for my order, not one but two employees asked if I had tried the new burger yet. Once when I paid and then another time when I received the bag. Hmmm. Am I being set up? I was told that it was, in fact, very spicy and that I would love it. It was and I did. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new Thickburger El Diablo from Hardee’s.
Hardee’s describes the new Thickburger El Diablo like this:
Jalapenos Poppers, Pepper-Jack Cheese, Habanero Sauce, Sliced Jalapenos, Bacon, and 100% Black Angus Beef on a Fresh Baked Bun. The caption on their website states “with four times the heat.” That turned out to be just perfect for me.
With the dual endorsements of the employees backing the intimidating list of spice-laden components, I took my first bite with trepidation and was disappointed for about five seconds. There was no heat. But, as I took my second bite, my tongue started to tingle and my eyes swam out of focus with pleasure. … continue reading “Review: Thickburger El Diablo from Hardee’s”
GrubGrade reader Jody sent over the following pictures from an Arby’s in Evansville, Indiana. It’s the new Smokehouse Turkey Avocado sandwich. Not sure if it’s a test item or just an early release for the next LTO, but here’s your first look.From what I can tell from the pictures, the turkey is “Mesquite Smoked for 8 hours”. If you recall the Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich, that one was 13 hours. The sandwich also features pepper bacon, avocado spread, lettuce, tomato, and possibly smoked gouda and mayo. Priced at $5.49 for the sandwich alone and $7.69 for the combo.
On Thursday, March 26th, Taco Bell will be releasing the new Biscuit Taco to their breakfast menu. Good riddance Waffle Taco… the Biscuit Taco features a warm biscuit folded in the shape of a taco and filled with breakfast ingredients or the new Crispy Chicken option.
The suggested retail price of the Biscuit Taco is $2.49 and comes in the following choices:
Sausage, Egg and Cheese (369 calories)
Bacon, Egg and Cheese (380 calories)
Crispy Chicken with Country Gravy (388 calories)
Crispy Chicken with new signature Jalapeno Honey (471 calories)
Taco Bell didn’t stop at breakfast as there’s also new Crispy Chicken choices joining the menu including the new Crunchwrap-inspired Chickstar. The Crispy Chicken is all-white meat chicken that is breaded in tortilla chips. You might remember seeing these items during their test market run.
New Chickstar™: A warm, soft, flour tortilla filled with new premium marinated all-white-meat crispy chicken, breaded in tortilla chips, and crisped to perfection combined with real cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes and then wrapped up and grilled for maximum portability. Sauce options include Mango BBQ, Creamy Chipotle or Bacon Ranch. ($3.99 SRP excluding tax, 652-825 calories)
New Crispy Chicken Grillers: Features new premium marinated all-white-meat crispy chicken, breaded in tortilla chips, crisped to perfection and wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla and grilled so it’s ready to eat on-the-go! Sauce options include Mango BBQ, Creamy Chipotle, Jalapeno Honey and Spicy Ranch. ($1.69 SRP excluding tax, 238-292 calories)
New Double Crispy Chicken Quesadilla: Features new premium marinated all-white-meat crispy chicken, breaded in tortilla chips, and crisped to perfection combined with a three cheese blend and a creamy jalapeño sauce all folded in a freshly grilled tortilla. ($3.99 SRP excluding tax, 724 calories)
On Saturday we posted a first look at the new Thickburger El Diablo from Hardee’s and today was the official announcement. Available at Hardee’s today and at Carl’s Jr. starting Wednesday, March 25th, Thickburger El Diablo feature sliced jalapenos, crunchy Jalapeno Poppers®, spicy habanero bacon sauce and pepper jack cheese, on a 100% Black Angus beef Thickburger with bacon and served on a Fresh Baked Bun.
The Thickburger El Diablo is available with a 1/3- or 1/2-lb. Black Angus Thickburger patty, starting at $5.49 for the 1/3-lb. A Crispy Chicken El Diablo sandwich will also be offered which features a 5-ounce crispy chicken fillet starting at $5.99. A side order of Jalapeno Poppers is available for $2.69. Prices may vary by location.
I enjoy chicken sandwiches enough to say they probably get picked 3 to 1 over burgers. To be more accurate, I go to Chick-fil-A way too often. I’m OK when chicken sandwiches are simple, no frills. The latest from Burger King is the Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich and I had a feeling going in that the toppings would be its worst enemy. Let’s review.
Burger King describes their new Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich like this:
The Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich is made with white meat chicken, generously breaded with homemade seasoning and carefully layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and creamy cheddar sauce on a brioche-style bun.