'Reality Check' on Serious Eats

Reality Check: Pizza Hut's Cheesy Beef Poutine Pie

I don't know if it's due to flagging sales or if it's just a way to get people talking about their restaurants again, but Pizza Hut Canada seems to be fully committed to the gimmick pizza game. They only recently introduced the Crown Pizza, which featured cheese and meatballs baked into the crust; clearly someone at Pizza Hut HQ realized that this wasn't quite ridiculous enough. They can do better. It was with that in mind, I'm sure, that Pizza Hut released their latest wave of gimmick pizzas, including Creamy Butter Chicken, Asian BBQ, and most ridiculously, Cheesy Beef Poutine. Yes, poutine on a pizza. I am inexplicably drawn to terrible novelty items from fast food chains (which almost never ends well for me), so I obviously had to try this. More

Reality Check: The Egg White Delight McMuffin From McDonald's

Let's face it: If you're eating breakfast at McDonald's, chances are you're either hungover, late for work, or possibly both. Regardless, dieting is not part of the equation. But let's say you could cut some of the fat and cholesterol out of breakfast with something that was just as tasty. No reason not to do it, right? That's the promise McDonald's is making with its new egg white-based breakfast sandwiches. More

Reality Check: New Jim Beam Bourbon Thickburger from Hardee's and Carl's Jr.

The new Jim Beam Bourbon Thickburger is a clever twist, sure to excite a certain demographic of young male fast food consumers who will be intrigued simply by the alcohol tie-in. Of course, a little T&A also plays well with that crowd, and Hardee's/Carl's Jr. never disappoints. But how does the real thing stack up to the booze-soaked, high-production-value fantasy? More

Reality Check: Bobby Flay's Green Chile Cheeseburger

Last month, Bobby Flay won the "Amstel Light People's Choice Award" at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival with his Green Chile Cheeseburger. Available just last week at all Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) locations to commemorate his win, the cheeseburger is made with the customary griddled beef patty, queso sauce, roasted green chiles, pickled red onions, and Flay's signature layer of "crunchifying" potato chips. More

Reality Check: Hot Mess Burger at Jack in the Box

If you were watching the Superbowl (or just the ads), you might have seen a spot for the newest burger at Jack in the Box: the "Hot Mess", with melted white cheddar, pepper jack cheese sauce, jalapeños, and onion rings on sourdough bread. Even though the burger doesn't visually measure up to the publicity shot, it's still one of the most promising burgers Jack has released in quite some time, even with some execution issues. More

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