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  • Taco Bell Brings Back These Beloved Menu Items After Months of Fan Petitions

    Among the many beloved dishes cut from Taco Bell's menu last year, those starring potatoes were a particular blow to vegetarian fans who already had limited options in the world of fast food. It looks like Taco Bell has taken their fervent complaints to heart because the company just announced that it will bring back two potato items and test a new protein created by Beyond Meat. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)Starting March 11, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Spicy Potato Soft Tacos will return to the menu, the fast-food chain revealed in a statement. Plus, Taco Bell will partner with Beyond Meat on an "innovative new plant-based protein that will be tested in the next year." Unfortunately, there aren't additional details on when customers can expect to try the new meatless options at this time.This marks the brand's first foray into plant-based meat in the U.S., where it joins chains like McDonald's and Dunkin', which already have partnerships with Beyond Meat. McDonald's will debut its McPlant line this year, while Dunkin' started serving its Beyond Sausage Sandwich back in 2019."The return of our beloved potatoes is just the first step in showing our fans the strong continued commitment to vegetarian we are making this year," Liz Matthews, Taco Bell's global chief food innovation officer, says. "We have long been a leader in the vegetarian space, but this year, we have more meatless options in store that vegetarians, veggie-curious, and even meat-eaters will love."Some of Taco Bell's most popular vegetarian items include the Black Bean Chalupa, the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme, and the Cheese Quesadilla. Taco Bell is said to have more than 30 vegetarian ingredients on its U.S. menu in total, and the expansion of its vegetarian menu will ensure that the chain continues to be a favorite fast-food destination for those who don't eat meat.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • Dr. Fauci Just Said When You Can Eat in Restaurants Again

    Whether you should be dining out right now is a heated discussion among health experts, business owners, and diners alike. Now, we may have some clarity around the argument.It's important to preface this by saying everyone has a different opinion on the issue. However, many defer to leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for direction, who time and time again has warned the public about the risks of indoor dining—especially during a surge in new cases. Today, on MSNBC, Dr. Fauci announced when he thinks it will be safe for normal activities, such as feeling safe while eating indoors, to resume. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)"You know, and that may take several months into the second half and beyond 2021," he said in the interview. He emphasized that it's critical for most people to be vaccinated by the end of late spring or early summer for some normalcy to be restored by the latter half of the new year. Of course, even with a vaccine, precautions will still have to be taken likely through the end of the year."A vaccine right now is not a substitute for the normal standard public health measures of wearing a mask, keeping your distance, avoiding congregate, crowded sections, and particularly indoors," Fauci said. "It's not a substitute. It compliments it only when you get the level of infection in society so low that it's no longer a public health threat."Until the vaccine becomes more widely available, indoor dining should largely be avoided.To stay updated on the latest restaurant and COVID news, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

  • McDonald's Will Raise the Price of This Item for the First Time in Decades

    McDonald's recently announced several internal changes to its relationship with franchisees. And while most of them won't affect you, one will certainly impact the price of one of McDonald's most popular menu offerings: the Happy Meal.The company said it would be cutting off a long-standing subsidy program for Happy Meals, which awarded franchisees an additional $300 a month to keep the popular children's meals as cheap as possible, according to Business Insider. Without the program, the prices of Happy Meals will likely go up for the first time in decades, and the change is likely to take effect as early as Jan. 1. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)This is the latest in a string of announcements that will shift additional costs to McDonald's franchisees, and operators are not happy. Several of them have spoken out in frustration over the announcement, reports Business Insider, with one of them stating "COVID is surging, and they're worried about taking our Happy Meal subsidy? It's not something that families in America want. They want a value-priced Happy Meal."The fast-food giant commented on the news by stating that franchised locations set their own prices for each menu item, implying they could still keep the prices of Happy Meals the same and "eat" the additional cost themselves. However, one disgruntled operator said of the idea, "If McDonald's doesn't want to eat it, why would I?" So it looks like the additional cost will be felt by customers instead.It's no secret that McDonald's franchisees, who operate 95% of the brand's locations in the United States, don't always see eye-to-eye with corporate leadership. For example, the operators had been dismayed by having to serve All Day Breakfast for years, claiming their process is slower and they are less profitable due to the full-day extended menu. And while McDonald's finally listened and indefinitely discontinued the All Day Breakfast amid the pandemic, it seems that tensions are still running high as corporate leadership announced it will be cutting several corporate contribution programs in the coming year.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • The New Chick-fil-A Menu Item You Should Never Eat, According to a Dietitian

    Your favorite fast-food chains are hard at work releasing holiday-themed menu items, because celebrations can't commence and decorations can't be put up until we get to sip on a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha!Chick-fil-A partakes in the festivities with two seasonal favorites that have appeared on the menu every winter for almost a decade: a bone-warming tortilla soup and a holiday-flavored milkshake. But if you're watching your diet, our registered dietitian recommends only indulging in the former and skipping the latter.Kelli McGrane, MS, registered dietitian and Lose It! nutrition consultant, says the Chicken Tortilla Soup is a nutritious option "if you're craving something warm, as it's made with beans, lean chicken breast, and a blend of vegetables." One cup has 320 calories, 16 grams of fiber, and 22 grams of protein, which should keep you full for a while. (Related: 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.)Watch out, though, for 10 grams of fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, and over 1,000 milligrams of sodium. "Just keep in mind that it is high in sodium, with one cup providing nearly half the recommended amount for the day," McGrane says. If you took all that salt out of the soup, it would pile up like snow in the North Pole!The other seasonal menu item Chick-fil-A has brought back to make your spirits bright isn't as nutritious. In fact, the Peppermint Chip Milkshake isn't nutritious at all and should definitely be on your naughty list. The dessert seems nice, but check twice and the peppermint bark mixed with vanilla ice cream shake ends up being an order to skip. In addition to the 117 grams of carbs, a small serving has 90 grams of cholesterol, 25 grams of fat, and even 400 milligrams of sodium."I recommend skipping this festive-sounding drink," McGrane says. "The small size has over 700 calories, more than half the amount of saturated fat than you need in a day, and a whopping 101 grams of sugar—about the same amount of sugar as eating 10 candy canes."For more information about the healthiest items on Chick-fil-A's menu, check out The Best and Worst Foods at Chick-fil-A.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • These Two States Just Suspended All Indoor and Outdoor Restaurant Dining

    New Mexico and Oregon are both implementing statewide suspensions of on-premise dining this week. In other words, all restaurants in the western states will close their doors for both indoor and outdoor dining amid new government restrictions. However, they will still be able to continue off-premise services, such as takeout and delivery.The new orders kick into effect on Monday, Nov. 16, in New Mexico and Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Oregon. They will stay in place for at least two weeks as COVID-19 cases surge to record highs across the U.S. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)New Mexico and Oregon are the first states to implement these stricter measures in the third wave of the pandemic. The governor of Illinois ordered all restaurants shut down for indoor table service by Nov. 4, but eateries across the state remain open for outdoor dining. The new mandate could bring about another wave of bankruptcies and permanent shutdowns for restaurants in all three states.Previously, restaurants in both New Mexico and Oregon could use up to 50% of their dining rooms to serve customers if guests were at least 6 feet apart. Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., explained her decision was made "in order to give Oregon a fighting chance to contain COVID-19 across our state." Brown also implemented a statewide "freeze" on all social gatherings of more than six people.Brown gave restaurants notice last week so they could use up food supplies already on hand. "Our businesses need some time to prepare," Brown said. "The last time we went into shutdown mode, it was on very short notice. I wanted to be sure they had enough time to use up their supplies."Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • Study pinpoints places, from gyms to restaurants, where people are at high risk of contracting COVID-19

    Researchers found opening restaurants at full capacity led to the largest increase in infections.

  • This Beloved Sandwich Chain Is Closing up To 30 Locations

    The fast-casual restaurant known for its thick deli sandwiches is set to shutter anywhere between 25 and 30 restaurants, down from the initial 100 the company projected to close in May.Potbelly Corp. released its Q3 earnings last Thursday revealing a significant drop in revenue in comparison with last year. The quarter, which ended on Sept. 27, showed that revenue dropped by more than 30% to $72.1 million from $104.2 million the year prior. While the chain no longer has to close 100 units, it did develop a plan to reduce costs by a whopping $3.5 million.To achieve this considerable budget cut, the chain will have to lay off corporate staff members as well as consolidate franchise and company location support services into one entity. Since this time last year, the chain is already down 21 corporate-owned restaurants and even one franchised store. Other fast-casual chains that are concentrated in cities, such as Corner Bakery Cafe, Le Pain Quotidien, and Shake Shack, have struggled as many continue to work from home.Even some of the largest fast-food restaurant chains greatly suffered from the initial shutdown in March, having to permanently close locations all across the country. Pizza Hut, for example, shut down 1,2oo of its locations globally, more than 400 of which were U.S. restaurants. Even quick-service breakfast and coffee chains are in trouble. Just recently, Dunkin' announced it had shuttered nearly 700 of its U.S. locations. (To find out about other chains that closed several of its restaurants this year, check out: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)Potbelly Corp. did not respond to this story with a comment.To stay abreast of all restaurant closures, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

  • McDonald's Is Giving Away These New Menu Items for Free

    McDonald's may be holding off on bringing back its beloved all-day breakfast menu, but that doesn't mean there's not some good news from the fast-food giant this week as it pertains to its AM offerings. As the chain revealed last month, it's expanded its McCafe menu, and is officially offering pastry items—an Apple Fritter, a Blueberry Muffin, and a Cinnamon Roll, to be specific—for the first time in a decade. And, according to a new report by USA Today, you can get those items for free starting Tuesday. It's just one of many election-day deals you can score this week from many of your favorite restaurants. Elsewhere, Krispy Kreme is offering a free glazed doughnut to customers along with an "I Voted" sticker on Tuesday. If you scroll the app Grubhub, you'll be able to find election-day deals across a range of beloved restaurants, including Burger King and California Pizza Kitchen.To get one of the new McCafe items for free (they usually run between $1.99 to $2.49), all you need to do is purchase a coffee (hot or iced) via the McDonald's app, and, voilá, you're eligible for a free pastry. Note that the offer can only be used once a day, and the promotion ends on November 9. For more election-day freebies you can score with a little creativity, read on, because we've listed a few of them right here. And if you're game for a trip down McD's memory lane, make sure you know What McDonald's Served the Year You Were Born. 1 Chili's Chili's customers can score a $5 Presidente Margarita and a free sticker until Wednesday. And for some things you definitely can't order at Chili's anymore, see this list of 7 Toxic Menu Items That No Longer Exist. 2 Boston Market All customers nationwide on Tuesday are eligible for a free late-night slider—whether it's BBQ meatloaf, Chicken Chipotle, Chicken Cheddar, Turkey Cheddar—at Boston Market. The promotion runs from 9pm to closing time. 3 Pieology The pizza chain is offering two custom pizzas and a dessert for $20.20 to commemorate Election Day 2020, from today through Tuesday. 4 Red Lobster On Election Day, the seafood chain is offering free delivery via Grubhub for any orders that exceed $25. 5 Uno Pizzeria&Grill You can score a two-for-one coupon from the pizza franchise on Tuesday by visiting www.unos.com/pizzavote. 6 White Castle On Election Day, if you live in New York or New Jersey and order via Grubhub, Uber Eats, or Postmates, you can get $4 off any order over $20 and $5 off any order that's over $30. And if the thought of a stack of White Castle burgers has your mouth watering, see where they rank among The Unhealthiest Burgers in America!

  • The #1 Tastiest Fast-Food Chicken Sandwich

    So you're tired of the usual fast-food burger and want to switch things up with a chicken sandwich. But which chain is serving up the best fast-food chicken sandwich? We had eight staffers test the chicken offerings from six popular chains to see which chicken sandwich was the crispiest and most flavorful.The chicken sandwiches we tried included the Burger King Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, the McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, the Shake Shack Chick'n Shack, and the Wendy's Homestyle Chicken Sandwich.You might think that the new Popeyes sandwich or the old standbys like Chick-fil-A would take the top spot, but the winner of this taste test was a total upset. Here's what we thought of each chicken sandwich we tried, along with our rankings, from worst to best.And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.5 McDonald's&Wendy'sBoth of these sandwiches tied for last in our taste-test, although one editor did rank Wendy's in the first-place spot. The other sandwich options just tasted better, but we'd still be happy to eat one of these sandwiches if it was the only option.One editor said that the McDonald's patty "tasted like it was pulled out of a freezer and cooked," which isn't exactly what you want at a restaurant. "The flavors don't coincide. Everything tastes separate," one person said.McDonald's did win our tasters over with its presentation, though—two people in the test commented that the McDonald's sandwich looked like a Krabby Patty from SpongeBob SquarePants. With its fresh tomato slices and shiny bun, the McDonald's chicken sandwich was ready for its closeup.As for Wendy's, this chicken sandwich had a very thick patty, which not all of our tasters enjoyed. There was also a thick layer of mayo on this sandwich, which our editors thought was too much. "This one tastes like nothing but mayo," one editor said. "The chicken had no flavor, the veggies had no flavor, and it was drenched.""Very messy and tastes really bland," another taster said of the Wendy's sandwich. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to mayo.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!4 Chick-fil-AOn the opposite end of things, the Chick-fil-A sandwich was docked for its lack of sauce and general dryness. Our tasters wanted some kind of mayo or aioli, just not one that overpowered the whole meal.Several tasters commented that the Chick-fil-A sandwich would be better with sauce or a slice of cheese. While the McDonald's and Wendy's options came with mayo, lettuce, and tomato, the Chick-fil-A sandwich is just chicken and pickles on a bun. Even the editor who ranked Chick-fil-A in second place said that this sandwich "could definitely use a little dressing."RELATED: Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!3 PopeyesAs a true Popeyes stan, I'm sad to report that the fried chicken chain ranked third in our taste test. While I personally love the crispy Popeyes chicken sandwich, others were unimpressed. "The pickles had no flavor and mine lacked in sauce content," one editor wrote."I don't understand the hype behind this sandwich," another taster said. "It has a slimy texture and the flavor is truly underwhelming."2 Shake ShackThe winner of our chicken nugget taste test was ready for another round in this taste test. This chicken sandwich had a strong pickle flavor, which many testers found appealing. One editor said the strong pickle flavor "makes the sandwich that much better.""The chicken is seasoned, the bun is buttery!" one editor raved. "Couldn't ask for a better sandwich."RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.1 Burger KingIn a shocking upset, Burger King took home the grand prize for the best chicken sandwich. This sandwich was surprisingly crispy, with a fresh and buttery bun. "The chicken is crispy despite the sauce and veggies," one taster said. Another described the bun as having "a homestyle vibe." And a third taster said she was "taken by storm" after biting into this sandwich."In our milkshake taste test, Burger King blew me away. And let me tell you, the monarch has done it again," one editor wrote. "This chicken sandwich has the best balance of them all, and the chicken crust was easily the most flavorful. It was well dressed, but not overpowering. Really, the true king."While our tasters didn't love the Burger King burger, the chain established itself as the Chicken King in this test.And for more, check out these 108 most popular sodas ranked by how toxic they are.

  • One Of America's Largest Bakery Chains Could Be Headed for Bankruptcy

    Bakery chains catering to urbanites have had a particularly rough year. With the morning foot traffic from commuters abruptly declining at the start of the pandemic, and a significant number of Americans transitioning to making breakfast at home, these types of businesses have seen devastating drops in sales. (To find out which restaurants may be leaving your town, check out 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)For example, Le Pain Quotidien and Maison Kayser, two chains catering to city workers with breakfast and lunch options, were bought out of bankruptcy and saved from a grimmer fate through an acquisition by Aurify Brands, while Pret a Manger was forced to close up shop in two major cities. The latest to join the list of bakeries in trouble is Corner Bakery Cafe, third highest-grossing bakery cafe chain in the US, with 175 locations in more than 20 states.According to Restaurant Business, the chain is making moves to restructure their debt, which includes exploring a sale of the business, due to steep declines in revenue since the start of the pandemic. While the company may be able to avoid a bankruptcy filing with the help of restructuring and financial advisors, their losses in urban areas are forcing the company to start considering various financial alternatives.The chain is still very much serving customers, and so far there has been no mention of closing locations. Recently, they added two new items featuring popular meat alternatives to their menu—the Beyond Meatball Panini and Beyond Meatball Linguine—and brought back seasonal limited-time goodies like bundt cakes and coffee drinks featuring fall flavors.One of the biggest hurdles for Corner Bakery Cafe and others like it is the fact that foot traffic in urban areas may take a while to recover, since Americans will largely keep working from home for the foreseeable future, and some even for good. As our workforce is shifting to digital, brick-and-mortar-reliant chains will need to implement significant changes to their businesses to adjust.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • The One McDonald's Order from the 1990s You Know You Miss

    If you were a kid in America in the '90s, there's a good chance you had a McDonald's Happy Meal at least once in your life. And it was even better if you had a McFlurry or an apple pie to finish off the meal once you were done with your McNuggets.But if you've gone to the Golden Arches recently and noticed that the apple pie just wasn't the same, you aren't imagining things. McDonald's changed its apple pie recipe in 2018 to make the dessert a bit healthier, much to fans' chagrin. (And, really, the McDonald's apple pie still isn't a healthy choice.) Here's what's different about the apple pie from the days you had it in your youth.And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback. The original McDonald's apple pie was deep-friedThe McDonald's apple pie dates back to 1968 when it debuted on the fast-food chain's menu in all its deep-fried glory.The current iteration of the McDonald's apple pie, meanwhile, is baked. It's better for you (although still not good for you), but plenty of fans want the older recipe back.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! How is the new apple pie "healthier?"McDonald's current apple pie recipe doesn't feature high fructose corn syrup, and you won't find any preservatives or artificial colors, either. But don't be fooled: The baked apple pie still includes sugar and palm oil among its ingredients, and each serving contains 15 grams of sugar, along with a whopping six grams of saturated fat. You won't find this treat winning any nutrition awards—you'd be better off with our homemade Best-Ever Apple Pie Recipe.And if you just can't get behind the new apple pie recipe, there's a silver lining: McDonald's offers other pies seasonally, like the custard-filled holiday pie and the baked pumpkin pie. Plus, Popeyes offers a crispy, cinnamon-coated apple pie—it won our fast-food pie taste test!RELATED: Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!Gone are the days of the old apple pie recipe, along with those Happy Meal graham cookies shaped like the McDonaldland cartoon characters. But you can always order these Secret Menu Options at McDonald's if you want to spice up your fast-food order.And for more, check out these 108 most popular sodas ranked by how toxic they are.

  • This Popular Steakhouse Chain Is Filing for Bankruptcy

    Bankruptcy filings continue cropping up across the casual dining restaurant industry. Unprecedented financial troubles brought on by the pandemic are forcing some of the longest-standing chains to restructure their businesses, shutter locations, and if all else fails, shut down for good. (To find out which restaurants may be leaving your town, check out 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)The latest victim of this year's turmoil in the food service industry is Sizzler USA. One of the oldest and most affordable steakhouse chains is declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to try and reduce the debt accumulated by "long-term indoor dining closures and landlords' refusal to provide necessary rent abatement," according to the company's statement.While this doesn't mean the chain will disappear, some store closures are possible as the brand tries to renegotiate leases of the 14 company-owned locations. The 90 locations operated by franchises shouldn't be affected by the filing, according to the statement.Sizzler, with headquarters in Mission Viejo, California, was founded in 1958 as one of the first casual dining steakhouses for the masses. It enjoyed great popularity during the 1970s and 1980s when it operated hundreds of locations across Western United States. The chain is known for steak, seafood, and an unlimited salad bar, which has been shut down in most of their locations like many other buffet-style services this year. (Related: 19 Things You Must Know Before Eating at Buffet Restaurants.)According to Nation's Restaurant News, the steakhouse is currently serving customers at 41 dine-in locations, and is offering outdoor seating at only 38 locations. The effects of the shutdowns were exacerbated by the fact that the majority of Sizzler's restaurants are located in California, which has seen ongoing restrictions of indoor dining due to a spike in coronavirus cases this summer.This is the company's second bankruptcy filing. The first one, which took place in 1996, prompted the closure of 130 Sizzler locations.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • This Beloved Bakery Chain Just Declared Bankruptcy

    Maison Kayser is a New York City staple. The bakery chain is only in the big apple, but the status of the 16 locations is unknown. Their owner recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.Cosmoledo LLC. filed the papers in court recently that show the chain's status after a rough 2020. In addition to filing for bankruptcy, it notes over $70 million in debt and a sale of U.S. locations. The sale is key, though. Maison Kayser's potential new owner, Aurify, also bought Le Pain Quotidien earlier this year.That sale saved the cafe from closing for good. All locations still remain closed, however, according to the cafe's website. It is unclear if Maison Kayser will also be set to open back up eventually, too. (Related: 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.)If no other bidder offers a higher payment than Aurify's $3 million in cash, then the sale will be completed. Should that happen, the company's list of New York City restaurants would grow. They also own the city's locations of the burger chain Five Guys.After opening up in Paris in 1996, Maison Keyser expanded to 22 countries all over the world. In 2012, they landed in the U.S. on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Cosmoledo hoped to eventually move to other cities across the country but were never able to do so. A plan to reorganize the New York locations stopped when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to pause. Instead of only closing stores that weren't performing well before March, they were forced to furlough about 800 employees, file for bankruptcy, and sell the brand, since the city's reopening plan wasn't going to be enough, according to Bloomberg.Maison Kayser is hardly the first bakery or restaurant to file for bankruptcy this year. Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh is one of the latest, but some locations will stay open while the company reorganizes.STAY INFORMED: Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant and food news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • CDC finds link between COVID-19 cases and eating at restaurants, but experts say indoor dining can be done safely

    A new CDC report found evidence that those who test positive for COVID-19 are twice as likely as those who test negative to have visited a restaurant or bar in the two weeks before.

  • This Is the Worst Menu Item at Olive Garden

    Sometimes, the craving for pasta, salad, and breadsticks comes calling. Yes, that is a very specific craving, but you know what it's really about: your heart (and stomach) is aching for some Olive Garden. Whether you're able to dine at the Italian restaurant chain or you place a takeout order, there's no wrong way to get your OG fix. But there is a wrong meal to eat.You don't want to end up ordering the worst Olive Garden menu item, right? Well, there is one dish that is truly bad news, as it's simply the unhealthiest option. You obviously always want to be mindful when you're eating a meal you didn't make yourself since you don't want to sabotage your weight-loss efforts (and your waistline) on just one meal. (Check out What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Smoothie Every Day to uncover more about what one meal can do to you!)So what is the worst menu item at Olive Garden? Well, it's the… Tour of Italy1,680 calories, 104 g fat (54 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 3,290 mg sodium, 105 g carbs (9 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 83 g proteinThis pasta dish is made up of three OG classics that you are served up, all on one plate. The Tour of Italy meal is made up of Olive Garden's Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico, and Fettuccine Alfredo. While this might seem like the ideal choice for someone who is rather indecisive and wants to try a little bit of everything, you're going to want to think twice about eating this entire dish by yourself.See, it's the classic entrée that packs the most amount of calories at 1,680. The average person should consume around 2,000 calories for the entire day—this one dish is nearly wiping out all of your calories! (Note, we're not taking into account the limited-time menu item, the Giant Chicken Parmigiana, which has a staggering 1,790 calories, as it isn't a permanent entrée option.)Not only is this Tour of Italy dish highly caloric, but it's high in everything. It serves up a whopping 104 grams of fat and a shocking amount of sodium, coming in at 3,390 milligrams. Keep in mind that the American Heart Association recommends most adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams per day. This one meal has nearly a day and a half's worth of sodium—big yikes. Not only can eating overly salty foods often lead to weight gain, but it's been proven that high sodium intake is associated with a higher risk of developing high blood pressure. So it's important to always watch your sodium for your overall health.This dish also has two grams of trans fat, and it's no secret that seeing trans fat is alarming. Trans fat lowers your HDL levels—your good cholesterol—and can trigger chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The 2015-2020 American Dietary Guidelines limit trans fats to as low as possible, which means you shouldn't be having any in your daily diet. Avoid meals that have them! (Looking for more helpful tips? Well, your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!) What should you order from Olive Garden instead?When you're ordering from OG, it's best to keep things light, and the Herb-Grilled Salmon that clocks in at 460 calories and is served alongside parmesan garlic broccoli is one of your best bets. Another solid option is the Shrimp Scampi, which is the only dinner entrée that has less than 1,000 milligrams of sodium.

  • Two Beloved Chains From Your Childhood Are Going Out of Business

    After months of financial turmoil caused by pre-existing money troubles and exacerbated by the loss of sales during the pandemic, Luby's Inc., the parent company of Luby's Cafeteria and Fuddruckers, is going out of business.And make sure you don't miss 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.The company announced this week that it will be selling off its real estate and other assets and dissolving the company, in a process that will likely take several months. According to CultureMap Houston, while a slim possibility exists that a suitable buyer could swoop in and save the iconic chain restaurants, the more likely scenario is that the company will be closing all of their restaurant locations and retiring the Fuddruckers and Luby's Cafeteria brands.Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This SummerThe Luby's Cafeteria chain includes 77 locations in Texas, all of which are owned by Luby's Inc. The chain was founded in San Antonio in 1947 by Bob Luby, and the company acquired Fuddruckers about a decade ago, according to Restaurant Business. Luby's owns about 50 Fuddruckers restaurants and franchises about 100 more in 25 states and Puerto Rico. It is unclear what kind of fate awaits the franchises of Luby's Inc. as their parent company goes through a dissolution.For many, Luby's Cafeterias are synonymous with family meals, particularly on Sundays. Some nostalgic menu favorites include comfort foods like golden fried fish, mac 'n' cheese, chicken fried steak, meatloaf, and fried okra. Their LuAnne platter, a combo meal that includes a main dish, two sides, and a roll, was maybe their most significant contribution to fast food pop culture.Fuddruckers, on the other hand, specializes in "the world's greatest hamburgers." The meat for all of their burgers is ground on site, and the burger buns are baked in house as well. Add-ons like lettuce, tomato, onions, and the chain's signature cheese sauce are displayed in a buffet-style self-serve bar for easy customizability.You can probably still squeeze in a visit or two before the chains close their doors for good, as select locations are still open.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • McDonald's Is Adding This To Their Menu For the First Time In 30 Years

    McDonald's is going to be adding a Travis Scott–branded meal to their menu. The partnership will mark the first celebrity-endorsed meal the chain has created in almost 30 years.Ever since the news leaked last week that the famous rapper is working with the fast food giant, speculations have swirled around what that collaboration might entail. Based on Scott's past brand partnerships, many expected the collaboration with McDonald's to include an apparel line.However, the company just announced the star would be lending his name to his favorite McDonald's combo meal. The Travis Scott Meal, which will sell for $6, will include a Quarter Pounder with cheese, bacon, and lettuce, medium fries, BBQ Sauce for dipping, and a Sprite. It'll be available at nationwide McDonald's locations from Sept. 8 through Oct. 4.The collaboration is a piece of good news for the fast food giant after days of controversy-filled headlines surrounding ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook, as well as a lawsuit by 52 Black franchise owners who alleged racial discrimination.McDonald's last celeb food collaboration took place in 1992, when they served the McJordan, named after basketball superstar Michael Jordan. It included a Quarter Pounder with bacon and barbecue sauce with a side of fries and a drink—very similar to the rapper's meal.The partnership with Scott is McDonald's attempt to reach a more diverse and younger-skewing customer base of millennials and Gen Zers. "Travis is one of the biggest musical artists and cultural icons in the world, with widespread appeal and an especially loyal following among young people. We embarked on this journey because Travis is a true McDonald's brand fan who resonates with youth all over the map," the company said in a statement.Several fast food brands have jumped on the bandwagon of celebrity tie-ins in recent months. Tyga Bites and HotBox by Wiz are two virtual fast food concepts named after famous rappers. And Dunkin' went the social media star route and named a drink after TikTok superstar Charli D'Amelio.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • This Beloved West Coast Donut Chain Is Filing for Bankruptcy

    The fallout from the pandemic is still very much causing trouble for restaurants, especially when it comes to independent small businesses. Its latest victim is a beloved donut chain Blue Star Donuts, with locations in Oregon and Southern California.The gourmet donut company is filing for bankruptcy, following a tumultuous months-long streak during which they had permanently closed four of their 11 locations, including their flagship store in downtown Portland.The bankruptcy will give the company a chance to restructure their debt, and "help us weather the storm, survive, and emerge as a stronger business," according to CEO Katie Poppe's press release. During the process, the three locations in Los Angeles and three of the remaining locations in Portland will remain open.Founded in 2012, the company had quickly made a name for itself as one of Portland's most successful franchises and a place of pilgrimage for food lovers. With menu items like Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Cointreau Crème Brûlée, and Valrhona Chocolate Crunch, they developed a nationwide fan base of artisanal donut lovers.While this isn't the last you'll hear of Blue Star Donuts, the bankruptcy announcement prompted fans to show support for the beloved chain on social media. "You're Portland to me," wrote one customer from Connecticut, while another said "Always my 1st stop when in Portland! You will survive this."Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

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