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Reality Check: Carl's Jr. Philly Cheese Steak Burger

The notion of dropping the entire contents of another iconic sandwich on top of my burger doesn't seem like the best of ideas. Of course, fast food chains aren't always trying to make something delicious. Rather, they're just trying to tempt us to come in again when they offer up things like Carl's Jr.'s most recent experiment: the Philly Cheese Steak Burger. I took the bait and stopped by to see how this new burger compares to its beauty shots. More

Happy 50th Birthday to Hardee's

The first Hardee's location in 1960. [Photograph: Hardee's Food Systems, Inc. on Flickr] Happy (belated) 50th birthday to Hardee's! Founder Wilbur Hardee opened his first location in Greenville, North Carolina, on September 3, 1960. You can read more about... More

A Look at Burger King's Latest Whopper Bar in NYC and Their New Pizza Burgers

After Burger King's successful debut of their modernized Whopper-centric restaurant concept Whopper Bar last March at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, they've since opened Whopper Bars in South Beach, Memphis, Spain, Venezuela, Singapore, and their latest, largest, two-story flagship location in New York City by Times Square. What's special about the New York location? Giant pizza burgers. More

The Burger Lab: The Ins-n-Outs of an In-N-Out Double-Double, Animal-Style

Order In-N-Out's Double Double (two patties, two slices of cheese) Animal Style and the Double Double is brought to a whole new level: The onion slice gets replaced with a dollop of a sweet, darkly caramelized chopped onions, an extra stack of pickle chips goes underneath the tomato, and the patties get fried with mustard directly on the griddle. But while I've had my share of regular In-N-Out burgers, I've never had them Animal Style. That's something that needed to change, and stat. More

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