- After upsetting pepper heads by removing the spicy chicken biscuit from its breakfast menu, Atlanta-based chain Chick-fil-A is trying to make amends. The right-wing fried chicken outlet has announced it is testing spicy chicken strips at select locations in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Arizona. If the new menu item proves to be popular, it will see a national rollout.
- Someone alert the Florida Man Twitter account: A drunken gentleman in Clearwater, Florida, was recently arrested after providing an unwanted striptease to two diners at a Japanese steakhouse, according to the Takeout. The 24-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct in a public place and released on $150 bond.
- West Coast burger icon In-N-Out, which has a history of being litigious, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Seven Stills Brewery in San Francisco. The craft beer purveyor, per SF Gate, has been peddling a dark brew called In-N-Stout.
- The Girl Scouts have a potentially game-changing addition for their annual cookie sale next year. The little entrepreneurs will be hawking caramel-chocolate chip cookies, which, as Food & Wine notes, are the first salty-sweet confections offered by the Girl Scouts.
- Burger King’s Sweden operation is turning heads with a new fried haloumi sandwich, reports the Takeout. The cheese sandwich should be popular among vegetarians who have been clamoring for a meal at BK.
- Meanwhile, in China, the Guardian reports local officials have decided rainbow trout can be marketed and sold as salmon, because that’s what is already happening anyway.
- Soon-to-be New York Times California restaurant critic Tejal Rao spent some time at a Las Vegas chocolate camp for pastry chefs. Melissa Coppel, who runs an eponymous atelier out of a Vegas strip mall, teaches sugar pros from around the world how to perfect their desserts.
- Burger King’s Twitter account posted a strange tweet on Tuesday, and in this day and age of brands trying to be weird on the internet, it’s hard to tell if this was a typo or some sort of marketing stunt.
mp; saf— Burger King (@BurgerKing) August 14, 2018
Mp is short for melting point. Take from that what you will, Twitter. https://t.co/ISWtUeDBno— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) August 14, 2018
- Interactive “food museums,” which are really retail pop-ups, have been known to induce groans an eye rolls from serious museum aficionados. But, according to Bloomberg, they make a lot of money.
- Cinnabon, the Atlanta-based sweets shop that can be found in malls across America, is trying to boost the dental industry by introducing a frosted churro sandwich. The company takes two oversized churro patties and sandwiches them around a heaping helping of cream cheese frosting.
- Food & Wine dove into its archive to come up with a history of the 40 best recipes the magazine has ever published.
- White Castle’s introduction of Impossible Burger sliders has been well received, according to Fast Company. The chain has reportedly doubled its sales goal for the vegan sandwich.
- Is Cincinnati chili actually chili? The Chicago Tribune investigates.
- Avocados have become so expensive in New Zealand, the New York Times reports a black market for millennials’ favorite berry has emerged. There’s no word on how this might affect the country’s housing market.
- Good content from Grub Street: How to pair wine with Cheez-Its.
- And, finally, digital media company Mschf has launched an app called Burrito Time, which has the sole purpose of giving away free burritos every day. According to a spokesperson, a push notification is sent to users at a random time, and the first 10 people who open the app win a free meal. Mschf is partnering with Dos Toros Taqueria, which has locations in Chicago and New York City.