Food & Dining

How is Coronavirus Affecting Restaurant Prices?

The novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, has significant adverse effects on a number of industries from the healthcare industry to the hospitality and travel industry. The restaurant industry is undoubtedly among the most affected with the shelter-in-place orders and, in some cases, the mandatory closures of all restaurants in certain jurisdictions.  Even in restaurants that have remained open, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are still felt in so many ways! Here are a few of these effects including on their prices.   Downward Trend in Prices  In 2019, analysts forecasted that the restaurant prices will jump by 2 to 4 percent in 2020. But things have drastically changed since then with the coronavirus pandemic, which was made known to the world in December 2019. The trend nowadays is on the downward with the double blow of limited operations and temporary closures. Our own report found that price increases in…

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Is There a Way to Settle the Qdoba vs. Chipotle Debate?

Out of all of the restaurant chains that are always pitted against each other, Qdoba and Chipotle are possibly the closest competitors that won’t make you feel like you’re comparing oranges to apples. The two are both Mexican-inspired fast-casual chains from Denver, Colorado and are best known for their Mission-style burritos. They have the exact same target market, making it crucial for many to determine which one is actually better. With the Qdoba vs Chipotle debate raging for longer than two decades already, it’s really about time to settle it once and for all. This is a hard feat and we don’t claim to do it in this short feature but we hope that our points help you find the answer for yourself. So what is the battle like? Here are the most important points that you should know to help you make your own opinion about this topic: Qdoba…

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Krystals vs. White Castle Sliders: Which One Reigns Supreme?

It’s no secret that our location has a lot to do with our taste and preferences in food. Despite knowing this, however, lots of us still love to compare and pit regional fast food franchises against each other. The answer is never really that definitive but it’s quite a thrilling thing to do, so why not, right? One hot topic when it comes to such debates is the Krystals vs. White Castle Sliders divide. Northerners are willing to die for White Castle’s tiny burgers while Southerners are staunch defenders of Krystals. Sure, some Northerners might prefer Krystals while a few Southerners might also fall in love with White Castle but the general consensus is, people like their regional fast food.  If you’re interested in this feud, here are the key takeaways that you should know of: Both are the key offerings of their chains. WC’s mini burgers known as ‘sliders’…

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10 Most Popular Sub Sandwiches in the US

Sandwiches are some of the most versatile food items there is as they can contain a wide range of ingredients and can be enjoyed sitting down or while on the go. Subs are particularly enjoyable as they can be very easy to consume. This is why it’s not too surprising that there’s a significant number of sub sandwich chains in the country. If you’re wondering which ones offer the best bites, here are our top 10 recos: Subway With nearly 50 thousand locations around the world, Subway is the largest fastfood chain in terms of the number of locations. Some might have their reservations because of its size but since lots of sandwich lovers agree that this is a good place to grab some subs, you shouldn’t hesitate on giving it a try. It’s most often commended for its ability to customize its offerings, letting diners get exactly what they…

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Here’s Why this Fast Food Restaurant is Raising Its Prices Faster than Everyone Else

What’s the attraction to fast food? It’s partly in the name – if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to shop or sit down for a meal, fast food restaurants seem like a great option. Some people believe the answer is actually in advertising, and how we’ve been conditioned – especially in the American culture. The average America spends somewhere close to $1,200 annually on fast food purchases. The industry spent $4.6 billion on advertising. (McDonald’s alone spent 971 million.) Generally speaking healthier foods don’t have much advertising behind them. You’re much more likely to see a burger on a billboard than a banana. Over 50% of Americans surveyed on why they go after fast food answered that it’s cheap. And that’s an undeniable truth – a quick glance at a menu shows that at Wendy’s, for example, you can get four menu items for just $4. Other…

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McDonald’s vs. Wendy’s

While there have been numerous feuds between fast-food giants, none arguably was as ferocious as the McDonald’s vs. Wendy’s feud of 2018. Wendy’s draw the first shot when it mocked McDonald’s for using frozen beef patties in its burgers; Wendy’s used only fresh beef patties, a choice that made its burgers slightly better than its fierce competitor. Social Media Feud Between the two chains, Wendy’s is undoubtedly the master of the Twitter clapback – even the likes of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. retreated from its Twitter feuds because the comebacks were just genius, and McDonald’s wasn’t up to form, too.  Wendy’s is also quite relentless in its ad campaigns – the Super Bowl commercial stating, “The iceberg that sank the Titanic was frozen, too” is funny as hell!  But McDonald’s also had an ace up its sleeve – it now offers its Quarter Pounder burgers with fresh, never-frozen beef patties!…

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10 Quickest Drive-Thru Restaurants

No matter the reason you’re in a rush, finding a drive-thru restaurant with both quick and friendly service can be a challenge sometimes. Are there kids piled into the car with you? Are you on your way from one meeting to another? Is your day jam-packed with errands? If you don’t have enough time to actually slow down and sit down for a meal, the occasional stop at a drive-thru restaurant is a great solution. Not only are menu items often cheaper, but the service is quick and efficient. You may not be aware of this, but most drive-thrus actually have a system that times their efficiency. Depending on the system that’s used, different metrics for each location will be measured, including how long it takes the order to make it from the register to the window, order accuracy, and even specifically how long greeting the customer takes. Chances are…

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Top 10 Cities with Best Food Trucks

Although the food truck movement has been relatively recent, picking up in the early 2000s, the concept has been around for much longer. Let’s take a quick look back to historic staples in the food truck industry: Ice Cream Trucks This is a classic when you think food on wheels. Despite the fact that they’re not as easily found as they once were, most people, regardless of age, still know the tune of an ice cream truck. Mr. Burt, creator of the Good Humor bar, is touted as the first “ice cream man.” His truck appeared in the 1920s and began the ice cream craze that is remembered most often with hot summer days and nostalgia. Chuckwagons In the late 1800s America was becoming a popular spot for colonists to come, claim land, and settle down. Hundreds of thousands of people traveled west. They needed food. Chuckwagons were the creation…

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Whopper vs. Big Mac

Fast-food fans can easily relate to the Whopper vs. Big Mac debate because both of these items are their respective chain’s signature items. The Whopper is, of course, Burger King’s signature sandwich – or as the chain calls it, “America’s favorite burger” – while the Big Mac is McDonald’s signature item. Keep in mind that both are marketed as “better burgers” in the sense that these aren’t your regular fast-food burgers with dry beef patties, limp veggies, and bland cheese served on soggy buns. These are instead characterized by flavorful bites and a filling quality that leaves no doubt whatsoever that you’ve just enjoyed great burgers.  The Whopper Introduced in 1957, the Whopper has become Burger King’s signature item and it has certainly lived up to its name. The sandwich has undergone several transformations through the years, such as in its bread and portion resizing, but it has basically remained…

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Starbucks vs. Dunkin Donuts

With the growing coffee culture in the United States, the Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts comparisons are heating up, particularly as each chain has its share of fans. But while these coffee-centric eatery chains offer many similar coffee options, they also have different food options, clientele type, and branding strategies. Breadth of Influence Starbucks may be younger by 20 years than Dunkin’ Donuts but it has grown more aggressively resulting in it being the substantially larger – and more lucrative – company. In 2018, for example, Starbucks earned $24.7 billion representing an increase of 10% from last year’s revenue. In contrast, Dunkin’ Donuts only earned $1.32 billion in revenue, an increase of just 3.6% from the previous year. There’s also the matter of the number of locations for each chain. Where Starbucks has more than 28,200 locations worldwide, Dunkin’ Donuts has over 20,500 restaurants globally. Even in the United States, Starbucks…