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Arby’s Has a $10 Secret Menu Item Called The Meat Mountain

Arby’s has a secret menu item (meaning it’s not on the official menu but you can request it and they’ll make it for you) called the Meat Mountain. It’s a truly formidable tower of meats, and it all started because of this promotional photo:

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Arby’s created that poster to remind consumers that the chain sells plenty of meats besides its famous roast beef. This marketing strategy worked, apparently, because people started coming in asking if they could order that entire stack o’ meats. And the Meat Mountain was born.

Here’s what the $10 monstrosity-on-a-bun includes:

- 2 chicken tenders
- 1.5 oz. of roast turkey
- 1.5 oz. of ham
- 1 slice of Swiss cheese
- 1.5 oz. of corned beef
- 1.5 oz. brisket
- 1.5 oz. of Angus steak
- 1 slice of cheddar cheese
- 1.5 oz. roast beef
- 3 half-strips of bacon

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The 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time

TIME interviewed burger historians and experts to determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large. Check out the 17 most influential burgers of all time HERE.

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The In-N-Out Burger – Whereas McDonald’s focused on fast, In-N-Out focused on food—its signature burger, which debuted in 1948, was made from locally sourced ground beef and fresh vegetables. That approach may have prevented In-N-Out’s expansion (it has just 294 locations today, compared with McDonald’s 34,000-plus), but it certainly hasn’t dampened foodie enthusiasm: the In-N-Out burger routinely tops best-of burger lists, and has inspired the launch of other higher-end fast food chains, such as Five Guys.

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Taco Bell Launches U.S. Taco Inc., A Fast Casual Taco Restaurant In Huntington Beach California

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Taco Bell Corp. has launched a new fast-casual taco concept designed to capture diners who are not likely to step foot in a Taco Bell. Named U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom, the new concept recently opened in Huntington Beach, Calif., offering a simple lineup of 10 premium tacos, thick-cut fries and shakes. Future locations will also include a menu of craft beer and wine. Designed by a team of young Taco Bell executives in a “secret war room” at the chain’s Irvine, Calif.-based headquarters, the new concept is nothing like the mothership brand — except that tacos are on the menu.

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And rather than going for an authentic Mexican theme, the new concept will tap regional American flavors, offering a playful menu of premium tacos in the fusion style of food trucks or the contemporary taquerias of Dallas or San Francisco’s Mission district.

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Customers will be able to watch their food being made inside the glass-enclosed area next to the ordering counter. The restaurant, meant to attract higher-income foodies, will have an outdoor patio.

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Let’s take a look at the food.

Here’s a combo meal with U.S. Taco’s thick-cut fries, a “Friggin’ Fried Ice Cream” milkshake, and a steak taco.

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These are the Winner Winner tacos with Southern-style fried chicken breast topped with South of the Border gravy, roasted corn, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and cilantro in a flour tortilla.

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This is the roasted chile queso with habanero-dusted “Papas Fritas.”

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The “1%er” is served on flatbread with lobster, garlic butter, slaw, roasted poblano crema and cilantro.

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The “Not My First Rodeo” taco is filled with smoked brisket, molcajete salsa, slaw, pickled onions and cilantro.

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U.S. Taco Co. will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. You can check out the entire menu HERE!

150 5th St., Huntington Beach, www.ustacos.com. (714)536-6728

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DC Comics Artists Redesign Monster Cereals Characters

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Jim Lee’s latest passion project combines two of his great loves: comic-book art and breakfast cereal.

The DC Comics co-publisher and other top illustrators have redesigned the iconic characters of General Mills’ Monster Cereals for this year’s seasonal sugary bonanza right on time for Halloween.

Lee tackled the gentleman ghost for blueberry-flavored Boo Berry, Dave Johnson took on strawberry-rific Franken Berry and Terry and Rachel Dodson were on Count Chocula duty for the chocolate-loving vampire. Limited-edition packaging featuring the new artwork will hit select retailers this month before nationwide distribution in September. Read more HERE.

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Pirate’s Booty & Marvel Assemble To Launch An Action-Packed Avengers Snack Collaboration Includes Limited-Edition Super Hero-Themed Pirate’s Booty Package

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B&G Foods is pleased to announce the release of a Pirate’s Booty limited-edition, themed multipack featuring Marvel’s Avengers characters, which is sure to make Mom a snack time hero! The collaboration also includes a free Marvel’s Avengers digital comic featuring the Pirate’s Booty Pirate. Consumers will get to see the Pirate team up with the Avengers in a Marvel-created adventure.

The limited-edition Marvel’s Avengers themed Pirate’s Booty comes in 12 packs of half-ounce Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar – Pirate’s Booty’s best-selling product. The lunch packs are sure to be a hit at school and for refueling your little Super Hero on-the-go.

Marvel artists designed a custom digital comic featuring Avengers Super Heroes, including the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man along with the Pirate’s Booty Pirate. Pick up a limited-edition Marvel’s Avengers themed Pirate’s Booty multipack for more details on the digital comic download.

“Pirate’s Booty is excited to partner with Marvel’s iconic Avengers,” stated Eric Berniker, Vice President of Consumer Engagement and Innovation at B&G Foods. “The Avengers are all about adventure and fun, which makes it a great fit for Pirate’s Booty. Moms will rescue the day with a snack that is baked and has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Marvel’s Avengers digital comic creates a very fun and interactive experience for Pirate’s Booty and Avengers fans alike.”

“Working with Pirate’s Booty on the multipack and digital comic has been a great way to reach parents, kids and fans with innovative storytelling and our aspirational characters,” stated Paul Gitter, Senior Vice President at Marvel Licensing. “We are thrilled to offer Marvel’s Avengers fans a great-tasting snack that is both mom and kid-approved.”

Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is a deliciously baked snack made from puffed rice corn and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese. Pirate’s Booty is made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Pirate’s Booty has half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips, so it is a snack that kids and parents agree on. Additionally, it is gluten, peanut and tree nut free and has zero grams of trans fat per serving.

The limited-edition Marvel’s Avengers themed 12 packs of half-ounce Pirate’s Booty are available now at retailers nationwide. For more information and a store locator, please visit www.piratebrands.com

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20 Must-Try Hot Dogs in America

Hot dogs are near and dear to many Americans’ hearts – particularly this time of year, when warm nights beg for a couple of franks of the grill. But how you define a hot dog may differ vastly depending on whether you’re in, say, New Jersey, West Virginia, or Chicago: The brand of dog, the type of bun, and everything that goes on top is likely to vary. Is the hot dog steamed or grilled? Are the buns toasted?

Men’s Journal suggests 20 must-try hot dogs in America and you can check out the list HERE.

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Old-School Chili Dog (Pink’s, Los Angeles)

The classic chili dog combines ground-beef chili with mustard and onions – and maybe a few slices of American cheese.

Where to Get It: When it opened as a 10-cent hot dog stand in 1939, the owners of Pink’s, in Hollywood, could never have imagined the unrelenting lines and sheer variety of wieners for which the place is known today. Never mind all that – chili dogs are what Pink’s started with, pairing all-beef, natural-casing dogs by Hoffy’s with meaty chili in a soft steamed bun.

Pink’s
709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

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Ben & Jerry’s Launches Two Saturday Night Live Themed Flavors: Lazy Sunday & Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch

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Today ice cream purveyor Ben & Jerry’s launched two new flavors inspired by sketches from Saturday Night Live. They’re being made in honor of the show’s 40th anniversary this year. Ben & Jerry’s will also debut two more SNL-themed flavors later this year.

The first new ice cream is called Lazy Sunday, based on the famous sketch with Andy Samberg and Chris Parnel. In “Lazy Sunday,” Samberg and Parnell wax poetic about their love of cupcakes — Magnolia cupcakes, to be specific. Fittingly, Ben & Jerry’s new flavor contains a vanilla cake batter ice cream base with chocolate and yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl.

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The second new flavor Ben & Jerry’s is debuting is called Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch. Based on Kristen Wiig’s silly SNL character, the flavor contains a combination of chocolate and sweet cream ice creams, with caramel clusters, fudge-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl.

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As of today, June 19th, both new flavors are available at scoop shops across the U.S. and Canada.

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Doritos Loaded Coming To A 7-Eleven Near You

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Free samples of Doritos Loaded, a nacho cheese-encrusted cheese stick product, are being handed out at 7-Eleven stores in Dallas on Tuesday and Los Angeles on Friday, with more locations to come.

Doritos Loaded will be available nationally at 7-Elevens starting in early July. A four-pack sells for $1.99 and has 350 calories.

The Doritos Loaded tour kicks off in Dallas on Tuesday, June 17, with free samples being given out in two sessions (10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at two area 7-Elevens. The new item will also be handed out at one or more 7-Elevens in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20. Click HERE for the tour information and locations.

While 7-Eleven is selling the new hot nacho cheese sticks, it didn’t create them. The snack was developed by the Plano, Texas-based research and development arm of PepsiCo, parent of Doritos maker Frito-Lay.

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The 10 Hottest Food Trucks In The U.S.

New food trucks are hitting the streets every day in cities all over the United States. HERE are 10 new rolling restaurants worth checking out around the country.

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Los Angeles: Guerilla Tacos

Guerilla Tacos has been serving gourmet tacos from a table in Downtown Los Angeles since 2012. But last year they upgraded to a truck, allowing them to pop up all around Los Angeles. Chef Wes Avila’s menu changes every day, and everything is sourced from the best local farms. One day you might try a taco with octopus chorizo and pistachios; the next it’ll be Maple Leaf Farms duck with cashew chile, nectarine and hazelnut. And don’t let the truck’s name cause you to sleep on their awesome breakfast burritos.

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Chipotle Puts Short Stories By Famous Authors On Its Cups

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Short stories written by Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, Judd Apatow and a handful of other famous authors, actors and screenwriters will soon start appearing on Chipotle’s paper cups and bags.

The burrito chain teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer for the project, which Chipotle has branded the “Cultivating Thought” author series.

Foer told Vanity Fair that he came up with the idea years ago while he was eating a burrito and had nothing to read. So he wrote Chipotle CEO Steve Ells an email suggesting that the company print original essays by famous authors on its bags, and Ells loved the idea.

“We live in a world in which there is shrinking space for literature and writing, and less time than ever for quiet reflection,” Foer said in a release.

“The idea of expanding the space and time, of creating a small pocket of thoughtfulness right in the middle of the busy day, was inspiring to me — particularly given the size and diversity of the audience, which is America itself.”

Here are the authors whose work will be featured:

- Judd Apatow – Golden Globe nominated writer/director/producer, This is 40, Bridesmaids, Girls

- Sheri Fink – Pulitzer-prize winning reporter/author, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

- Malcolm Gladwell – New York Times bestselling author, journalist and speaker, The Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink

- Bill Hader – Emmy-winning comedian/actor/producer, Saturday Night Live, South Park

- Michael Lewis – New York Times bestselling author and journalist, Flash Boys, The Blind Side, Moneyball

- Toni Morrison – Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author, Beloved

- Steve Pinker – award-winning experimental psychologist, renowned writer on language, mind and human nature

- George Saunders – New York Times bestselling short-story and essay author, “Tenth of December,” “The Braindead Megaphone”

- Sarah Silverman – Emmy-winning actress/comedian, The Sarah Silverman Program, Saturday Night Live, School of Rock

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