Archive for the Fast Food Category

Can of Cheeseburger

Posted in Burgers, Fake Meat, Fast Food with tags on May 12, 2008 by chomposaurus


Earlier this year, The Onion did a test of a new product out of Germany: Cheeseburger-in-a-Can. That’s right, you just have to take it out and heat it up, bun, fixin’s and meat pre-assembled! The results were predictably disgusting. Go read the hilarious review at the A/V Club.

Some of the best reactions:

• “It’s like Upton Sinclair nightmare bratwurst.”

• “I cannot swallow this. It will not go down.”

• “It tastes like something that was dropped on the floor. It tastes like a 7-Eleven hamburger that’s been sitting around in the store for a couple weeks.”

I’m tagging this as Veggie Meat because I’m not sure there were any animals involved.

Burgernomics

Posted in Burgers, Fast Food, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on May 9, 2008 by chomposaurus

What is the universal commodity, something you can buy in every corner of the globe and expect it to be the same? A shovel? Orange juice? A pair of socks? According to The Economist, the answer is McDonald’s Big Mac. Since the franchise has penetrated all the major economies of the world, you can expect to be able to find a Big Mac in any city you travel to on Earth.

Thus, the Big Mac Index is a useful indicator of the health of various economies. By tracking the price of Big Macs in dozens of locales, The Economist is able to follow trends in inflation, food prices and economic health.

For instance, in the U.S., a Big Mac costs approximately $3.41 with tax in a major city. In Hong Kong, you can get the same burger for the equivalent of $1.54, while in Switzerland it would cost you $5.20. Is this information at all useful? Burgernomics says yes:

purchasing-power parity is the notion that a dollar should buy the same amount in all countries, using an identical basket of goods – in this case, a McDonald’s Big Mac. Comparing actual exchange rates with PPPs indicates whether a currency is under- or overvalued.

You can sound smart and funny referring to Burgernomics at your next backyard grill party. Although some, like me, will wonder if anything you buy at McDonald’s is worth the pain of actually having to eat it.

Best Meaty Blogs in Town

Posted in Beef, Burgers, Chicken, Fake Meat, Fast Food, Fowl, Hot Dogs, MEAT POLITICS, Pork, Sandwiches, Sausage, Seafood with tags , on May 8, 2008 by chomposaurus

Click here for our new page dedicated to keeping track of new meat blogs. Whether they be regional reviews or reports focused on a specific type of meat, you can find the best carnivorous reporting here at Chomposaurus. E-mail us at the address on the sidebar if you have a blog you’d like to suggest.

Carne Asada is not a Crime!

Posted in Fast Food, MEAT POLITICS with tags , on May 2, 2008 by chomposaurus

Los Angeles has passed some rather orwellian laws severely limiting one of the city’s greatest cheap-meat traditions, the Taco Truck. Sign the online petition and learn more about the crisis of carnitas here. Coming up with an awesome business idea (truck full of tasty tacos) should not be a crime.

Meatsites: Roadfood, Your Guide to Cheap Meat U.S.A.

Posted in Fast Food with tags , , on May 1, 2008 by chomposaurus


Roadfood [ http://www.roadfood.com/ ] is, quite simply, the best restaurant review site on the net. The editors, Jan & Michael Stern, have been traveling the country for decades to find the best diners, crab shacks, chili huts and burger joints there are. The site organizes restaurants by geographic area, with easy to read google maps, to let you know where the nearest quality cheap meat is.

Of course, I also recommend the book that the site is based on – an essential backseat item for any roadtrip.

You cannot put a dollar value on a reference site that tells you wear to get the best pork chop sandwich in Butte, Montana or a pile of creamed chipped beef in Delaware. If you are a person that travels at all, this site will change your world.

Our little blog here does travel to such places, but our goal is to expose you to new ways of serving, eating and enjoying meat, not to become a comprehensive restaurant guide. So that’s why we like places like Roadfood.

Kobe Burger King

Posted in Beef, Burgers, Fast Food with tags , , on April 30, 2008 by chomposaurus


I am excited, scared and confused by the news that Burger Kings in the UK will be selling $170 burgers featuring foie gras and kobe beef. Somehow, fries and a drink are not included in that price. While I like the kobe beef part, the burger has duck liver on it (unnecessary) and there’s still the small matter of Burger King’s rampant abuse of its employees. Also, one must consider: who walks into Burger King with $200 straight cash? I guess it’s all part of my dream to pay for a Value Meal with my Black Card.

Pirates of the San Fernando Valley: Curse of the Bacon-Wrapped Wiener

Posted in Fast Food, Hot Dogs, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on April 27, 2008 by chomposaurus

Breakfast, Lunch & Grog

Some good reporting by LA Weekly about the (illegal) meat miracle, the bacon-wrapped hot dog. Meat journalism doesn’t get much better than this:

Below the legal vendors are the more ubiquitous operators of homemade carts, which usually consist of propane tanks strapped to modified baby strollers, Target shopping carts or, in most cases, tool carts. They operate completely outside of codes and regulations, their particular rules and organizational methods a mystery to outsiders.

Licensed vendors… refer to the makeshift bacon-wrapped-hot-dog vendors as “ambulantes” or “piratas,” colloquial terms for unlicensed street vendors in Mexico.

Those sound like the most magical pirate Target shopping carts ever.

Finally I can have Arby’s Roast Beef on my Wendy’s Chicken Sandwich

Posted in Fast Food, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on April 24, 2008 by chomposaurus

Giant Hats Don\'t LieAccording to various news sources, the conglomerate investment corporation known as Triarc – aka the owner of Arby’s – bought the red-headed lass, Wendy’s. Of course, I don’t eat at either place, because their meat comes from tortured, chemically-altered animals, their restaurants are filthy, and their workers are generally mistreated. But Arby’s used to be my favorite – I think they put something on that beef to make it extra sweet, and Wendy’s has the best fried chicken sandwich of any fast food dump. The chance to combine the two creates some interesting mental pictures. Sadly, though, they won’t be combining the restaurants… probably a good thing, since anytime I drive by a combo Pizza Hut/Taco Bell/Long John Silver’s I throw up in my mouth a little.

I’ll say this: Dave probably wouldn’t approve of his daughter being bought and sold like a common whore. But he would approve of her getting $4.2 billion… anything under 4 and he’d be rolling in his grave. Which I assume is a giant deep fryer filled with liquid gold and kept at a constant temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Original Mediocrity (a.k.a. Sand in the Chili)

Posted in Fast Food, Hot Dogs with tags , , on April 22, 2008 by chomposaurus

Coney Island dawgs

This is a chili dog from the Original Nathan’s, a mammoth hot dog stand / beefy mecca at Coney Island, a beach at the very tip of Brooklyn. You see this place every year during the hot dog eating championship, with several crazies in the foreground dipping dogs into water and scarfing them down.

The question: Is it worth a trip here to eat one of the original Originals? The answer, no. While the vaguely industrialized beach amusement is a great atmosphere for eating, the fact is the hot dogs are no better than ones you buy in the package at the grocery store and heat up yourself. The chili was disappointing and the fries were nothing special. I recommend that you go down the shore to Brighton Beach instead, to one of the Russian supper clubs. There you can have an ungodly amount of meat while drinking more vodka and listening to more bad cover songs than you ever thought possible.