Food & Dining

Where to Go for a Good Steak: Texas Roadhouse vs. LongHorn Steakhouse

It’s a fact that a large portion of the American population are practically made up of carnivores. The US consumes the highest amount of meat anywhere in the world. Experts explain that it has a lot to do with the local economy and the fact that meat is cheaper locally than in other countries. This has helped make steak a “special occasion dish” for Americans. This is the very reason why there are tons of steak places around the country. Steak is always on the menu in most eateries. You’ll also get to find a decent steakhouse in every major town and city. Steak is practically a world-renowned American cuisine representative so it makes perfect sense that you can easily find them in the US. America’s love for steak is not just expressed by the sheer number of steakhouses that are thriving right now. The fact that these steakhouses range…

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Burger King French Fries Review

Burger King’s French fries are similar to that of other fast food chains. They’re medium thickness and have a slight crunch. Following other fast food restaurants, these fries are also very salty. The nutritional content of French fries is as follows: Small – 320 calories, 14g fat, 44g carbs, and 4g protein. Medium – 380 calories, 17g fat, 53g carbs, and 5g protein. Large – 430 calories, 19g fat, 60g carbs, and 6g protein. The cost of French fries at Burger King is approximately $1.79 for small, $2.19 for medium, and 2.39 for large. The largest size is the best value, not surprisingly. First Glance At first glance, you can see these fries look fairly generic. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. They just don’t really have any specific look. My guess is Burger King probably wanted to keep it that way so that it resonated with a…

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Casual Dining Face-Off: Chili’s vs. Applebees

There are three common kinds of diners. At the top of the list are those who just want a quick bite to help them get through the day. They’re all good with fast food joints because of the convenience their menu and services have to offer. Up next are those who are out for a special occasion. Dining out has always been a nice way to celebrate occasions and milestones. They’re also great ways to spend some special time with someone. Fine dining and upscale restaurants are the best picks for these places. Steakhouses and family restaurants can also be great options if you’ll be out with the whole family. For everything in between, casual dining joints are the best places to go to. They often have packed menus, from appetizers to cocktails, making them perfect hang-out for everyone. While there are alcoholic drinks available, they’re not dive-y or sleazy…

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Chili’s Ancho Salmon Review

The Ancho Salmon from Chili’s is a meal that includes seared chile-rubbed Atlantic salmon, spicy citrus-chile sauce, cilantro, queso fresco, and it is served with Mexican rice and steamed broccoli. The entire meal is only 590 calories, which makes it a great meal for healthy eaters. The actual meal costs around $14.99 depending on your location, which is a decent price considering the size and quality of the meal. First Glance As you can see in the picture above, the meal is of decent size, however, it is on the lighter side. This is a perfect meal for people that are hungry, but not too hungry. First Bite Eating the Ancho Salmon reveals that familiar salmon taste that you get every time you eat a well made salmon meal. The spices such as cilantro and lime add a bit of an extra flavor to the salmon, but they do not…

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McDonald’s Cheeseburger Review

The cheeseburger from McDonald’s is a burger that follows the American tradition. It is composed of regular burger bun, thin beef patty, slice of American cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickle slices, and chopped onions. Its nutrition value contains 300 calories with 12g fat, 33g carbs, and 15g protein. Overall, not a bad little burger to have for lunch. You can get one of these for about $1.19, depending on where you live. It is usually on McDonald’s Everyday Value menu. First Glance At first glance, you can see the cheeseburger is pretty small, but not too small. It is of decent size, especially when you consider the price. In my case, it actually looked pretty neat and wasn’t too messy to eat. Depending on how fast it was put together, sometimes they tend to be all over the place. First Bite When you bite into the cheeseburger, you immediately know why…

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The Great Pancake Showdown: IHOP vs the Original Pancake House

The wise TV character Ron Swanson once said, “there has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.” This simple line attests to how comforting breakfast food can be to the general populace. Unfortunately, not all breakfast food are made equal. Some restaurants even serve them better than the others. So if you don’t want your morning to be ruined by a bad waffle or an underwhelming egg, it’s best to find a great go-to place when you’re craving for an AM meal. This is where the battle between the IHOP and the Original Pancake House begins. These two are the go-to places for those who are craving for some comforting bite at any time of the day. With their menus made up of breakfast food, they can offer a homey indulgence that is hard to find elsewhere. Wondering which one is better? Well, the answer here…

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Buffalo Wild Wings Roasted Garlic Mushrooms Review

The Roasted Garlic Mushrooms from Buffalo Wild Wings are little mushroom that have been roasted and fried. They come with delicious southwestern ranch dressing to dip ’em in. Combined with the dipping sauce, this meal has a total of 690 calories, with 52g fat, 52g carbs, and only 5g protein. If you haven’t known by now, mushrooms are not a great source of protein. The Roasted Garlic Mushrooms are about $6.79 depending on your location. First Glance On first glance, these things almost look like little chicken nuggets. So in that way, I was a little disappointed as I was hoping they’d be full-sized mushrooms instead. First Bite Let me tell you guys something. These little fried mushrooms are pretty tasty. But I do have to admit that they’d be much less tastier without the southwestern ranch dressing to dip them in. The breading is a little too thick compared…

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Sarku Japan Chicken Teriyaki Review

The Chicken Teriyaki from Sarku Japan is a meal that comes with grilled chicken pieces, grilled veggies, and grilled rice. It is then mixed with teriyaki sauce to give it that authentic Japanese flavor. Depending on what you put in it, it can range from 640 to 870 calories. Most likely it will be towards the higher number. It costs about $6.79, but it varies based on location. First Glance First Bite If you love teriyaki flavor, you will find satisfaction with this meal as that’s primarily what you can taste. This is an interesting meal as they don’t skimp out on any ingredients. Most places will give you very little protein, but Sarku Japan does not. They load it up with chicken and if you get chicken and shrimp, you get twice as much. It makes it a very good value overall. When you’re eating this, you really do…

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Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme Review

If you’ve been eating Taco Bell for a long time and have never tried the Crunchwrap Supreme, let me tell you, you’ve been missing out. In a nutshell, it is a hexagonal-shaped tortilla stuffed with ground beef, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, and nacho cheese sauce. The Crunchwrap Supreme is 530 calories total, with 21g fat, 71g carbs, and 16g protein. It is approximately $3.69, but that varies based on your location. First Glance When you look at it, it looks like a tortilla stuffed with things and then pressed in a panini grill or similar. And that’s pretty much what it is. First Bite Biting into the Crunchwrap Supreme reveals many flavors that blend together to create a unified taste. Each individual ingredient works well to contribute to the taste of it. It has a soft bite, but the interior flat hard shell piece gives it some crunch.  Overall, I’d…

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Steak ‘n Shake Frisco Melt Review

Alright, where do we start. The Frisco Melt from Steak ‘n Shake is a gooey delicious melt sandwich that consists of two beef patties, American and Swiss cheeses, Sourdough bun, and original Frisco sauce. The sandwich is a whopping 960 calories in total with 66g fat, 52g carbs, and 34g protein. After looking at these numbers, you’re probably thinking it’s best to skip this sandwich, and your heart will probably thank you. Regardless, I ate one and I’ll give an honest review about it. The Frisco Melt is about $4.79 or $5.49 if you get it with fries. First Glance Look at this bad boy right here. It is melty, messy, gooey, cheesy, and very very greasy. After you’re done eating this, you’ll pretty much need to take a shower. First Bite Biting into the Frisco Melt is exactly as it looks. Very greasy, cheesy, and gooey. It’s almost too…