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Kenny Rogers Chicken Anywhere?

The KRR inside Nathan's I mention above is now also history: http://fastfoodnyc.com/2010/04/kenny-...

The mall location in the Ontario Mills complex in Ontario, CA appears to be the last location in the US.

Apr 11, 2010
newkai in Chains

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

This is by far the best thread on Chowhound. I'm going to get a Costco membership soon (for the first time) and I think I'm going to print out this whole thread and try everything!

Oct 05, 2009
newkai in Chains

Subways new Buffalo Chicken sandwich

It's a good value since they use the chicken strips instead of the patty (later is bland).

Also they developed a light ranch dressing for it, which is great because I was getting tired of honey mustard and sweet onion.

Oct 05, 2009
newkai in Chains

five guys burger sucks

I had the same experience. The burger (regular bacon) meat quality was somewhat better than regular fast food but not leaps and bounds. Overall the burger was small.

The fries (smallest size, regular $4.95) were enough for two people (why not offer a smaller size?).

Certainly I didn't think the experience warranted $14.95. For the same price I can go to a trendy bistro and get a much larger burger with even better beef and a decent portion of fries.

...Or I could just go to Wendy's, sacrifice a little quality, and pay half as much.

Oct 05, 2009
newkai in Chains

Kenny Rogers Chicken Anywhere?

I went to a new Miami Subs in NYC recently (the first of this decade) and they didn't have KRR items. They did have items from Nathan's and Arthur Treacher's (no brand name for the later but it was the same menu).

However, I recently had Kenny Rogers at the Nathan's on Coney Island, where it has its own counter. It was absolutely delicious and authentic, with the same sides that have always been offered. Photos here (including a closeup of the chicken): http://fastfoodnyc.com/2009/06/dinner...

This counter opened when there were still regular restaurants around in the States so maybe that's why the authenticity has been preserved.

If you're craving KRR I would first check if there's a Nathan's around with a KRR Counter (according to a Yelp search there are a few scattered across the country). Then I'd see if there's a Miami Subs around with the menu items.

Oct 05, 2009
newkai in Chains

least terrible chains?

Baja Fresh just opened two NYC locations recently and I had my first experience with them yesterday. Ultimately similar to Chipotle and Qdoba, but I liked the greater number of choices and the salsa bar.

Sep 26, 2009
newkai in Chains

Any Other Jack-in-the-Box Lovers Out There?

I'm drawn to it by the occasional national commercials I see on TV - I would love to try it but the only ones on the East Coast are in North Carolina and that's a long way from NYC!

Sep 21, 2009
newkai in Chains

Chicken Parm Flat Bread Sandwich at Dunkin Donuts

They've had this at their Dunkin Deli locations for years (a legacy from when they owned Togo's: http://bit.ly/18dcDi ). I've always found it quite tasty there - but it's also hand-prepared.

I assume at regular DD they just pop a refrigerated one in the toaster/convection oven (just like they do with everything else).

Sep 21, 2009
newkai in Chains

Sonic in New Jersey

Exactly. The novelty is the drive-in and added popularity has come from the commercials shown for years while there were no locations around.

It's a great place to pig out - the menu is huge. But the quality isn't amazing or anything like that.

Sep 21, 2009
newkai in Chains

Rare Chains in New York City (Findings and Request for Advice)

A Miami Subs opened in Jamaica, Queens. I went there yesterday - their menu is huge! http://bit.ly/PjR1J

Submarina California, a chain from out west, is supposed to share space with The Häagen-Dazs on Steinway St in Astoria, but they've had a "coming soon" sign up for months and it doesn't look like anything has been done inside.

Sep 20, 2009
newkai in Chains

Tim Horton's coming to NYC

My opinion exactly. It kept me very awake all morning and didn't have an aftertaste.

Jul 14, 2009
newkai in Chains

Chick Fil A coming to NYC?

The NYU location is not well guarded. You can stroll right in. It's in an area open to the public of the Weinstein Residence Hall at 5-11 University Place.

Note however, it's closed during the summer. First safe bet to catch it open again: Tuesday after Labor Day. (And it's also closed on Sundays)

Jul 13, 2009
newkai in Chains

Tim Horton's coming to NYC

I spent the day watching the events unfold. There was a ton of media coverage, free coffee, etc. Photos and links here: http://fastfoodnyc.com/2009/07/tim-ho...

Jul 13, 2009
newkai in Chains

Tim Horton's coming to NYC

And 2x in Downtown Brooklyn

Jul 13, 2009
newkai in Chains

What's the best Mexican fast food chain?

Well, we do have plenty of Chipotles and Qdobas in the city itself, I'm not sure about the metro area. There's one Baja Fresh, in Midtown with another opening soon. Also, El Polo Loco has arrived in NJ and plans 15 locations there and on Long Island.

Jul 08, 2009
newkai in Chains

The food at Starbucks-Yay or Nay?

I like their reduced-fat turkey bacon breakfast sandwich. They were first to offer that, now Dunkin' Donuts has similar options, but I still like Starbucks' best. Rumor has it they eliminated the toasted sandwiches in many parts of the country. Can anyone verify/deny?

Their baked goods are fine, but nothing special. When I see the calories posted next to them here in New York City, I think twice, although they usually have a few relatively good-tasting reduced fat options.

Jul 05, 2009
newkai in Chains

McDonald's Angus Burger??

In NYC we've had the Angus Burger for about two years now I believe. I agree the mushroom version is gross (I've tried it). I also wasn't too impressed with the Supreme version. I personally think the Burger King Angus Burger tastes much better.

Jul 01, 2009
newkai in Chains

Brooklyn Bridge

I second Heights Cafe. Good food, and the outdoor seating makes for a great setting. Just beware that they're AMEX and cash only.

Jul 01, 2009
newkai in Outer Boroughs

Bobs Big Boy

I was shocked to see that there are no Big Boys left in the Northeast.

Jun 29, 2009
newkai in Chains

I'm Ashamed (Addicted to Panda Express)

The only NYC Panda Express I'm aware of is at JFK Airport, Terminal 4... And it appears to be after security. Shame, I want to give it a try.

Jun 29, 2009
newkai in Chains

Checkers---anyone out there like it?

I had their bacon cheeseburger at their new/first Brooklyn location and liked it a lot. While nowhere near the best burger I've ever had, it was still better than McDonalds. The seasoned fries were especially good. I also liked the fact that they gave me an order number and took about four minutes to prepare my burger.

Jun 29, 2009
newkai in Chains

Rare Chains in New York City (Findings and Request for Advice)

Oh, wow, that would be the rarest find yet! I'll look into it, thanks for the tip.

By the way, I've expanded these adventures into their own blog, http://fastfoodnyc.com.

Jun 23, 2009
newkai in Chains

Rare Chains in New York City (Findings and Request for Advice)

Thanks, I'll check it out! I love their fish 'n chips. I've seen a few inside Nathan's... Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and Queens Center Mall I believe. Nathan's owns them now so they appear to be stable, yet still very rare.

Nathan's also own Kenny Rogers Roasters for awhile. They sold it last year to a Philippine franchiser, where they're blossoming. Nathan's retained the right to operate them inside Nathan's, however, so there's at least one left (sort of), inside the main Coney Island location.

Jun 23, 2009
newkai in Chains

Rare Chains in New York City (Findings and Request for Advice)

Good point, thanks! There are a bunch in Penn Station. I don't think there are any of the full-size ones where you can watch the donuts fry though, that'd be great.

Actually found a "Dunkin' Deli" in a DD/BR near Houston & Hudson. Apparently it's a leftover from the days when DD owned Togo's. I took some pics: http://newkai.com/weblog/2009/05/lunc...

May 18, 2009
newkai in Chains

Rare Chains in New York City (Findings and Request for Advice)

It's more of an adventure. 9 times out of 10 I do eat at unique non-chain places, but it's more like a puzzle I'm trying to solve.

And some of these chains are so rare in New York City, it's almost like they're one of a kind!

May 12, 2009
newkai in Chains

ALDI's [moved from New England]

Trader Joe's very much feels like an upscale Aldi in the way the aisles are set up.

May 11, 2009
newkai in Chains

Kentucky Grilled Chicken

I got a 6pc of bucket of grilled from my local KFC. Well, they were out of two of the components in the grilled variety, so I got those as fried. I found the grilled tasted much better than the fried. I guess the sodium content is a little high, but not bad at all.

May 11, 2009
newkai in Chains

Rare Chains in New York City (Findings and Request for Advice)

Hi All,

I'm trying to find rare chains in New York City. Either those on the way out or those barely in basically. So far I have:

New York City's last Roy Rogers: The remaining one is right outside Penn Station and eating there is like a trip through time. I wrote up a piece about it here: http://newkai.com/weblog/2009/05/dinner-at-new-york-citys-last-roy-rogers.html

New York City's only Chick-Fil-A: It's in a public area of a NYU dining hall right off Washington Square: http://newkai.com/weblog/2009/05/lunc...

Tomorrow my friends and I are going to check out one of the only two Boston Markets in Manhattan, and then I also have the only NYC Church's Chicken near the PABT on the agenda.

Any suggestions on what else to check out? I'd also value rare casual dining chains, as that will be my next venture.

Thanks for your help!
-Kai

May 11, 2009
newkai in Chains