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20 09, 2011

Nerd Lunch Podcast 3: Dude, Where’s My Fast Food Mascot?

By | 2017-03-18T03:32:53+00:00 September 20th, 2011|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

In this week's episode, Paxton, Jeeg and CT are joined by Nick, the genius behind DudeFoods.com. Nick explains the origins of DudeFoods, what it's like to go viral, his unique method for conducting a taste test, and more. Later in the show, these four fast food fanatics discuss some of the best, worst and creepiest [...]

26 08, 2011

CT’s Road Trip, part 5: Hello, old friends…

By | 2017-03-17T00:52:50+00:00 August 26th, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

One of the greatest things about returning home is being able to visit all the restaurants you loved, but don't have around your new area. It's been six years, but I still long for several places in the Champaign-area, many of which are fortunately still around. But just as some places go, there are new [...]

28 07, 2011

CUT TO: Twenty Years Later…

By | 2017-03-17T00:52:51+00:00 July 28th, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Twenty years ago yesterday, a 14 year old boy went on his first date with a girl. They went to see Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner then they walked to the local mall and ate at Hardee's. Seven years later, that boy and girl would get married. And thirteen years after that, [...]

22 02, 2011

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Fried

By | 2017-03-17T02:54:10+00:00 February 22nd, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , |3 Comments

Last month Steve Johnson, pop culture writer at the Chicago Tribune, wrote an article about the identity crisis which seems to be gripping some fast food chains. Johnson points to relatively recent events like Subway offering falafel and McDonald’s foray into premium coffee, but this trend is something CT and I have discussed for years. [...]

19 11, 2010

(Nerd) Lunch Special: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

By | 2017-03-17T02:54:11+00:00 November 19th, 2010|Categories: Article|Tags: , |3 Comments

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is another regional burger chain which has garnered loyal fans and high praise. Sort of like In-n-Out Burger, except originating on the east coast instead of the west. Unlike In-n-Out, Five Guys has opened a location in my neighborhood and I was able to drop in for a Nerd Lunch [...]

13 08, 2009

(Nerd) Lunch Special: McDonald’s Angus Third Pounders

By | 2017-03-17T02:54:13+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Categories: Article|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

I was out and about for lunch earlier this week and decided to try one of the new Angus Third Pounders at McDonald’s. As I mentioned in my post about McCafe coffee, I consider cheap prices to be one of McDonald’s cardinal virtues. A $4 premium burger doesn’t meet that criterion, but I’m a sucker [...]

9 04, 2009

(Nerd) Lunch Special: Culver’s ButterBurger

By | 2017-03-17T02:55:15+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The name Culver's probably doesn’t mean anything to those outside the Midwest. The burger chain started in Wisconsin and still has most of their locations in the Upper Midwest. While they offer some uniquely Midwest items like pork tenderloins and fried cheese curds, Culver's specialties are quick seared ButterBurgers and frozen custard. I recently had [...]

11 03, 2009

(Nerd) Lunch Special: The Double-Meat Sandwich

By | 2017-03-17T01:02:34+00:00 March 11th, 2009|Categories: Article|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

In these tough economic times, we're all looking for good deals. A lot of restaurants have been promoting their value menus. You can't go to a McDonald's without seeing their advertising for their McDouble and McChicken, each for only a dollar. Neither are all that great on their own, but together, it's something pretty good.I [...]