Naugles Alert: Soft Opening NEXT WEEK!!!

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Delivering on his promise

The last time we discussed Naugles, Gustavo wrote up the grassroots campaign by food blogger Christian Ziebarth to boot Del Taco's ownership of the defunct Mexican brand. Christian Z.'s next goal: open a Naugles branch. As luck would have it, we recently crossed paths with him while headed to dinner.

Amidst talk of friends and his upcoming nuptials, we inquired about a Naugles update. He responded by saying they're aiming to soft open next week! If you're craving some grub, we've got the all-important details.

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Sweets News: Confetti Italian Ice, Creamistry And Afters Building Next OC Locations

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Photo by Charisma Madarang
Opening closer than you think

If you thought speedy pizza was uber popular, you haven't been paying close enough attention to desserts. The cool stuff is marking its territory-- one brand at a time. Three Orange County originals are branching out a little further on home turf, and we're loving them all.

First up, the Costa Mesa treat that knows how to pair soft serve custards with Italian ice hits the Balboa Fun Zone this weekend. Confetti wants you to visit their sophomore spot over in Newport this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Save us some cookie butter!

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Finding the Perfect Blizzard at the Huntington Beach Dairy Queen

Categories: Chain Reactions

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Josh Chesler
It took almost an hour to finally get this thing, and it wasn't even good.

It's not that I'm a die-hard Dairy Queen fanatic, it's just that it reminds me of my childhood.

While no one has ever looked forward to eating real food at DQ, in every town and city I've lived in, Dairy Queen's ice cream has always been a staple. Whether it was a post-game celebratory Blizzard or an after school pick-me-up, DQ was always there when you needed it. It was the comforting grandparent that didn't judge you for only eating sweets when it has a kitchen full of perfectly fine food.

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Check Out the Future of Hooters (And Win Free Wings for a Year) Monday

Categories: Chain Reactions

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Photo by Ernesto Andrade
I mean, this is why you're going, right?

For the past few years now, the only category of national chain restaurants to grow has been "breastaurants," restaurants like Hooters and the Tilted Quilt which feature.. well, you know. Of the restaurants in that category, Hooters is the largest, but its year-over-year growth has stalled compared to the younger up-starts.

Well, now the future of Hooters is coming to Long Beach and you can check it out (and win free wings for a year in the process).

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In-N-Out Calls Out Bruxie On New 'Protein Style' Sandwiches

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Can we say cease and desist?

On Monday, local waffle sandwich eatery-done-good Bruxie began promoting their new "Protein Style" burger. We took a screen shot in lieu of a mental note, but when we went online later, something was different. Subtle, but it's there. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, you can even click on 'Edited' in the post to read the original text.

The edit got us thinking, so we reached out for an explanation. If you know your In-N-Out terminology-- then you won't be surprised by the response.

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Free Jamba Juice THIS MORNING--Like, NOW. Like, BEFORE 11 A.M.!

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Late brekkie or early lunch? It's still free.

For you, we will cut to the chase. If you're reading this early enough, it's time to schedule a mid-morning break. The free-flowing juice is only happening for TWO hours today. Plus, there's a bunch of small print to go along with it. And Happy 25th Anniversary, Jamba Juice!

Restriction number one: There are only three specific beverages that fall under the "free" category for this deal. They are Tropical Greens, Strawberries Wild and Caribbean Passion. Oh, and product selection may vary by store. Still interested? Then keep reading.

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Fried Pies Are Totally Back at (SoCal) McDonald's

Categories: Chain Reactions

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Photo by Charles Lam
So much better

Remember when I found those rogue McDonald's fried apple pies in Long Beach a few days ago? Well, good news for you all, McDonald's is bringing back fried pies to its Southern California stores. Sorry, rest of America, but that's what you get.

And even more news! Apple's not the only pie they'll be serving.

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Taco Bell's Crispy Chicken is a Fast Food Revolución

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Photo by Ryan Cady
Pictured: Trotsky

By now, dear fans, I'm sure you've read my glowing review of Taco Bell's
new Biscuit Taco breakfast items, and, trusting my dietary expertise, you've bought at least 4 of them. But what you probably don't know is the story behind the story, and the Grand Crispy Chicken Prophecy that emerged from my breakfast adventure.

When I heard that Taco Bell was bringing in Crispy Chicken for one of their breakfast tacos, I knew it was only a matter of time before the delicious, golden-fried goodness invaded other aspects of their menu. When I drove through Taco Bell at 7 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, March 26, I saw no promotional material for the new breakfast items, but my faith was rewarded. I chowed down on my Crispy Chicken Biscuit and wrote another culinary epic, I remarked to my editor - "You know, this changes everything. The Crispy Chicken Revolución has arrived."

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Is McDonald's Bringing Back Its Fried Apple Pies?

Categories: Chain Reactions

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Photo by Charles Lam
Well, look at that

A little history lesson for those of you who've only been eating fast food post-1992. McDonald's didn't always serve doughy-little boring baked apple pies. No, originally the pies were fried and, by all accounts, were vastly superior. The crust cracked, the innards oozed, and it just tasted.. better (it was probably all of that fat).

Alas, with 1992, the baked apple pie came to most American McDonald's, pushing out their fattier older brother (you could still get fried pies at the oldest McDonald's in Downey, some far-flung US franchises, and some McDonald's in Asia). Until now.

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Taco Bell's Biscuit Taco Keeps the Dream Alive

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Photo by Ryan Cady
That's some nice chicken

Remember those Taco Bell Waffle Taco things? And that weird hash brown Crunchwrap majigger? Well, if you don't, surely you've noticed that Taco Bell is inexplicably open when most of its pot-addled clientele is asleep, the traditional American breakfast hours of 6 to 9 a.m., serving up shit that nobody asked for, like a Sausage 'n Gravy Crunchwrap.

Sidebar with me? Isn't it weird that Taco Bell hasn't tapped into "traditional" Mexican breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros, or anything involving chorizo? I mean, nobody expects authentic from the Bell - that's honestly part of its appeal - but if your entire marketing strategy is to make a breakfast that's somehow drastically different from everyone else's, maybe think about working within genre of food you serve? Instead of just making ANOTHER sausage/egg/cheese breakfast sandwich that happens to be shaped differently.)


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