Loosen Your Belt, It’s Time For The 9 Most Calorie-Filled Restaurant Meals Of 2015!

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While fast food gets a lot of negative attention for serving up less-than-healthy burgers, fries, chicken, and McRib meat, Whoppers and Big Macs have nothing on many of the meals you’ll get at a typical chain restaurant. Just about every item on the latest list of casual dining calorie bombs would be enough for a full day on its own. [More]

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Dear Sonic: Please Don’t Store Any More Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns Next To The Toilet

Imagine you’re at a fast food joint and you’re taking your young child to the bathroom. Of all the possible things you could find in the lavatory, one of the least-expected would probably be whole trays of buns for hamburgers and hot dogs. [More]

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70% Of Americans Want All-Day Access To Breakfast So Why Can’t It Happen?

It’s 1 p.m. as I write this and I haven’t eaten since early yesterday evening. I’m consumed with mental images of syrup-slathered waffles and piping-hot savory sausages, and the data says I’m not alone in craving breakfast in the afternoon. So why aren’t more fast food places making this a reality? [More]

Between 2009 and 2013, the sodium levels of this KFC meal actually increased by 11%, according to the CSPI survey.

While Other Restaurant Chains Cut Down On Sodium, KFC Meals Have Been Getting Saltier

With an increased concern about the role high sodium levels play in high blood pressure, kidney disease and other health issues, a number of restaurant chains have been attempting to cut back on the salt in recent years. A new review of meals from 17 of the nation’s most popular fast food and family eateries shows that most chains are slowly reducing the amounts of sodium in their food (though it’s still very high), while a small number of others have actually gone the other direction. [More]

Customer Surprised Because Sonic’s Menu Doesn’t List Chicken Strips With A Side Of Marijuana

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Today seems to be the day when fast food customers end up with surprises in their food, like Cracker Jack! But not as fun/innocent: First it was a fried hand towel at KFC, and now a Sonic customer says she found a plastic baggie of marijuana in her order of chicken strips and fries. [More]

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Now that we know where all the bars are (hey, Wisconsin), where’s an American supposed to get a burger after a few beers? It’s back to the maps, with this handy illustration of which of the seven major burger chains is closest, depending on where you live. Mmm, crunching numbers. [via FlowingData.com]

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Watch Sonic Drive-Thru Employee Take Orders In Fake Indian Accent, Offend Customers

When A. made a recent visit to Sonic for some delicious smoothies, she couldn’t quite believe what she heard coming through the drive-thru speaker. The employee on duty was taking her order in an exaggerated fake Indian accent. She began recording, since no one would really believe that this had happened otherwise. No one could be that stupid and/or racist, right? [More]

The Consumerist Quiz: Test Your Fast Food Calorie IQ

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Earlier this week we told you about the most calorific appetizers, entrees, and desserts at the nation’s biggest sort-of-but-not-really Italian chain restaurants. While most of those dishes were well into 4-digit territory, most of us chow down on fast food more than we do at casual dining restaurants. [More]

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Sonic Is Really, Really Sorry About That “Scalp The Redskins/Feed Them Whiskey” Sign

Someone at a Missouri Sonic Drive-in chose to express both their support for the Kansas City Chiefs and their utter ignorance by using the restaurant’s sign to post a message that combined nearly every offensive Native American stereotype into one garbled statement. [More]

Sonic Gives Me Half-Off Discount For Large Shake I Wasn’t Charged For In The First Place

Discounts on non-existent shakes are super tasty.

Here at Consumerist we hear all kinds of troubling tales from readers trying to cash in on advertised discounts and instead, getting the runaround. That’s why we were pleased to hear that Jared had the complete opposite experience during a recent trip to Sonic, wherein he actually got more of a discount than was advertised. [More]

Serenading The Drive-Thru Attendant Will Guarantee Your Order Is Perfect & Filled With Goodwill

Try to contain your giggles while watching a guy serenade the drive-thru attendant over the microphone as he orders his food at Sonic. The squees are impossible to suppress: Armed with a guitar, a smile and the ability to improvise lyrics in response to the attendant, this guy surely got some extra love put into his order. [More]

Sonic Calls Emergency Meeting, Can't Serve You Any Dinner

Sonic Calls Emergency Meeting, Can't Serve You Any Dinner

John and his fiancée wanted some fast food for dinner, and went to the drive-thru at their local Sonic. But they didn’t get any food. They didn’t get served at all, because the restaurant suddenly closed for a mysterious meeting that left confused customers to head elsewhere for their dinner. [More]

Should Restaurants Charge Extra For Not Putting Ice In Your Soda?

Should Restaurants Charge Extra For Not Putting Ice In Your Soda?

Drink enough fountain soda and you’ll eventually get handed that cup full of ice with a slight hint of drink filling in the few gaps. And then there are people with sensitive teeth who find it painful to drink beverages with ice in them. These are both reasons that some customers go the “no ice” route when buying drinks. But some restaurant owners think you should sometimes have to pay extra for that privilege. [More]

McDonald's Employees Stand Outside New Sonic To Remind People McDonald's Exists

McDonald's Employees Stand Outside New Sonic To Remind People McDonald's Exists

Up until the other day, there was only one Sonic restaurant in the entire state of Connecticut. And now that a second one has opened, the locals are showing up to see if they like it. But the staff at a nearby McDonald’s decided to turn a problem into an opportunity by standing outside the new Sonic with signs directing hungry diners to the Golden Arches. [More]

Sonic Testing Online & Mobile Ordering System

Sonic Testing Online & Mobile Ordering System

A handful of Sonic Drive-In restaurants are taking part in test program called Sonic On the Go that allows customers to order remotely online or using their smartphones and have the food ready for pick-up at the eatery. [More]

Buy A Burger At Sonic, Get A Free Hooker

Buy A Burger At Sonic, Get A Free Hooker

Forget that racist Domino’s delivery slip or that Kroger receipt long enough to have a ticker-tape parade. The freebie offer on this receipt from Sonic takes the cake. [More]

Should A Kid's Meal Have 973 Calories?

Should A Kid's Meal Have 973 Calories?

McDonald’s may be the fast food chain most are associating with the recently approved kid’s meal regulations in San Francisco, but when it comes to calories in meals targeted to youngsters, the Golden Arches is nowhere near the worst. [More]

VIDEO: Sonic Drive-Thru Gets Eaten By A Massive Sinkhole

VIDEO: Sonic Drive-Thru Gets Eaten By A Massive Sinkhole

Ever wonder what it would be like if the ground opened up and swallowed a Sonic whole? Well the people of Cleveland, GA, almost got to see just that when much of their local fast food joint — along with the parking lot of the neighboring car wash — sunk several feet into the earth earlier this week. [More]