The Evolution of a Relationship – Ordering At A Restaurant

Posted on January 30th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we wanted to share some simple truth’s about how we order at restaurant depending on where you are in a relationship. Does any of this ring true for you?

How we order at a restaurant when we’re still single

How we order at a restaurant on the first date

How we order at a restaurant after you’re in a relationship

How we order at a restaurant when you’re married

How we order at a restaurant when you’re single again

America’s Fattiest Salads

Posted on January 29th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments


The time has come when salads (which are supposed to be good for you right?) have finally surpassed many of the items on the menus known to be bad for you. This is either a good thing or a bad thing. I mean its bad that you may be ordering something completely horrible for your body when you think its healthy. But, it’s also good when you can tell your wife that you’re ordering the healthy option and it happens to be the 1/4 pound cheeseburger with bacon and fries. So without much further adieu here is a list of some of the worst salads out there now.

5. Applebee’s

Oriental Chicken Salad -Reg size

709 Calories, 25g fat, 72 carbs

4. Ruby Tuesday

Carolina Chicken Salad

880 Calories, 62g fat, 31 carbs … Read More »

Chef’s Spotlight: Ned Elliot – Foreign & Domestic

Posted on January 28th, by Foodio54 in Chefs. No Comments

Ned Elliot, the executive chef at Austin’s Foreign & Domestic, is used to cooking great food. Ned grew up in a house where cooking was a family affair and his next door neighbor just happen to be the chef for a local French restaurant. According to the company website Ned was raised by his two mothers Sandra and Linda, who shared their love of gardening, cooking and baking with him.

Sandra the cook, taught Ned about the importance of fresh ingredients. From Linda, the baker, Ned learned patience. Both taught him that life should be about continuous learning, a philosophy that was reinforced by Chef Ducasse and his mentor Chef Doug Psaltis.

When it comes to learning how to cook Ned feels that hands on experience is the best way to go:

“I would say forego the culinary school. I went to CIA, … Read More »

How To Raise The Menu Prices For Your Restaurant

Posted on January 25th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

At some point in time if you own a restaurant you are going to have to raise your menu prices. This can be a difficult task for any restaurant and with the economy still limping and the cost of food rising it is something that you should be preparing yourself for. Most restaurants have to contend with a budgeted customer who will notice and be upset if menu prices change for the exact same dish. We live in a culture that expects prices to remain the same on everything – so if you go about raising prices the wrong way you can expect some back lash. In a world where social media and customer reviews can make or break a restaurant you need to be sympathetic to … Read More »

Free Large Papa John’s Pizza If You Can Correctly “Call” the Coin Toss for the Super Bowl

Posted on January 24th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

Last year millions of Americans were praying to the Football Gods that the Coin Toss in Super Bowl XLVI would land on “Heads.” Much to their satisfaction the coin toss did land on heads and Papa John’s gave away tons of Large Pizzas and they’re preparing to do it again this year.

Unlike last year’s contest, this year Papa John’s is letting you choose the Coin Toss for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and if you win – You get a free Large Pizza!

Each fan will vote “heads” or “tails” as individuals at www.papajohns.com or at the brand’s Facebook page, ensuring a free large one-topping pizza for those who correctly call the Super Bowl coin toss. Just for voting Papa Johns is going to give you 35% off!

For you Trivia Heads – Here is a Break Down of Every Superbowl … Read More »

Successfully Buying Your Own Restaurant Franchise

Posted on January 23rd, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

So you’re thinking about taking the plunge and opening up your own restaurant franchise. Well – the first thing that most restaurant owners will tell you is to reconsider. Running a restaurant can be one of the most challenging careers in the world. So do whole lot of soul searching before you dive in and buy one.

There are a lot of options out there and a lot of things to begin planning. The secrets to successfully evaluating any food franchise is to clearly identify the skills necessary to succeed, then make sure you either have them or go do something else. The food business can be very rewarding to a person who has the right blend of skills necessary to make the business work, and these operators are among the most respected in all of franchising because of their success.

There … Read More »

Chef’s Spotlight: William “Bick” Johnson – Bald Headed Bistro

Posted on January 22nd, by Foodio54 in Chefs. No Comments

William “Bick” Johnson, the executive chef at the Bald Headed Bistro, has just recently been named to the list of the 2013 Best Chefs in America. The list, which will be published in March interviewed more than 5,000 chefs to find the best of the best, located Mr. Johnson at the Bald Headed Bistro where he has been a staple since the restaurant opened in 2004.

“I was surprised by the honor and am very humbled,” said Mr. Johnson. “The Bistro has earned a reputation as being one of the nation’s most sophisticated high-end restaurants, but to be included on this list of the top chefs in America is something I didn’t expect.”

William is able to pull from his eclectic work experience and create dishes that will truly make your mouth water.

According to the Bistro’s website Chef Johnson has worked in … Read More »

Dollar Menus Are Shrinking

Posted on January 21st, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Remember the days when you could pull up to just about any fast food window and order a dozen items for 99 cents off the Value Menu? So do I, but those days seem to be coming to an end. Many fast food restaurant chains are obviously having a tougher time with their Value Menus as they continue to shrink.

Pull up to a Wendy’s drive through these days and you will notice that the “Value Menu” is actually GONE! It’s been replaced with the “Right Price, Right Size Menu,” which has some of the familiar faces on it like the jr. cheeseburger, but has been slimmed down. Some former dollar items are now higher: The Junior Cheeseburger Deluxe (with lettuce and tomato) is now $1.19, and the small Chili continues rising in price, now up to $1.49

This change isn’t coming … Read More »

The 10 Most Bizarre Foods That McDonald’s Sells Around the World

Posted on January 18th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

McDonald’s is perhaps the most recognized food brand in the world. It has over 31,000 restaurants in 119 countries worldwide and serves over 45 million people daily. Knowing this, it would probably still surprise most of you that McDonald’s does not sell the same Hamburger and Fries options that it does here in the States in all of its stores around the world. Now, you can still typically get a Big Mac or a Quarter Pounder in every McDonald’s like you would here in Austin, but in some places you won’t find it anywhere on the menu.

In India, a country that is predominately Hindu, you wouldn’t expect to find many people chomping on hamburgers (Hindus believe cows are sacred) in fact you won’t find many people eating meat altogether.

In Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia beef is also unpopular and pork … Read More »

Eating Out After Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted on January 2nd, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

The Ball has dropped in New York and we’re finally in to a brand new year. Right now we’re all planning our new year’s resolutions and certainly many of us will have eating “healthier” as one of the top things that we hope to accomplish this year. According to USA.gov eating healthy food sits near the top of the list of Popular New Year’s Resolutions. While just a little less than half of us make a resolution every single year – almost 10% of us attain those resolutions. So if you haven’t made a resolution yet… go ahead and join the other 156 Million of us and write something down and attain it.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to sit in your house every day eating nothing but Bran and dried fruit. In the spirit of eating healthy, but … Read More »

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