The Waffle House Index: Determining Storm Severity

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) will be using a strange system to determine how severe a weather system is.  The Waffle House, which is known for serving up it’s namesake at over 1,500 restaurants across the country, as it turns out is a great gauge for how severe a storm was by measuring it’s aftermath.

Green Light: “If the Waffle House was open and had a full menu, it was green because that meant they hadn’t lost power.”


Yellow Light:  “If [it] was open but had a limited menu, it meant that there were more problems, so they were yellow. ”


Red Light: “And if the store was closed, it was red.”



This index has already been used once this year at a storm in Moore, OK – after a deadly tornado had stuck.  This year is expected to be a pretty intense hurricane … Read More »

Get Ready – These restaurants are offering new items

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


On September 9th McDonald’s will be unveiling Mighty Wings.  McDonald’s tested this latest menu item in Chicago and also in Atlanta.  McDonald’s has confirmed that they will be selling the Mighty Wings in orders of three, five and 10 pieces, starting at $2.99.




Burger King

On September 1st Burger King will introduce a French Free Burger for $1!  This will be a standard hamburger that will have four french fries on top of the hamburger patty.  Honestly – this is a little exciting.  For anyone who has ever had a Panini’s Sandwich in Cleveland or a Primanti Bros. sandwich in Pittsburgh we already know that adding french fries to a sandwich is awesome.



Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

Now through November 11th Applebee’s will be introducing three new Honey Pepper Grill items.

Honey Pepper Sirloin

4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders
Honey Pepper Chicken … Read More »

Want to eat healthy? Try the value menu!

Posted on August 28th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Many American’s struggle with eating healthy.  It’s not a secret that we’re mostly overweight.  Right now – more than one-in-three adults are obese.  That trend is worse in some parts of the country than in others.  Surprisingly – the worst offenders are just west of the Appalachians and east of the Mississippi river.

If you’re trying to watch how many calories your body is taking in – you might want to consider eating from the Dollar Menu.  Many of us are fooled every day in to eating options from the premium menu that sound healthy.  McDonald’s Premium Chicken Club sandwich has nearly 600 calories in it and over 40% of your daily fat intake.

Most of us hear the word “premium” and assume that these items are made with higher quality ingredients that are healthier for you.  The sad news … Read More »

Remember that? 5 Fast Foods you’ve probably forgotten about.

Posted on August 26th, by Foodio54 in Family Friendly Restaurants, Top Lists. No Comments

The world of Fast Food is filled with both successes and failures.  We are all familiar with the successes that have become a part of our regular vocabulary.  Big Mac, Whopper, Burrito Supreme… the list really could go on and on.  But, we tend to forget how many failures pave the way for those successes and how difficult it is for large scale restaurant chains to alter or add to their menus at all.

Here at Foodio54 – we wanted to remind you of just a few of those failed attempts that never made the cut at some of the most popular fast food restaurants in America.

1 – McLobster – McDonald’s

Time Period: 1993

McDonald’s has never had much luck trying to add anything to their seafood options.  The McLobster was an attempt to add a menu item for people with dietary restrictions that … Read More »

Nuclear weapons vault hidden under a McDonald’s

Posted on August 21st, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

For decades the location of a secret US government site containing nuclear weapons has been hidden several hundred feet below a McDonald’s in Los alamos, New Mexico.

Los Alamos National Laboratory says that the top-secret facility known as the “tunnel vault” has been declassified and is being shown on lab tours for families of laboratory workers and the news media. The tours are part of the lab’s celebration of its 70th anniversary. The facility, which served as the nation’s original post-World War II nuclear stockpile storage area, was built in 1948 and 1949 in a remote canyon at the weapons laboratory’s Technical Area 41 (not to be confused with Nevada’s Area 51).

The site was protected by a hardened guard tower with bullet proof glass and gun ports that protected a 230 foot tunnel into the canyon wall which would later … Read More »

Fast-Food Workers Go on Strike for Higher Pay

Posted on August 20th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

Last month the headlines were abound with articles ridiculing the proposed budget for McDonald’s hourly employees making $7.25 hourly. The budget journal, a result of McDonald’s joining forces with Visa, proposed that its workers have two full-time jobs and pay as little as $20 a month for health insurance and $600 a month for rent. It was unrealistic and laughed at by all.

Now labor organizers are calling upon fast-food workers across the country to go on strike August 29th to pressure restaurant chains to raise the hourly wage from an average of $8.94 to $15. One-day job walkouts are expected to take place in New York City, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Detroit.

The spokesperson for the website promoting the event,, has stated that companies like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars, Subway, … Read More »

Pop Up Bakeries Building Awareness Around the Globe and How You Can Get Involved

Posted on August 19th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

I’m sure that many of us have found ourselves at one point or another digging into that snickers bar or a slice of the Cheesecake Factory’s Dulce de Leche cheesecake for no reason other than to replace our sadness with something sweet and satisfying. Those moments may often times be fleeting, a quick fix to having a bad day or getting into an argument with a loved one. However, for many of us, they are moments that we struggle with on a daily basis without any glimpse at the light at the end of the tunnel. We walk around hiding our pain from others because when we do expose that pain they tell us to rise above and overcome it as if it is a choice that one can just easily make. This battle that rages inside as many as … Read More »

Family Friendly Fridays in Austin: Kerbey Lane Cafe

Posted on August 9th, by Foodio54 in Family Friendly Restaurants. No Comments

Kerbey Lane Cafe is an Austin staple and since we found out that they make a chocolate chip pancake that is loaded with chocolate chips our daughter has made it her go to place when we ask her what restaurant she wants to go to for dinner.

Tonight was one of those occasions. Kerbey Lane Cafe has been serving up awesome food for over 30 years around Austin. They are open 24 hours a day and have a menu filled with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan friendly options. They are also the only restaurant in town where I can go to get an Iced Tea that is sweetened with Agave Nectar.

Our go-to Kerbey Lane is the Northwest location at 13435 HWY 183 North, Austin, TX 78750. We always sit outside on their patio area. It’s nice and open, they’ve got a bar … Read More »

Celebrity Owned Restaurant of the Week: Beso

Posted on August 8th, by Foodio54 in Celebrity Owned Restaurants. No Comments

Beso is not just the Spanish word for kiss. It also happens to be the Latin American/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean fused restaurant owned by actress Eva Longoria and celebrity chef Todd English.

Courtesy of Beso

Nestled on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Street, this restaurant’s decor lives up to its romantic name. As you walk in through the entrance you are immediately welcomed by Spanish poetry that has been delicately etched in glass along the wall. The blackened windows and candlelit interior help set the mood for the exotic and whimsical night to come.

Courtesy of Beso

After you have made your way to your table and cozied up to your honey under the glamorous dangling chandeliers, open up the menu and treat yourself to Tequila Spa cocktail, infused with tres sietes silver, red grapes, cucumber, lemon, and lime $14. … Read More »

Weird News Wednesday: Test Tube Burger

Posted on August 7th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

I took an environmental philosophy course in college and the professor had us read Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake. Essentially the book takes place after a genetically engineered pandemic wipes out all of civilization. All that is left roaming the world are a number of genetically engineered humans and hybrid beasts.

It has been 7 years since I last read that book and the thought of bioengineering and genetically modified anything still makes me squirm a little bit. So when I woke up Monday morning and read the news to see that the world’s first lab-grown beef burger was cooked and eaten by a couple of foodies, I couldn’t help but immediately shutter at the thought of what we are capable of doing with the knowledge of science.

I don’t want you to think that I am writing this article with … Read More »

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