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 »

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 »

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 »

Michelin Mondays: Hatfield’s in Los Angeles, CA

Posted on August 5th, by Foodio54 in General, Michelin Award Restaurants, Top Lists. No Comments

Foodio54 Co-Founder Andrew Glass is in Los Angeles this week on business so I thought we would go ahead and feature a LA- based Michelin award winning restaurant in honor of that. Plus, I figured we could give him something to drool over

In last week’s article, Deleyla Dreams of Jiro’s Sushi, I broke down the various Michelin star ratings and what they mean. This week’s restaurant pick, Hatfield’s, is a one-star Michelin award recipient. This means it’s a great restaurant, the food is consistent and has high standards, and is definitely worth a visit. So if you live in LA or the surrounding areas then this restaurant needs to be on your list of go-to places to eat.

Hatfield’s. Photo Courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Hatfield’s is the creation of culinary couple Karen and Quinn Hatfield. With their … Read More »

NYC Soda Ban: Totalitarianism or A Positive Step in the Fight Against Obesity?

Posted on August 1st, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

It seems like these days the government is all up in everyone’s business, most specifically on what we are and are not allowed to do with our bodies. Texas and Ohio have been in the news with their  crack down on a woman’s right to choose and Mayor Bloomberg more recently has been fighting tooth and nail for his right to ban large sugary drinks from being served to the people of his city. It appears that these individuals in power are riding on a very slippery slope, so the question then becomes to what extent are we going to allow them to determine what we do with our bodies?

Obesity is an epidemic in this country. I for one am someone who has a hard time putting down the Agave Nectar Sweet Tea served at my local Coffee … Read More »

Sandra Bullock is a Hottie and Owns Two Restaurants to Boot

Posted on July 31st, by Foodio54 in Celebrity Owned Restaurants, General. No Comments

I love Sandra Bullock. If there was a woman that I could choose to settle down with and make babies with, it would be Sandra Bullock. She is gorgeous and timeless. No matter what day of the week it is she looks absolutely flawless. She speaks two languages fluently, has the cutest little boy, and is an Academy-Award winning actress. She is a hottie with a body and I happen to live in the city where she owns Bess Bistro and Walton’s Fancy and Staple.

Sandra Bullock. Courtesy of Zimbio.

Now I have wanted to eat at both establishments since I arrived in Austin two years ago, but I am absolutely terrified at the small possibility that she may happen to be there when I go. Like I said before, I would bend down on one knee, ask … Read More »

Cinco de Mayo in Austin, TX

Posted on April 29th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday that celebrates the victory over invading French forces in 1862. Today it’s celebrated all over the world with parades, traditional Mexican food and drinks.  It’s often confused as the Mexican equivalent of the Fourth of July, but it is actually more of a moral victory.  Mexico declared it’s independendence on September 16, 1810.  You may already be planning where you want to go out and get some drinks on Cinco de Mayo here in Austin, but you may not have started thinking about where you want to grab something great to eat.

Here in Austin we have a lot of great options available to us for great Mexican food, but we have put our critical taste buds to the test to provide you with a list of the best in town.


Taqueria Arandas


The service is … Read More »

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