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Chick-fil-A to test 5 new menu items, including quinoa bowls, healthy breakfast options

Chicken chain Chick-fil-A will introduce new, healthy items to its menu, including quinoa grain bowls and a protein smoothie.

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Two new items will hit test markets across the country on Monday.

The first of many new options to hit select menus are the Harvest Kale and Grain Bowl and the Egg White Grill Grain Bowl.

The Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl features a hearty blend of red quinoa, white quinoa and farro, roasted butternut squash and diced apples on a bed of chopped kale, according to a Chick-fil-A press release. It is topped with a goat and feta cheese blend and tart dried cherries, served with a blend of roasted nuts and a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 

The Egg White Grill Grain Bowl includes the same grain blend of red quinoa, white quinoa and farro, plus scrambled egg whites, grilled chicken and a Monterey jack and cheddar cheese blend.

"While we will always serve the classic menu items we're known for, we are also excited to try new ingredients that we hope will satisfy our customers' requests and allow us to stay on-top of new flavor trends," said David Farmer, vice president of menu strategy and development. "Our new Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl and Egg White Grill Grain Bowl are nutritious, hearty options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We hope customers in the test markets think they're delicious; we can't wait to find out what they think to help determine if these items should be added to menus nationwide."

The Egg White Grill Grain Bowl and the Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl will be offered at participating restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Tampa, Florida, and Huntsville, Alabama.

Three other breakfast items will be offered at Chick-fil-A locations in New York, New Jersey, San Diego, Columbia, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. later this year.

The Hash Brown Scramble, which can be served in either a bowl or as a burrito, the Egg White Grill Bowl and the Berry Protein Blend breakfast smoothie will be offered for a limited time during breakfast hours this fall. 

The Hash Brown Scramble includes Chick-fil-A Hash Browns, scrambled eggs, a Monterey Jack cheddar cheese blend and a choice of sliced Chick-fil-A Nuggets or sausage. It is served with jalapeño salsa. 

The Egg White Grill Bowl contains freshly scrambled egg whites, a Monterey Jack cheddar cheese blend and sliced grilled chicken. It is also served with jalapeño salsa. 

The Berry Protein Blend is a breakfast beverage made with chia seeds, ancient grains, mixed berries and yogurt. It is handspun with a small amount of Chick-fil-A's Icedream ice cream and topped with granola. 

"More people are eating breakfast away from home, and we want to meet the needs of our guests by providing breakfast options that span a variety of nutritional needs, tastes and ingredients," Matt Abercrombie, senior consultant of menu development, said in a press release. "In addition to our classic breakfast offerings our customers know and love, like our Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit or Chick-n-Minis, we're excited to offer three new breakfast items for our customers to try and help us determine whether or not we launch them nationwide."

In July, Chick-fil-A introduced the Egg White Grill, a lower-calorie a breakfast sandwich comprised of egg whites and cheese on an English muffin. It replaced the spicy chicken biscuit. Customers can also order the Chicken Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwich on the newly added English muffin.

A breakfast packed with 25g of protein and only 300 calories. #NotThatCrazy A photo posted by Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@chickfila) on Aug 1, 2016 at 7:12am PDT

The company also altered its sauce flavors earlier this year.

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Women find worms in food at 2 McDonald's restaurants

Two women recently took to social media to post photos of worms that they found in their food after eating sandwiches from McDonald's.

Tuesday, Lacey Jo Lovett, of Kentucky, said she finished eating a McChicken from a McDonald's restaurant in Draffenville, Kentucky, when she picked up a piece of lettuce on the sandwich wrapper and found a worm. 

Just ate a McChicken from draffenville mcdonalds and picked up the last piece of lettuce on the wrapper and this was below it!!!! Are you serious!!!!Posted by Lacey Jo Lovett on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Just two days prior, Madison Stephens had experienced a similar situation at a McDonald's in Mayfield, Kentucky, 25 miles away.

Stephens said she took her 1-year-old son to the restaurant and ordered a fish sandwich and a cheeseburger. 

Stephens ate half her fish sandwich when she said a worm fell out of it and started crawling towards her son's food.

"If I hadn't seen that worm, my son would have eaten that because it was already on top of his sandwich," she told WPSD.   "That's how close he came to eating it."

Stephens said that initially, restaurant employees said they couldn't do anything about the order since she couldn't find her receipt.

She said she later complained to McDonald's officials, who sent her a $10 gift card in the mail.

But for Stephens, the gesture seemed like "a slap in the face," WPSD reported. She said she doesn't want money, but rather an inspection from the health department.

"That scared me, and as a mom, I don't want another child to have to experience something like that," she said.

"Food quality and safety are a top priority for us. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to gather all facts and resolve the matter," a McDonald's spokesman said in a statement following the incident.

Saturday, Michael Love, the owner-operator of the two restaurants, said he's been unable to substantiate Lovett's and Stephens' claims. He said inspections of the restaurants by health officials did not uncover any of the problems raised by the customers, the Associated Press reported.

So, got a fish sandwich and a cheeseburger for Brody and I and look what falls out my sandwich. I am COMPLETELY disgusted and will not be eating Mayfield McDonald's anymore. I thank God my son didn't eat this!Posted by Madison Stephens on Sunday, August 21, 2016

Women find worms in food at 2 McDonald's restaurants

Two women recently took to social media to post photos of worms that they found in their food after eating sandwiches from McDonald's.

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Tuesday, Lacey Jo Lovett, of Kentucky, said she finished eating a McChicken from a McDonald's restaurant in Draffenville, Kentucky, when she picked up a piece of lettuce on the sandwich wrapper and found a worm. 

Just ate a McChicken from draffenville mcdonalds and picked up the last piece of lettuce on the wrapper and this was below it!!!! Are you serious!!!!Posted by Lacey Jo Lovett on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Just two days prior, Madison Stephens had experienced a similar situation at a McDonald's in Mayfield, Kentucky, 25 miles away.

Stephens said she took her 1-year-old son to the restaurant and ordered a fish sandwich and a cheeseburger. 

Stephens ate half her fish sandwich when she said a worm fell out of it and started crawling towards her son's food.

"If I hadn't seen that worm, my son would have eaten that because it was already on top of his sandwich," she told WPSD. "That's how close he came to eating it."

Stephens said that initially, restaurant employees said they couldn't do anything about the order since she couldn't find her receipt.

She said she later complained to McDonald's officials, who sent her a $10 gift card in the mail.

But for Stephens, the gesture seemed like "a slap in the face," WPSD reported. She said she doesn't want money, but rather an inspection from the health department.

"That scared me, and as a mom, I don't want another child to have to experience something like that," she said.

"Food quality and safety are a top priority for us. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to gather all facts and resolve the matter," a McDonald's spokesman said in a statement following the incident.

Saturday, Michael Love, the owner-operator of the two restaurants, said he's been unable to substantiate Lovett's and Stephens' claims. He said inspections of the restaurants by health officials did not uncover any of the problems raised by the customers, the Associated Press reported.

So, got a fish sandwich and a cheeseburger for Brody and I and look what falls out my sandwich. I am COMPLETELY disgusted and will not be eating Mayfield McDonald's anymore. I thank God my son didn't eat this!Posted by Madison Stephens on Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bon Appetit names Atlanta’s Staplehouse as America’s Best New Restaurant

When a restaurant opens its doors, its owners hope it will succeed. But in the case of Staplehouse, a restaurant located in an unassuming brick building at 541 Edgewood Ave., in the Old Fourth Ward, its owners probably never dreamed that their concept would garner such national aplomb.

 

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Today, Bon Appetit magazine declared Staplehouse America’s Best New Restaurant of 2016. Staplehouse topped the food magazine’s Hot 10 list, which it whittled down from the 50 contenders it named earlier this summer. (Inman Quarter restaurant Bread & Butterfly was the other Atlanta restaurant included in that list.)

 

Since opening in September of last year, Staplehouse has earned high reviews, including three stars from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was also a 2016 James Beard Award finalist for Best New Restaurant, with executive chef Ryan Smith getting a James Beard nod as a semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast.

 

Staplehouse was also recently included in Eater’s annual list of the Best New Restaurants in America and named to the top of GQ’s Best New Restaurants of 2016 list.

 

Co-owner Jen Hidinger even graced the May 2016 cover of Entrepreneur magazine.

 

The accolades are the culmination of a tragic story with a happy ending. The restaurant is the brainchild of Jen and Ryan HidingerRyan Hidinger passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer, but during his medical treatment, the Atlanta restaurant community rallied around the Hidingers to raise funds for his bills. Such an outpouring of support led to the founding of the Giving Kitchen, a not-for-profit charity that provides emergency grants to metro Atlanta restaurant workers. Staplehouse serves as the profitable arm of the Giving Kitchen.

 

Bon Appetit deputy editor Andrew Knowlton determined the magazine’s Hot 10 list along with fellow editor Julia Kramer. Knowlton stated that the Staplehouse story “tugs at your heart,” but that “you don’t have to know this story to appreciate a meal at Staplehouse.” He said it earned top honors because “the restaurant, the area, the food (Smith) was doing, flew in the face of all my expectations of Atlanta and the South.”

 

“I was so amazed with the complexity and layer of flavors,” said Knowlton, who grew up nearby in Alpharetta. Of Smith’s approach to new American cuisine, he said, “His food reads simple on the plate, but if you start asking questions, you are like, ‘Jeez, there’s a lot involved in that.’ That’s the brilliance of the food. Most people won’t find it intimidating. You don’t need a Ph.D. to eat it, but it has the technique of a high-end, Michelin-star (restaurant).”

 

Knowlton cited food, plating, wait staff knowledge, music and lighting among the determining factors for Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants list, but also passion. “Passion starts with the chef, owner, maitre d’ and trickles down to the bartender, waiter and host,” said Knowlton. “At the end of the day, you can tell who is trying, and those people usually succeed.”

Chipotle announces plans for burger restaurant

First Burger King started selling hot dogs. Now Chipotle has announced plans to stir things up by expanding its burrito and taco offerings to burgers with a new restaurant called Tasty Made.

The restaurant is set to open in Lancaster, Ohio, this fall.

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Tasty Made's menu will be mostly limited to burgers, fries and shakes, and the restaurant will aim to promote better, cleaner food and ingredients -- just like Chipotle. 

"Early fast food burger restaurants generally had focused menus," Chipotle CEO Steve Ells said in a release. "We think there's great strength in that original fast food model and wanted to create a restaurant built around that. Making only burgers, fries and shakes with really great ingredients, we think we can appeal to people's timeless love of burgers, but in a way that is consistent with our long-term vision.

"Tasty Made will use Responsibly Raised brand beef (from animals that are raised in more humane ways and without the use of antibiotics or added hormones), shakes made with real ingredients including milk, cream, sugar, eggs and other natural ingredients, and fresh-made buns that are free of preservatives, dough conditioners and other artificial ingredients."

Chipotle, which found success in positioning itself as an alternative to traditional fast-food chains, has been struggling to win back customers after a series of food scares in past years.

Chipotle has already ventured in the direction of different cuisines. In 2001, the company opened an Asian food restaurant called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, which has 15 locations. The company also operates a pizza chain called Pizzeria Locale, which has five locations.

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There's a Krispy Kreme doughnut-flavored soda

If Coca-Cola Freestyle machines don't give you enough drink options, there's a new soda on the market: Cheerwine Kreme.

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Consumers can expect a soft drink that combines Cheerwine's cherry flavor soda with the taste of a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut. 

"All that’s missing to crown it king junk food is a glob of Paula Deen’s butter floating on top," Grub Street wrote.

The beverage will only be available in Georgia and the Carolinas, but a 20-ounce bottle can be purchased for $7.50 here.

Deals and freebies for National Ice Cream Day

What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than by indulging in some cool, delicious -- and most importantly discounted -- ice cream? 

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July is National Ice Cream Month, and the middle of the month marks National Ice Cream Day. 

This year, get a sundae on Sunday, July 17, when certain retailers will offer deals and freebies. Some won't even make you wait until Sunday -- Uber is offering a sweet deal on Friday.

Here's what to look out for: 

Baskin Robbins: Customers can receive a free upgrade to a waffle cone with any ice cream purchase during the month of July. The ice cream chain will donate a portion of all ice cream proceeds on Sunday to the United Service Organization.

Blue Bell: Try the newest flavor, Cookie Two Step, released Friday nationwide.

Carvel: Carvel will give customers a free cup or cone on Sunday with the purchase of one of equal or larger size.

Cold Stone Creamery: Members of the eClub can receive buy one, get one free coupons.

Friendly's: The restaurant's monthlong Sprinklefest offers discounts on frosted treats.

Marble Slab Cream Creamery: Marble Slab will offer a buy one, get one deal Sunday until 1 p.m.

Monkey Joe’s: Guests at select locations of the indoor kids play centers get free ice cream cups while supplies last on Sunday.

PetSmart: Participating PetSmart PetHotel locations will give out free ice cream samples to dogs on Sunday. 

Uber: On Friday, July 15, people in 400 cities around the world can have Magnum ice cream bars delivered to them by Uber, free of charge. Free deliveries are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

6 foods to try in Cleveland during the RNC and where to find them

The Republican National Convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland from July 18–21. 

But whether you're in the area before the convention, during it or afterwards, the city boasts many delicious foods for hungry visitors to fill up on. 

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The city’s food culture is heavily influenced by its Chinese, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Slovenian and German immigrants, as well as African-Americans and other ethnic groups.

Here are some of the best places to eat in Cleveland and what you should order, according to Dayton.com: 

10 Ga. restaurants where your meal is free (if you can eat it all)

A previous version of this story included Bigshow Burger in Statesboro, now permanently closed.

There are few things better than a free meal. We're not saying it will be easy, but check out these 11 Georgia restaurants where your meal is actually free if you finish it all up.

1. The Brett's Beast Burger Challenge - 3190 Atlanta Hwy #11, Athens

Price: $40

 You've got one hour to devour a huge 6-pound patty with several toppings served between a giant bun. If you win, not only is your meal free, but you're officially a member of Brett's Casual American's Wall of Fame.

2. The Cannon Brew Pub's Turning Blue Burger Challenge, 1041 Broadway Rd, Columbus

Price: $30

30 minutes to devour three burger patties, three slices of cheese, eight strips of bacon – all served with chili cheese fries. If you win, you go home as a newly inducted member of  The Cannon Brew Pub's Wall of Fame, with a free t-shirt and of course, a free meal.

» RELATED: 4 places to order to-go on the Atlanta Beltline

3. Bearfoot Tavern's Bear Mace Wing Challenge, 401 Cherry St, Macon

Price: $10

Here's the challenge: Gobble up 12 wings in 15 minutes. If you think that sounds pretty easy, you should know that eating these wings has been described like feeling like you're actually being maced. If you survive, you get to go home with a free meal, hat and beer and you're automatically inducted into Bearfoot Tavern's Wall of Fame. 

4. Mazey's 3lb Hamburger Eating Challenge and Mazey's Spicy Wing Eating Challenge, 105 Marie Church Rd, Dublin

Hamburger challenge: $25; Wing challenge: $18

Can you eat a three-pound burger topped with several toppings and two pounds of fries in under 40 minutes? How about 10 wings in under 20 minutes — with your fingers licked clean and the remaining hot sauce nowhere to be seen? If you win, your meal is on Mazey's Restaurant and you go home with a t-shirt. 

5. The Peach Pit's Quad Burger Challenge, 2505D Plant Ave, Waycross

Price: $25

Not only will you get a free meal and leave a newly inducted member of The Peach Pit's Wall of Fame, the winner of the challenge also gets to leave with $75 cash. All you have to do is eat a 10-inch, 4-pound burger loaded with toppings and another pound of fries — all in one sitting.

6. B&D's Bring it on Burger Challenge, 13 E Broughton St, Savannah

Price: $35

You have 35 minutes to eat up three 1-pound patties with veggies and a pound of fries if you want to go home with your picture on B&D Burgers Bar & Grill's Wall of Fame, a free t-shirt and of course, your meal paid for.

» RELATED: 7 Atlanta veggie burgers even a carnivore could love

7. The Square Pub's T-Rex Burger Challenge, 115 Sycamore St, Decatur

Price: $30

All you need to do is eat a stacked burger with three layers of beef (and toppings) served with cheesy tater tots. If you can do this in under 30 minutes, your meal is on the house at The Square Pub and you're now a newly inducted member of the restaurant's Wall of Fame.

8. Big Pie in the Sky's 30-inch Carnivore Pizza Challenge, 2090 Baker Rd A-103, Kennesaw

Price: $50

Don't worry, you don't have to devour this 30-inch gigantic pizza all by yourself. You can bring a friend to help. The pizza weighs 11 pounds and is loaded with meat toppings. If you and your friend win, not only is your meal free and your picture on Big Pie in the Sky's Wall of Fame, you win a whopping $250 cash prize to share.

9. The So Ba Pho King Challenge, 560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta

Price: $25

Eat two pounds of meat, another two pounds of noodles and yet another two pounds of broth with vegetables in under one hour and you get a paid meal, free t-shirt, picture on So Ba Vietnamese Restaurant's Wall of Fame and a $100 gift card.

10. The 2' Big Easy Grille "Not So Easy" Sandwich Challenge, 1193 Collier Rd NE, Atlanta

Price: $65

You have one hour to eat a sandwich two feet long loaded with meats and toppings and three small sides if you want your free meal, a free t-shirt and the pride that goes along with your picture on Big Easy Grille & Bar's Wall of Fame.

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