New McDonald’s drive-thru is using AI technology to take orders, make suggestions

Will Kreznick

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of changes to restaurants. Since many casual restaurants had to close their doors and switch to take-out only, people were ordering fast food even more than usual. And because the “grab-and-go” factor is already a perk of fast-food restaurants, it was basically a no-brainer for those who hoped grab a meal and maintain social distancing.

Now, McDonald’s, one of the pioneers of modern fast food, has decided to step it up when it comes to efficiency and consistent service. Somewhere in a Chicago suburb, an AI is currently taking drive-thru orders.

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Please tell us you’re as confused by this “healthiest fast food” ranking as we are

Will Kreznick

Outdoor sign for a combination KFC and Pizza Hut

When it comes to fast food, it’s widely understood that an excess of calories can be lurking anywhere, even (or especially!) in the salads. Not that high calorie counts are nefarious in and of themselves, of course; it’s just that if you’re looking for the “lightest” thing on the menu, it might not be as straightforward as selecting the item with the most vegetables or the word “fresh” in the name. Still, we were surprised to receive a press release this week from wellness website HealthyBeat, which ranked the top 20

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Get More Free Chicken Nuggets Than Usual at Wendy’s This Week

Will Kreznick
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Most fast food chains, at this point, have gotten into the free food game—throwing certain complimentary menu items in with your order when you buy something else. Occasionally, you’ll get truly lucky and it’ll be a no-purchase-necessary situation.

Some chains—like Krispy Kreme, for example—are pretty consistent with their food promotions. Theirs typically involve purchasing a dozen of some type of doughnut, and then getting a dozen of their original glazed doughnuts either for free, or at a discount.

But there are also chains, like McDonald’s, that offer a wide variety of free food

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All 15 fast-food chicken sandwiches available in N.J., ranked from worst to best

Will Kreznick

Chicken sandwich war, what is it good for? Definitely not my waistline.

Diets be damned, the chicken sandwich war is back on. Years after Popeyes clucked — sorry, shocked — the world with its chicken sandwich in the summer of 2019, McDonald’s ended the saucy ceasefire by launching a new chicken sandwich of its own last month. Mickey D’s is just one of many fast-food chains to update their take on the dish recently.

It’s World Chicken Sandwich War II.

Back in 2019, I judged the new Popeyes sandwich against the tried and true Chick-fil-A sandwich. In 2021, I I

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15 Best Fast Food Breakfasts

Will Kreznick

McDonalds/Dunkin

Breakfast may be the only time of day to find a redeeming, healthy and purely satisfying fast-food option… that isn’t a salad. If you’re away from your kitchen, or you’ve simply run out of time to make something at home, finding a cup of coffee and a shockingly light breakfast isn’t hard if you know where to look. Current federal health guidelines put an optimal breakfast as being somewhere in the 375-calorie range, chock full of fiber, protein, and healthy saturated fats.

While calorie counting alone isn’t always the way to determine a healthy breakfast, you may be

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