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Pizza has been one of the most beloved foods to order for decades. The past year's spike in pandemic takeout and delivery proves that's not about to change anytime soon, and one revolutionary pizza chain is setting their stake in the ground to deliver on consumers' love of good pizza, but in a restaurant concept that comes with a modern twist. Here's where they're moving into next.
Blaze Pizza is a Southern California-based pizza chain that opened in 2011 with the idea to become the Chipotle of pizza: customers can call out their pizza toppings as they go, and the pizzas are then baked in a real fire oven and served within minutes. It makes sense that customers love the customized feel that comes from great variety—a choice of five sauces, eight cheeses, and over two dozen possible toppings, including vegan chorizo, "ghost pepper chicken meatballs," more classic meats like bacon and crumbled meatballs, and veggies like artichokes, spinach, and even roasted garlic.
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Did you think barbecue season was just for burgers and dogs?Short of using a dedicated wood-fired pizza oven, placing a pizza stone (or baking steel, more on the difference below) on a hot grill is the best way to achieve a leopard-spotted and chewy crust at home—with lightning fast cook times to boot. Stone and steel are able to withstand extremely high temperatures and hold heat evenly, so the underside of your pie will cook perfectly all the way across, in a fraction of the time it would take in the oven.
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Blaze Pizza's CFO, Brad Reynolds, told QSR this week that while the brand currently has 340 locations in 40 states and six countries, they're looking to greater than double their size by 2025. Blaze restaurants currently occupy parts of California, Texas, Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Philly, New York, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. areas—with locations also in Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and more.
Now the company, in collaboration with two franchisees, have announced their plans to move 16 more restaurants into Tennessee, Florida, and the Austin, Texas area, with their eyes on Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle in the next four years. After that, reports suggest they'll go aggressive to take the brand even wider, with the goal to reach 800 locations by 2025.
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This is even though 80% of Blaze Pizza's business was in-restaurant before the pandemic, and, due to no-dining restrictions during COVID, their annual revenue dropped 22% between 2019 and 2020.
Still, Reynolds says that among the company and their franchisees, there's a strong spirit of determination. "The excitement is there. The passion is there," Reynolds said. "Our brand is really well-loved out in not just the pizza marketplace but fast casual, broadly speaking. We have a really great concept and a great product and people love that, and our franchisees do, as well."
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The Worst Burgers in America
It's no secret most people love burgers—so much so that it's considered a staple in American cuisine, with a burger and fries being one of the most commonly ordered meals in restaurants across the nation. However, at what point is a burger too much? In other words, how far will restaurants go to maximize the toppings on an already calorie-packed meal? We set out to discover which popular restaurant chains are whipping up some of the most caloric, unhealthiest burgers in the country. We can guarantee you'll be shocked to see just how many calories, and how much fat and sodium lie in some of your favorite restaurant burgers.In order to identify the unhealthiest burgers in America, we compiled a list of the most caloric burgers from some of the most popular sit-down restaurants nationwide. The burgers with the most calories, in most cases, also have the highest total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium contents as well.Now, here are the unhealthiest burgers in the country, ranked from bad to the absolute worst of the worst. And after, be sure you're staying away from any of the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!
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20. Red Robin's MadLove Burger
Nutrition: 1,050 calories, 58 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,800 mg sodium, 71 g carbs (5 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 63 g protein
Sure, you may have some mad love
for this burger—we know, it looks pretty delicious—but your waistline and heart will not feel the same love your tastebuds get to experience. At 1,050 calories, Red Robin's MadLove Burger is one of the worst burgers you could order for your health. If you still need your fix of red meat
, order the Keep It Simple
beef burger for 530 calories and a fraction of the fat and sodium.
19. IHOP's Mega Monster Cheeseburger
Nutrition: 1,070 calories, 72 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 2,650 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (3 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 60 g protein IHOP
may be known primarily for its breakfast food items, but have you ever stopped in for lunch or dinner? Their Mega Monster Cheeseburger is chock-full of calories and artery-clogging saturated fat. Can you believe that an over 1,000-calorie burger is the least bad of all? Wait until you see what's to come. If you do decide to pop into IHOP and are craving a cheeseburger, opt for The Classic Steakburger
for anywhere between 520 and 670 calories and nearly half of the saturated fat.
18. Friendly's Honey BBQ Burger
Nutrition: 1,067 calories, 60 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,084 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (3 g fiber, 30 g sugar), 54 g protein
Friendly's Honey BBQ Burger is packed to the brim with calories. It also costs you an entire day's worth of saturated fat and as much sugar as you would get from three Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts. Instead, order Friendly's All-American Burger
for about half of the calories and saturated fat.
16. Red Robin's The Southern Charm Burger®
Nutrition: 1,130 calories, 67 g fat (21 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,670 mg sodium, 82 g carbs (2 g fiber, 43 g sugar), 50 g protein
Red Robin's Southern Charm Burger may be extremely delicious, but beware, because it comes with a price tag—nutritionally-speaking anyways. Aside from being high in calories, fat, and sodium—which are all things you expect from a burger on this list—it also packs a whopping 40 grams of sugar, which contains 9 grams more sugar than a 2/3 cup serving of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia
15. Perkins BBQ Tangler Burger
Nutrition: 1,140 calories, 70 g fat (27 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,690 mg sodium, 75 g carbs (2 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 51 g protein
This burger may be best described as a beast with onion tanglers and bacon sandwiched in between a generous 6-ounce Angus beef patty and buttery brioche bun. It packs a lot of fat too, thanks to the bacon, beef, and sharp cheddar cheese between its buttery buns.
14. Perkins' Patty Melt
Nutrition: 1,170 calories, 78 g fat (32 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,670 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 54 g protein
Perkins dishes up an old-fashioned patty melt, but not one you should eat often. Why? There are over 1,100 calories in this sandwich, and may we remind you that's without any sides. If you must satisfy your hankering for this classic burger, split with a loved one rather than eating the whole thing yourself.
13. Red Robin's Monster Burger
Nutrition: 1,210 calories, 77 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 2,410 mg sodium, 59 g carbs (3 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 72 g protein
This burger isn't dubbed a monster for no reason. Without the fries, this burger costs you 1,210 calories on its own—that's more than half of your daily calories consumed in just one sitting. Toss in a side of steak fries, and you're looking at adding on an additional 360 calories to this already high-calorie meal.
12. Chili's Southern Smokehouse Beef Burger
Nutrition: 1,260 calories, 83 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 2,360 mg sodium, 68 g carbs (4 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 92 g protein
This burger is stacked in smokehouse meats—just look at the size of it! It towers so high from all of the bacon that it needs to be held together by a large steak knife. Just how much is 1,260 calories? For context, you would have to eat almost 120 Lay's Potato Chips
10. Johnny Rockets Route 66 Double Turkey Burger w/ gluten-free bun
Nutrition: 1,380 calories, 100 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,560 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (10 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 70 g protein
The picture only shows one layer of meat, but imagine this burger with two ground turkey patties! This sandwich clocks in at a whopping 100 grams of total fat, nearly a third of which is devoted solely to saturated fat. The gluten-free
bun and the turkey patties actually hike up the calories by a considerable amount. For a healthier option, opt for the Rocket Single Burger
for just 470 calories and 30 grams of total fat.
9. The Cheesecake Factory's Americana Cheeseburger
Nutrition: 1,400 calories, 93 g fat (37 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 3,370 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (4 g fiber, 25 g sugar), 60 g protein
We all know The Cheesecake Factory
offers some of the most caloric pasta dishes and cheesecake slices on the planet, so is this really any surprise that their burgers are just as calorie-heavy? This burger alone comprises just over two-thirds of your daily calories.
8. The Cheesecake Factory Mushroom Burger
Nutrition: 1,470 calories, 102 g fat (40 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 2,700 mg sodium, 72 g carbs (4 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 65 g protein
This burger from The Cheesecake Factory may not look like it's huge, but trust us when we say it's loaded in calories, fat, and sodium. Or, better yet, just refer to the numbers above. For an equivalent amount of total fat, you could eat nearly eight Dove Milk Chocolate Bars
7. Johnny Rockets' Smoke House Double Burger w/ turkey burger on gluten-free bun
Nutrition: 1,490 calories, 100 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 3,690 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (10 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 80 g protein
This burger houses a whopping 100 grams of fat. For perspective, one stick of butter
contains about 92 grams of fat—which means you'd save 8 grams of fat by eating that rather than this meal.
6. Friendly's Triple Decker Bacon Burger
Nutrition: 1,512 calories, 101 g fat (47 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,981 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (1.5 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 103 g protein
Friendly's Triple Decker Bacon Burger packs 47 grams of saturated fat, which is more than double the recommended daily allowance of about 20 grams. Ideally, you should limit your saturated fat intake to just 13 grams
a day to prevent heart disease and stroke
, according to the American Heart Association. Also, this burger is just large and far too excessive for someone to be eating in one sitting.
4. The Cheesecake Factory Bacon-Bacon Cheeseburger
Nutrition: 1,590 calories, 108 g fat (45 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 3,450 mg sodium, 76 g carbs (3 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 78 g protein
The fourth unhealthiest burger you could order is none other than the Bacon-Bacon Cheeseburger at The Cheesecake Factory. You could eat an equivalent amount of sodium that's in this burger by consuming about 1 1/2 tablespoons
of finely ground salt straight from the spoon.
3. Applebee's Brunch Burger
Nutrition: 1,610 calories, 100 g fat (33 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 3,060 mg sodium, 114 g carbs (8 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 66 g protein
OK, we all love a good brunch
, but isn't a burger for a meal enough food on its own? Evidently, that's not the case at Applebee's, because this burger
is topped with the breakfast essentials: two strips of bacon, crispy hash browns, and an egg over easy. It's no wonder this burger is over 1,600 calories! For context, this burger has as many calories as three Big Macs at McDonald's
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2. Applebee's Quesadilla Burger
Nutrition: 1,680 calories, 110 g fat (42 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 3,830 mg sodium, 102 g carbs (8 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 71 g protein
Imagine if a cheesy quesadilla met a jumbo burger…this would be the result. Why have a standard bun when you could have soft flour tortillas enclosing gooey cheese and bits of red bell pepper and onion as the base? This burger packs 110 grams of fat primarily from the mass amount of animal product and animal bi-product that it contains. If you're wondering just how much grams of fat that is, imagine eating about 12 tablespoons
, or more than 2/3 of a cup, of peanut butter in one sitting.
2. BJ'sRestaurant & Brewhouse Hickory Brisket and Bacon
Nutrition: 1,700 calories, 99 g fat (36 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 4,283 mg sodium, 123 g carbs (7 g fiber, 37 g sugar), 76 g protein
If you learn anything from this article it should be this: any burger that's topped with bacon is going to cost you—calories, fat, and sodium, that is. And this burger from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is loaded up with not just bacon, but brisket, too. The result is a meal that comes in at 1,700 calories. Big yikes. You'll want to avoid ordering it, along with any of the sodas on our list of the 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are
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The Takeout staff has long admired contributor John Carruthers for his willingness to do just about anything to make food fun and exciting. Run a beer mile? Make homemade haggis? Electrocute hot dogs? He’s on it! (Quite honestly, we often wish we were invited to some of these events, except for the beer mile.) © Photo: John Carruthers a sausage pizza in a takeout box During the pandemic, Carruthers devoted himself to pizzamaking. He spent months developing a recipe for the perfect Chicago tavern-style pizza.