1. The Loaded Bloom
Adding new meaning to the oft-uttered “Would you like fries with that,” Outback Steakhouse is poised to debut a Bloomin’ Onion-cheese fries mashup that’s been setting off alarm bells across the internet. The Loaded Bloom, inspired by the chain’s “Big Australia” menu, tops its traditional Bloomin’ Onion appetizer with cheese fries, bacon and a spicy ranch dressing, Eater reports.
2. Sriracha Curly Fry Burger
Fries as a garnish gained more traction with this recent debut from Jack in the Box. The Sriracha Curly Fry Burger appeared on the chain’s Munchie Meal menu this spring, Brand Eating notes, offering fry fiends a chance to chow down on a heap of seasoned curly fries with a Sriracha sauce atop a jumbo beef patty.
3. The McFloat
Some McDonald’s units in Seattle and New York City are striving to keep customers cool this summer with their debut of the McFloat, a soda float made using Dr Pepper and vanilla soft serve. While this is the McFloat’s first stint in the U.S., the item has long been available overseas—having been sold using several different kinds of soda, as well as in green apple and iced coffee varieties, Business Insider says.
4. Jumbo Angus Dogs
Aiming for that Southern barbecue feel, Fuddruckers is offering two comfort food-heavy hot dogs as part of its summer lineup. The Jumbo Angus Chili Pie Dog is topped with chili cheese, onions, sour cream and corn chips, while its Loaded sister features chopped bacon, cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream.
5. The Whopperito
Neither burger nor burrito, the latest invention to come out of Burger King is an unexpected marriage of the two. The Whopperito—essentially a deconstructed Whopper rolled up into a tortilla—is being sold at select locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas, NBC News reports.
While the Whopper Dog is currently making its big debut, Burger King told the news outlet there are no plans for a national Whopperito rollout.
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