Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Today's ride on the Capital Region Foodie-Go-Round


INTRODUCING

Menu additions at chains operating in the greater Capital Region.

Taco Bell item
Taco Bell -- Sriracha Chicken Crunchwrap Slider: Shredded chicken with sriracha sauce and Fritos corn chips wrapped in a tortilla and grilled, $1; Spicy Beefy Nacho Crunchwrap Slider: Seasoned beef, nacho cheese, chipotle sauce and Fritos corn chips wrapped in a tortilla and grilled, $1; Loaded Curly Fries: Curly fries topped with warm Cheddar cheese sauce, chopped pepper bacon, shredded Cheddar cheese and Parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce, $2.99 Available through mid- to late-February.

Burger King -- Flame Grilled Chicken Burger: Grilled chicken burger patty topped with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, and white onion slices on a toasted brioche-style bun, $3.79. Availability unspecified.

Popeyes item
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen -- Spice Packed Wings: Batter-fried wings made with a new proprietary blend of spices and peppers, served with spicy pepper ranch dipping sauce, $3.99 Available through January 31.

Sonic Drive-In -- Seasoned Jumbo Popcorn Chicken: Marinated chicken breast pieces covered in extra crispy coating and tossed with one of three flavors: sriracha, garlic Parmesan or honey barbecue, available at a 50 cent upcharge from regular Jumbo Popcorn Chicken, price of which varies by location. Available through February 28.

HONORING

Perreca's, the 101-year-old Schenectady bakery, has plenty of fans locally. But, it apparently also resonates beyond the area. FlipKey, a subsidiary of the travel website company TripAdvisor Media Group, has pronounced it the finest local bakery in New York State. The accolade is part of TripAdvisor's "50 State Series: Best Local Bakeries Worth Traveling For." Curiously, on the Trip Advisor page that allows consumers to post reviews, Perreca's is ranked No. 2 among Schenectady bakeries, behind Villa Italia. Perreca's, co-owned by siblings Tony Perreca and Maria Perreca Papa, is located at 31-33 North Jay Street downtown.

REVAMPING

• The beleaguered Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant chain that has been hit with cases of foodborne illnesses on both the East Coast and West Coast, and come under scrutiny of the federal government, this week announced new food handling methods for its restaurants that includes blanching onions before cutting, adding cilantro to hot rice to kill pathogens, and other preparation techniques. Earlier, it had announced new testing of produce and protocols for suppliers. You can read an update on the situation on the Nation's Restaurant News website.

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