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The podcast about chain restaurants. Comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger review fast food/sit-down chains and generally argue about food/everything.

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The podcast about chain restaurants. Comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger review fast food/sit-down chains and generally argue about food/everything.

    Topical Freeze: Marie Callender's Meals with Cat Solen

    Topical Freeze: Marie Callender's Meals with Cat Solen

    As Topical Freeze, our month of frozen food reviews, concludes, the 'boys are joined by director Cat Solen (The Shivering Truth on Adult Swim) to discuss frozen dinner and pie brand Marie Callender's. And, the debut of a new game show format, Meal or No Meal.

    Sources for this week's intro:

    Fortune 500 Conagra Brands

    https://fortune.com/company/conagra-brands/fortune500/

    Perkins & Marie Callender’s closes 29 restaurants amid bankruptcy filing

    https://www.nrn.com/finance/perkins-marie-callender-s-closes-29-restaurants-amid-bankruptcy-filing

    Conagra Brands

    https://www.conagrabrands.com/brands

    Conagra Brands: Our Company

    https://www.conagrabrands.com/our-company/overview

    Marie Callenders

    https://www.mariecallenders.com/about

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Topical Freeze: Ore-Ida with Jason Mantzoukas

    Topical Freeze: Ore-Ida with Jason Mantzoukas

    Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made?, The Good Place) returns for a Massachusetts deep dive, to discuss the challenges of food allergies, and to review frozen fry brand and Tater Tots inventor Ore-Ida. Plus, the return of beloved quiz segment Pie in this Guy.




    Sources for this week's intro:

    Freedom Fries, Liberty Cabbage & the Myth

    https://www.hppr.org/post/freedom-fries-liberty-cabbage-myth

    When Sauerkraut Became ‘Liberty Cabbage’

    https://medium.com/iowa-history/when-sauerkraut-became-liberty-cabbage-bb84f4369d52

    The History of French Fries

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/the-history-of-french-fries/

    Are French Fries Truly French?

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/food/the-plate/2015/01/08/are-french-fries-truly-french/#close

    Ore-Ida Celebrates 60 Years of the Original Tater Tots® Potatoes

    https://news.kraftheinzcompany.com/press-release/general/ore-ida-celebrates-60-years-original-tater-tots-potatoes

    Apple Pie Is Not All That American

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-apple-pie-linked-america-180963157/

    • 2 hr 15 min
    Topical Freeze: Tina's Burritos with Jamelle Bouie

    Topical Freeze: Tina's Burritos with Jamelle Bouie

    As Topical Freeze continues, writer Jamelle Bouie (The New York Times, CBS News) returns to the pod for a locked down evaluation of the #1 frozen burrito brand, Tina's Burritos. The crew get salty about Pop-Tarts in a new edition of Cereal.

    Sources for this week's intro:

    The Strange History of Frozen Food

    https://www.eater.com/2014/8/21/6214423/the-strange-history-of-frozen-food-from-clarence-birdseye-to-the

    Who invented frozen food?

    https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/who-invented-frozen-food/

    Brrrr. The Secret History of Frozen Food

    https://www.wired.com/2017/05/brrrr-secret-history-frozen-food/

    Oliver Evans

    https://www.fridgefilters.com/fridgepedia-oliver-evans.html

    Clarence Birdseye

    https://www.famousscientists.org/clarence-birdseye/

    Tina's Burritos Website Tastes Best. Cost Less.

    https://www.tinasburritos.com/our-vision

    Birdseye Website

    https://www.birdseye.com/our-story/our-mission/

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Tombstone Week: Tombstone (the pizza) with Blank Check

    Tombstone Week: Tombstone (the pizza) with Blank Check

    Tombstone Week continues (and Topical Freeze begins) as Blank Check Podcast hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims return to review frozen pizza brand Tombstone and to play another edition of Family Food.

    Sources for this week's intro:

    Railroad Maps, 1828-1900

    https://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/connections/railroad-maps/history3.html  

    American Railroads in the 20th Century

    https://americanhistory.si.edu/america-on-the-move/essays/american-railroads  

    Origin of Medford, Wisconsin

    https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS10436 

    History: Medford, Wisconsin (1881)

    https://www.wiclarkcountyhistory.org/4data/97/1035.htm 

    Joseph Simek was a founder of Tombstone Pizza

    http://archive.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/simek-a-founder-of-tombstone-pizza-has-died-g08rrao-192103331.html/  

    Tombstone's success means a piece of the [pizza] pie for everyone

    https://www.minneapolisfed.org/article/1993/tombstones-success-means-a-piece-of-the-pizza-pie-for-everyone 

     A Tasty Tale from 1962 ONCE UPON A BAR

    https://www.tombstonepizza.com/about

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Chipotle 3 with Alan Aisenberg and Mike Castle

    Chipotle 3 with Alan Aisenberg and Mike Castle

    The stars of Netflix's Brews Brothers (Alan Aisenberg and Mike Castle) join the 'boys to review quarantine Chipotle and discuss restrictive diets. Plus, another edition of Spoonman's Treat or Skeet.

    This Week's Sources:

    Multistate Outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 Infections Linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurants (Final Update)

    https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2015/o26-11-15/index.html

    CDC declares Chipotle-linked E. coli outbreak over

    https://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/01/cdc-declares-chipotle-linked-e-coli-outbreak-over.html

    Chipotle Reportedly Believes Its E. Coli Outbreak Came From Australian Beef

    https://www.eater.com/2016/2/5/10922434/chipotle-e-coli-beef-australia

    More than 350 people report getting sick from Ohio Chipotle: Officials

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/350-people-report-sick-ohio-chipotle-officials/story?id=56942423

    People are still terrified to eat at Chipotle — and it's the chain's biggest problem

    https://www.businessinsider.com/chipotle-hasnt-overcome-e-coli-fears-2018-3

    These Numbers Show Chipotle Still Hasn't Recovered From Its E. Coli Scandal

    https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/11/02/these-numbers-show-chipotle-still-hasnt-recovered.aspx

    Leading Mexican restaurant chains in the United States in 2018, by number of units

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/307383/largest-mexican-restaurant-chains-us/

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Pizza Hut 2 with Jen D'Angelo

    Pizza Hut 2 with Jen D'Angelo

    The 'boys welcome Jen D'Angelo (Workaholics, Solar Opposites) for their second full review of Pizza Hut, including the chain's new Big Dipper pizza. And the debut of a new segment, Family Food.




    This Week's Sources:

    Yum! Brands, Inc. history, profile and corporate video

    https://www.companieshistory.com/yum-brands/ 

    Yum! Brands, Inc.

    https://www.yum.com/wps/portal/yumbrands/Yumbrands/company 

    5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Yum! Brands

    https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/04/19/5-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-yum-brands.aspx  

    Yum! to buy Habit Burger Grill

    https://www.nrn.com/mergers-acquisitions/yum-buy-habit-burger-grill  

    Time to Buy Beat-Down Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) Stock? Here is the INSIGHT

    https://investchronicle.com/2020/04/02/time-to-buy-beat-down-yum-brands-inc-yum-stock-here-is-the-insight-3/  

    How Pizza Hut keeps its people and pizzas safe

    https://gulfnews.com/food/how-pizza-hut-keeps-its-people-and-pizzas-safe-1.1587472790712  

    Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs says company working 'urgently' to fix Pizza Hut

    https://www.nrn.com/franchising/yum-brands-ceo-david-gibbs-says-company-working-urgently-fix-pizza-hut 

    Pizza Hut planning to close as many as 500 locations

    https://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20190808/pizza-hut-planning-to-close-as-many-as-500-locations

    Largest U.S. Pizza Hut Franchisee Could Choose Bankruptcy

    https://www.pymnts.com/news/investment-tracker/2020/largest-u-s-pizza-hut-franchisee-could-choose-bankruptcy/

    • 1 hr 40 min

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