Four indie food trends stolen by chain restaurants
|Applebee's: Corporate posers|
Entertainment is built on stolen ideas, of course. But so, it seems, is the food industry, especially in recent years. Indie food trends--from food trucks to lobster rolls--aren't immune to being co-opted by big businesses. So we present four indie food trends stolen by chain restaurants and invite you to share others that come to mind.
Applebee's has rolled out a food truck, according to our sister-paper Westword. A bunch of other big business chains are jumping in on the action, too: Cousins Submarines, Tasti D-Lite, and Toppers Pizza have rolled out food trucks across the country, as have big Twin Cities companies like Barrio.
|Ruby Tuesday cocktails|
|McDonald's Lobster Roll: Kind of gross.|
Mini-blizzards at DQ
Here's one we can get behind: Dairy Queen recently unveiled its "mini-blizzard," a "small" version of its infamous Blizzard shake. The large Blizzard large is 1,360 calories of awesome. The mini is "only" 390.
It's hard to complain about this one--though no one who's worried about their health would get a mini-Blizzard, anyway.