Thursday, November 7, 2013

On the road and need to strech your food dollars?

Fast food

 How much food can you get from a fast food restaurant with just $5? 

I chose what to order based on what 1) had a high caloric content, because it's important to be, like, all full of energy after eating cheeseburgers, 2) tasted not-bad, and 3) would mesh well with other menu items in the interest of making a full meal for $5. 

To be honest, I have a hard time eating all this fast food in a short period of time so I went to the restaurants website and dug around to find a meal for $5

Restaurant: Taco Bell
What to Order: That there behemoth is the XXL Grilled Stuft Beef Burrito ($3.99), which has eight times the number of calories as your average Doritos Locos Tacos=, easily making it a much better value. And those cheesy nachos ($0.89) are the icing on a cake made of tortilla chips that've been drenched in processed nacho cheese. Despite the best efforts of Bond villains, water continues to be free.
Total Calories: 1150
Cost (pre-tax): $4.88

Restaurant: Wendy's
What to Order: One of the rare cases where ordering a meal is the way to go, we opted for the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgersmall fries, and a small Coke ($3.59 together), all of which left enough cash for the very necessary small chocolate Frosty ($0.99).
Total Calories: 1150
Cost (pre-tax): $4.58

Restaurant: Arby's
What to Order: Why didn't we get the Beef 'n Cheddar? Because they're not cheap, and everyone knows their curly fries ($1.89) are the best thing ever, and I wanted a medium. Besides, the Value Chicken sandwich ($1.59) has a 100 calories more than the roast beef. For dessert, enjoy a Value-size Jamocha Shake, a mix of coffee + mocha flavors ($1.19).
Total Calories: 1200
Cost (pre-tax): $4.67

Restaurant: Panda Express
What to Order: $5 can't even buy you a full entree and a side, let alone an entire panda (we tried), so I opted for the super-filling Beijing Beef ($3.25) on its own, along with a regular soda ($1.59). At least the fortune cookie's free!
Total Calories: 1020
Cost (pre-tax): $4.84

Restaurant: McDonald's
What to Order: There is no restaurant on earth where five bucks buys more. Yeah, I skipped on their famous fries, but in their place, we got two of the best dessert items in fast-food land -- the Oreo McFlurry ($1.69) and a Baked Apple Pie ($0.69) -- plus two enormous sandwiches in the form of a Double Cheeseburger ($1.29) and a Hot & Spicy McChicken ($1.00). 
Total Calories: 1390
Cost (pre-tax): $4.67

Restaurant: Chipotle
What to Order: Five bucks can't buy you a burrito. But it does buy a tasty kid's meal, and one they'll serve to you without asking for an ID. It doesn't have many calories, but it makes up for it in taste, with two soft tacoscarnitaswhite riceblack beanstomato salsachips, and a box of apple juice.
Total Calories: 595
Cost (pre-tax): $4.25

Restaurant: Burger King
What to Order: Yeah, I cheated by seven cents. I hope you carry change. It's worth breaking your very tiny bank for seven additional cents to get Value Fries ($1.19), a BK Bacon Burger ($1.00), a Double Cheeseburger ($1.49), and a chocolate sundae ($1.39). And please, dip the fries in the sundae.
Total Calories: 1210
Cost (pre-tax): $5.07

This was actually a lot of fun to do, definitely an endeavor I am continuing to research and post upon.

Don't get too gluttonous

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