• Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    A Review of Doritos Loaded, Which Aren't Really Food

    Doritos come in multiple forms and dimensions these days. There's the two dimensional-like flat chip option, which have been Street Tacoed, nacho cheese explosioned, Tapatioed, and, more recently, contorted into the taco dimension. On the taco axis, Doritos is often filled with "beef" and sour cream ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Taco Bell Has a New Cool Ranch Doritos Taco, and It's One of the Weirdest Things I've Eaten

    Taco Bell's newest thing is the Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco, and at this point we've strayed so far from the world of actual food that we're in some Jim Henson-like fantasy land. Just saying the full name of the taco in the drive-through felt like I was asking for the delivery of som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Early 2014 Fast Food News Indicates We Actually Live Inside a Stuffed Dorito

    We're nearly three months into the new year, and the most commonly used suffix must be "pocalypse." So, send in Godzilla: these things have all happened in the year-to-date. We've got: - Cinnabon-scented air fresheners - Tacos named after extra, extra large t-shirts

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    The Worst Fast Food Trends of 2013

    At this point, nobody's surprised. It's an uncomplicated idea in the year of 2013 d.t. (doritus tacous): every month, or bi-weekly in some quick food places, a fast food restaurant will release an arm-bracingly intense challenge food, an Inceptiony food inside a food, or a Frankenstenian other food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    The Creator of Doritos Locos Tacos Has Died without a Doritos Locos Penny to His Name

    Todd Mills, creator of the Doritos Locos Taco, one of the most successful fast food creations in history, died on Thanksgiving from brain cancer at the age of 41. He never made a cent on the idea. Mills, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, first pitched Plano-based Frito-Lay with the idea in 2009, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    A Federal Prisoner is Suing Taco Bell for Stealing His Idea for the Doritos Locos Taco

    You've no doubt spent the 14 months since Doritos Locos Tacos were introduced wondering how Taco Bell came up with the brilliant idea of turning the popular chips into popular taco shells. If you just assumed this was the work of a dedicated, and probably high, Yum Brands food scientist, Gary Cole i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Oh Sweet Fancy Moses, Taco Bell is Testing a Waffle Taco

    OK, so there are no more jokes to make about Taco Bell pushing the boundaries of hyperbole with their new fast food items. It's done. It's all done. Can we be done? Somewhere in between Idiocracy references, Inception, the zombie apocalypse and our heads exploding like the guy in Scanners, we're out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Doritos is Actually Making Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos Chips

    Doritos, following the success of Taco Bell's Doritos Locos and continuing the trend of making food taste like more, other foods, is actually making Doritos Locos Tacos Chips which will be flavored like Doritos Chips and Taco Bell's Doritos Locos. Now, let's be clear: Doritos is extracting the flavo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    50 Important SXSW Music Questions

    Editor: We have so many questions in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? 5. How far can you sprint w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Cool Ranch Tacos Are Happening Right Now

    Drumroll starts low ... crescendo ... aaaaaaaand big cymbal crash! The new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos have arrived! Actually, to steal the punch from the cymbal crash, it was available yesterday. You just had to know to ask for it, which I did because I live on the edge of society like that. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Taco Bell to Launch Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos on March 7th

    If you're pregnant and are due in early March, go ahead and schedule things for March 7th. Because then forever and ever and ever (into infinity) you'll be able to say your baby was born the same day as the Cool Ranch Tacos at Taco Bell. People will say, "Ooh, awesome. I totally remember that day! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials Starring Food: 2013 Edition

    Last year, I listed out the ten best food-based Super Bowl ads for you guys. And this year, while everybody else was eating at least a bajillion chicken wings, lamenting over all those poor chickens or tweeting about the "Blackout Bowl," I was diligently watching all the commercials once again. Let' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Doritos Locos Tacos Flavored Doritos: Doritos And Tacos Come Full Circle

    I'd give anything to sit in on one of these marketing meetings. First, Yum Brands Inc., owner of Taco Bell, announced the original Doritos Loco Taco. The finger-staining-orange powder-coated taco sold millions so plans for a Cool Ranch version were announced next. See also: - Fine, Taco Bell is Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The Hot Mess from Jack in the Box, Taco Bell-Flavored Doritos and More Fast Food Crazy

    With the big game this weekend I was trying to find some interesting and gluttonous fast-food options. Nothing insane stuck out, but I came across a few items of note, both in the States and from around our big fat globe. Some of them are good, others awful. Well, actually, they're mostly awful. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Fine, Taco Bell is Going to Release the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, OK?

    Whatever you're doing right now isn't important. Put it down. Earlier this year, Taco Bell teased their nacho cheese-dusted fans on Facebook by announcing a likely 2013 release of the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. Which is their trademarked way of saying, "later there'll be a taco inside a big o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    A Dozen of Our Favorite Posts and Stories of 2012

    As the sands in the hourglass run out here at DC9 HQ, and making year-end lists feels more like penance than pleasurable mental exercise, we thought we'd take a break from quantifying albums and concerts, and instead qualify some of our favorite posts from the last year with an, "Oh man, that was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    The 10 Worst Fast Food Trends of 2012

    If civilization does collapse on Friday, December 21, 2012, which is the day the Mayans were all like Hey guys! Earth's gonna explode in a fiery saucer of flames and stuff!, then any remaining future humans (or any aliens stopping on the burnt husk of Earth to take a leak) will be able to read the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    A Giant Steals a Base and Everyone Gets a Doritos Locos Taco

    What's better than watching the Giants win a game in the World Series? Yep, lots of things. Including a Doritos Loco Taco. (Why are baseball wounds so hard to heal?) Last night when Giants outfielder Angel Pagan stole second base during the eighth inning, he actually stole one for the whole team. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Hey, Bees Producing Blue Honey: Here Are 5 Other Places You Should Steal Sugar From

    Some bees in France are producing blue honey, and the bee people have traced the source of the Smurfness to a nearby biogas plant that processes waste from an M&M factory. The bees are producing blue and green honey because they're picking up the bright-colored, sugary waste. I believe it's called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    (Updated With Photos) Rangers Release Playoff Menu, Including a $32 Boomstick Brisket Nacho Concoction

    Now, throw some brisket, pico and Doritos on top of that, and we're ready for some baseball! Casey Rapp with Delaware North Sportservice, which provides concessions and catering for the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, released a new playoff concession menu this afternoon. It's available at tonights g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Taco Bell is Testing a Flamas! Taco Shell after Selling 200 Million Doritos Locos Tacos

    Some kids want to fly jet planes when they grow up, others want be a firefighter with a Dalmatian named Smokey that sleeps at the foot of the bunk and can slide down the fire-station pole. When I grow up, I want to be this girl: "A few days ago, Taco Bell invited The Register and the folks at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    The "Man Aisle" in Grocery Stores. For Men. And Aisles.

    Babies get an aisle. And dogs get an aisle. And the entire store is designed for women. So, it seems only fair that men should at least get their own aisle, right? First question though, what should be on the man aisle? The Westside Market in New York City (the Upper Westside, if it matters) laun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Rangers Announce Doritos Topped Nachos And Boomstick Eating Conest

    If you've having trouble selling a menu item, your best bet may be to put Doritos on it. The Texas Rangers just announced the latest snack to follow the much lauded boomstick. Totally ROSSome Nachos will boast tortilla chips covered in white queso, pico de gallo and a choice of shredded meat heaped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    One Hundred Million Tacos With A Side Of Burlesque: This Week In Where The Hell Is My Lipator

    Summer is picking up and that means the arrival of tomatoes that taste like nature intended. Not those lifeless cottony numbers picked while green and sprayed with ethylene, but those glorious summer orbs ripened right on the vine and delicious enough to be eaten all on their own. It's a good time t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Taco Bell Sold 100 Million Doritos Locos Tacos in 10 Weeks. Plus: Doing the Dew for Breakfast

    Earlier this week, Nancy Luna, "Fast Food Maven" of the Orange County Register, reported that Irvine, California-based Taco Bell sold 100 million Doritos Locos Tacos in ten weeks, which is the largest product launch in Taco Bell's history. Introduced on March 8 of this year, the 100 million orange t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Cool Ranch Doritos-Flavored Tacos Coming to Taco Bell This Summer. Whew.

    Do you remember where you were the first time you tried Cool Ranch Doritos? It was 1986, Goose and Mav were killin' karoke in Top Gun, "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Papa Don't Preach" were hits, and parachute pants and leg warmers were both in style. And Cool Ranch Doritos?! Damn, those were good times. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Dear Taco Bell, This is How It's Done: The Bacon Taco Shell

    Down at SXSW this past week, which was pretty well Cool Ranchified with junk-food advertisements, one of the day parties was sponsored by The Bell. They were giving away free Doritos Locos tacos by the crate. Sounds fantastic, right? The problem, of course, is the Doritos Locos taco shells carry t ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012
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    March 20, 2012

    A Sucker For Your Marketing: A Conversation

    When Observer Web Editor Nick Rallo and I shuffled down to SXSW last week, we both noticed the same thing: The somewhat icky marketing that seems to have inundated the Austin music festival, to the point where even the fans themselves were part of the brand. Here's an excerpt of a conversation we ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, our indefatigable music critic staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests, to down-right lame. Below, you'll find their submissio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Five WTF Examples of Marketing at SXSW

    During SXSW, and especially in the last five years or so, Sixth Street turns into one long, strange sensory overload. People nearly give you eyeball papercuts trying to get their fliers in your hands, before they're promptly tossed on the ground. If you get the right combo of marketing types holleri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Doritos Locos Tacos Spur a New Level Of Food Shame

    I was hoping that eating a Doritos flavored taco would inspire a few grafs of humorous prose, but instead it just spurred sorrow. Now, sitting at my desk after enduring my arterial assault, I feel depressed. I won't call Taco Bell's creation good or bad. It tastes exactly like what you'd expect: An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Taco Bell is Making Taco Shells from Doritos

    Last year, in an open letter to Taco Bell, we politely pointed out that it would conquer Earth and neighboring planets if it went national with the taco shell made entirely of Nacho Cheese Doritos (mostly because we wanted one). Well: hot, hot news everyone. Yesterday, Foodbeast reported that they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials Starring Food

    This year, like most years, the multi-million-dollar-slinging advertising competition known as the Super Bowl was largely dominated by those in the motor vehicle category. But if you were paying close attention, somewhere between the David Beckham ogling, flipping back and forth from the Super Bowl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    The 10 Worst Fast Food Trends of 2011

    Denny's Mac and Cheese Big Daddy Melt, which was part of their "Lets Get Cheesy" Menu​Last year, Planet Earth sorrowfully asked mankind "Why, dear peoples, why?" after the invention of something sinister and bizarre: KFC's Double Down. Well, congratulations, 2011: You are the mind-fuck of a fast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    P-nutty's: A Dallas Stoner's New Best Friend?

    ​It's Saturday morning, 2:30 a.m., and after a night of partying at Sfuzzi you find yourself on your couch, more stoned than a Snoop Dogg's bus driver, and in desperate need of a candy bar. Who you gonna call? P-Nutty's Snack Delivery Service. The new Dallas-based home-delivery company recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Celebrate National Taco Day With Free Tacos -- Or, Better Yet, Ones You Pay For

    Pollo Campero is celebrating National Taco Day by rolling out a new line of tortillas stuffed with Peruvian grilled chicken, crispy seasoned chicken, fresh cooked bacon, panela cheese and salsas. All three Dallas locations of the International chain will offer a free Campero Chicken taco to diners a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Five Doritos Flavors That Should Be Poured Out for Creator Arch West

    ​The AP reported Monday that the creator of Doritos, Arch West, passed away in Dallas on Tuesday. West's daughter told the Dallas Morning News that the family plans on "tossing Doritos chips in before they put dirt over the urn." We're so sad to hear about the passing of the Doritos creator. Dori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Dear Taco Bell: If You Build The Taco Shell Made of Doritos, People Will Come

    Via FoodbeastA taco shell made entirely of Nacho Cheese Doritos? The memories will be so thick, we'll have to brush the crumbs from our faces.​Dear Taco Bell, Don't keep this a secret. It needs to be out there. Surely, there's a lot on the line after the great meat fiasco of 2011, and this co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Taco-Flavored Doritos Are Insulting

    ​I had wanted to write a review of the limited-edition taco-flavored Doritos when Frito-Lay released them for the Super Bowl. Alas, I wasn't quick enough and missed out on the special. Or so I thought until my wife came home with a bag of the stuff. Splashed across the top left corner are the ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Pantry Raid: Six Snow-Day Meals

    Save the carrot. It may keep you alive.​Holy crap, it's snowing! Who could've seen that coming? (Shut up, Everyone's Parents.) We're excited for the snow day, but once the roads froze over we were a little concerned that a grocery run wasn't an option in the near future. So, it's time to bust ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Beef Jerky Outlet: Herbivore's Nightmare, Carnivore's Dirty Dream.

    ​ Beef Jerky Outlet 4441 Bass Pro Drive #500 Garland 972-203-2337 Try: cherry cheesecake popcorn Don't try: Buffalo Bob's kangaroo jerky In Garland out by the Bass Pro, there's a beef jerky outlet creatively named Beef Jerky Outlet. There, you'll find a beef jerky shop clearly created by som ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    A Baker's Dozen of Authentic Munchies Recipes

    From​Last week, we discussed The New York Times' article on "haute-stoner cuisine" and, in response, we offered up some dishes from local restaurants that totally speak to the high mind.This sparked (ha!) some discussion regarding much more low-brow, what's-left-in-the-pantry culinary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Ten Food Names that Are Designed to Kill You

    The KFC Double Down, which is what you bet to eat it.​Last week, like the Doomsday Clock in Dr. Strangelove, the KFC Web site started a countdown to the release of their new and terrifying sandwich.The big reveal came on Monday. The sandwich is two fried chicken breasts sandwiching bacon, cheese ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Whitt's End: 2.12.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *The combo of weather and injuries and chicken shits is diminishing NBA All-Star Weekend. No Kobe Bryant. No Allen Iverson. No LeBron James in the dunk contest. Silver lining: Mavs' icon Dirk Nowit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Rocco's Uptown

    Rocco's Uptown 2916 McKinney Dallas, TX 75204 (214)871-9207 Promised delivery time: 30 minutes Actual delivery time: 60 minutes Ordering online and not worrying if you will be put on hold listening to Kenny G : 20 Singing along with the website's Italian music while I ordered : 30 Comment box rem ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    January 7, 2008

    Landon Austin Up for Super Bowl Air Time

    For those who have been on pins and needles about the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, the company announced three finalists today, one being from Big D, based on nationwide online votes. The contest, which started back in October, asked unsigned artists to submit an original song and vid ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007
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