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Wu-Tang Clan partners with White Castle for some insane, intriguing reason Wu-Tang Clan partners with White Castle for some insane, intriguing reason

Why is Wu-Tang Clan teaming up with White Castle? Did their consultants at Wu-Tang Financials suggested it was a good opportunity? We were first alerted of this partnership through a cryptic Instagram post through White Castle’s account featuring the RZA—who apparently is now Sun Ra reincarnated—asking earthlings…

Hey Roger Federer, is a hot dog a sandwich? Hey Roger Federer, is a hot dog a sandwich?

Who is the greatest basketball player who ever lived? Good arguments can be made for either Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Greatest baseball player? If we’re judging by Wins Above Replacement, Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth are neck-and-neck. Football player? Hockey player? Tougher to say. With all those sports, there is…

Last Call: What if we’ve been wrong about weight loss all along? Last Call: What if we’ve been wrong about weight loss all along?

There’s a fascinating article making the round in Huffington Post today, titled “Everything you know about obesity is wrong” by Michael Hobbes. It’s a long read, but a fascinating one, making the case that overweight people aren’t necessarily any more unhealthy than people who weigh less. Yes, we’ve heard that before.…

Kylie Jenner gave us the courage to admit some of the foods we've never eaten Kylie Jenner gave us the courage to admit some of the foods we've never eaten

News that Kylie Jenner has, for the first time in her 21 years on earth, tried cereal with milk has rocked the Twittersphere, in the way meaningless shit on social media diverts our attention like jangling keys in front an infant (For the record, it was Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which receives her seal of approval, and…

Let's make crustacular fried chicken in a cast iron skillet

On this episode of The Fried Chicken Show!, Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen in Chicago returns to The Takeout test kitchen and shows us his techniques of frying chicken. Reed tells us he likes his fried chicken crust darker than most, and he achieves this by frying in a cast iron skillet at 325 degrees…

An unfortunate running list of food-industry sexual harassment and assault accusations [UPDATED] An unfortunate running list of food-industry sexual harassment and assault accusations [UPDATED]

The Time-lauded “Silence Breakers” movement started in September with revelations about sexual harassment and assault accusations against Hollywood uber-producer Harvey Weinstein. Although the original New York Times article containing those revelations led to a virtual avalanche of stories about other alleged (and…

So... best cake? So... best cake?

Actress Chelsea Peretti’s preferred technique of eating cake—by carefully avoiding the frosting in favor of an all-sponge experience—garnered much discussion on Twitter over the weekend.

What’s the best way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken? What’s the best way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken?

Is there anything better than a nicely roasted rotisserie chicken from the store? Just pick one of those bad boys up, and you’ve got dinner already halfway made. Depending on the size of your family, though, you might end up with a few pieces of leftover bird. In honor of our rotisserie chicken smackdown (and we’ve…

It's the store-bought rotisserie chicken smackdown! It's the store-bought rotisserie chicken smackdown!

Ladies and gentleman! Live from Takeout Memorial Coliseum, we’ve got a real slobberknocker of a card for you, pitting three of the hottest store-bought rotisserie chickens against each other in our taste-test main event!

Last Call: Meet the greatest card handler in the world Last Call: Meet the greatest card handler in the world

Longtime Takeout readers may know about my obsession with magic—my first job in high school was demonstrating trick decks at the magic shop at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Even now as a grown adult, I spend an inordinate amount of money on books teaching card tricks and sleight of hand, and I doubt I’ll ever outgrow…

Restaurant staff surprises colleague with amazing birthday gift and you'll easily guess what it is Restaurant staff surprises colleague with amazing birthday gift and you'll easily guess what it is

Let us end this week with a nice story. There’s a restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas called Baja Grill, which prides themselves as being a locally owned restaurant specializing in “Mexi-Cali cuisine.”

What’s the best way to cut a sandwich? What’s the best way to cut a sandwich?

Welcome to The Takeout’s Debate Series. Today, we focus on the most vexing question to confound mankind since whether a hot dog is a sandwich. And that question is... (whoops, the headline already gave it away) what’s the best way to slice a sandwich?

Behold apple cider doughnuts, the surest sign of fall Behold apple cider doughnuts, the surest sign of fall

Thirty-five miles northwest of Chicago is Long Grove, a town that’s earned considerable renown for its apple cider doughnuts. Of all the things your town can become synonymous with, apple cider doughnuts is pretty neat. These doughnuts were sold fresh at a shop called the Long Grove Apple Haus, and they were a…

Last Call: Hello Franklin BBQ, goodbye Cooking Light Last Call: Hello Franklin BBQ, goodbye Cooking Light

For the last three days, The Takeout’s production crew has been in Austin, Texas on a filming assignment. Following the laws of “When In Rome,” our crew agreed we must eat barbecue on this trip. So on our first day, we took a car to Micklethwait Craft Meats in East Austin. Why Micklethwait I had it once three years…

Learn this Michelin-starred chef's technique for supremely crunchy fried chicken

On this episode of The Fried Chicken Show!, Danny Grant—chef of the buzzy Chicago restaurant Etta—pulls out the stops to demonstrate his ambitious take on fried chicken, which involves brining in buttermilk, frying in beef tallow, a duo of finishing sauces.

Reappraising McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese, an under-appreciated chain burger Reappraising McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese, an under-appreciated chain burger

Crapping on McDonald’s is a communal sport. The laws of popularity state anything with mainstream appeal must trigger a backlash, especially for people seeking cachet and credibility. For them, the list of reasons to crap on McDonald’s runs long: That it has become synonymous with paint-by-numbers food assemblage,…

Stop crapping on Cynthia Nixon—lox and capers on a cinnamon-raisin bagel tastes just fine Stop crapping on Cynthia Nixon—lox and capers on a cinnamon-raisin bagel tastes just fine

Today, the media decided to fixate on Cynthia Nixon’s choice in bagel sandwich fillings, because what better way to marshal your reporting resources than embedding horrified Twitter reactions in a CMS and convincing the public it’s an actual controversy?

R.I.P. Subway's $5 footlongs R.I.P. Subway's $5 footlongs

Ten years ago, Subway began offering its best-known promotion: A footlong sub sandwich for $5. You know that jingle. (Our apologies for inserting that between your ears.)

Vegan taco truck owner refused to serve cops and ugghh this story sucks here's a puppy Vegan taco truck owner refused to serve cops and ugghh this story sucks here's a puppy

Does anyone look good coming out of this story? It is, in a sense, a microcosm of our current state of tribalism, where people not on your team are automatically the enemy, and where no shades of grey can exist.

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