- Beloved fast-food joints are introducing new menu items for one weekend only
- Sonic, Pizza Hut, and Red Robin will have unique concoctions available
- Foodies can get their hands on the meals at the fast food festival, ChainFEST
Sonic, Dunkin’, and Red Robin have announced wild new menu options in preparation for the first-ever fast food festival that will see chains serving up everything from spicy donuts to burger-flavored martinis.
If you can’t get enough of your greasy favorites from restaurants like Pizza Hut, Chili’s, and Jack in the Box, then you’re in luck because ChainFEST, a fair celebrating chain restaurants, is set to be held in Los Angeles, California on December 1 and 2.
The festival will give foodies a chance to try out the unique concoctions the fast-food spots have come up with – including 3-inch pizzas, spiked versions of Sonic’s famous Limeade, and sweet and sour chicken tenders.
The one-of-a-kind menu additions will only be available for the two-day event and are hoping to impress food enthusiasts who are attending the festival to honor the beloved fast food spots.
The various restaurants that the fair will host include Chili’s, Dunkin’, Jack in the Box, Sonic, Red Robin, Pepsi, Panda Express, and Pizza Hut.
Chain, a pop-up series was founded by actor B.J. Novak, Michelin-starred chef Tim Hollingsworth, and a few of their pals. It’s dedicated to paying homage to their favorite fast food joints.
However, the actor and chef took things to the next level by collaborating with chains for the festival.
‘I’ve been fortunate to cook in some of the most celebrated restaurants in the world but working in collaboration with these chain restaurant partners and being entrusted to reimagine such deeply beloved and cherished items is a personal thrill on a whole other level,’ said Tim in a press release shared with DailyMail.com.
The founders are hoping to ignite the ‘nostalgia’ consumers feel when they enter their beloved join during the festival.
And although the feast day is set to make foodies feel right at home with classic menu options, the joints are also putting fun spins on fan-favorite items.
Chili’s will be debuting ‘the ultimate rib sandwich,’ which will feature Snake River Farms baby back ribs, drenched in BBQ sauce and topped with pineapple and jalapeño hot vinegar slaw and stuffed in-between a potato-brioche bun.
The sandwich will be paired with a brand-new Don Julio Tequila x Chili’s margarita.
Meanwhile, Dunkin’ will be sharing three new flavors of donuts, including, a spicy donut, which will be slathered in bacon brittle. Sriracha maple and Chain’s ‘Spicy Bourbon Drizzle.’
In addition to the Spicy Donut, there will also be Sweet and Sippable flavors available.
The Sweet Donut will be topped with crème brûlée, caramel drizzle and crème brûlée sugar.
The Sippable Donut will be an even bigger ‘creative twist’ and feature strawberry icing flavored cold foam layered over Dunkin’ Glazed Donut Cold Brew, topped with rainbow sprinkles.
Jack in the Box will feature wagyu beef tacos, with Chain’s ‘Taco Perfecto’ sauce and Chain’s ‘Super-Secret Umami Shake’ spice blend. The tacos will be fried and crisped in beef tallow and served with Classic Curlies and Chain’s ‘Munchie Sauce.’
The chain will also be serving Curlies and Caviar, which will topped with crème fraiche and osetra caviar and offered exclusively in the VIP Lounge.
Panda Express will be offering three new colors to its Orange Chicken: Szechuan Red, Turmeric Yellow, and Basil-Mint Green – as well as a Classic Orange.
They will be served on a skewer and then crisped to perfection before being topped with Chain’s ‘Umami Crunch.’
When it comes to the beverage company, Pepsi will be debuting a Sweet and Sour Sauce that is made with sweet cherries, citrus, and champagne vinegar. It will be paired with Chain’s Award-Winning chicken tenders.
And although Pizza Hut may seem like it’s downsizing with its 3-inch pies, foodies shouldn’t let their size fool them.
It will debut The Buffalo Chicken Lover’s, which is topped with Chain’s ‘Everything Pizza Shake’ and the ‘Shroom Supreme,’ which is finished with a dollop of truffle ricotta.
Meanwhile, Red Robin will be shaking things up with a beloved burger and a savory cocktail.
The chain will be bringing back the MadLove Redux burger for one weekend. It will feature Chain’s dry-aged beef and bone marrow burger blend, along with a custom ‘parm-jack-mozzarella tuile, candied Nueske’s bacon, housemade jalapeno relish, market-fresh avocados and lemon-lime marinated tomatoes.’
All the delicious ingredients will be stuffed in a Rockenwagner potato-brioche bun.
And good news for vegetarians, there will also be a BBQ VeggieLove mushroom burger available upon request.
To wash down the delicious meal, foodies can sip on a burger in a glass.
The cocktail is made with muddled tomatoes, Ketel One vodka, beef bone broth and pickle brine. It’s garnished with smoked bacon and skewered brioche bun, cherry tomato and a pickle chip with a Red Robin Seasoning Blend rim.
The last fast-food joint at the festival that will be adding unique items to its menu is Sonic.
The chain will introduce the Corny-Crunch Chili-Cheese Coney Dog, which is an all-beef Coney Dog topped with Chef Hollingsworth’s famous FRITOS Pie.
Sonic will also have a Dizzy Cherry Limeade available, which pays homage to the beloved classic beverage.
However, this version will be spiked with Smirnoff Vodka and served with famous Sonic pebble ice.
The last drink available is the Ocean Water Blue Hawaiian, which is another twist on a classic and will be spiked with Captain Morgan Rum and served with pebble ice.
ChainFEST is the world’s first-ever gourmet food festival. And foodies are overjoyed to be attending – with the first 1,500 tickets having sold out in just 30 minutes, forcing those in charge to add the second day to the fair to meet demand.
Although all $75 General Admission tickets are sold out, foodies can still get their hands on VIP tickets for $200, but you’ll have to act quick because fast-food lovers are rushing to get a taste of these limited-edition menu items.
A VIP ticket includes: Access to Postmate’s VIP lounge, which includes Postmates runners to go get your food for you and a private bar, an exclusive dish: Jack in the Box Curlies + Caviar, two comped alcoholic beverages, valet parking, an expedited VIP entrance, and an exclusive piece of festival merch, according to the website.