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Authentic Mexican Fast Food is Headed to Downtown Baltimore

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Tacos al Pastor, on the menu at R&R Taqueria. Image via R&R Taqueria.

R&R Taqueria plans to open a new location in downtown Baltimore.

‘I’ll Have A Burger, Fries and a Large Fluorinated Chemical, Please’

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Is “food-non-stickage” worth the health issues?

A bunch of smart scientists sampled 400 fast food wrappers and boxes and found that many of the big fast food chains have used unhealthy fluorinated chemicals in their packaging. The group published its findings in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Their conclusion helps to explain how we all have “fluorinated chemicals” in our blood.

Burger King Tests New Fast Food Options in Maryland

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Been craving a corn dog from Burger King? Me neither. But in the off chance you were, today is your lucky day: The fast food chain is testing out two new options, grilled hot dogs and corn dogs.

Surprised Customer Gets Bag of Marijuana with Fast Food Order

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Photo via Gawker
Photo via Gawker

In case you haven’t checked recently, marijuana is not on the menu at Sonic. But when Carla McFarland ordered some food from the fast food chain’s drive through in Frederick, that’s exactly what she got–an order of fries and a small bag of weed. (Cue a series of “happy/unhappy meal” headlines.)

Baltimore City’s First Chick-fil-A to Open in Canton

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Chick-fil-A — the formerly anti-gay-marriage purveyors of bepickled chicken sandwiches are opening their first location in Baltimore City, likely in April. The restaurant is popping up at the Canton Crossing on Boston Street.

If you’re one of the first 100 adults in line on opening day — to be determined — you’ll receive 52 certificates for free Chick-fil-A meals. But be warned, if you’re used to McDonald’s Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the Chick-fil-A version might take some getting used to; apparently, they put their pickles under the chicken filet.

Chick-fil-A Protests Spread to the University of Maryland

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As you no doubt have heard by now, Chick-fil-A’s president supports “the biblical definition of family” — that is, one man, one woman. (Presumably, those pro-concubine biblical verses don’t apply.) When he gave an interview saying as much, the internet erupted in protest (and support). And now, the hubbub has spread to the University of Maryland, where some students are petitioning to get the on-campus Chick-fil-A shut down. But are they being hypocritical?

Classic Maryland Burger Joint to Reopen in Aberdeen, Abingdon, and Fallston

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“Everybody goes to Gino’s”

Since fabled Dundalk-born burger chain Gino’s, founded by a couple Baltimore Colts in the late ’50s, was obliterated in the ’80s (with most locations converting to Roy Rogerses and others turning into KFCs or simply being shut down), the fast-food joint’s reputation had grown to legendary status. Spontaneous tributes to the chain’s signature “Gino Giant” (“a banquet on a bun”)*, as well as its advertising slogans and graphic design, spring up all over the Internet. And there are multiple Gino’s-themed Facebook groups. And apparently, over 120 “Gino’s alumni” held an informal reunion as late as 2002.

Subway Tests New Fake Meat Sandwiches on Baltimore

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I’ve been a vegetarian for around a decade and a half now, and during that time I’ve probably eaten at a Subway fewer times than I can count on one hand. Every time, it’s the same:  I’ll get tempted by the wafting smell of fresh-baked bread (do they pump that scent through the vents on purpose?!),  then remember that the Veggie Delight sub is 80% limp iceberg lettuce.

But, my vegetarian/vegan/adventurous-palated brethren, weep now longer: Subway has decided to try and corner the vegan corner of the fast food market, and they’re testing their new fake-meat offerings in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. So if you’re ethically opposed to eating animals but your mouth still waters at the idea of a Sweet Riblet on Roasted Garlic Bread, you’re in luck.

The three new vegan options — the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek, and the Italian Black Bean sub — are so far available only at a few test locations (listed below). DCist ventured out for a sample, and has both positive (“I had no problem wolfing down” the Sweet Riblet) and negative (“the ribs emerge from a vacuum-sealed pouch that’s quickly microwaved before being unceremoniously plopped on your choice of bread”) things to say. We’re reserving our judgment until we get a taste of our own.

Where to Eat at BWI Airport

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With the summer travel season upon us, our friends at Eater have put together a a guide to eating and drinking at BWI Airport.

“It can be hard to find something good to eat at the airport, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to search around. But, there are a few gems out there if you know where to go,” the guide reads.

The guide includes info about all of the restaurants in each terminal, and recommendations for where to go if you have some time to kill, or if you just need a quick bite on the way to the gate.

MD Senate Clears the Air: No Smoking for Parents with Kids in the Car!

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After a spirited brouhaha of a debate, the Maryland Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal for a driver or passenger to smoke in a vehicle containing a child under age eight, according to a story by Michael Dresser in The Baltimore Sun. Senators voted 27 to 19 to send the bill to the House of Delegates, but not before arguing over the proven ills of secondhand smoke versus the rights of adults to be free of government meddling while riding (and lighting up stinkies) in their vehicles. If such a law comes to, well, pass, police officers will have the right to pull over drivers who are puffing away whilst toting tots — smokers who should have known better sworn to pay a $50 fine. Opponents argued in session that the bill’s passage represents a slippery slope toward an absurd Big-Brother-ish level of government control.

“Cheeseburgers are next,” warned Senate Minority Leader E. J. Pipkin, an Upper Shore Republican, according to Dresser’s brief story. “The cheeseburger police will be here and they’re going to be saying that some child shouldn’t be going to McDonald’s after school.”

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