Brutally Honest Fast Food Reviews: The Best and Worst of Burger King, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Other Drive-Thru Mainstays

by Marvo and the Staff of The Impulsive Buy

What's in the book?

Putting the "ew" in product reviews.

    • Burger King Reviews
    • McDonald's Reviews
    • Taco Bell Reviews
    • And more!




If you're a connoisseur of fast food, consider this to be your fast food yearbook, allowing you to look back at many of the salty, fatty, and/or sugary menu items you may have passed through your digestive system, but in a non-artery clogging and non-blood pressure raising way...unless you're eating fast food while reading this.

There are dozens of reviews in this book, mostly from fast food behemoths, like McDonald's, Subway, and Taco Bell, but there are also reviews from medium-sized fast food chains, like Jack in the Box and Dunkin' Donuts, and from smaller chains, like Carl's Jr. and Whataburger. Most of the products reviewed can still be found on fast food menu boards, or in the McDonald's McRib's case it comes back every so often for a limited time, but some are buried in the discontinued fast food graveyard, never to be consumed again.

These fast food reviews were originally posted on our blog, The Impulsive Buy (, which is one of the internet's premier websites for junk and fast food reviews. Actually, we're not 100 percent sure the last part of the previous sentence is true, but our cumulative blood pressure and cholesterol levels make us feel like we are.

So who are we?

Well, we're just a bunch of regular folks with semi-decent grammar who have the ability to eat fast food, get sleepy from eating fast food, and wake up from our fast food-induced comas to write about what we just ate. Our writing style is a bit different than other review blogs because we want our reviews to not only educate, but to also entertain. Of course, what we define as entertaining might be different than your definition, so let us put it this way: If The Impulsive Buy was a movie, the Motion Picture Association of America would give us a PG-13 or R rating for a little profanity, some sexual situations, and occasional drug use references.

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We hope you find this ebook useful and entertaining. If you are a dietician who accidentally purchased this book, we've included nutrition facts for almost every item, so it might not be a total loss for you.




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Jack In The Box

As I’ve said many times before, I’m not a fan of Jack in the Box’s tacos because there’s not much filling in them and they’re greasier than a Best Buy employee trying to sell you the extended warranty, TV calibration and the overpriced HDMI Monster Cable to go with your new HDTV. Because of my feelings towards Jack in the Box’s tacos, I didn’t expect much from their new Taco Nachos.

The Jack in the Box Taco Nachos is made up of their regular beef nachos cut up into thirds, placed on a bed of shredded lettuce and topped with a cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack cheese and pickled jalapeno slices with salsa and a plastic fork on the side.

As you can see in the picture above, it looks like the Jack in the Box tacos went partying with Tara Reid, then puked out most of its fillings and ended up lying in its own filth. As you can also see in the picture, the taco shells look soaked which means that they’re either oil sponges or they competed in a wet t-shirt contest while partying with Tara Reid.

If you like Jack in the Box tacos, the orange glow of melted cheddar cheese and jalapenos, you will like the Taco Nachos even though they look like a bastardized version of nachos. I may not enjoy Jack in the Box’s regular tacos, but I did somewhat enjoy the Taco Nachos thanks to the previously mentioned cheddar cheese sauce and jalapenos. Both of them added a lot of flavor to the dish and the jalapenos also gave it a little heat. There were enough jalapeno slices to provide one for each Taco Nacho piece.

At $1.99, the Jack in the Box Taco Nachos is a decent meal or snack. If it was priced at $2.49 or more, it wouldn’t be worth it, since Jack in the Box’s regular tacos are pretty much dirt cheap.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Jack in the Box Taco Nachos, but I guess my heart has a place for radioactive orange cheddar cheese sauce and pickled jalapeno slices. If Jack in the Box’s regular tacos had on the inside what the Taco Nachos had on the outside, I might actually like them.

  • Item: Jack in the Box Taco Nachos
  • Nutrition Facts:  Unavailable on website. I guess they’re all worried about Jack to update their site.
  • Price: $1.99
  • Purchased at: Jack in the Box
  • Rating: 7 out of 10
  • Pros: Surprisingly good. Cheddar cheese sauce and jalapenos make it tasty. Jalapenos provided a little heat. It’s worth $1.99. If you enjoy JITB tacos, you’ll like these. Comes with plastic fork.
  • Cons: It’s not worth it if it’s more than $1.99. Looks like it puked out its filling. Oil soaked taco shells. Aggressive Best Buy salespeople.

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