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The podcast about chain restaurants. Comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger review fast food/sit-down chains and generally argue about food/everything.

270 Episodes
Unlocked! THE SCALE

Unlocked! THE SCALE


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As Topical Freeze, our month of frozen food reviews, concludes, the 'boys are joined by director Cat Solen (The Shivering Truth on Adult Swim) to discuss frozen dinner and pie brand Marie Callender's. And, the debut of a new game show format, Meal or No Meal.Sources for this week's intro:Fortune 500 Conagra Brands & Marie Callender’s closes 29 restaurants amid bankruptcy filing Brands Brands: Our Company Callenders
Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made?, The Good Place) returns for a Massachusetts deep dive, to discuss the challenges of food allergies, and to review frozen fry brand and Tater Tots inventor Ore-Ida. Plus, the return of beloved quiz segment Pie in this Guy.Sources for this week's intro:Freedom Fries, Liberty Cabbage & the Myth Sauerkraut Became ‘Liberty Cabbage’ History of French Fries French Fries Truly French? Celebrates 60 Years of the Original Tater Tots® Potatoes Pie Is Not All That American
As Topical Freeze continues, writer Jamelle Bouie (The New York Times, CBS News) returns to the pod for a locked down evaluation of the #1 frozen burrito brand, Tina's Burritos. The crew get salty about Pop-Tarts in a new edition of Cereal.Sources for this week's intro:The Strange History of Frozen Food invented frozen food? The Secret History of Frozen Food Evans Birdseye's Burritos Website Tastes Best. Cost Less. Website
Tombstone Week continues (and Topical Freeze begins) as Blank Check Podcast hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims return to review frozen pizza brand Tombstone and to play another edition of Family Food.Sources for this week's intro:Railroad Maps, 1828-1900  American Railroads in the 20th Century  Origin of Medford, Wisconsin History: Medford, Wisconsin (1881) Joseph Simek was a founder of Tombstone Pizza  Tombstone's success means a piece of the [pizza] pie for everyone  A Tasty Tale from 1962 ONCE UPON A BAR
The stars of Netflix's Brews Brothers (Alan Aisenberg and Mike Castle) join the 'boys to review quarantine Chipotle and discuss restrictive diets. Plus, another edition of Spoonman's Treat or Skeet.This Week's Sources:Multistate Outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 Infections Linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurants (Final Update) CDC declares Chipotle-linked E. coli outbreak over Reportedly Believes Its E. Coli Outbreak Came From Australian Beef than 350 people report getting sick from Ohio Chipotle: Officials People are still terrified to eat at Chipotle — and it's the chain's biggest problem Numbers Show Chipotle Still Hasn't Recovered From Its E. Coli Scandal Mexican restaurant chains in the United States in 2018, by number of units
The 'boys welcome Jen D'Angelo (Workaholics, Solar Opposites) for their second full review of Pizza Hut, including the chain's new Big Dipper pizza. And the debut of a new segment, Family Food.This Week's Sources:Yum! Brands, Inc. history, profile and corporate video Yum! Brands, Inc. 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Yum! Brands  Yum! to buy Habit Burger Grill  Time to Buy Beat-Down Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) Stock? Here is the INSIGHT  How Pizza Hut keeps its people and pizzas safe  Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs says company working 'urgently' to fix Pizza Hut Pizza Hut planning to close as many as 500 locations U.S. Pizza Hut Franchisee Could Choose Bankruptcy
Podcasting titan Kevin T. Porter (Good Christian Fun, Inside Voices) returns to the show for a post Easter discussion of spiral cut ham purveyor Honeybaked Ham. Plus, the debut of Spoonman's solo segment, Treat or Skeet.Sources:How Easter Ham Became a Delicious Tradition Do We Eat Ham on Easter? of Easter Ham Trends Things You Should Know Before Eating HoneyBaked Ham Honey Baked Ham Co.: About Us
For the second show of our swing through the Rockies, Besty Sodaro (Duncanville, We Love Trash) joins for a review of Denver's own burger and shake spot, Good Time Burgers. Mitch reveals a secret and has a big surprise for Wiger. Recorded live at Comedy Work South, Denver in the before times (3/11/2020).
The 'boys are joined by Betsy Sodaro (Duncanville) to review local Salt Lake City favorite, Crown Burgers. Recorded Live at Wiseguys Comedy Club in the before times (March 10, 2020).Sources for this week's intro:Jazz History Stars Jazz Media Guide Meets the Patty in Utah local legacy behind family-owned Crown Burgers Kettle: Connecting With the Past Through Food Burgers' Story
For the finale of Munch Madness 2020, Michael Daniel Cassady and Paul Rust (Don't Stop or We'll Die) return for the remote recorded finale of the Tournament of Chompions where we decide the single best menu item at McDonald's.
The Tournament of Chompions approaches the final stretch as Nicole Byer (Nailed It!, Newcomers) returns to eat through the Elite Ate, spelled A-T-E, to decide the ultimate McDonald's menu item. Plus, an artisan root beer Drank or Stank.Sources for this week's intro:'March Madness' crowns its first men's NCAA Champion Madness history - The ultimate guide's Basketball's Basketball Season: A Reporter Remembers 1994-95 CU Women's Team Brief History of March Madness tournaments canceled over coronavirus
Podcasting royalty Paul F. Tompkins (The Neigborhood Listen, Threedom) joins for the second round of Munch Madness 2020: The Tournament of Chompions - Mac Attack as we tackle the second half of the still alive McDonald’s menu items. Plus, our DoughCenter anchor Carl Tart gives a recap of the snacktion so far. And, we taste test Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s decadent new BFC.
The Fifth Annual Tournament of Chompions begins as Doughboys favorite Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, ActionBoyz) returns for the first round of Munch Madness: Mac Attack. Tournament commissioner Evan Susser (Fist Fight, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins to oversee and officiate as Gabrus and the ‘boys taste and judge 64 McDonald’s menu items.Sources for this week's intro:Under the Golden Arches: McDonald’s Logos through The Years’s Speedee: Down to just two . . .'s: 60 years, billions served's Corporation tragic real-life story of the McDonald brothers Founder (2017) Ray Kroc Became an American Villain Website: Our History
The 'boys are joined by Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino (Off Book) to review the Canadian burger and root beer institution, A&W. Plus, a Canadian Snack or Wack. Recorded live at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver.Sources for this week's intro:Making Medicare: The History of Health Care in Canada, 1914-2007 Birth of Medicare Not-So-Straight Story & The United States (Bizzarre Borders Part 2) Restaurant History! wants cage-free eggs in 2 years and that means rapid change for farmers chain celebrates 50 years of rings, root beer National Zero Waste Council Story, Is A Good One.
The Habit with Emmy Blotnick

The Habit with Emmy Blotnick


Emmy Blotnick (The Colbert Show, Conan) joins the boys to try recent Yum! Brands acquisition, the Santa Barbara founded burger chain The Habit Burger Grill. Plus, a fresh new edition of Ch-Ch-Ch-Chips Inhale.Sources for this week's intro:'The Sideways Effect': How A Wine-Obsessed Film Reshaped The Industry (2004) IMDB History of Habit Burger Burger Chain Sold for $375 Million Burger Co-Founder Brent Reichard Savors Best-Taste Honor things to know about Yum Brands’ newest acquisition, The Habit Burger Grill Burger Grill Website
Toni Charline Ramos joins the 'boys to review Seattle fried chicken institution Ezell's. Plus a brand new segment. Recorded live at the Neptune Theatre.Sources for this week's intro:Garfield High School Through the Years Public Schools: 1862-2000: Garfield High School President Felled by an Assassin and 1880’s Medical Care Inside the Shop Making Oprah's Favorite Fried Chicken's feeds the community more than just chicken Most Life-Changing Fried Chicken in America Is...’s Website, Really Good Fried Chicken’s Eat, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The 'boys are joined by Mike Hanford, Jefferson Dutton, and Tim Kalpakis (The Sloppy Boys) to review SF based French style bakery, Boudin. Plus, a live edition of the Wiger Challenge. Recorded live at Cobb's Comedy Club for SF SketchFest.Sources for this week's into:There’s gold in them thar hills by Jonathan Jackson The California Gold Rush, 1849 from EyeWitness to History The California Gold Rush from PBS American Experience San Francisco 49ers Team Facts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1846-1849’s Wharf, Primed at Last for Makeover by Susan Sward San Francisco’s Boudin Bakery serves up a taste of history in each bite by Daniel Brown Boudin - Our Story
For the final stop on our Midwest tour, Carl Tart (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins the 'boys to review a Cleveland drive-in favorite; Swensons. Plus a local edition of Snack or Wack with a surprise drop in guest. Recorded live at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom.Sources for this week's into:Dan Gilbert - Quicken Loans Pressroom LeBron special ESPN's deal with devil? From The Sporting News owner Dan Gilbert says he doesn’t regret “The Letter” By D.J. Foster I'm coming back to Cleveland by LeBron James and Lee Jenkins'Finally, we did it!': Cavs' title ends 52 years of Cleveland sports agony By Eliott C. McLaughlin James Reportedly Hits Up Swensons After Cavs Championship Parade is LeBron James' go-to Swensons order? By Tyler Carey and Amani Abraham Drive-In Restaurant Is Alive and Well and Living in Akron, Ohio By David Landsel’s - Our Story
Carl Tart (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins the ‘boys to review beloved Wisconsin burger and shake chain Culver's. Plus, a local Cream City brewdog edition of Drank or Stank. Recorded live at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.Sources for this week's intro:The Dairy State from the Wisconsin Cultural Society The Dairy State from Wisconsin 101 Swiss Roots Of America’s “Dairyland” from Wisconsin 101 Wisconsin Still 'America's Dairyland' Or Does It Need A New Slogan? From All Things Considered do Green Bay Packer Fans Wear Cheese Hats? By Matt Blitz’s - Our Story
Comments (19)

Eris Pursley

I definitely look for the name Jason Mantzoukas in podcasts.

May 21st

Luis Gutierrez

surprised Nick decided to do this episode since he hates fries

May 21st

Adam White

I get the extremely odd circumstances for this one, but man this one wasn't a fun listen.

Mar 27th
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Dale Anton

These effed-up effing doughboys effers and their effing idiot guests are the effing stuff. There is no effing way these effers are comedians. - I really wanted to like this show, but the indescriminate use of effing eff and the effers that eff was just too much.

Mar 24th

Cameron Piechota

why is the most recent episode not appearing. it shows on their website but there is nothing appearing in the app

Aug 16th
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A show where a lovable fat man and his robot talk food

Aug 6th
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If you go to subway you gotta fuck with that new garlic aioli and the provencal herbs. It makes a mediocre sub more like a 4 fork experience.

Aug 2nd
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Luis Gutierrez

i love these guys and have for years but everytime they go into musicals tastes... lmao dave Mathews Lol

Jun 14th

Cate Dunphy

i friggin love this episode

Dec 8th

Wayas D

2:48 show starts

Oct 11th

John Dill

great pod. Listen to it every Thursday morning and I never get bored of it

Mar 31st

Jon Thompson

Hilarious hosts and a super fun premise for a podcast! I love following their restaurant explorations. Thanks guys!

Dec 17th

Phantom23001 O

This podcast has people who are really funny talking about some really good restaurants. Definitely worth a listen.

Nov 11th
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