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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.

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Unlocked! THE SCALE

Unlocked! THE SCALE

2020-06-0401:20:22

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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 Brandshttps://fortune.com/company/conagra-brands/fortune500/Perkins & Marie Callender’s closes 29 restaurants amid bankruptcy filinghttps://www.nrn.com/finance/perkins-marie-callender-s-closes-29-restaurants-amid-bankruptcy-filingConagra Brands https://www.conagrabrands.com/brandsConagra Brands: Our Companyhttps://www.conagrabrands.com/our-company/overviewMarie Callenders https://www.mariecallenders.com/about
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 Mythhttps://www.hppr.org/post/freedom-fries-liberty-cabbage-mythWhen Sauerkraut Became ‘Liberty Cabbage’https://medium.com/iowa-history/when-sauerkraut-became-liberty-cabbage-bb84f4369d52The History of French Frieshttp://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/the-history-of-french-fries/Are French Fries Truly French?https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/food/the-plate/2015/01/08/are-french-fries-truly-french/#closeOre-Ida Celebrates 60 Years of the Original Tater Tots® Potatoeshttps://news.kraftheinzcompany.com/press-release/general/ore-ida-celebrates-60-years-original-tater-tots-potatoesApple Pie Is Not All That Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-apple-pie-linked-america-180963157/
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 Foodhttps://www.eater.com/2014/8/21/6214423/the-strange-history-of-frozen-food-from-clarence-birdseye-to-theWho invented frozen food?https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/who-invented-frozen-food/Brrrr. The Secret History of Frozen Foodhttps://www.wired.com/2017/05/brrrr-secret-history-frozen-food/Oliver Evanshttps://www.fridgefilters.com/fridgepedia-oliver-evans.htmlClarence Birdseyehttps://www.famousscientists.org/clarence-birdseye/Tina's Burritos Website Tastes Best. Cost Less.https://www.tinasburritos.com/our-visionBirdseye Websitehttps://www.birdseye.com/our-story/our-mission/
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, 1828-1900https://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/connections/railroad-maps/history3.html  American Railroads in the 20th Centuryhttps://americanhistory.si.edu/america-on-the-move/essays/american-railroads  Origin of Medford, Wisconsinhttps://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS10436 History: Medford, Wisconsin (1881)https://www.wiclarkcountyhistory.org/4data/97/1035.htm Joseph Simek was a founder of Tombstone Pizzahttp://archive.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/simek-a-founder-of-tombstone-pizza-has-died-g08rrao-192103331.html/  Tombstone's success means a piece of the [pizza] pie for everyonehttps://www.minneapolisfed.org/article/1993/tombstones-success-means-a-piece-of-the-pizza-pie-for-everyone  A Tasty Tale from 1962 ONCE UPON A BARhttps://www.tombstonepizza.com/about
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)https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2015/o26-11-15/index.html CDC declares Chipotle-linked E. coli outbreak overhttps://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/01/cdc-declares-chipotle-linked-e-coli-outbreak-over.htmlChipotle Reportedly Believes Its E. Coli Outbreak Came From Australian Beefhttps://www.eater.com/2016/2/5/10922434/chipotle-e-coli-beef-australiaMore than 350 people report getting sick from Ohio Chipotle: Officialshttps://abcnews.go.com/US/350-people-report-sick-ohio-chipotle-officials/story?id=56942423 People are still terrified to eat at Chipotle — and it's the chain's biggest problemhttps://www.businessinsider.com/chipotle-hasnt-overcome-e-coli-fears-2018-3These Numbers Show Chipotle Still Hasn't Recovered From Its E. Coli Scandalhttps://www.fool.com/investing/2019/11/02/these-numbers-show-chipotle-still-hasnt-recovered.aspxLeading Mexican restaurant chains in the United States in 2018, by number of unitshttps://www.statista.com/statistics/307383/largest-mexican-restaurant-chains-us/
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 videohttps://www.companieshistory.com/yum-brands/ Yum! Brands, Inc.https://www.yum.com/wps/portal/yumbrands/Yumbrands/company 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Yum! Brandshttps://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/04/19/5-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-yum-brands.aspx  Yum! to buy Habit Burger Grillhttps://www.nrn.com/mergers-acquisitions/yum-buy-habit-burger-grill  Time to Buy Beat-Down Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) Stock? Here is the INSIGHThttps://investchronicle.com/2020/04/02/time-to-buy-beat-down-yum-brands-inc-yum-stock-here-is-the-insight-3/  How Pizza Hut keeps its people and pizzas safehttps://gulfnews.com/food/how-pizza-hut-keeps-its-people-and-pizzas-safe-1.1587472790712  Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs says company working 'urgently' to fix Pizza Huthttps://www.nrn.com/franchising/yum-brands-ceo-david-gibbs-says-company-working-urgently-fix-pizza-hut Pizza Hut planning to close as many as 500 locationshttps://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20190808/pizza-hut-planning-to-close-as-many-as-500-locationsLargest U.S. Pizza Hut Franchisee Could Choose Bankruptcyhttps://www.pymnts.com/news/investment-tracker/2020/largest-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 Traditionhttps://www.marthastewart.com/1538183/how-easter-ham-became-traditional-easter-dinnerWhy Do We Eat Ham on Easter?https://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/why-do-we-eat-ham-easterOrigin of Easter Hamhttps://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/origin-of-easter-ham-faq.htmHam Trendshttps://www.porkcdn.com/sites/all/files/documents/Retail/HamTrends.pdf12 Things You Should Know Before Eating HoneyBaked Hamhttps://www.delish.com/food/a19600132/honeybaked-ham-history-facts/The Honey Baked Ham Co.: About Ushttps://www.honeybaked.com/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 Historyhttps://www.nba.com/jazz/history/00400490.htmlUtah Starshttp://www.remembertheaba.com/Utah-Stars.htmlUtah Jazz Media Guidehttps://ak-static-int.nba.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/10/2017-18-Media-Guide-Jazz.pdf#page=276Pastrami Meets the Patty in Utahhttps://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/dining/29united.html?hpwThe local legacy behind family-owned Crown Burgershttps://www.deseret.com/2016/9/11/20595976/the-local-legacy-behind-family-owned-crown-burgers#rula-katzourakis-serves-customers-while-her-husband-john-back-left-tends-to-the-broiler-at-crown-burgers-in-salt-lake-city-on-friday-aug-5-2016-john-and-rula-katzourakis-have-owned-and-operated-crown-burgers-for-38-yearsToasty Kettle: Connecting With the Past Through Foodhttps://www.toastykettle.com/2020/01/22/history-of-crown-burgers-with-dean-maroudas/Crown Burgers' Storyhttp://www.crown-burgers.com/story.php
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 Championhttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/march-madness-is-bornMarch Madness history - The ultimate guidehttps://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2019-04-30/march-madness-history-ultimate-guideMen's Basketballhttps://www.ncaa.com/history/basketball-men/d1Women's Basketballhttps://www.ncaa.com/history/basketball-women/d1Magical Season: A Reporter Remembers 1994-95 CU Women's Teamhttps://cubuffs.com/news/2020/2/14/womens-basketball-magical-season-a-reporter-remembers-1994-95-cu-womens-team.aspxA Brief History of March Madnesshttps://www.ihsa.org/Sports-Activities/March-Madness-Experience/March-Madness-HistoryNCAA tournaments canceled over coronavirushttps://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28893285/ncaa-tournaments-canceled-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 Yearshttps://www.thedailymeal.com/under-golden-arches-mcdonald-s-logos-through-years?ampMcDonald’s Speedee: Down to just two . . .https://www.burgerweb.com/mcdonalds-speedee-just-two/McDonald's: 60 years, billions servedhttps://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-mcdonalds-60-years-20150415-story.htmlMcDonald's Corporationhttps://www.referenceforbusiness.com/businesses/M-Z/McDonald-s-Corporation.htmlThe tragic real-life story of the McDonald brothershttps://www.mashed.com/147897/the-tragic-real-life-story-of-the-mcdonald-brothers/The Founder (2017)http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/founder/How Ray Kroc Became an American Villainhttps://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/01/ray-kroc-mcdonalds-america/514538/McDonalds Website: Our Historyhttps://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/about-us/our-history.html
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, 1914-2007https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/medicare/medic01e.htmlThe Birth of Medicarehttps://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-birth-of-medicareA Not-So-Straight Storyhttps://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/a-not-so-straight-story/Canada & The United States (Bizzarre Borders Part 2)https://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/canada-the-united-states-bizarre-borders-part-2A&W Restaurant History!http://www.aw-drivein.com/aw-restaurant-history/A&W wants cage-free eggs in 2 years and that means rapid change for farmershttps://www.cbc.ca/news/business/aw-cage-free-1.3487744Restaurant chain celebrates 50 years of rings, root beerhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/restaurant-chain-celebrates-50-years-of-rings-root-beer-1.597888The National Zero Waste Councilhttp://www.nzwc.ca/about/council/Pages/default.aspxOur Story, Is A Good One.https://web.aw.ca/en/our-values
The Habit with Emmy Blotnick

The Habit with Emmy Blotnick

2020-02-2001:47:495

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 Industryhttps://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/05/535038513/the-sideways-effect-how-a-wine-obsessed-film-reshaped-the-industrySideways (2004) IMDBhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375063/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0The History of Habit Burgerhttps://mentalitch.com/the-history-of-habit-burger/Habit Burger Chain Sold for $375 Millionhttps://www.edhat.com/news/habit-burger-chain-sold-for-375-millionHabit Burger Co-Founder Brent Reichard Savors Best-Taste Honorhttps://www.noozhawk.com/article/the_habit_burger_bestowed_with_best_taste_honorFive things to know about Yum Brands’ newest acquisition, The Habit Burger Grillhttps://www.nrn.com/fast-casual/five-things-know-about-yum-brands-newest-acquisition-habit-burger-grillHabit Burger Grill Websitehttps://www.habitburger.com/about-us/
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 Yearshttps://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/article/Garfield-High-School-through-the-years-12267976.phpSeattle Public Schools: 1862-2000: Garfield High Schoolhttps://historylink.org/File/10509A President Felled by an Assassin and 1880’s Medical Carehttps://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/25/health/25garf.html?ex=1311480000&en=82dc6ab325dafec6&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rssStep Inside the Shop Making Oprah's Favorite Fried Chicken https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8qebyk/step-inside-the-shop-making-oprahs-favorite-fried-chickenEzell's feeds the community more than just chickenhttp://o.seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003554579_ezells03m.htmlThe Most Life-Changing Fried Chicken in America Is...https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/food/recipes/a14839/ezells-fried-chicken-winner-071112/Ezell’s Websitehttps://ezellschicken.com/about-us/Really, Really Good Fried Chickenhttps://www.thestranger.com/seattle/really-really-good-fried-chicken/Content?oid=4684303Let’s Eat, Macklemore & Ryan Lewishttps://genius.com/Macklemore-and-ryan-lewis-lets-eat-lyrics
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 Jacksonhttps://finfeed.com/features/theres-gold-in-them-thar-hills/ The California Gold Rush, 1849 from EyeWitness to Historyhttp://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/californiagoldrush.htm The California Gold Rush from PBS American Experiencehttps://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/goldrush-california/ San Francisco 49ers Team Facts from the Pro Football Hall of Famehttps://www.profootballhof.com/teams/san-francisco-49ers/team-facts/ San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1846-1849http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist/chron1.htmlFisherman’s Wharf, Primed at Last for Makeover by Susan Swardhttps://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/us/26bcwharf.html San Francisco’s Boudin Bakery serves up a taste of history in each bite by Daniel Brownhttps://www.mercurynews.com/2015/11/23/san-franciscos-boudin-bakery-serves-up-a-taste-of-history-in-each-bite/ Boudin - Our Storyhttps://boudinbakery.com/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 Pressroomhttps://www.quickenloans.com/press-room/leader/dan-gilbert/Was LeBron special ESPN's deal with devil? From The Sporting Newshttps://www.webcitation.org/68lgFnX3WCavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he doesn’t regret “The Letter” By D.J. Fosterhttps://nba.nbcsports.com/2014/02/16/cavaliers-owner-dan-gilbert-says-he-doesnt-regret-the-letter/LeBron: I'm coming back to Cleveland by LeBron James and Lee Jenkinshttps://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers'Finally, we did it!': Cavs' title ends 52 years of Cleveland sports agony By Eliott C. McLaughlinhttps://www.cnn.com/2016/06/20/sport/cleveland-cavaliers-nba-championship-ends-drought/index.htmlLeBron James Reportedly Hits Up Swensons After Cavs Championship Paradehttps://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2016/06/23/lebron-james-reportedly-hits-up-swensons-after-cavs-championship-parade/What is LeBron James' go-to Swensons order? By Tyler Carey and Amani Abrahamhttps://www.wkyc.com/article/sports/nba/lebron-james/what-is-lebron-james-go-to-swensons-order/95-2f940b1a-1847-4f9b-8838-404e61f352adThe Drive-In Restaurant Is Alive and Well and Living in Akron, Ohio By David Landsel https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/swesons-drive-in-akronSwenson’s - Our Storyhttp://swensonsdriveins.com/est-1934/
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 Societyhttps://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/exhibits/iconwisconsin/dairyland/index.aspBecoming The Dairy State from Wisconsin 101https://wi101.wisc.edu/2013/12/01/becoming-the-dairy-state/The Swiss Roots Of America’s “Dairyland” from Wisconsin 101https://wi101.wisc.edu/2018/10/01/the-swiss-roots-of-americas-dairyland/Is Wisconsin Still 'America's Dairyland' Or Does It Need A New Slogan? From All Things Consideredhttps://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/11/01/561427862/is-wisconsin-still-americas-dairyland-or-does-it-need-a-new-sloganWhy do Green Bay Packer Fans Wear Cheese Hats? By Matt Blitz https://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/why-do-green-bay-packer-fans-wear-cheese-hatsCulver’s - Our Storyhttps://www.culvers.com/about-culvers/our-story
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Comments (19)

Eris Pursley

I definitely look for the name Jason Mantzoukas in podcasts.

May 21st
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Luis Gutierrez

surprised Nick decided to do this episode since he hates fries

May 21st
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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
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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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MammelSauce

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

Aug 6th
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Caleb

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
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Cate Dunphy

i friggin love this episode

Dec 8th
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Wayas D

2:48 show starts

Oct 11th
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John Dill

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

Mar 31st
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Jon Thompson

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

Dec 17th
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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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