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Little Caesars Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza

Who says you can't have pizza at an Oktoberfest celebration?  Now you can, with Little Caesars Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza! My son and I just tried this great pie, and shot a web video to share our thoughts about it.  You can also see the video, and get specifics on the promotion at my new site.. TheRetroDad.com


Little Caesars Lunch & Laugh Sweepstakes

I've been a fan of Little Caesars since the early 80s, and have always got a kick out of their commercials and promotions for as long as I can remember. Therefore, when Little Caesars reached out to yours truly to help them with their most recent promotion, I was honored and excited to do anything I could to help.

The company's newest promotion asks you the customer.. "What's Little Caesars funniest commercial?" and gives you the chance vote and enter for a chance to win great prizes in the Little Caesars Lunch & Laugh Sweepstakes.
The Lunch & Laugh sweepstakes celebrates the $5 Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little
Caesars Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product. The $5 Lunch Combo is available HOT-N-READY every day from 11AM to 2PM at participating locations, plus tax.

Register to vote for your favorite Little Caesars commercial for a chance to win free Lunch Combos for a year, as well as other prizes. Three grand prizes of HOT-N-READY Lunch Combos for a year, Lunch & Laugh participants have a chance to win five first prizes of a GoPro Camera, or fifty second prizes of a $50 Little Caesars gift card. Sweepstakes ends 8/31/14. 

There are the 6 videos that are included in the voting in the sweepstakes, and below is my personal favorite from those selections that makes me lose it every time I watch it..

No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. 
To enter and for Official Rules, 
or enter via Facebook 

[ Disclaimer: A big thanks to Little Caesars for reaching out to me, and supplying gift cards to help facilitate this post about the Lunch & Laugh Sweepstakes.  I will be soon be enjoying a Little Caesars Lunch Combo of my own with my gift cards. ]

 Make sure to catch up with Little Caesars online..

Little Caesars Site
Little Caesars Locations
Little Caesars Facebook

Little Caesars Twitter

Little Caesars Instagram

Little Caesars YouTube


Changes are coming to Dad's Dish

I've been sitting on an idea for over a year, to change the content format here at Dad's Dish.  Over the next month or so, Dad's Dish will become a jump page which will point to my social media links, and other sites. 

Dad's Dish as you know it, will in a sense be reborn into a new site called "The Retro Dad".  As far as content goes, there will be a bigger focus on anything loosely related to retro culture, style, living, and life & leisure.

In the weeks to come, I will be archiving retro content from Dad's Dish, and adding all new articles for your retro viewing pleasure.  There's not an awful lot there right now, but content is currently being added to the new site daily.   Make sure to check it out soon!


Carl's Jr.'s new menu items have me hooked

It's been awhile since I've done a breakfast food review, so I thought I'd knock one out for you this week.  Enjoy..

Just when I think I've seen just about everything from Carl’s Jr., they once again have raised the bar, and impressed the heck out of me.   Carl's Jr. recently announces the addition of two new spicy breakfast items – the Made from Scratch Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit and Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Burrito.  I finally had a chance to give them a try last week, and enjoyed them immensely.

The Made from Scratch Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit features flavorful chorizo and egg topped with spicy pepper-Jack cheese and served inside a warm, freshly baked Made from Scratch Buttermilk Biscuit.  I must admit that I wasn't too confident that these ingredients would work very well together, but I was wrong.  This sandwich is a tasty, zesty, kicked up breakfast biscuit, where all ingredients perfectly play off of each other.

I enjoyed the Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit so much, that I came back a few days later to try the breakfast in burrito form. I unwrapped the burrito, and it looked impressive to say the least.  I'm always leery of fast food burritos, as I've had many over the years that were full of mostly wet eggs, and very little else.  The very first thing I noticed was a generous sized burrito, sporting a tortilla that appeared to be freshly made.

The Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Burrito featured spicy chorizo, scrambled eggs, shredded Jack and cheddar cheeses, Hash Round nuggets and freshly prepared pico de gallo salsa. The ingredients were perfectly proportioned, and the burrito incredibly tasty.  This ranks right up there with the best burger chain restaurant breakfast burritos I've ever eaten.

Behold the new Made From Scratch Cinnamon Pull-Aparts! Available at all participating Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations since June 23, the cinnamon-sugar breakfast treat features the chains’ award-winning Made from Scratch Biscuit dough, shaped into eight bite-sized pieces, rolled in cinnamon-sugar and baked together until golden brown and finished with a drizzle of icing.

The Pull-Aparts were fluffy, mildly sweet, and are now succinctly my new favorite sweet breakfast treat!  The Cinnamon Pull-Aparts are available starting at $0.99 each, in a 2-pack for $1.79 or in a combo meal with Hash Rounds and choice of drink starting at $2.49. Prices may vary by location. For a limited time, visit www.carlsjr.com/coupons or www.hardees.com/coupons to download a coupon for a free Cinnamon Pull-Apart with the purchase of any breakfast entrĂ©e, valid at participating locations.
Oh yeah.. the Chorizo breakfast biscuit is available for $2.29, and the burrito for $3.49.  Each may be ordered in a combo meal with Hash Rounds and choice of drink for $3.79 and $4.99, respectively.  Do yourself a favor and swing by Carl's or Hardee's and give the new items a try.  You won't be sorry that you did!


Retro goodness abounds for Del Taco's 50th Anniversary

I love Del Taco, and one of the many reasons I do, is because of the way they prepare their food.  Heck.. in this day and age, it can almost be considered retro in itself.  For instance, Del Taco's biggest competitor who I won't mention (but their name has to do with a Taco and a Bell) simply adds water to dehydrated beans, and microwaves bags of meat, processed in a land far.. far.. away.

Del Taco on the other hand, still has a commitment not only to value.. but quality as well.  Del Taco menu items are made with fresh ingredients including cheese grated from 40-pound blocks of cheddar, handmade pico de gallo salsa, lard free beans slow-cooked from scratch, and marinated chicken, grilled in each restaurant daily.

This year Del Taco celebrates 50 years in business, and on June 21st, they commemorated the occasion nationwide, with anniversary parties at all of their 546 restaurants.  I was fortunate enough to attend one of these parties, and enjoyed some great food..

There are three throwback items currently being offered at Del Taco that old longtime fans like me may remember..

The Bun Taco featuring seasoned beef, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce,and fresh tomato slice, all nestled in a sesame seed bun.

Orange Shake a thick, creamy orange and vanilla milk shake topped with whipped cream

Small Taco Salad featuring seasoned beef, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and Del Taco's secret sauce, served on a bed of crisp lettuce with tortilla chips.

The Bun Taco is a heck of a sandwich.  It looks like a Sloppy Joe, but it is in fact a taco, tucked inside of a bun.  I absolutely love it, and will be back for more of them before their limited run is over.

I washed down my Bun Taco with an Orange Shake, which was incredibly good as well.  Think "Orange Creamsicle" in shake form.

Other menu favorites were ordered as well during our visit, including a Crunchtada, Bean Burrito with green sauce, and Steak Taco Al Carbon.

Bonus!  We also got Anniversary Cake and some great coupons. Shucks.. and I didn't bring anything for them (other than my appetite).

Del Taco has also released a series of collector cups comprised of four commemorative designs that are available with any "Macho" drink purchase.  It looks like the cups are available through September 3rd, or until supplies last.  I scored the classic logo cup pictured above, but the one below is my absolute favorite so far..

So you get it.. I LOVE Del Taco, but I also love their story.  Founded in 1964 by Ed Hackbarth, Del Taco grew at a slow and steady pace.  Hackbarth opened the original Del Taco with a menu featuring 19¢ tacos, tostadas, fries, and 24¢ cheeseburgers, and made a whopping $169 in sales on their first day of business.

The 5th Del Taco store that opened up in Corona California, was the chain's first store to offer a drive-thru, more than ten years before McDonald's first Drive-Thru.  There were fifty thriving restaurants by 1977, one hundred restaurants by 1978, and 546 stores operating nationwide today.  As for today, Ed Hackbarth owns and operates three stores, including the original store in Barstow California which he still works at to this day!

Many stores are open 24 hours a day, which has satisfied many a late night craving for my family and I over the years.  I swear the best tasting taco I've ever eaten in my life, was in Anaheim California close to midnight after an incredibly long day at Disneyland.  It was my first encounter with their "Steak Tacos Al Carbon" and have been hooked on this particular menu item ever since.

If you have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and give some of Del Taco's throwback menu items a try.  At the very least, peruse their website.  You can also like their Facebook page or join their Raving Fan eClub to get some coupons for free food.


What's in Dad's Drawers?

You can get the answer to this question, in the newest web video I shot last weekend
(available to view in HD)