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THE BSTREET BAND (Seminole Casino Coconut Creek- Coconut Creek, Seminole Hard Rock Casino/Hotel- Tampa, SWFL Event Center- Bonita Springs)


* THE BSTREET BAND (Seminole Casino Coconut Creek- Coconut Creek, Seminole Hard Rock Casino/Hotel- Tampa, SWFL Event Center- Bonita Springs).

Trust Jeff Eats when I tell you- THE BSTREET BAND is one of America’s best- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band- tribute acts!

The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (Thursday, 1/17/19 7pm) & Seminole Hard Rock Casino/Hotel- Tampa (Saturday, 1/19/19 8pm) shows are complementary. Tickets for the SWFL Event Center- Bonita Springs (Wednesday, 1/16/19 7pm) show can be be purchased at swfleventcenter.com.

If you’re into THE BOSS, you gotta go see these guys!

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Win A $10 Pete’s Place Gift Card (Coral Springs, Greenacres,West Palm Beach)

This contest started on 12/31/18. This contest has a winner.

* Wein A $10 Pete’s Place Gift Card.

Jeff Eats got a $10 Pete’s Place Gift Card to give to one of you guys!

The game- the first 15 “reader-comments” received – will be entered in a “blind hat pick”! You can submit as many comments as you’d like but- Please, only 1- reader comment – per day…play fair!

The $10 Gift Card is good at Pete’s Place- locations in Coral Springs, Greenacres, West Palm Beach (check petesplace1.com for locations/info/menu/prices).

Posted on April 13th, 2018
***** Pete’s Place, 1760 North Jog Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411, (561) 641-6543.
You regular Jeff Eats’ readers know that I am a huge-fan of “mom & pop” diners. For sure there is nothing wrong with the IHOPs and Perkins of this world- but all things being equal, I’d rather give my money to the “moms & pops” who own neighborhood diners and bust their asses each and every day to make a living- feeding guys like you and me!

Anyway, yesterday Jeff Eats and three buddies ate breakfast at a “mom & popper” named Pete’s Place in West Palm Beach- that blew all of us away.

Standard booths and tables- no frills decor, pleasant service, menu loaded with breakfast stuff/ salads/ sandwiches/ burgers/ entrees/ desserts, reasonably priced off the chart delicious food!

Let me wrap Pete’s Place up for you guys by saying- that this joint is an absolute must try! No bs- it’s really-really that good! You can check menu/prices/info at petesplace1.com. Pete’s Place is open Saturday/Monday-Thursday 6am-3pm, Friday 6am-9pm, Sunday 7am-2:30PM.

And the story kicker, there are two other Pete’s Places- Greenacres and Coral Springs (check petesplace1.com for locations/info/menu/prices.

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McDonald’s Reportedly Plans to Launch Donut Sticks

Posted on January 4th, 2019 · American Breakfast Fast Food · No Comments »

* McDonald’s Reportedly Plans to Launch Donut Sticks.

Checkout this interesting article…

QSR Magazine, January 4th, 2019

McDonald’s Reportedly Plans to Launch Donut Sticks

Dunkin’s Donut Fries were one of its most popular launches ever.

MENU INNOVATIONS JANUARY 2019 BY DANNY KLEIN

MCDONALD’S
McDonald’s breakfast business remains a battleground.
McDonald’s breakfast challenges have been well documented over the past year. The chain hasn’t shied from saying it needs to reinvigorate the critical segment, which accounts for roughly 25 percent of sales. McDonald’s has ceded market share to competitors amid a shrinking segment. Per the Wall Street Journal and NPD Group, restaurant traffic growth at breakfast has slowed in the past three years as the entire eating-out market softened. Yet due to lower-cost ingredients, like eggs versus beef and chicken and typically less labor demand, breakfast remains a more profitable daypart than lunch and dinner, and is, simply, a staple of McDonald’s brand.

The fast-food giant launched a Triple Breakfast Stacks offer in November—the first new breakfast sandwiches available nationally since the Egg White Delight McMuffin in 2013. The brand also shifted some of its spend to regional and allowed local co-ops to choose which items and what deals were best suited for their markets. Additionally, in September, McDonald’s expanded its $1 $2 $3 menu offerings with any size coffee for a $1 and adapted two customer favorite breakfast sandwiches at the $1 price point.

“It continues to be a battleground,” CEO Steve Easterbrook said in an October conference call. The Wall Street Journal added that McDonald’s is exploring testing baked goods, including coffee cakes and muffin tops.

It now appears McDonald’s might take a page from one of its top morning competitors—Dunkin’. Business Insider, citing a leaked internal document, reported that McDonald’s plans to launch “Donut Sticks” as a limited-time offer in February. According to the internal description, which Business Insider posted on its site, “They’re light and crunchy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside.” The Donut sticks are strips of sweetened dough deep fried until golden brown, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

McDonald’s didn’t confirm the report, but multiple outlets picked up on the story. InvestorPlace said, “sources close to the matter are confident on the matter.”

The menu item—served only at breakfast—will reportedly arrive at a recommended price of $1.29 for six or $2.39 for a dozen. Business Insider said McDonald’s is also pushing a bundled deal of a half-dozen Donut Sticks and a small coffee for $1.99. McDonald’s told the publication that customers could expect “more delicious and craveable news to come in 2019,” but wouldn’t elaborate further.

McDonald’s national McCafe Bakery menu currently only features three items—the revamped apple pie and two cookies.

As for Dunkin’, spokesperson Michelle King told CNBC, “We’re not surprised to see competitors imitate our success with Donut Fries given their popularity with customers.”

Dunkin’ sold the popular product, first introduced nationwide over the summer, through the end of last year, namely featuring it on its “Dunkin’ Run” menu that showcased snacking items at a $2 price point. Dunkin’s description read: “Donut Fries feature five individual pieces of buttery croissant style donut dough tossed in cinnamon sugar and served warm with just the right amount of crisp.”

DUNKIN’ DONUTS
Dunkin’s Donut Fries were a big deal in 2018.

Chief marketing officer Tony Weisman called the product one of the most popular bakery launches “we’ve ever done,” in October. He added that customers weren’t trading off daypart business. Instead, Dunkin’ “just saw them choosing to come back in the afternoon now that we have something for them that paired well with the beverages.”

READ MORE: Why Dunkin’ was 2018’s most transformational brand.

McDonald’s posted global same-store sales of 4.2 percent, year-over-year, in the third quarter, marking 13 consecutive quarters of positive global gains. U.S. comps increased 2.4 percent, international lifted 5.4 percent, and “high growth” international markets saw a 4.6 percent boost.

McDonald’s breakfast business has been a moving target for years. The chain introduced all-day breakfast in fall 2015 to stellar results. It expanded September 2016 to include McGriddle sandwiches and made both McMuffin and biscuit sandwiches available at all restaurants.

The challenged that surfaced recently isn’t necessarily the products—it’s the daypart itself. McDonald’s isn’t selling as many items pre-lunch as it used to. McDonald’s has improved its McCafe platform and continued to innovate in an effort to reenergize sales. The fact the Donut Sticks will be available only for breakfast speaks to this goal.

“We’re still losing a little share. It’s very competitive out there at breakfast,” Easterbrook added in the October call. “…we haven’t had much new food news at breakfast for a little while.” That appears to be changing.

“We want to do better at breakfast,” he continued. “We’ve got some initiatives in place, which we’re going to see out through the next few months and also some new food news, which we think will reenergize the daypart.”

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12 Count Office Pack Donuts (Walmart Supercenter- Delray Beach)

***** 12 Count Office Pack Donuts.

About 13 minutes ago I picked-up a $3.98 box of- 12 Count Office Pack Donuts at the Walmart Supercenter, 16205 South Military Trail, Delray Beach, Florida 33484- and I gotta tell you guys, that there are definitely (in this case-12, 2 down, 10 to go) pluses to being a one-man office!

Just so we are straight with each other, for $3.98 Walmart isn’t exactly giving you off the chart delicious stuff- that said, trust Jeff Eats when I tell you- the donuts will definitely work for you!

You can check Walmart.com for store locations/product info.

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Win 2 Tickets: Elvis My Way Starring- Brandon Bennett From Chicago’s “Million Dollar Quartet (Delray Beach Playhouse- Delray Beach)

This contest started on 12/26/18. This contest has a winner.

* Win 2 Tickets: Elvis My Way Starring- Brandon Bennett From Chicago’s “Million Dollar Quartet”…

Jeff Eats got 2 tickets to give to one of you guys- to see Elvis My Way Starring- Brandon Bennett From Chicago’s “Million Dollar Quartet on Saturday, February 23, 2019 (8pm)- at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 Northwest 9th Street, Delray Beach, Florida 33444, 272-1281 (Ext. 5)- Tickets: delraybeachplayhouse.com.

The game- the first 20 “reader-comments” received – will be entered in a “blind hat pick”! You can submit as many comments as you’d like but- Please, only 1- reader comment – per day…play fair!

from delraybeachplayhouse.com

ELVIS MY WAY STARRING BRANDON BENNETT FROM CHICAGO’S “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET”

Multiple Performances

The electrifying Brandon Bennett (CHICAGO: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET) does the impossible, delivering a spine-tingling Elvis tribute that is fresh, powerful, and right on time. With his pure-bred southern charm, powerful voice, and scandalous moves Bennett was named the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland.

is must-see show traverses Elvis’ career: from the Rock n’ Roll nativity of the 50’s, to the iconic comeback television concert of the 60’s, to the legendary lounge acts of the 70’s. All-time great hits include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Suspicious Minds,” and many more. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

About Brandon Bennett

Highly acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Brandon Bennett starred as Elvis Presley in Chicago’s long-running hit musical Million Dollar Quartet. Previously, he starred in the Montreal company of The Elvis Story. Bennett also headlines his powerful act in festivals, cruises, commercials, and casinos around the world. His television appearances include The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. A native son of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Brandon’s southern roots, Godgiven talent, and natural resemblance to The King of Rock ‘n Roll allow him to uniquely evoke the unmistakable essence of Elvis’s charm onstage. He has been honored to sing alongside music legends such as The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, and The Sweet Inspirations, as well as open for Diamond Rio, Ronnie Millsap, and Chuck Berry. Brandon’s uncanny performances have earned numerous accolades, including the prestigious “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” title bestowed by Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland.

TICKETS: delraybeachplayhouse.com

ALL PERFORMANCES
Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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Trader Joe’s Soft Bite Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti (Trader Joe’s- Boca Raton)

Posted on January 2nd, 2019 · Boca Raton Breakfast Desserts Fast Food · No Comments »

***** Trader Joe’s Soft Bite Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti.

If you’re into dunking stuff in your morning coffee, checkout- Trader Joe’s Soft Bite Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti (8oz- $3.99)- I “discovered” these beauties a few days ago at- Trader Joe’s, 855 South Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Florida 33432, (561) 338-5031 and I gotta tell you, off the chart delicious. Just a heads-up, like pistachio nuts, there’s no way you’re gonna eat just one!

You guys can check traderjoes.com for store locations/info.

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Happy New Year *2019*

Posted on January 1st, 2019 · Music/Events/Other · 2 Comments »

* Happy New Year *2019*.

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The Cop & The Baby!

Posted on December 31st, 2018 · American Breakfast Desserts Fast Food · 1 Comment »

* The Cop & The Baby!

Just felt like re-running this 10/13/15 The Cop & The Baby! story for you guys…

Posted on October 13th, 2015

* The Cop & The Baby!

You guys know and Jeff Eats knows that the “officer” could definitely afford to lose a good 25 pounds…

We also know that this is what these men/women do each and every day!

On a lighter note…

You guys ever wonder “why” cops and donuts are associated with each other?

from todayifoundout.com

What Started the “Cops Eating Donuts” Stereotype

September 20, 2013

Dan asks: How did the running gag of police always eating donuts come about?

cop-donutMembers of law enforcement stuffing their faces full of donuts is one of the most enduring stereotypes about the boys and girls in blue. In virtually every media representation of the police that isn’t deadly serious, the stereotype is played out in some way- Police Academy, The Simpsons, Family Guy, hell, in Wreck-it Ralph the police officers are literally sentient donuts. So where and when did this stereotype start?

As to the “when”, that isn’t clear. However, I was able to find one person who said his grandfather, who had worked as a police officer starting in the early 1950s, told him donut shops were a hot spot for cops to stop at during certain times even then. So whether the general public picked up on it way back then, the practice goes back at least that far, and probably further.

As to why donut shops were so popular among the police, the answer is simple. Up until quite recently in history most food establishments, and also the majority of stores, closed fairly early in the evening and stayed closed all night.

There were basically two options for an officer working the graveyard shift who wanted a snack and a cup of fairly good quality coffee- diners and donut shops. Diners were generally out because their food took time to prepare and a police officer could get called away at any time. So that left the donut shops, which were often open throughout the night, or at least in the very early a.m. because they had to have fresh donuts baked and ready for the morning rush.

In addition to that, one officer stated that it isn’t just about the coffee and readily available snack either. There’s also the fact that most donut shops have a place to sit down. Particularly for officers in cities that walk the beat, instead of sitting in a climate controlled car, this is handy. It’s just nice to have a place out of the weather to take a load off on a break. The coffee and donuts are just a bonus. In addition to that, cops working the night shift who had patrol cars, also liked the well-lit place to sit down and do paperwork, which, as many police lament, is a huge part of their job.

Though today there are a multitude of places open 24 hours a day, it would seem donut shops are still the choice for a decent portion of officers. For example, during the Boston Marathon Bombings one of the only places that wasn’t completely locked down were several select Dunkin’ Donuts, that remained open to serve the police.

However, this donut/cop tradition is noted by some officers as a generational thing, when this website interviewed younger officers during national donut day (yes, that’s a thing), most were quick to point out that donuts were simply too sugary for the modern, trim, health conscious officer on the go. Citing bagels as a healthier alternative… (I just… hmmm)

Bottom line, even today if you’re a cop working at 3am and have a stack of paperwork to do, but have to be ready to get up and leave at a moment’s notice, your choices are typically fast food restaurants and donut shops, the latter of which generally have much better coffee, which for most police is probably a much bigger reason to hit the donut shop than the actual donuts. After all, you can pack your lunch, but unless you have a heating contraption in your car, hard to keep coffee hot for a full night shift, and certainly impossible if you’re walking the beat.

Now that it’s a running gag, confirmation bias makes sure even if it’s just a small percentage of police that hit up donut shops today, the stereotype will live on.

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Win A $20 The Dandee Donut Factory Gift Card (Pompano Beach)

This contest started on 12/25/18. This contest has a winner.

* Win A $20 The Dandee Donut Factory Gift Card.

Jeff Eats got a $20 The Dandee Donut Factory Gift Card to give to one of you guys…

The game- the first 25 “reader-comments” received – will be entered in a “blind hat pick”! You can submit as many comments as you’d like but- Please, only 1- reader comment – per day…play fair!

The $20 Gift Card is good at The Dandee Donut Factory, 1900 East Atlantic Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060, (954) 785-1461. You can check dandeedonuts.com for menu/prices/other info.

Posted on September 26th, 2014
***** The Dandee Donut Factory, 1900 East Atlantic Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060, (954) 785-1461.

Let me start by saying that Jeff Eats LOVES-The Dandee Donut Factory-in Pompano Beach.

For the record, Jeff Eats originally told you guys about Dandee on 11/19/11-but some stories warrant “re-telling”…

Just so we are straight, there are two other Dandee Donut outposts in South Florida-Deerfield Beach and Hollywood…Pompano Beach and Hollywood are owned by the same guy, while the Deerfield Beach store has a totally different-unrelated owner.

For the purposes of today’s story…I’m only talking about the Pompano Beach joint…which is open 24/7-which has indoor table/counter–outdoor patio seating…which makes amazing donuts and serves-up delicious “diner” food. If you are wondering why Jeff Eats is “featuring” Pompano Beach–it’s because this is the joint that Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats have been frequenting -to the tune of something like twice a month for years. While I’m busy telling you my life story- Hollywood’s donuts/food are as good as Pompano’s…Deerfield Beach’s donuts are OK-but not great (Remember! I told you -this joint has a different owner not to mention a different baker)-but its diner food is decent enough.

At this stage of the game I’m gonna let you check dandeedonuts.com for menu/prices/other info.

If you got the time, you can “read” (or re-read, whatever the case may be) Jeff Eats’- The Dandee Donut Factory write -up (11/19/11).

I’m gonna close this story out by telling you, that if you want- terrific donuts, delicious diner food, fabulous pleasant service, perfect diner-decor (whatever that is!)…then you gotta get yourself over to The Dandee Donut Factory in Pompano Beach.

Oh! One other thing…

In surfing the net, Jeff Eats caught on TripAdvisor what I think is one of the greatest food reviews of all-time…
*****
Palermo, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews 9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic donuts!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW
We rolled into Dandees about 1:00 AM at the end of August. Despite Pompano Beach being almost completely shuttered, Dandees was bustling. The donuts are far superior to Dunkin and the atmosphere was worth the trip. I believe m

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DISH OF THE WEEK (Sunday- 12/30/18- The Doghouse- Fort Myers Beach)

***** DISH OF THE WEEK (Sunday- 12/30/18- The Doghouse).

One of Jeff Eats’ favorite menu items…

STEAKOUT BURGER
(hamburger topped with
grilled onions, mushrooms,
peppers, Swiss cheese and
house sauce)
$9.00

The Doghouse
1207 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach
(239) 940-1043
doghousefmb.com
Latest Review: 5/5/17

This joint’s food is absolute dynamite…

Posted on May 5th, 2017
The Doghouse, 1207 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931, (239) 940-1043.

Got a terrific burgers/hot dogs/sandwiches/salads/daily specials, order/pickup at counter, outdoor table/counter seating joint for you guys- The Doghouse in Fort Myers Beach.

Jeff Eats, Mrs. Jeff Eats, Daughter Jeff Eats and Son Jeff Eats recently did lunch there and I gotta tell you guys, the food was absolute dynamite! Just so you know, if you wear anything more than a tee shirt/shorts/flip flops-sneakers, you’re gonna be over-dressed! Casual with a capital “C”…

Like I just said, dynamite food!

Just between you guys and Jeff Eats, I absolutely love joints like The Doghouse. Hole in the walls that shock the crap out of you- by serving off the chart killer food in a drama free- low key- relaxing atmosphere!

The Doghouse is open Wednesday-Monday 9am-8pm closed on Tuesday, (open 2/14-5/31 7 days a week 8am-10pm).

Trust Jeff Eats, that unless there is something seriously wrong with you, you will absolutely love this joint!