5@5 - Signs you're in a good restaurant
September 14th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Yesterday, we learned if the restaurant is already out of the snapper special during the first seating and the waiter wants to know your family tree, chances are Sean Elder, editor in chief of the digital food magazine Real Eats, isn't going to be returning to said eating establishment anytime soon.

More than 400 of you weighed in to agree, disagree and agree to disagree on Elder's restaurant red flags - and now he's back, counterpoint style, to identify the clues that your meal ahead is in capable hands.

Five Signs You Are In A Good Restaurant: Sean Elder
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September 14th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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An 80-year-old woman who died after being found unconscious in a restroom at an eastern Georgia McDonald's was killed by a lethal dose of carbon dioxide, authorities said Wednesday.

An investigation determined that a "bleed line" on the tank used to carbonate beverages in the McDonald's drink dispenser was "improperly disconnected within the wall cavity," Pooler, Georgia, Police Chief Mark Revenew said.

This caused carbon dioxide to build up in the restroom, which was in close proximity to the tank, "in a potentially lethal concentration," he said.

Read the full story - "Police: Carbon dioxide led to death in McDonald's bathroom"

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Box lunch: Boiled peanuts and booth busters
September 14th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • Eddie Huang "drops knowledge like Polonius to Laertes" to the next New York Times dining critic as Sam Sifton steps down. - Fresh Off the Boat


  • A 290-pound man is suing White Castle because he can't easily slide into their booths to enjoy one of their signature sliders. - New York Post


  • A man breaks into an Illinois restaurant because he was hungry. The irony of it all? The restaurant was called Mr. Beef & Pizza and he made chicken tenders. - Guardian


  • An epic drought in Texas has hit ranchers the hardest. - USA Today
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Breakfast buffet: National cream-filled doughnut day
September 14th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

This will get your doughnuts dunkin' - September 14 is National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day!

Cure your custard craving and sink your teeth into one of these sweet, fluffy pillows brimming with creamy filling. You can skip the cream and sugar in your morning cup of joe because a cream-filled doughnut will more than make up for it.
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