July 2nd, 2014
12:15 PM ET
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Americans want food their way, and a new survey shows that "their way" calls for a higher quality, more varied meal than they're getting at the top burger, burrito, sandwich and chicken chains.

Consumer Reports asked subscribers to answer one straightforward question: "On a scale of  1 to 10, from least delicious to most delicious you’ve ever eaten, how would you rate the taste?"

96,208 meals and 65 chains later, some trends emerged: readers expressed an increased interest in the quality of the food, and less of a focus on convenience than they had in the group's 2011 report. One industry expert, Darren Tristano of Technomic, a food-service research and consulting firm, told Consumer Reports that he believes the shift has a lot to do with the increasing role food plays in millennials' social lives.

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Our readers' favorite burgers
September 2nd, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Burgers have dominated the conversation this summer, but don’t they always? Burger titan Josh Ozersky weighed in with two separate top 10 lists. One was dedicated to American cheeseburgers served on squishy buns, such as Keller’s Drive-In, in Dallas; the other list celebrated more unorthodox burgers.

No surprise, you loyal Eatocracy readers have strong opinions on burgers. Also about Josh’s list. “Do you eat with your ***? This list needs to be printed, shredded, burned, and served to you. it might taste better than the swill listed,” wrote commenter "anna mousse." 

So let’s talk about the seven burger places you shouted out the most. Read carefully, Josh Ozersky.

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USDA suspends California slaughterhouse after 'unacceptable treatment of cattle'
August 22nd, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating "disturbing evidence of inhumane treatment of cattle" at a California meat supplier, the agency said.

After receiving video from an animal welfare group, the USDA sent investigators to the Central Valley Meat Co. and found violations of humane handling, the agency said in a statement.

"We have reviewed the video and determined that while some of the footage provided shows unacceptable treatment of cattle, it does not show anything that would compromise food safety," said Al Almanza, administrator of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The USDA suspended inspections at the Hanford-based company, effectively halting slaughter operations there.

Read the full story: USDA suspends slaughterhouse after video appears to show animal cruelty

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Eating, drinking and ordering like a local
June 11th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

You know the drill. You’re on line at Starbucks, you order a mocha cookie crumble frappuccino from the barista, give him or her your name and wait impatiently for it to be called out so you can grab the last available armchair.
Or not - at least if you’re a Brit lining up in a London Starbucks. There, locals resent giving up such classified info, according to a BBC News story titled "Will You Tell Starbucks Your Name?" "I am not looking to make friends when I go into a coffee shop. I just want a drink," the English actor Arthur Smith told the BBC. "I don't want to go clubbing with them."

Fast food with a side of faith
February 5th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Over at the Belief Blog our colleague Dan Gilgoff delves into the ongoing flap between gay rights supporters and the management of fast food chain Chick-fil-A.

The restaurants, founded by businessman Truett Cathy in 1960s Atlanta, operate on a "Five–Step Recipe for Business Success" that includes a mandate for all branches to remain closed on Sundays as "our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business" and puts "principles and people ahead of profits" through community service.

At least one of Chick-fil-A's other three guiding principles is in peril, though: Never lose a customer. Activists and gay rights groups including the Human Rights Campaign launched a letter writing campaign after the company donated free food to a marriage seminar sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, an organization opposed to gay marriage.

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