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Dollar Deal of the Decade [moved from General Topics]

Ok, now I know that discussing chain restaurants and fast food is frowned upon here, but lets get serious for a minute- Everyone orders from a dollar menu at some point in their life. You may be on the way home from work with only the change in your car's ashtray, under the influence and it's 2 am, or a college student (really just a combination of the two). So the question is: Where is the best dollar menu? My vote is El Pollo Loco for the amount of food you get for your money and because it's not greasy. What's yours?

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  1. Taco Bell. Their commercials don't lie -- their food is FILLING.

    Though I do love the two-apple-pies-for-a-buck at Mickey D's.

    1. Jack in the Box two tacos for 99 cents.

      1. I kinda like the .99c fried chicken sandwich at Jack in the Crack. I order it with extra sauce and have them add pickles to it. It's Good! Oh and they have the best iced tea too.

        1. Wendy's Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe. I always ask for a fresh one off the griddle and say I am willing to wait.

          I had a Wedny's burger last week that was so hot and juicy that there were little pools of juice/grease falling off into the wrapper. It felt like Shake Shack, but it was Wendy's! Never happens at McDonalds, where they take the burgers out of plastic microwave containers.

          Viva Wendy's!

          1. Also, has anyone tried the Ghetto Big Mac trick? You have to like Big Macs for it to be worth it, but the basic idea is that you order the $1 double cheeseburger, but ask them to put Big Mac Sauce on it instead of ketchup/mustard (they'll do that for free), and ask for a sesame seed bun instead of regular. You also get a small fries. You put a layer of fries in the middle of the sandwich to simulate the third bun, and voila...ghetto big mac!

            1. I think the best deal is making a salad from the Roy Roger's fixins bar.

              Or a pickle and hot peppers platter at quiznos.

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              1. re: mr_fro2000

                a veggie sandwich from roys. Ask for plain bun...they usually charge .60 cents or shrug and charge nothing. Load it up at the fixins bar. Smother it in horseradish or bbq sauce.

                wierd, but not bad.

              2. small frosty @ Wendy's. Mmmmm...wood pulp!

                1. Either Wienerschnitzel or Arby's.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Arby's has a dollar menu? Must have missed that. If they sold their turnovers for a dollar I'd die and go to heaven. . .

                    1. re: Covert Ops

                      Something like 5 roast beef sandwiches for $5 if I recall correctly.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Oh Gosh, it was 5 for $5 waaay long ago, before raising minimum wage...then it went to 4 for $5, then they raised minimum wage again and and now its 3 for $5 and some of the sandwiches, with a coupon are 2 for $5.

                        Don't think that raising minimum wage doesn't affect everyone's bottom line....