Hashtag Burgers
Hashtag Burgers

Now You Can Eat a Burger That Looks Like Pikachu

Hashtag Burgers
Hashtag Burgers

As the Pokémon Go craze continues to build, one question is on a lot of people's minds: Can I eat them? Since many Pokémon actually look like they're edible (Exeggcute, for example, is just a bunch of angry looking eggs), it stands to reason that we could, and arguably should, be eating these things. After all, the Pokémon anime once depicted Ash and Brock dreaming about a hot plate of Magikarp. Farfetch'd even carries his own garnish.

So maybe it's not that disturbing that Sydney-based restaurant Down-N-Out has crafted three special burgers that resemble Pokémon. The brightly colored creations are made to look like Charmander, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. The burger joint, which is run by a group called Hashtag Burgers, explained that customers are given one at random, meant to mirror the randomness of the game itself.

"The flavours and the ingredients match the Pokémon’s style, character and color. The Charmander is a little bit spicy, there’s kind of a volcanic cheese dripping off it," Hashtag Burgers’ Ben Kagan told Mashable Australia. "The Bulbasaur is grassy and cleaner, but it tastes like a Big Mac actually—which is quite nice. The Pikachu is a bit sillier, with our 'tiger fries' through it."

Each burger also has a smiling face on the bun (giving Goldfish a run for the real snack that smiles back). Pikachu sports some chip ears while Bulbasaur has a piece of broccoli, perhaps to mimic the bulb on the character's back. While eating a fire lizard or electric mouse isn't our first choice for dinner, at least Bulbasaur kind of looks like a Brussels sprout—possibly making it the most feasibly edible option. Each Pokeburger costs $15 AUD, or $11.39 USD. They're only around until September 3, so you better get your Pokéballs in order soon.

[h/t AV Club]

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The Top 10 Pizza Chains in America

Pizza is a $45.1 billion industry in the United States. Here are the top pizza chains across this great nation, based on gross sales in 2016.


Pizza Hut is truly enormous. Raking in more than $5.75 billion in 2016, the chain is best known for its red roof architecture. The style is so distinctive that the blog Used to Be a Pizza Hut collects photos of former Pizza Hut restaurants now turned into other businesses.


With more than $5.47 billion in revenue, Domino's is nipping at Pizza Hut's heels. For decades, Domino's offered a guarantee that your pizza would arrive in 30 minutes or less, or it would be free. The policy was terminated in 1993 in the U.S., and Domino's has since focused on expanding its menu with pasta, sandwiches, and other goodies.


Photo of the exterior of a Little Caesars restaurant

Founded in 1959 by Mike and Marian Ilitch, Little Caesars focuses on carry-out pizza at ultra-competitive prices. Using slogans like "Pizza! Pizza!," "Pan! Pan!," and "Deep Deep Dish," the chain offers hot cheese pizzas for just $5.


Headquartered in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, Papa John's was the first national pizza chain to offer online ordering in the U.S., way back in 2002.


Papa Murphy's offers exclusively "take and bake" pizza, where the ingredients are put together in front of you, then you bake the pizza at home. It's the only large chain to offer this kind of pizza, and it's a smart business model—stores don't need pizza ovens!


California Pizza Kitchen

The first California Pizza Kitchen launched in 1985 in Beverly Hills, California. The focus is on gourmet pizza, including a line of relatively fancy frozen pizzas. In many locations, CPK also offers gluten-free crust as an option, making it a favorite for gluten-intolerant pizza lovers.


Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco founded Marco's Pizza in 1978. The Toledo, Ohio-based chain is now the country's fastest-growing pizza chain, with more than 800 franchised locations across the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and India. They specialize in what they've dubbed "Ah!thentic Italian."


In 1958, Bill Larson concluded four years of US Navy service and got a job at a pizza parlor in San Mateo, California. A year later, he founded his own: Round Table Pizza. Using a King Arthur theme, Round Table has often featured knights and shields in its logo. The knight theme originated when Larson saw drawings of King Arthur's court eating pizza.


The brainchild of two Georgia Tech students, Mellow Mushroom opened in Atlanta, Georgia as a one-off pizzeria. Today, it boasts more than 150 locations, and is regularly inching further westward.


Macaroni and cheese pizza from Cicis

Cicis is the world's largest pizza buffet chain. It features all sorts of wild stuff including a macaroni-and-cheese pizza.

Source: PMQ Pizza Magazine

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Walmart Will Now Deliver Groceries to Your Door

If you feel that self-checkout lanes still involve an unacceptable risk of mingling with other humans, Walmart is prepared to make you an even better offer. Beginning this year, the retailer will be offering grocery delivery service from more than 800 of their stores, reaching an estimated 40 percent of the country.

The move comes after Amazon’s recent announcement that they would be shuttling food from the recently acquired Whole Foods chain to Amazon Prime customers in under two hours for no charge. Walmart’s plan doesn’t involve a subscription fee; instead, users will be charged $9.95 for delivery, with a minimum $30 order. Prices on delivery items will be the same as in the store.

Consumers in participating regions will be able to select items from the Walmart website or app. The company will then enlist a “personal shopper” trained in selecting cuts of meat and fresh produce to gather the items and then route them to homes via Uber or another ride service, typically within a window of 3 to 4 hours.

The store-to-door service is currently in a handful of trial locations, but Walmart is expected to expand delivery zones quickly, with plans to eventually reach every U.S. household.

[h/t BusinessInsider]


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