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Friday, November 16, 2007

Fast Food Reality vs. Fast Food Advertising

posted by on November 16 at 8:42 AM

Burger King Whopper


Taco Bell Nachos Bell Grande


KFC Famous Bowl


Yum! More here.

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haha, I love that shit!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 16, 2007 8:45 AM

Mmm. Whopper.

So much better than the Big Mac.

Not that I've had either in years, but I do miss them.

Posted by Judah | November 16, 2007 8:48 AM

no way! Don't tell me there's no such thing as Santa Clause either!

Posted by Mike in MO | November 16, 2007 8:52 AM

Advertisers try to make their products look good, film at eleven.

Posted by Greg | November 16, 2007 8:53 AM

We were fooled by Domino's genius crispy pizza ads and ordered one last night. DO NOT BE TEMPTED. It is worse than ass, and it took an hour and a half to have the Domino's on Broadway deliver it 8 fucking blocks. Oh, and their cheesy bread is not cheesy. And they have a delivery charge. WTF? Stick to Amante. Don't fall for the crisp.

Posted by seattle98104 | November 16, 2007 8:53 AM

My mom always says "make it look like the picture". It takes them forever to do it, but they'll actually try to do it if you ask.

I could care less. It all tastes like heaven to me.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 16, 2007 8:55 AM

And it was cold. Had to reheat that shit in the oven.

Posted by seattle98104 | November 16, 2007 8:56 AM

It's the toxins in the meat! If you take the picture right away everything is perky but if you wait even a few seconds it all sags.

Posted by mj | November 16, 2007 8:56 AM

I'm in Marketing for a small corporation, and taking publicity shots of our products is one of my main duties. I constantly struggle to balance making the product look good to entice buyers, while avoiding something beyond what the customer can expect to receive.

When you cross that line, you're no longer supporting a products quality- instead you have a deception that won't stand up to scrutiny.

I think thats clearly the case here.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | November 16, 2007 9:00 AM

I respect Taco Bell for having some cheap ass salty burritos I can buy when I'm stoned out of my gourd, but those nachos represent all that is wrong with humanity.

Posted by Cale | November 16, 2007 9:09 AM

Mmmm, shame bowl!

Posted by Westside forever | November 16, 2007 9:11 AM

@11: America has spoken.

Posted by Greg | November 16, 2007 9:15 AM

And people wonder why we are fat and sick all the time. Gee, I have no idea how that could have happened.

The KFC bowl looks like someone has a case of the runs.

Posted by New Deal Demoncrat | November 16, 2007 9:23 AM

@ 6, so you care, then, right?

Posted by Matt from Denver | November 16, 2007 9:29 AM

Thanks Matt! I drives me cuckoo when people misuse that phrase.

Mr. Poe, think about it, if you want to express the idea that you care so little that you couldn't possibly be more apathetic, you would say, "I couldn't care less."

Posted by Mike in MO | November 16, 2007 9:36 AM

The sandwiches look depressed. Famous bowl of turds.

Posted by whoa | November 16, 2007 9:37 AM

It can be a definite surprise when glamour images bump up against reality. I have seen a few websites where they display gorgeous posed photos of supermodels next to candids of how absolutely plain the same women look in everyday life when they don't have makeup and enhanced cleavage.

Posted by Smarm | November 16, 2007 9:43 AM

That shit is fucking vile. Even when stoned and hungry Taco Hell is gross. We live in a city with real food and grocery stores all over the place. We don't live in suburb of fucking Phoenix! There's no reason to ever eat that crap. It tastes like shit.
You can buy a half dozen eggs for the price of one of those packaged turds. A fried egg sandy is faster, cheaper, better tasting.
Don't be a sucker. Eat like a human.

Posted by poster girl | November 16, 2007 9:45 AM


This is true. But I could really care less.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 16, 2007 9:49 AM

oh, Subway ads are the worst offender...the skimpy reality is not accurately portrayed in their ads.

'skimpy reality' I think that's my new band name.

Posted by michael strangeways | November 16, 2007 9:50 AM

#18: I would say the same thing about eating fried eggs...

Posted by jamier | November 16, 2007 9:59 AM

Depressing, but this post made me hungry. I actually like fast food (Whoppers, McDonald's cheeseburgers, chicken sandwickens, any kind of french fry), but stopped eating it years ago for all the "it's terrible for you", "it's not real food", "horrible labor practices" reasons. It is my "Break Glass in Case of Epic Hangover" cure once or twice a year, though.

Posted by Julie | November 16, 2007 10:07 AM

Patton Oswalt on the Famous Bowls

Posted by cw | November 16, 2007 10:24 AM

All cats are tasty in the dark.

Posted by oneeyedjack | November 16, 2007 10:39 AM

I'm with poster girl on fast food. Shit is nasty. I haven't eaten it since my bachelor days (15 years ago). A regular day for me in those days would be Hardy's biscuits and gravy for breakfast, chicken sandwich and fries at Burger King for lunch, and a Wendy's burger and frosty for dinner. I'd occasionally get a salad from McDonalds if I were feeling health conscience.

Eating like that was also a drain on my finances.

Posted by Sosa | November 16, 2007 10:45 AM

@18: Tell me about it! I've only eaten at Taco Bell ONE time, and that was when the hurricanes hit Florida in 2005. We didn't have power at my house, and Taco Bell was one of the few places that did have power. I wound up eating a soda and a freeze-dried quessadilla! I couldn't even finish it! That's how bad it was!

Posted by Anna | November 16, 2007 11:02 AM

for a buck - the whopper is hard to beat

all you dah de dah de dah

and the chili at wendy's is really good

dah dah de had

I am a chef level cook, but three or four time a week I do fast food

I enjoy eating it. You all been brainwashed.

For those who think a lot about what looks like poo, go open a can of the best refried beans. It is in you poo brain, dude.

Posted by Larkin | November 16, 2007 11:22 AM

Even at three or four times a week, look at what happens to when you eat fast food. You turn into poor Larkin.

Posted by Sosa | November 16, 2007 11:34 AM

Ugh! Why did you have to do that? I'm going to THROW UP.

Posted by Amelia | November 16, 2007 11:52 AM

Filet-O-Fish FTW.

Posted by wbrproductions | November 16, 2007 11:54 AM

@28 For a "chef level cook" (what does that even mean?), you sure compose posts like a 13 year old with ADD.

Posted by seattle98104 | November 16, 2007 12:00 PM


Are you the vegan with the really bad breath??? Or the poo fixation???

Another, burritos at Toco Time....yum

Posted by Larkin | November 16, 2007 12:05 PM

#31 -
oh flame, flame flame flame

Chef level means I am a very good cook as judged by family friends and co workers at my office

blog police types are really funky, are you a republican or an obsessed washed up school teacher? or just anal retentive?

Blogging is not essay writing, but shorthand and should be terse and VERY informal


Posted by Larkin | November 16, 2007 12:12 PM


Please, go throw up in mommies bedroom.
On the floor, not on the bed covers.

Posted by Angel | November 16, 2007 12:18 PM

god i love KFC's Famous Bowl. gives me the shits, but so worth it.

Posted by dirty girl | November 16, 2007 12:18 PM

I have access to authentic fresh Mexican food 24/7 but when I'm in the States I love Taco Bell.
I hate hamburgers though...

Posted by mj | November 16, 2007 12:30 PM

The fact that they don't shellack the real food is probably a good thing.

Posted by Mahtli69 | November 16, 2007 12:32 PM

The problem with fast food isn't the taste... Do you really think the taste of a Whopper with fries is bad? It's what you feel like 20 minutes later that's the problem. Light-headed, a little sick, kinda depressed. Then a couple hours later, you're hungry again. It's all the fucking sugar.

But yeah, with a hangover it kind of works in reverse.

Posted by Matthew | November 16, 2007 12:39 PM

Plastic food for plastic people. Deal.

Posted by POLLY SORE-BAITS | November 16, 2007 1:04 PM

HAPPY MEAL... at least you get an annoying, but sometimes fun toy.

Posted by Kat | November 16, 2007 1:41 PM

I think I'm one of the last people in the world who's literally never eaten at McDonald's, nor ever had a regular Coca-Cola. I have no legitimate reason, other than sheer stubbornness at this point. But I never developed the fast food habit, and that stuff doesn't really look like food to me. Especially those nachos. Those are heinous.

WTF is "Toco Time"?

Posted by Geni | November 16, 2007 1:58 PM

@35 - Plus you take care of your yearly allotment of salt in a single meal. Hot!

Posted by Paulus | November 16, 2007 2:00 PM

This thread is making me hungry.

For something else.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 16, 2007 2:23 PM

@41 - Tocar = to play (in Spanish) so, I guess it's time for me to play?? Forgive me if my Spanish is a bit rusty.

As for the fast food debate...I can't help but love it every once in awhile. I seriously have this need to have something bad for me sometimes. Like bacon...or something smothered in processed cheese...or gay sex (thanks Evangelical Christian Republicans!!) By the way...anybody remember Breakfast Buddies (not related to aforementioned gay sex) from Burger King?!! Those things were 59 cents!! And horribly delicious....mmmm..... By the way...croissanwiches are amazing and totally not near as good if you make them yourself. Sure, I can make much better food...but need something bad (that's my new catchphrase/come-on line...trademarked, me royalties!!)

Posted by cunei4m | November 16, 2007 3:14 PM

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