Takeaway Truth is a new occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: Red Rooster's Stacked All-In Pack.
Fast food restaurants have been known to gild the lily when it comes to accurate depictions of their menu items. Far too often, the mouth-watering feast on the poster turns out to be a limp and oily morsel. In a bid to keep the fry-jockey overlords honest, we've decided to document the reality of fast food — it was either that, or go postal like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.
As their name implies, the Red Rooster Stacked Pack range crams a generous allotment of food into one oversized box. In addition to providing a more substantial feast, this also saves the customer up to 30 per cent on the standard price of each item, according to Red Rooster's marketing.
The Stacked 'All-In' Pack comes with a Classic Crispy Burger, one crispy strip, three cheesy nuggets, 390ml drink and hot chips for $9.95. Other packs in the range include the Tropicana Pack (quarter roast chicken, two pineapple fritters, 390ml drink and hot chips), Legends Pack (Classic Crispy Burger, two crispy strips, 390ml drink and hot chips) and Power Pack (quarter roast chicken, one crispy strip, one regular mash & gravy, a regular hot chips and a 390ml soft drink).
This is how the Stacked All-In Pack looks on the Red Rooster website:
And here's what we got served:
We were reasonably impressed with Red Rooster's Stacked Power Pack, but its All-In sibling leaves a lot to be desired. We're beginning to discover a trend in this series: namely, that fast food burgers tend to be the worst offenders when it comes to inaccurate depictions of food.
Much like McDonald's Taste Of America burgers, the Red Rooster Classic Crispy Burger is flatter, soggier looking and filled with markedly less condiments than the version on the poster. The chips, meanwhile, are barely visible in the box despite shooting from an even higher angle.
Truth Rating: 6/10
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