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Blimpie celebrates 50th birthday with 50¢ sandwiches

Blimpie celebrates 50th birthday with 50¢ sandwiches

(WXIA) -- Friday, Apr. 4 is Blimpie's 50th anniversary, and the Arizona-based sandwich chain is celebrating with a great lunch deal.

The first 200 customers at participating restaurants next Friday will receive regular-sized Blimpie Best subs for only 50¢.

Blimpie will also hold a contest in May and June to send one lucky winner and a guest to the 50th state -- Hawaii -- and will give away fantastic prizes all year, including tablets, sandwiches and $50 gift cards.

For more information about all of Blimpie's promotions and to find a location, visit blimpie.com.

Gordon Biersch to debut beer inspired by 'Once'

Gordon Biersch to debut beer inspired by 'Once'

ATLANTA -- Broadway in Atlanta and Gordon Biersch Brewery in Midtown announce the launch of North Strand Imperial Pilsner, a Gordon Biersch beer, in conjunction with the Atlanta debut of Once at the Fox Theatre.

North Strand Imperial Pilsner is a classic style Pilsner. The beer boasts spicy, citrus flavors and aroma of the abundant Hallertau hop used in the recipe. This beer has intense flavor without overpowering the senses and is well-balanced with malty notes and a crisp dry finish.

Gordon Biersch Brewery will offer free tasters of the North Strand Imperial Pilsner to all ticket holders, and the beer will be available for $5.50 at the Midtown location only. A special tapping party will take place on Wednesday, March 5 from 6-9 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Broadway Cares.

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

(WXIA) -- Zaxby's has been named America's "Most Craveable Fast Casual" restaurant for the second year in a row.

The Athens-based chicken chain received the honor from Technomic, a market research firm that focuses on the restaurant industry.

Technomic measures more than 60 elements of a guest's experience to determine the rankings. Zaxby's craveability can be attributed to its popular Chicken Fingerz and dipping sauces, especially the signautre Zax Sauce.

"We are continuously looking for new experiences and flavors to provide our guests, but it's also exciting for us to know that some of our very first menu items are still fan favorites to this day," Zaxby's CEO and co-founder Zach McLeory said. "We're delighted to know our guests have ranked us the most craveable for a second year, and will endlessly strive to provide them with exceptional flavors they can't get anywhere else."

Krispy Kreme selling coffee-flavored donuts

Krispy Kreme selling coffee-flavored donuts

(WXIA) -- Coffee and donuts are a great way to start the day -- but what if the two breakfast staples were combined?

Krispy Kreme is now offering two coffee-inspired donuts at participating stores through Sunday, Mar. 30.

Customers can feast on:

* Mocha Kreme: A moist yeast donut filled with a tasty blend of chocolate and coffee flavors, topped with mocha icing, a milk chocolate swirl and decorated with milk chocolate icing

* Caramel Coffee Kreme: A decadent glazed treat topped with smooth caramel and coffee-flavored icing, a mocha drizzle and dollop of coffee Kreme

Visit krispykreme.com to find a Krispy Kreme location near you.

Samuel L. Jackson films thriller in Atlanta and dines at STK Atlanta

Samuel L. Jackson films thriller in Atlanta and dines at STK Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Saturday night, legendary actor and all-around badass Samuel L. Jackson was spotted at STK Atlanta enjoying an intimate dinner with friends and family.

Jackson is in Atlanta right now filming his latest movie, the Stephen King thriller Cell.

The ever-busy Jackson has also been promoting his latest film RoboCop, which premieres this Wednesday, Feb. 12.

To read more on this story and find out what Samuel L. Jackson enjoyed while dining at STK Atlanta, visit tastemakermag.com.

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Atlanta Waffle Houses among nation's most popular locations

Atlanta Waffle Houses among nation's most popular locations

(WXIA) -- Waffle House was founded in Avondale Estates, Ga., so it should be no surprise that some of the chain restaurant's most popular locations are in metro Atlanta.

Buzzfeed recently compiled a list of the 21 most popular Waffle Houses in America. The Atlanta area was well represented -- 11 of the 21, including all of the top five, are here in Georgia:

17. 3319 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta
16. 100 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta
15. 550 North Greenbriar Parkway, Marietta
14. 3016 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta
11. 2264 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta
10. 1700 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
5. 4065 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven
4. 2581 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta
3. 158 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock
2. 135 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta
1. 66 5th Street NW, Atlanta