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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."

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.

All You Can Eat Pancakes returns at IHOP

All You Can Eat Pancakes returns at IHOP

(WXIA) -- One of IHOP's tastiest promotions has returned for the new year.

All You Can Eat Pancakes is back at all IHOP restaurants through Sunday, Feb. 9.

"There are so many ways to enjoy our classic buttermilk pancakes. Now you can have your pancakes the way you always do ... and still be able to try a new way of adding butter or discovering a different syrup," IHOP senior vice president of marketing Natalia Franco said in a statement. "We know people love our pancakes, and as long as you can keep eating them, we'll keep serving them!"

During All You Can Eat Pancakes, guests who order pancakes as either an entree or a side item will keep receiving stacks of two until they "say when."

Visit ihop.com to find your nearest restaurant.

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

(WXIA) -- Twenty years ago, Pizza Hut delivered its first-ever pizza to be ordered over the Internet.

Now, the pizza chain is celebrating this milestone by offering a half-off online deal for customers.

Medium and large Pizza Hut pizzas will be 50 percent off when ordered online now through Jan. 10.

Pizza Hut has also launched Hut Lovers, a loyalty program that provides members with exclusive deals.

A large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese Pizza Hut pizza was the first physical good ever purchased online, according to Pizza Hut chief marketing officer Carrie Walsh.

"We want to celebrate the fact that before consumers could buy books, clothes, music or vacation packages via the Internet, they could place an online order for a Pizza Hut pizza," Walsh said in a statement. "We're doing so by giving back to our customers who have helped us lead the way with digital innovations over the last 20 years."

High school coaches to participate in rib-eating contest

High school coaches to participate in rib-eating contest

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Texas Roadhouse is kicking off a 10-day series of special events with a rib-eating contest for local high school coaches.

On Monday, Oct. 7, coaches from Cherokee, Harrison, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb, Pope and Sprayberry high schools will compete to see who can eat the most ribs.

The winning coach will receive 10 percent of the evening's proceeds for his football team.

The Battle of the Coaches contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. It will be preceded by an applesauce-eating contest for children at 6:30 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse is located at 2475 Barrett Creek Parkway in Marietta. Learn more at the restaurant's Facebook page.

Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Woodstock and Canton recently hosted a week long fundraiser to benefit the Chenault family of Woodstock.

The Chenaults' Woodstock home was destroyed in a tragic fire in May 2013. Stevi B's customers raised a total of $1,000 for the family to help them rebuild their lives.

Stevi B's would like to thank both the Rose Creek Publix and Ingles for each donating a cake for the fundraiser. Butterfly Jones, a local clown, donated her time to come out during the week and entertain the kids eating at Stevi B’s. A special thanks to the Cherokee County firefighters at Station 24 who brought out one of their trucks for the kids to see as well as ate at the restaurant.

Help Care Closet, get free Chick-fil-A

Help Care Closet, get free Chick-fil-A

CANTON, Ga. -- Canton Elementary School has opened a Care Closet for families in need.

The Care Closet was created to benefit Canton Elementary parents and children who struggle to afford basic necessities.

On Friday, Aug. 2, the Care Closet will collect toiletries at the Chick-fil-A restaurants at Canton Marketplace and Riverstone from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Anyone who donates will receive a free chicken biscuit or sandwich.

"We are excited about this special project and grateful to ... (the) staff at Chick-fil-A for their support," Canton Elementary principal Beth Long said in a statement.