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Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. And the chain says breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. - a half-hour longer than McDonald's offers its Egg McMuffins.
    
Taco Bell President Brian Niccol says the chain intends to be a "strong No. 2" after McDonald's.

Options include the Waffle Taco -- a breakfast sandwich wrapped inside a waffle with a side of syrup -- and a bacon, eggs and hash brown version of its tortilla-based Crunchwrap. The menu also includes breakfast burritos, coffee and orange juice.
    
McDonald's has long been the fast-food leader in the mornings, with its popular Sausage Biscuits, Hotcakes and other items pulling in roughly 20 percent of the company's U.S. sales. But the chain has been facing stiffer competition in recent years, with competitors such as Starbucks and Subway rolling out breakfast sandwiches as well.


19 outrageous fast food items

POSTED: 04:55 AM PDT Jun 12, 2013    UPDATED: 11:21 AM PDT Apr 16, 2014 

KFC has announced it's bringing back its fabled Double Down. Here's a look at other outrageous fast food items through the years.

Gross Foods - Double Down
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KFC on Wednesday announced it's bringing back its fabled Double Down sandwich. Long the king of over-the-top fast food, this artery clogger consists of bacon, cheese and special sauce served between two pieces of fried chicken instead of a bun. Take a look at some of the other outrageous fast food items that have appeared on menus.