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Wendy’s Portabella Bacon Melt (Burger) Review


A.  I never liked mushrooms until I was in my 5th decade; I missed a lot.  B.  The first Mrs. Burgerdogboy, on burger outings, ONLY went for variations of a mushroom/Swiss burger (shows she knew more than I)  Her “go-to” mush/Swiss was at the now defunct chain “Mr. Steak.”  C.  Portabella mushrooms are all the rage, and are actually very mature crimini mushrooms, marketed under a number of different names.

The size you’ll find on Wendy’s new Portabella Bacon Melt are often labeled “Baby Bellas” in the grocery.

Wendy’s new burger is topped with fresh cooked, thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, and sautéed portabella mushrooms in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce made with Old English Cheddar.

Wendy’s shows no signs of relinquishing the # 2 spot they recently attained.  They are working hard at menu, store, and personnel upgrades.

Although I wouldn’t personally think that cheddar sauce and portabellas would be a great combo, I really liked it.  Add the applewood smoked bacon to Wendy’s fresh burger, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Speaking of combinations, I did get the combo, and Wendy’s fries upgrade continue to be one of the best in fast food.

I hope the Portabella Bacon Melt  becomes a permanent edition to the menu.

Good job, Wendy’s.

Wendy's Portabella Bacon Melt

 (Wendy’s furnished me with a gift card to try this sandwich.  The photo above is copyright, property, of Wendy’s.)



Nationwide – Carl’s Jr. – The Six Dollar Something Burger


I remember when Carl’s first came out with this, the pitch was basically a “burger that tastes like it costs six dollars, but at a lower price,” or some such.  Apparently  that six dollar burger will cost you close to six dollars now, and in a small combo? Seven bux plus.

I rolled into our brand new neighborhood Carl’s Jr., today, to fortify myself for a road trip I am leaving on shortly (yes, many burgers will be consumed!).  This  gleaming structure opened a couple months ago, replacing a KFC (which we miss, actually).

The counter girl mumbled something about “Would you like to try our XXXXX six dollar burger?”  And I replied, “why yes, I think I would.”

I glanced at the menu board and ordered the Original Six Dollar Burger combo (about $7.50), which is described on the Carl’s website at charbroiled 100% Angus beef patty, two slices of melted American cheese, two slices of tomatoes, mayo, mustard, pickles, ketchup and red onions on a toasted sesame seed bun.

I was the only dining room customer.  The counter lady gave me my number and I waited – about 8 minutes.  No sweat.   Now, the difference between what I ordered and what I received?  I received the big beef patty, between toasted sourdough bread, a couple kinds of cheese, and bacon.   I know they used to offer something like that in the six dollar line, but I don’t see it on the current menu.  Whatever.

It’s pretty tasty.  Unlike the “big 3”, this patty actually tastes like beef.  It’s a shitload of calories and carbs, for sure.

Carl’s also features “natural cut fries” now (I have never figured out what “unnatural cut” would mean), and they were pretty OK.  Better than Wendy’s product of the same ilk.  They still taste similar to an extruded product to me.

Would I have it again? I think so.  But maintaining my girlish figure would require me to skip the bread and fries.   With a fork, the six dollar burger would be quite nice.  I’d like to pay less, of course.

And by the way?  100% Angus beef?  Yawn. 80% of the beef cattle in the US are Angus.   If it was 100% “Certified” Angus, that would be something to brag about.

Carl's Jr Six Dollar Burger

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Wendy’s New Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club


Wendy's Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club SandwichThe fine folks at Wendy’s contacted me and asked me to try out their new Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club sandwich, and furnished me with the means to do that.

They describe their newest sandwich as  “Made with a seasoned spicy chicken breast, authentic guacamole, crisp Applewood smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese.”

Chicken is rarely on my fast food radar, and a chicken sandwich even less often,  so I was game for the experience.

Wendy’s has been on a tear lately, with a top to bottom updating, examining their menu, adding new items, building prototype new outlets, and taking a hard look at their staffing as well, and so far, they get a A+ for the effort.

Customers have lauded and rewarded the efforts, as it was recently announced Wendy’s passed BK to become America’s second largest fast food chain.

I was more than happy with the sandwich.   The bun was bakery soft, the guac ultra fresh, with just a little bit of kick, and the chicken filet nicely fried with a crispy coating with a slight bit of black pepper accent.

Don’t be mislead by the term “spicy” in the description.  Some chicken chains use of the word (and accompanying spices) turns out a blazin’ hot (to my palate) piece of bird, but Wendy’s has built a sandwich designed to appeal to the masses – so you can take the word “spicy” in this instance to mean “flavorful.”

I went with the combo, and for my money, Wendy’s “new” sea salt natural cut fries continue to be one of the best offerings in the fast food side segment. Their applewood smoked bacon, available on a variety of offerings, continues to be some of the best in the biz, as well.


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