Believe it or not, going to Wendy's to critique a burger brought about just such a moment.
For me, it was that Wendy's had always been just out of reach as a child. There were none in our area, (I grew up in a little village just outside of Chicago,) so that we had to take the long and arduous journey to Wisconsin to obtain these blessed burgers. We did not do this often.
For Kurt, my partner in culinary critique, it was like a coming home of sorts: "I was raised on Wendy's, baby," he said to me as he leaned back in his plastic chair, hands folded behind his head, satisfied with the double he had just consumed.
In keeping with the rules of the project, I ordered a single. And while it did not look in any way appetizing, it was delicious. I also made it my mission to order a fries and a Frosty, so that I could dip my fries in the Frosty and eat them as they were meant to be eaten....together. Unfortunately I got a little over zealous and only saved about one-sixth of the Frosty for Kurt. He was nice enough to forgive my insensitivity by noon the next day.
While I in no way believe this approaches the level of Nell Thorn or even The Longhorn, for a fast food burger, it was tops, phenomenal, miraculous.
The scores were as follows:
- Flavor 10
- Juiciness 9.5
- Vegetables 6
- Bun 6
- Source 6
- Value 8
- Synergy 9
- Flavor 9
- Juiciness 9
- Vegetables 4
- Bun 4
- Source 4
- Value 9
- Synergy 9
The burger was seasoned, and as we found out, most fast food places get their beef from out of country, and Wendy's uses only US beef, and it is never frozen. The vegetables were in my opinion, attrocious, but saved by the perfect amount of red onion, pickle, and ketchup. The bun fell apart half way through the burger.
What I always come back to is that seasoned food tastes better. Wendy's clearly knows that, and while the burger did not look like much at the onset, when I bit into it, it still tasted and felt like a burger. I can't say as much for other fast food burgers.
It is important to be aware that the less you pay for food, the lower the quality of that food, and Wendy's is no exception. But the fact that they make the effort to get it to you fresh (they don't have to freeze it to ensure this,) speaks volumes.
Being who I am, I will always recommend local beef, sold by an independent outlet. But if that is beyond your means, you will not be disappointed if you go to Wendy's.
This is the first burger of the New Year and with it, a new hope, that we can finish the burgers in the Skagit this season and move on to other areas in the fall.
If you have to eat fast food, eat at Wendy's. It is just better. I am not going to include a map because well, they are just about everywhere and they all taste just about the same.
Because its cheaper that way.