Which fast food outlets have vanilla milkshakes that actually go beyond "boring, plain, and unexciting?" We picked nine nationwide chains, put our waistlines on the line, and braved the worst case of brain freeze in recorded history to find out. Here are our favorites.
'Wendy's' on Serious Eats
While they're fancying up the bookends by going all ciabatta on you, Wendy's has also quietly upped their game with a few new toppings. It all makes for a tasty-as-hell-sounding burger, but the reality is far less impressive.
We're warming up to Wendy's new Spicy Chipotle Sandwiches.
The trick isn't 'making' the pretzel bun, it's knowing when to use it...
After product testing earlier this year, Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger reportedly scored higher than any other promotional hamburger in recent Wendy's history. How you feel about it will likely boil down to how you feel about Wendy's, period.
Until last week, you could get the T-Rex Burger—a cheeseburger featuring nine quarter-pound patties and nine slices of cheese—at just one Wendy's location in Manitoba, Canada. Not wanting to look like they condoned the 3,000 calorie meat tower, Wendy's took the semi-secret item off the menu after someone posted about the burger on Reddit. But nothing (aside from common sense) is stopping you from combining three triple cheeseburgers.
If you've ventured past a Wendy's recently, you may have noticed their latest spin on their signature frozen dessert: vanilla or chocolate Frostys served in a crisp waffle cone. Did they finally get a reboot right?
Today Wendy's unveiled their new logo, to replace their current logo next March. What do you think of it?
McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Krystal, and other fast food chains get rated in QSR magazine's drive-thru study conducted across 41 states from over 2,000 visits to drive-thrus. QSR judged the drive-thrus in basic categories like service time, accuracy, and customer service, and more specific categories including "visibility of dumpsters" and "condition of landscaping."
At a staggering $6.49, this is one of the most expensive standalone items in the fast food marketplace, but I assure you it's worth it. This salad is a substantial meal that provides a reasonably well distributed 460 calories (i.e., it's not all dressing and croutons and bacon bits) and takes the better part of an honest lunch break to eat.
From the fast food chain that brought you $16 fois gras-topped burgers come new sandwiches (and one salad) featuring Canadian lobster. Wendy's Japan is offering three new Ocean Premium menu items to celebrate the opening of their second location in Japan in Roppongi Hills on August 17.
Wendy's new Son of Baconator burger is a scaled-down version of their original Baconator, made with two smaller patties, two slices of cheese, and four strips of bacon.
This week Wendy's reported that their first-quarter sales of 2012 were lower than expected, at less than 1 percent sales growth in North American locations, partially due to the promotion of their mid-tier burger, the W.
It's essentially a deluxed up version of Wendy's very good spicy chicken sandwich, and it is excellent. The bacon adds a ton, the guacamole certainly doesn't detract, and the end result is one of the rare fast food sandwiches worth $4.99.
Last year Wendy's sales exceeded Burger King's for the first time, making it the second largest burger chain in the US in sales volume after McDonald's. Read more from The Associated Press.
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Wendy's is classing it up with a new line of Black Label Burgers—tagline, "The perfect harmony of signature taste and select ingredients"—currently being tested in Wichita, Kansas, and Columbus, Ohio. The quarter-pound burgers come in Bacon Portabella (with mushroom sauce, muenster cheese, three half-slices of bacon, thick tomato slice, and peppery sauce; $4.89) and Spicy Santa Fe (with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, mixed salad greens, thick tomato slice, red onion slices, and cilantro jalapeño lime sauce; $4.49), says GrubGrade.
The melted cheese on top—this sandwich's claim to modest fame—tastes like ballpark nacho sauce. It might as well be melted American with an extra shake of salt, but it's a welcome addition simply by virtue of being warm, unlike the slice of cold yellow cheese underneath the burger.
After leaving the Japanese market in 2009, Wendy's reopened in Japan yesterday with its first location in Omotesando, an upscale shopping district in Tokyo, and has plans to eventually open 700 locations in Japan, reports Businessweek. With the grand opening comes a new line of Japan Premium items, most prominently a foie gras-topped burger called the Foie Gras Rossini for ¥1280 (about $16.50).
Wendy's chili isn't much to look at, but it tastes leagues better than Hormel. It's much thinner, but the sparse beef is augmented by plenty of small red kidney beans and pinky-gray pinto beans, and there are cursory bits of tomato skin, onion and, in a huh?-but-harmless touch, celery.