Sunday, May 27, 2007

TBG Reviews: Wendy's Steakhouse Double Melt

I wrote this review more than three weeks ago. Then, I walked away from the laptop and forgot about it. Is my material really that forgettable? I assumed this blog stayed with you, like the first viewing of "Faces of Death" or something. Anyways, enjoy the dated references and menu item that may or may not still be available.

So, with the wife and the boy at a Cinco de Mayo soiree, I was left to hunt and kill my own dinner. As stated in this space before, I'm a sucker for effective marketing and the good people at Wendy's have put together an interesting campaign for their new Steakhouse Double Melt. It involves the middle seat on an airplane and two hot chicks on either side. OK, maybe "interesting" is too strong of an adjective, but I was hungry and bought one today.

It's about 10 minutes from the restaurant to Stately Bootleg Manor. I'm not sure if this is indicative of all Wendy's, but my burger was still scalding hot when I pulled the foil-wrapped fat bomb out of the bag. Featuring two of their ubiquitous square patties and…"layered with crisp bacon, Swiss cheese, marinated mushrooms, caramelized onions and tangy peppercorn sauce", Wendy's latest gimmick burger entry is greater than the sum of its parts.

The bacon was nicely salted, but the complete opposite of "crisp". The Swiss cheese had nearly evaporated by the time I got my burger home and what was left had blended with the thumbprint of peppercorn sauce that appears to be doled out by a single teaspoon. The mushrooms (canned) and onions were a nice touch, though, and gave the whole thing kind of a sweet and smoky vibe.

Solid burger, but minus a pair of points for my local Wendy's and their stubborn refusal to hand out packets of ketchup unless you ask for them. The default setting for ketchup in the drive-thru should be "included". Is it wrong for me to assume that the majority of you like the tomato-vinegary goodness of ketchup? Then, goddammit, Wendy's, put it in the bag! I assume it's there, get all the way home and it's not there. Have Wendy's employees tried their fries?


mike mejor said...

Nice review. I had one of these last week and probably got all of the cheese and pepper sauce that was missing on yours. It was late at night and i guess they just emptied the entire vat of that goo on my burger. Still ate the whole damn thing.

castro said...

HAH! I had one of these last night after work caused me to miss every BBQ and cookout in California. Pretty damn good, but mine was a molten glob by the time i got it home. First burger you eat with a spoon.

Anonymous said...

New fast food breaking news: Cam, go hit up Taco Bell for that new quesadilla they're serving. Small but awesome and only $1.29 so you can buy like eight of them.

Anonymous said...

Yahoo has an article up where they rate the best fast food in the country. If I can find a link I'll send it your way. THey call Wendy's #1, which pisses me off in more ways that I could care to count. Anyways give it a look. I'd love to read your thoughts on it.