About the joint
Wendy's is what it is, no matter how they spin it: a big, corporate fast-food restaurant. Though they've historically been ahead in terms of food quality, in the emerging burger market, they're firmly mediocre. Despite recent attempts to improve their image by designing new, attractive, but more wasteful (a cardboard carton AND a paper wrapper for each burger!?) packaging, Wendy's has failed to keep up even with other slow-moving corporate joints when it comes to atmosphere and hospitality.
by theroan on February 28th, 2012
I'm with Ben on this one. In terms of quality, I would put Wendy's on top of our available fast food chains.
It may not have been frozen, but it wasn't fresh...
by basil on February 6th, 2012
The 1/4 Lb Single, according to the Wendy's website, is the restaurant's "new gold standard". If that's the case, then the Wendy's economy is as far in the toilet as is possible without being in the sewer.
Let me pull back a bit. The theory behind this burger is totally sound. The ingredients sound good, and the claim to freshness should have made for a great experience. But oh, how false the claim! I cook burgers all the time - I know when a patty has been cooked fresh, and this one definitely wasn't. The heat was uneven, which made me think it had been reheated, and the flavor was virtually non-existent. To make matters worse, the bun was stale.
The veggies, at least, seemed fresh, although the tomato might have been showing the early signs of piquedness, confirming my suspicions that parts, if not all, of this burg was sitting around for a bit. Unfortunately, the onion was overpowering. In a burg with little or no strong flavors, they'd have been better off with a more mild onion choice than a red onion.
I'm a big fan of ketchup and mayo together, and this burg has both. But on mine there were two big glorps of each, barely mingling, neither one covering even half of the burger. What should have been a blend of sauces permeating every bite turned into two offensively artificial blobs of goop. I'd never eat a teaspoon of mayo on its own, but that's near enough what happened when I got to "the mayonnaise part" of the burger.
by basil on February 1st, 2012
Sound in theory - failed in execution. Just wasn't fresh or well put together. You can blame the humans at the particular location I visited, but the corporate policies are what ultimately drives good workers to do a good job.
by benjamin on February 1st, 2012
Sucks you had such a horrible experience. Wendy's is right in the middle of the scale for me. I feel like there's as many burgs below as there are above. Certainly better quality than McD or BK, but of course will never hang with a half-decent local joint.
by emmarimmington on February 1st, 2012
I'm giving this a 2 because it tasted like it had been sitting there all day. They are supposed to be made fresh but the bun was dry and there was no juices left in the meat. Im a connoisseur of basic burgs so this one disappoints.