Wings Etc. is a Midwestern bar/restaurant franchise famous for its wings (as you could probably guess).  It also serves usual bar fare, including burgers, fries, and appetizers.  They recently ran a special for Lent, featuring a Shrimp Po’ Boy.  You can find out a bit more about it in this surprisingly well-produced ad they put up on youtube:

As you can see, it’s a fried shrimp sandwich on a hamburger bun.  It’s a bit different from the traditional preparation of a Po’ Boy, but since there are debates on what the traditional prep even is, I’m willing to let it go.  Anywho, it was actually a really good sandwich.  The shrimps were delicious, and large and numerous enough to fill the sandwich.  The ranch sauce was a nice complement, and brought out a nicer flavor than a more obvious choice like cocktail sauce would’ve.  The veggies were good, and the bun was big enough to hold everything together, which is important on a sandwich with so many smaller elements.  Overall, a great change of pace.

There were no talking chicken puppets at the location I visited, but it may have just been their day off.

The Shrimp Po’ Boy was only around $5, a great deal for a great sandwich.  Now that Lent is over, I’m not sure if it’s still going to be on the menu much longer, so pick one up while you have the chance.

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According to a number of sources around the internet, Burger King Japan is introducing a new burger which will push the envelope even farther than we thought possible.  Called the “Meat Monster”, the burger includes two hamburger patties, a chicken breast, cheese, and bacon, as well as lettuce, tomatoes and onion.  The creation weighs in at 1,160 calories and costs 820 yen (roughly $10 American).  In addition, BK’s “have it your way” mantra allows for additional ingredients including fish filets and fried eggs (actually a pretty popular burger topping in Japan). 

At this point, theres really nothing I can say thats more ridiculous or extreme than this image, so Ill just let it go.

It’s wretched excess, the kind of thing I would jokingly dream up using their website’s sandwich creator tool.  Still, I can’t help but find myself longing for the challenge of the meat monster, which currently isn’t planned to be exported outside Japan.  If any Japanese readers have an opportunity to try it, be sure and post how it is.  Hopefully good sales and buzz will bring it stateside, possibly to the New York Whopper Bar.  Until then, we’ll all just have to wonder…

Sandwich juggernaut Quiznos recently introduced an interesting new concept sandwich, the Chicken Bacon Dipper.  The general thrust of it is that you get a rather ordinary chicken sub with a side of cheese dipping sauce to dip it in.  Does it forever change the world of franchise sandwiches?  Let’s find out!!

SPOILER ALERT: It really doesn't.

The sub itself is fine, if unremarkable.  It’s got chicken, bacon, tomatoes, and according to the website can be made with some kind of Chitpotle Jack bread.  My local Quiznos didn’t have it, so I went with Italian instead.  It’s good, but it’s not a limited time offer hook without the dipping sauce. 

The sauce, incidentally, was my biggest disappointment with the sandwich.  The consistency of it was all wrong, it was really much more of a spread than a sauce.  Throwing it in a microwave or something might have helped it melt a little bit, but that’s not my responsibility.  The “sauce” was cheesy and a little too spicy, and was kind of hard to dip into.  It would’ve worked much better if it’d been more like the nacho cheese or salsa con queso you can buy at a grocery store.  All in all, it’s a decent experiment, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

I’m not opposed to the idea of a dipping sandwich.  The precedent is there (see French Dip sandwich for more details), and a simple sandwich you could dip in a cheese or BBQ or ranch sauce could be great.  Quiznos just isn’t quite there yet.  That said, they do have a coupon on their website for the sub, so it’s a pretty good deal.  And who knows, maybe the poor dip consistency is a localized problem (although looking at pictures online, I kind of doubt it).