Wendy’s Flavor-Dipped Chicken Sandwich is pretty important to me. They were first offered a while back when I was first starting Sandwichtalk, and I didn’t get a chance to try and review them. They’ve haunted me ever since, a reminder that sandwiches don’t last forever and I have to be on the ball. Wendy’s recently decided to bring them back, for which I am grateful. I get the chance to give them the review they deserve: a mediocre one.
The premise of these sandwiches is that the chicken breast is coated in a sauce, either barbeque or buffalo. I opted for the BBQ option, which included pickles and onions. It was a lot like the McRib of McDonald’s fame, or any number of BBQ pork sandwiches. The sandwich wasn’t bad, although it’s pretty messy. It feels like overkill though, since a little bit of barbeque sauce goes a long way, and I can only imagine how overpowering the buffalo sandwich must be.
The Flavor-Dipped Sandwiches go for around $5, more if included in a combo. They’re decent, but a bit expensive for what you get. Wendy’s has better sandwiches on the menu, I’d probably go with one of those instead.
Applebee’s is a family restaurant/bar known for their appetizer specials, trivia nights, and all around ubiquitousness. They have a number of burger and sandwich offerings, and looking back through previous entries, I was surprised to discover I haven’t reviewed anything of theirs yet. Well, that changes today. Among their various and sundry appetizers they have a cheeseburger slider platter, which comes with fries and can include bacon for an added fee.
The sliders consist of a small patty, cheese, diced onions, Applebee’s “signature burger sauce”, and bacon on a ciabatta-type roll. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not usually a big fan of sliders, especially when they’re presented as a full meal option. Applebee’s wisely avoids this problem, and as an appetizer/light meal, I really enjoyed them. The patties were good, and although there was only about a half-strip of bacon on each, it really made a difference in the flavor. The sauce was good too, it was somewhere in between a regular A1-style steak sauce and Steak and Shake’s Frisco sauce. The ciabatta roll was a nice touch, it added a sense of elegance to the burgers which a mini hamburger bun couldn’t have.
The Cheeseburger Slider Platter costs around $7, with an additional 50 cents for bacon. However, Applebee’s offers nightly half off appetizer deals, which I would highly recommend you take advantage of. It’s a great appetizer, and with another small order it could make a great meal.
Local hotspot University Roadhouse recently added a couple new entrees to their menu. Among them was the Georgia Max Burger, a deluxe cheeseburger highly recommended to me by my roommate. The Georgia Max is an interesting variant on the “Western BBQ” theme which was all the rage last summer. Instead of simply adding a barbeque sauce, the burger is topped with barbeque pulled pork, as well as cheddar cheese, cajun mayo, and the obligatory crispy onion straws.
As complicated as it sounds, the Georgia Max actually came together pretty well. I’m a fan of pulled pork in general, and the combination of pork and ground beef wasn’t nearly as jarring as it could’ve been. The pork was slightly crispy on the edges but still soft throughout, and the cajun mayo added a nice counterbalance to the prominent barbecue flavor. The texture of the burger was a bit odd, given the combination of soft and crispy elements, but not to the point where it took away from the experience. Also, as you can tell from the picture, it’s huge, so be sure to order it on an empty stomach.
The Georgia Max costs around $8 as part of a meal, an goes well with either regular or sweet potato fries. I’d definitely recommend it next time you’re feeling pretty hungry. It’s a nice twist on what’s now become a stock concept.
P.S. I also want to thank my grandparents, who surprised me by stopping in town and taking me out for dinner so I could try it. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!!
May 6, 2011
Although it’s not really new anymore, KFC‘s most recent addition to their admittedly paltry sandwich lineup is the Doublicious, which strikes me as kind of a do-over of their infamous Double Down. Even the name seems like a reference, especially because there isn’t much “double” about the sandwich (the website describes it as a mix of two flavors, sweet and savory, but that seems like a stretch to me). It works out though, because unlike the Double Down, the Doublicious is edible. It’s even delicious.
A lot of what makes the Doublicious right has to do with what made the Double Down so wrong in the first place. As I said in that review, the Double Down has way too much meat and cheese, and without carbs to balance it out, it feels really heavy. The Doublicious wisely drops the novelty of the second chicken breast and some of the bacon and cheese, and sandwiches what’s left (chicken, a slice of cheese, two strips of bacon, and the sauce) between a Hawaiian sandwich bun.
The bun really is what elevates this sandwich beyond the average. It’s sweet without being sugary, and it adds to the flavor in an interesting, but not overpowering way. I’m a fan of Hawaiian bread in general, and I think it would go great on a ham or pork sandwich as well (although obviously, this is outside of KFC’s purview). This sandwich takes the positive elements of the Double Down and gets the ratios right, which is what it needed all along.
The Doublicious is one of the $5 meal options at KFC right now, which means you get a side and a drink with the sandwich. I’d highly recommend picking one of them up, it’s probably my favorite thing on their menu right now. KFC has a long way to go before they deserve forgiveness for the Double Down, but this is a step in the right direction.
And now, because I love you guys, here’s a picture of Ken Jeong of NBC’s Community eating the Doublicious.
Arby’s has just introduced a new Angus beef sub, one of the inaugural menu options of their new “good mood food” slogan. It’s interesting that they’re pushing Angus as a brand (they advertise on the website that they have at least three more Angus products coming soon), since they themselves have a roast beef they’ve been pushing for years. Regardless, the Angus Three Cheese and Bacon sub is here, and let me tell you, it’s not that great.
The main problem I have with this sandwich is the Angus roast beef. Regardless of how you feel about Angus beef, it tastes different from Arby’s regular roast beef. I personally think the regular stuff is better, but more than that I think it’s better suited to the kinds of sandwiches Arby’s makes. The other ingredients don’t fit quite as well with the flavor of the beef as they should. The combination of cheeses (swiss, cheddar, and parmesan) feels kind of arbitrary, like they picked out the three cheapest cheeses they could find. The sauce and bacon are fine, but unlike the other subs, the roll isn’t toasted (or at least the one I had wasn’t, and I’m inclined to think that’s how it’s supposed to be), which I never realized was important until it was gone.
I don’t think the Angus Three Cheese and Bacon was worth the trouble. It might work with a little tweaking, but as it stands now, it’s definitely not worth the price (a little over $5 for the meal). Arby’s has plenty of good subs and sandwiches, get something else instead.