Added a new menu for Steak 'N Shake, featuring a very meaty cheesy list of food items worthy of the name.
Added a new menu for Checkers, which also acts as the menu for sister chain Rally's. This menu is updated from a Checkers location near Orlando, Florida. Note that Rally's menus, while pretty much the same, may vary by selection and prices. Of course, the same can be said for just about all menus!
Recently Carl's Jr. released it's Big Carl, a rival to the McDonald's Big Mac (I think it's pretty different) and possible counter to the Angus Attack waged by the Arches. Now, Jack In The Box enters the double decker fray with the return of the Bonus Jack.
The Bonus Jack is a double decker with a middle piece of bread, two beef patties, Secret Sauce, lettuce, two slices of cheese and pickles. No onions like the Big Mac. The bottom-up assembly is heel, Secret Sauce, meat, cheese, bread, meat, cheese, pickles, lettuce, Secret Sauce, and crown.
If you are new to Jack In The Box, maybe you glossed over one of the most significant ingredients above. Missing from the menu for about the last ten years (but available if you asked), JITB has brought back their famous Secret Sauce, roughly a blend of ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, A-1 and Tabasco sauce. The full ingredients can be found here.
Pretty tasty sandwich, although I found it a bit salty. Also, don't assume the name implies it is somehow related to the Jumbo Jack. It is not. The taste is distinctly meaty/cheesy, with the Secret Sauce adding overall appeal.
Possibly in response to McDonald's recent incursion on Carl's Six Dollar Angus turf with the Third Pound Angus burgers, Carl's Jr. debuts the new Big Carl. And if you think this two beef patty, two cheese burger's similarity to the Big Mac is pure coincidence, Carls' own ads remove all doubt.
This sort of rivalry between fast food chains goes on all the time, but usually not so overtly. After all, isn't the Big N' Tasty just McDonald's response to the Whopper? And don't forget Burger King's own version of the Big Mac. Dubbed the Big King, the sandwich did not last in the U.S. (but it was pretty good.)
Anyway, I tried the Big Carl the other day. First, while it is advertised in the TV ad above at $2.49, my local Arizona store was offering the sandwich for $1.99 and a combo for $3.99.
If you're thinking "Whoa - this things gotta be huge if they're using the Six Dollar patties" you can relax. They are not. The Big Carl uses the classic patty of the Famous Star and the Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Note the side-by-side comparison of a Famous Star and Big Carl in the last frame above. The assembly and ingredients are basic: heel, thousand island, lettuce, meat, cheese, meat, cheese, more thousand island, crown. Note the absense of McD's pickles and onions. The Big Carl can more plainly be described as a double cheeseburger with thousand island and lettuce.
It is well known that McD's Special Sauce is not simply thousand island dressing, so the taste of the two sandwiches is a bit different out of the gate. But I am a big fan of thousand island burgers so I really enjoyed this fast food burger. The meat, always tasty and juicy, lived up to Carl's reputation. And the blend of meat, cheese and thousand without any other real taste distractions left me wanting more.
I'm wondering if Hardee's will also release a version on their side, but as of this writing they have not. For those of us in Carl's Jr. territory get one while you can. However I predict it will go the way of the Big King largely due to it's inability to compete with the more superior siblings on the Carl's menu. Time will tell.
Guest author Nick K. provided some thoughts on a recent visit to a very specific California fast food favorite:
Nick writes, "Get The Burger is located in Big Bear Lake, CA. They have cheese burgers, fries, hot dogs, and, of course, soft drinks." The fast food menu is all about the burgers, themed with hollywood movie studio names like The Director and The Leading Lady. Nick continues, "My favorite thing to eat there is the double cheese burger called The Producer. I think Get the Burger has some of the best burgers I‘ve ever tasted."
On the decor, Nick says, "They have painted murals of forests across all of the walls. Get the Burger has a very unique set of decor, with some pieces that look like they come from Starbucks, and other pieces that look like they come from Hollywood."
Needless to say, he's a fan. "On a scale from 1 to 10, I give Get the Burger a 9.5."
Who? Get The Burger
Where? Big Bear Lake, CA
What? Burgers & Fries hot and made to order
I tried McDonald's new Third Pound Angus burger the other day and I was unimpressed. The sandwiches come in three varieties, Deluxe, Mushroom & Swiss, and Bacon & Cheese. I opted for the Deluxe, as I was curious how this would rate compared with other classic standard-topping burgers.
First, the patty, while thick and meaty, was also overly salty. And if you know me, that is saying a lot as I usually like salty food. The meat was also rather dry. However, it sat well on the custom and sturdy bun and was sized right for the sandwich. In other words, I felt like I was getting more burger than my usual McDonald's fare.
Here are some unedited pics of my sandwich. Note the attractive box and the handy little flip down tab that tells you what kind you ordered. Inside, the burger was partially wrapped in wax paper, suggesting I was in store for a messy juicy treat. Upon closer inspection (sorry about the blur in the last frame) we see that this is truly a basic burger. The assembly is heel, cheese, meat, cheese, tomato, leaf lettuce, sliced onion, pickles, mayo, mustard, and crown. This assembly order befuddles me. McDonald's knows that you want to put the flavors down lower on the sandwich closer to the tongue. So why is there only a slice of cheese between the bread and the meat? Everything else rides top-side. I tried eating it upside down and it tasted a little better.
Aside from the salt, there was also too much mayo. Now, I am a fan of the mayo/ketchup combination made popular by the Buger King Whopper. But McDonald's seems to be saying they've already addressed that with the Big N' Tasty. So ketchup is strikingly absent from this burger. And mustard/mayo is NOT as satisfying. In fact, the lack of ketchup or anything sweet only upped the pucker factor of the mustard/mayo/pickles. That, combined with the saltiness of the patty kept me reaching for my Coke.
All in all, I say this is a decent effort and I definitely felt full, but I was not blown away. Compared with, say, a Six Dollar Burger at Carl's/Hardee's this sandwich is playing catch-up. Or should I say ketchup?!
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