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More than once, I have lamented the passing of classic, old school french fries swapped out in the prime of life for flashy new fries with unnecessary seasoning bells and whistles.  Still, encouraged by Jack In the Box's changed fry earlier this year, I gave Wendy's the benefit of the doubt in trying out their new Natural-Cut Fries with Sea Salt.  I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

Wendy's did not abandon the ideal that a french fry should taste like a potato.  Instead, they appear to be willing to let the potatoes speak for themselves.  The sea salt coating is generous, and being a prominent part of the name it shouldn't be a surprise that these fries are saltier than the old version.  In fact, a quick comparison of the nutrition information on the Wendy's website with the data for the old fries found at fastfoodfacts.info shows that a medium order of the new fries have 500mg of sodium vs the old fries' 340mg.  They also have more calories (420 vs 390) and more fat (20g vs 17g).

But Fast Food Source is not a nutrition site.  We are a fast food fan site.  So taste matters.  Wendy's new fries are a worthy addition and, in our opinion, the best of the "new" fry offerings.

lennys burger

Fast Food Source would like to welcome our newest restaurant, Lenny's Burger, a 4-store chain in the Phoenix area.  Check it out here!

The Mesa location, their newest, was so clean and shiny my face reflected off the nostalgic metal signs bolted to the equally reflective diner-style chrome paneled walls.

lenny's burger restaurant mesa

Being a fan of 1000 island, I tried their "Country Burger" and was not disappointed.  Shredded lettuce, juicy tomatoes, pickles and a tasty patty on a sturdy yet flexible bun.  Very tasty.

I opted for onion rings instead of fries, and they were thick and tasty, beer-batter style rings.

Oh, and did I mention they serve PEPSI?  Woo hoo!  It's tough to get around the red and white behemoth and find some red/white/blue logos at the soda fountain.  At least, not at a Yum! chain.

I had the opportunity over the weekend to try out the new Pastrami Grilled Sandwich at Jack in the Box.  Nice work Jack, you've successfully brought a traditional deli favorite to the drive-thru crowd.

jack pastrami wrapper

The sizable wrapper suggests this is no ordinary fast food sandwich.  Unwrapped, we encounter a pastrami sandwich the way God intended it to be:  Seasoned beef pastrami on grilled sourdough (yes, rye bread would've been more traditional but Jack makes do with what Jack's got).  Deli mustard.  Swiss cheese.  Big-ass sandwich pickles.  Cut in half, thank you very much.

My only beef (wink) was with the amount of meat.  The bread was made for something more, and a true deli stacker would've had the pastrami piled high.  Of course, this, plus the aforementioned substitution of sourdough for rye, are concessions one must make for a $3.99 fast food sandwich.  But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise outstanding offering, and a great alternative for the "I'm tired of burgers and chicken" crowd.

Here's hoping this "limited time only" treat will make it onto the permanent menu.

jack in the box logo

Updated the Jack in the Box menu and there are some slight changes from last fall.  The Asian Chicken Salad appears to have been replaced with a more "healthy" Chicken Salad with lite dressing.  Overall, though, the lineup is pretty much the same and still offers a good variety.

mcdonalds monopoly game

I don't know why I get so excited about this - it's not like I've ever won anything.  But I just think the Monopoly game concept is fun.  Sure, everyone seems to get the same game pieces and there is probably only one actual piece printed that everyone needs.  But that is beside the point.

The magic of this game, for me at least, is that you are always working your way toward some potential prize.  For instance, getting two of the four pieces you need to win a car makes a person want to go back and try to get the other two.  And when you are one piece away, that just amps up the draw.  Clever.

whataburger

It has been a LONG time since I went to Whataburger.  So I made the trek across town (my nearest one is out of business) and gave them a try.

 

whataburger sandwich

The sandwich is your basic burger.  Not bad, but not spectacular.  As you can see from the updated menu, they offer the ability to do some customization, but the toppings are not special.  I opted for the standard Whataburger single patty with cheese and it tasted like what you might have at a backyard bbq with friends.  That is to say, good and homemade tasting, not processed.  But there is something missing and I think it is a signature sauce.

 

whataburger guts

My opinion is they could stand to jazz up their selection with a few sauces.  Thousand Island, BBQ, maybe some more zesty and exotic sauces I probably wouldn't try. Their Whataburger Jr., which I also ordered, came nicely equipped with all the toppings of its papa.  But again, it is nothing to write home about.  With other chains like Carl's Jr. and Jack In The Box seemingly coming up with a new burger every week (not quite) it seems odd to me that Whataburger has not innovated since I last tried them.  Which now that I think about it must've been six or seven years ago.  Unless you think you are In-N-Out or some other chain with a distinctive product, that is a lifetime.

Bottom line, for a small fish in a very big pond, Whataburger seems content to offer a basic lineup.  Good luck with that.

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