Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: Wendy's - Bistro Cheddar Cheeseburger

Wendy's new Bistro Cheddar Cheeseburger is the newest burger on the Wendy's menu. It features a 1/4 beef patty, two slices of Cheddar cheeeses, three slices of applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato (by request because of supply issues), and a "bistro sauce."

The burger carries a premium price tag of $3.99.

So what is bistro sauce? I'm not sure but it looks very similar (and might be the same) as a Grey Poupon bistro sauce made by Kraft. The sauce had a fair number of fairly sizable mustard seed shells incorporated into it. I'll admit that I gave it a lick or two to try and determine the flavor but didn't get too much for my efforts.
Taste-wise, the bistro sauce is rather weak in flavor; like a light, creamy mayo with a hint of mustard or horseradish. It doesn't figure very strongly into the sandwich and is easily overlooked.
Most of the flavor in the sandwich comes from crunchy Applewood bacon, Cheddar cheese, and ground beef; all three things that I love to eat. I really like Wendy's switch to thicker bacon, it is a huge step above the typical fast food bacon and provided a satisfying, smoky, bacon-y crunch. The Cheddar lends that distinctive Cheddar flavor that I was looking for (but did not find) in McDonald's new McChicken variants. It also had the appropriate hard cheese texture of Cheddar.
I'm still not sold on Wendy's new buns. They're softer and squishy but have a slight aftertaste and feel more manufactured than the old bun which had more character.

Overall, I liked this sandwich but not because the bistro sauce added anything special. I just like the combination bacon, Cheddar, and beef. It's really more like a bacon Cheddar cheeseburger.

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Nutritional info - Wendy's Bistro Cheddar Cheeseburger 
Calories - 710
Fat - 43g (Saturated Fat - 18g)
Sodium - 1040mg
Carbs - 43g (Sugar - 8g)
Protein - 37g
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