Apr 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


  1. are you high? XD

  2. why would i buy this when i can get 3 jr bacon cheeseburgers for about the same price?

  3. "why would i buy this when i can get 3 jr bacon cheeseburgers for about the same price?"

    That's a dern-good mighty-fine question and I posed it to Happy Dog the happy dog; the neighbors mutt who unlike the vast majority of critters and people in the world is happy to see me and places his Lab retriever paws atop the short chain-link fence separating our yards to allow me to poke at his happy head and say "Hello, Happy Dog."

    His answer?


    Appears I have to interpret his answer and declare your question is a mighty-good one and that surely most reasonable folks could easily go the three junior cheeseburger path through life and be as thoroughly satisfied and attain burger Nirvana via that method as forking over four bucks for a mere one burger.

    A brief experiment might be called for.

    Buy the three smaller burgers then compare the amount/weight/whatever of the add-ons such as lettuce, tomato, etc. to determine which "burger path" provides the maximum amount of veggies.

    If the three offer more veggies than the one then that path provides additional nutrients.

    Not that one buys burgers for health food reasons but if one method places more healthy-type grub into the body then, perhaps, that is yet another reason for opting for the three burger trek.

    Happy Dog says "Woof."


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