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September 2021

Does Wendy's New Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger Live up to the Hype?

By Mike Thayer

20210921_182511Who doesn't like a bacon cheeseburger, right?!

I was on vacation recently, in need of some lunch while on the road to my vacation destination and decided to stop at a Wendy's conveniently situated along my route.

Getting pummeled with all those TV ads - the Wendy's ad is actually pretty good, they put cheddar cheese on the bun and McDonald's has what?  Seeds?....  - too funny....

So with that marketing influence in mind I ordered Wendy's new 'Big' Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger, featuring the cheddar cheese melted into the bun....

Here's the description from the Wendy's website: 

Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Wendy's Big Bacon Cheeseburger
Not as pretty as the pics, but tasty

It's  more than just a bacon cheeseburger. It’s stacked with American cheese, creamy cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, sweet and savory bacon jam, crispy onions and a cheddar bun. 

Is it more than  just a typical fast food bacon cheeseburger?  Yes, the bacon jam, crispy onions and creamy cheddar elevates this burger into the pub-style burger arena.  The 'Big' description isn't about the size of the burger though, it's a typical fast food bacon cheeseburger, what the 'Big' is about is some kicked up flavor.  But if there's a downer, it's in the bun - the hype to the burger - it doesn't live up to the marketing.  Yes, it does add to the overall flavor profile of the burger, but like most fast food, what you get pales in comparison to the marketing pics and the bun in reality suffers from typical fast food preparation - SLOPPY.  But the flavor is there.

I paid $10.74 for the Wendy's Big Bacon Cheeseburger Combo, that's on the high end of fast food prices for a combo meal and not the most Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly deal but this burger did deliver on flavor and is worthy of a repeat buy.  I'm giving the burger 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

Wendy's Bacon Cheeseburger
Under the lid, with the crispy onions, bacon jam and creamy cheese kicking up the flavor profile

 

 


Whiskey Review: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

By Mike Thayer

20210921_182441Blended and flavored whiskeys continue to be red hot in popularity, consumer demand for brown spirits remains on the rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Skrewball.

Today's tasting:  Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

This is a deceptively GOOD whiskey!

Honey is SUCH a nice pairing with whiskey and Jack Daniel's has done things right by NOT making this overly sweet like other makers tend to do when it comes to flavored whiskeys.  The honey is subtle in the nose, there's nothing harsh about this at all and you get the nice Jack Daniel's whiskey finish.  This whiskey is almost, note I wrote 'almost' too smooth.  What a nice combo.

As always, I tried this whiskey neat, on the rocks and in a chilled shot. It's very good any way served.  It would also lend itself well to mixology, adding a splash of ginger ale comes to mind right away....

Costing me about $21 for a 750ml bottle, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey is definitely a repeat buy and gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars!

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

 


Arby's Fire Roasted Philly is a damn good sandwich

20210920_151613By Mike Thayer

Arby's has brought back its Prime Rib Angus Steak sandwich for a limited time and it's a MUST TRY!

Served on a toasted sub roll, Arby's gives you a generous portion of thinly sliced Angus steak, dressed with a VERY NICE garlic aioli, all topped with fire-roasted red and yellow peppers, onions and melted provolone cheese.  DELISH!

Arby's Fire Roasted Philly
This is a damn good sandwich!

Available for a very limited time, I'm giving Arby's Fire Roasted Philly 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Costing me about $6 it is VERY WORTHY of a repeat buy.  Hurry up and do so before it gets taken off the menu!

5 stars

Arby's Philly
Delicious beef, veggies and cheese in every bite!

 

 


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Celebrates National Taco Day with $1.50 Tacos All Day - October 4, 2021

WHAT:

Bacon  Egg & Cheese Taco Breakfast Taco copyOn National Taco Day – Monday, October 4 – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will offer select $1.50 tacos all day*. Head to your favorite Fuzzy’s and celebrate with a breakfast taco or Baja taco (or both)!

Enjoy your tacos on a Fuzzy’s patio with a FuzzyRita or an ice-cold schooner of beer. Special National Taco Day pricing is valid when you dine in, and will be available for takeout and online orders** placed through the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop website and app at select locations.  

Fuzzy Taco Shop’s signature Baja tacos are served on the guests’ choice of tortilla, and are made with choice of protein including shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, shredded brisket, spicy pork, grilled veggies, and the new fried avocado, and their signature garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro and feta. Fuzzy’s breakfast tacos feature the guest’s choice of eggs, cheese, bacon, chorizo, and potatoes.

Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of tacos. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 140 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 18 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com. 

Baja Shredded Chicken Taco copy*Promotion excludes fajita, shrimp, or Mahi, including California Heat, Citrus Heat Mahi, and Queso Shrimpico.

**Online ordering, where available, will be limited to a 10-taco maximum; quantity limits may apply for dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid on third-party delivery orders or with any other discounts.

WHEN:

Monday, October 4, 2021

WHERE:

Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here.

ABOUT:

Seasoned Ground Beef Taco copyFounded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 140 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was recently awarded “Top Food” and “Best Franchise Culture” by Franchise Business Review’s 2021 Franchise Satisfaction Awards. Additionally, Fuzzy’s was recognized in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 Ranking, Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, and was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017. For franchising information, visit www.MyFuzzys.com