By Mike Thayer
When it comes to fast food, a lot of folks claim that McDonald's has the best fries. I'm one of those people, when they're hot and salted correctly, they're tough to beat. Coming out of the fryer, McDonald's fries are golden brown and you get the slightly crispy outside and fluffy potato inside. When they're done right (a key phrase for McDonald's) the fast food king delivers what you're looking for in a french fry, it's a nice bite!
Well Wendy's has come out with "New" fries and in their marketing, are saying their fries are better than McDonald's fries.
Here's the marketing hype from the Wendy's website:
New Fries Are Here
If you’re looking for cold and soggy French fries, you better look somewhere else. That’s because Wendy’s® new fries aren’t just hot and crispy...they’re guaranteed to be hot and crispy. Or we’ll replace them. We’re talking natural-cut, skin-on fries, sprinkled with a hint of sea salt. These fries are no afterthought. They’re ones you won’t forget.
"Cold and soggy French Fries"... That's a direct slam on McDonald's, notorious for filling their fry bin with staged servings of fries.
I like what Wendy's has done here, because natural-cut, skin-on fries are becoming the preferred kind of fry, the style you get in higher end burger joints, BBQ places and steak houses. Why are they increasing in popularity? Because this style of fry delivers better flavor and Wendy's is smart to recognize they need to up their game.
So how are the new Wendy's fries you ask?
I'm no longer saying "When McDonald's fries are fresh and hot, they're tough to beat."
In a side-by-side comparison, Wendy's has the better fry. It's a bigger, 'meatier' fry, I got a better crisp on the outside and there's more fluffy potato inside. They were perfectly fried and perfectly seasoned. And it's not that the McDonald's fries were bad, I didn't get a staged serving, they were hot, but they flat out just weren't as good. It's a thinner fry, a fry that's been the same style and fast food king for quite some time, but in my humble opinion, the skinny, not as much potato to be crispy on the outside, less potato to be fluffy on the inside has been dethroned. Wendy's has a better product and comes with a hot and crispy guarantee.
The Wendy's large fry cost me $3.21. The McDonald's large fry cost me $3.54. I did "just fries" orders for the purpose of this comparison, which is not exactly a wallet friendly thing to do. Combo meals are they way to go if want bang for your buck. But given the price, McDonald's charges more for an inferior fry.