Monthly Archives: February 2009

Food News: McDonald’s Refreshment Recess

Well it’s the weekend but here’s something to take advantage of during weekdays.  McDonald’s calls it Refreshment Recess.  Every Monday through Friday, from 2-5pm get a nice 2 for 1 drink deal.  Includes specialty McCafe drinks.  

Seems to be a response to Sonic and their 2-4pm half price “Happy Hour” drink special.

2 for 1 McDonald's


Fast Food Review: Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy’s

While nowhere near top seller status, fast food fish sandwiches still do deserve recognition.  Recently I sampled the Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy’s

Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy's 1

While currently only available at select  Wendy’s locations, I feel this fish sandwich deserves to be offered at every Wendy’s location.  With Ash Wednesday now behind us, do not be surprised if you see fast food fish offerings (and possible deals on Fridays) spring up at many restaurants.  Not to get all religious on the GrubGrade audience but if you didn’t know, Catholics abstain from eating meat on Friday’s during the season of Lent.  Fish is accepted and has become a staple on the Friday’s leading up to Easter.  So the fast food industry capitalizes on this.   This fish sandwich is better than what I’ve come to expect from a fast food joint.  It’s tasty, filling and doesn’t leave me wanting something extra.

Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy's 2

Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich is billed as “Hand-cut fillets of North Pacific cod in a crisp Panko crumb breading, served with crisp lettuce and creamy tarter sauce on a warm bun.”

  • Pros–  Great corn dusted bun holds in everything nicely.  More filling and better quality than the McDonalds Filet-O-Fish sandwich.  Good crunch to the fish patty.  Includes fresh lettuce and tasty tartar sauce.
  • Cons– A bit pricey for the sandwich alone at $3.69.  Although the tartar sauce is tasty, there was just too much of it (this obviously is expected to vary from experience to experience).  Might be a little awkward/messy if you are eating on the go as the bun will shed it’s dust and you’re bound to stain something.

Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy's 3

Taste: 8.5/10

Value: 5.5/10

Grubbing on the Go: 6.0/10


GrubGrade: 8.25/10 (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $3.69

Featured Restaurant: Happy Uncle Chinese Restaurant

Located in a nondescript shopping center in Germantown, Maryland is the family owned and operated Happy Uncle Chinese Restaurant.  There are plenty of options when it comes to Chinese, but Happy Uncle has become one of Germantown’s favorites.  The Ku family has been satisfying customers since 1995 with a delicious fusion of both Hunan and Szechuan cooking styles.


Happy Uncle has a large menu that is sure to please just about anyone.  If you like your food spicy or mild, or prefer chicken over seafood they have a dish you will enjoy.  The menu also includes a number of selections for all the vegetarians out there.  At Happy Uncle the menu isn’t the only thing that is large, so are the portions.   If a smaller portion is what you want, you may order the lunch special which is served from 11 am-3pm.  You get your choice of entrée, 1 vegetable egg roll, steamed rice and soup.  Happy Uncle is a good place to spend your lunch hour.  Monday through Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm there is a lunch buffet.  Here you get your choice of 3 items with either steamed or fried rice.  Whether for lunch or dinner you cannot go wrong with Happy Uncle.

  • Recommendations: General Tso’s Chicken, Crispy Beef and Hot & Sour Soup
  • Food: 8.75/10
  • Menu Variety: 9.5/10
  • Atmosphere: Casual/Family/Takeout
  • Price: $$-Moderate-$7.01-14
  • GrubGrade: 9/10 (Exceptional)

Check them out:

18022 Mateny Road

Germantown, MD 20874



Fast Food Review: Chick-n-Mini’s from Chick-fil-A

 Bite-sized portions seem to be the new thing in the fast food industry.  Chick-fil-A has taken this idea into mind with their delicious breakfast item, the Chick-n-Mini’s.

CFA Chick-n-Mini's 4count Box

Is America confused?  Is bigger really better?  That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.  I mean, just look at the burger industry.  Sliders (mini burgers) have become the hot new item.  It’s not like there is less food…just smaller sizes and bigger portions.  I’m not complaining, bring on the mini sizes but the mini sizes must bring friends.  The Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Mini is pretty simple.  They take their bite-sized Chick-fil-A chicken nugget and make it into a tiny chicken sandwich.  These little treasures come in 3 count or 4 count and can also be ordered in 20 or 40 count platter sized portions.  I bought a 40 count platter (see bottom pic) of these Mini’s for some co-workers and they were gone in a flash.

4 Count Chick-n-Mini's

CFA Chick-n-Mini

If you think chicken for breakfast is strange, try these out before you dismiss them.  Although I do prefer these Mini’s were available all day, I’ll still make the effort to pick them up at breakfast time.  They are simple, like a lot of Chick-fil-A menu items are, but they are quality breakfast fast food.  These bite-sized beauties are worth getting up early for.

  • Pros–  Very tasty, quality all-breast chicken.  The tiny rolls used to sandwich each Mini is warm, soft and coated with sweet honey butter. Good value.  
  • Cons–  Why only a 3 and 4 count?  A 4-count isn’t enough to satisfy a strong hunger.  The sweetness of the rolls can be inconsistent at times and that’s a shame.  Since the rolls of the Chick-n-Mini’s are lightly coated with honey butter spread, expect to get sticky.  Chicken can be a little on the greasy side.  

40 Count Chick-n-Mini Platter

Taste: 9.0/10

Value: 8.5/10

Grubbing on the Go: 7.0/10


GrubGrade: 9.25/10  (Exceptional)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)


3-count $2.09

4-count $2.69

20-count platter $13.00

40-count platter $24.50

Observations: Valentine’s Ham

Ok, this is a week and a half late from Valentine’s Day but check out this ham I recently had.  Not quite seeing the face of Jesus in your oatmeal but strange nonetheless.  

Heart Ham 1

Heart Ham 2

Food News: Arby’s New Expanded Menu

Arby's Logo

Arby’s is once again shaking things up by adding or improving upon some menu items.

  • New! Roast Burgers– Featuring the All-American, Bacon Cheddar and Bacon and Bleu

The reign of the boring burger is over.  Introducing a burger done better:  the Arby’s Roastburger.  With oven-roasted, thinly sliced roast beef, char-grill seasonings and burger-style toppings.

  • New! Roast Chicken

From the masters of Roast Beef comes Roast Chicken.  Oven-roasted chicken sliced fresh daily.  Try the Roast Chicken Club.

  • New! Swirl Shakes

Go ahead.  Shake things up.  Get the new Chocolate Malt Swirl Shake or go for a classic with a swirl twist…Chocolate, Vanilla, Jamocha.

  • New! Iced Fruit Teas

Thirst quenching, boredom curing.  Arby’s own signature line of freshly brewed, fruit-flavored teas.  Flavors include Passion Fruit, Mandarin Punch, Diet Peach and Diet Blackberry.

***Here’s a coupon for the new Roast Burger.***

Food News: National Chili Day 2009

What better way to celebrate National Chili Day than to get some free chili?  Tomorrow, Thursday February 26th, stop by any Hard Times Cafe and get a free bowl of chili with any purchase.  So those of you out there in the Maryland/Virginia area mark your calendars.

National Chili Day 2009-Hard Times Cafe