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Fast Food Review: BK Breakfast Shots from Burger King

Unfortunately, the BK Burger Shots left me somewhat unimpressed.  I figured there could be some redemption within the tiny breakfast sandwich version.  Introducing the BK Breakfast Shots from Burger King.  

BK Breakfast Shots from Burger King

The BK Breakfast Shots are simply tiny breakfast sandwiches.  Ingredients consist of egg, cheese, cheesy ranchero sauce and your choice of sausage, bacon or ham.  One of my biggest gripes with the BK Burger Shots was how uninspired they were.  They really didn’t offer up anything new or exciting other than being smaller than a typical burger.  They were very average and I won’t be in a rush to get them again anytime soon.  I felt the Burger Shots suffered from being plain and the bread was a little on the dry side.  I was happy that the Breakfast Shots used a softer more breakfast-y style bun that was sort of reminiscent of a croissant.  While none of the ingredients stood out as being anything amazing, the Breakfast Shots were more satisfying than the Burger Shots.  They come in sets of 2, wrapped up in a tearable paper packaging (see above pics) that eases with grubbing on the go and not getting too messy.  The problem with the packaging is that it almost requires you to grip down on the sandwiches to tear them apart from one another.  The extra soft bread takes a hit and you end up with sandwiches that look like they’ve been stepped on.

  • BK Breakfast Shots with Sausage:  The sausage version of the Breakfast Shot was the most filling of the 3 meat choices.  Also because of the added size, this version also packed more flavor than the others.  The sausage was a good size and it overlapped the tiny bun in some areas.  It wasn’t overly greasy.  My favorite of the 3.
Sausage BK Breakfast Shot

Sausage BK Breakfast Shot

  • BK Breakfast Shots with Bacon:  The bacon version was flavorful but I was let down the most by this one.  There wasn’t much bacon at all so the tiny sandwich was consumed by bread, egg and cheese.  The bacon was a little too chewy for my liking but there wasn’t enough of it (barely 2 small pieces) to get too bothered.  I don’t think the cheesy ranchero sauce went as well with this one as it did on the others.  My second favorite of the 3.
Bacon BK Breakfast Shot

Bacon BK Breakfast Shot

  • BK Breakfast Shots with Ham:  My least favorite of the 3 meat choices.  The ham was a little on the cold side, as if some cold cuts were thrown in there.  I would’ve preferred the ham to have a bit of a crisp to it.  So my experience felt like a warm breakfast sandwich with not so warm ham.  Some BK menus still have the $1.00 Ham Omelette Sandwich so if you can find that, get that instead if you’re craving ham.  My least favorite of the 3.
Ham BK Breakfast Shot

Ham BK Breakfast Shot

While not as disappointing as the BK Burger Shots, the Breakfast Shots as a whole didn’t live up to the hype.  Was there hype?  I don’t know.  I don’t think these Burger Shots and Breakfast Shots were marketed too well.  It doesn’t matter much because they turned out to be nothing too special anyways.  The Sausage Breakfast shot was the best out of the 3.  For the most part, they were good but I probably won’t be getting them again.  I’m looking forward to Burger King getting passed this “mini” phase and on to something else.

  • Pros– Bite-sized.  Decent portion of egg.  Tasty, almost croissant-like bread.  3 choices (sausage, bacon, ham)  $1.50 for 2.  Easy to eat on the run.
  • Cons– Better breakfast options available on the BK menu.  Too gimmicky.  Packaging could be better.  Ranchero cheese sauce was basically just cheese sauce with a fancy name.

Taste: 7.50/10

Value: 8.00/10

Grubbing on the Go: 8.00/10

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GrubGrade:  7.75/10  Sausage BK Breakfast Shot  (Good)

GrubGrade:  7.50/10  Bacon BK Breakfast Shot  (Good)

GrubGrade:  6.75/10  Ham BK Breakfast Shot  (Average)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $1.50 for 2

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Nutrition Facts – (pending)

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Food News: Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee’s

I have a weakness for “Western” style burgers.  Anyone who really knows me would agree.  Hardee’s looks to entice me enough to drive an hour to get one.  Introducing the Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee’s.

Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee's

A 1/3 lb. 100% black angus beef Thickburger topped with beer-battered onion rings, spicy sweet BBQ sauce, melted cheese, diced onion and strips of bacon.

Thanks to GrubGrade reader Max for making me aware of this burger.  We might be seeing his impressions of this delicious looking burger in the near future.

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Food News: Carl’s Jr. Introduces Kentucky Bourbon Burgers

The burger wars continue with Carl’s Jr. and their new Kentucky Bourbon Burgers.  Here’s what to expect:

A Charbroiled, 100% Black Angus Beef Patty, Two Strips of Bacon, Pepperjack Cheese, Garlic-Pepper Onion Straws, Lettuce, Tomato Slices and Kentucky Bourbon Glaze.

Kentucky Bourbon Burger from Carl's Jr.The “Single” ($2.99) version is shown above but if you can handle it, go for the “Double” ($3.99) or the Six Dollar Kentucky Bourbon Burger ($4.89).  This burger is sure to satisfy what ever level of hunger you bring.  Available for a limited time.

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Fast Food Review: Waffle Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin Donuts

Written by John, GrubGrade Contributor

Whenever I visit Dunkin Donuts, I usually just stick with my standard sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant or maybe go with a bagel and cream cheese.  The newer items haven’t really lived up to my expectations.  I recently decided to risk my breakfast once again on something new.  Introducing the Waffle Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin Donuts.

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin Donuts 1

When I first heard about the waffle sandwich I figured it was just Dunkin Donuts’ version of the McGriddle from McDonald’s, which happens to be one of my favorite breakfast sandwiches.  According to their press release, the new item is an ’oven-toasted sandwich featuring cherrywood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, and American cheese between two maple-infused waffles’.  So instead of pancake patties, you’re getting waffles.   I had to find out if this sandwich could top the McGriddle.   I have to say this was a sandwich I was very happy to have tried twice.  The first time I had it, I barely tasted anything but the waffles.  The bacon, egg, and cheese were hidden in the background and when I even tried smelling the sandwich the scent of bacon wasn’t very strong.  I feel like this was the fault of the particular store I visited since the service was off, it was quite late, and the second store I visited made the sandwich how I thought it should be made.  When I took the sandwich out of the wrapper, I noticed that there was much more bacon, and the scent of bacon was quite strong.  Dunkin Donuts now has cherrywood smoked bacon, although it tastes like your standard bacon to me.  If they didn’t have signs up throughout the store telling me they were using a different kind of bacon, I would have never noticed.  The bacon was crispy in some parts and chewy in others.  The waffles are only ‘true’ waffles on one side with the inside of it flat with no grooves.  The waffles aren’t as greasy as the McGriddle pancakes.  I’d also give the edge to the McGriddle in the sweetness department.  The maple syrup flavor is noticeable, but it isn’t as strong as the McGriddle.  Most of the maple flavor is found in the little nuggets of maple in the waffles.   On certain bites, the flavor of the egg and the cheese was lost to the flavor of the bacon and waffles.  It was only a few times that all the ingredients came together nicely.  

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Maybe if I hadn’t been comparing this breakfast sandwich to the McGriddle the entire time, I would have thought better of it.  It’s kind of hard not to compare it to the McGriddle, however, since they are so similar.  Their press release states it will be available through March 17th, so you’ve got about a week left.  I will continue to purchase my sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant, but I’m glad to have tried this sandwich.  It didn’t live up to the McGriddle, but it’s worth trying.

  • Pros– Not as greasy as the McDonald’s McGriddle.  Subtle sweetness of maple syrup.  
  • Cons– May suffer from inconsistency between visits.  Not as satisfying as the McGriddle from McDonald’s.  Conflict with Egg/Cheese vs Waffle/Bacon taste.

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin Donuts 3

Taste: 8.00/10

Value: 7.25/10

Grubbing on the Go: 7.00/10

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GrubGrade: 8.00/10 (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

 

Price:  $3.19 ($4.49 with coffee)

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Nutrition Facts – Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Calories – 390
Calories from Fat – 210
Total Fat – 23 grams
Carbs – 28 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Trans Fat – 0 grams
Cholesterol – 200 milligrams
Sodium – 1000 milligrams
Protein – 16 grams

Fast Food Review: New Roastburger from Arby’s

The Arby’s menu is expanding with some brand new items such as the recently-reviewed Roast Chicken Club Sandwich.  Arby’s looks to improve upon their roast beef sandwiches with a new burger-like offering.  Anything to take a bite out of the competition.  Claiming to be the “burger done better“, introducing the Roastburger from Arby’s.

Arby's Roastburger in box

There are 3 choices of the Roastburger to kick-off the debut: the All-American, Bacon and Cheddar and the Bacon and Bleu (check out the pic of the box above for a hint of what Roastburgers may be coming later…BBQ Bacon, BBQ Bacon Cheddar and Jalapeno BBQ Bacon).  First impressions with all 3: the Roastburger was a decent sized sandwich with a nice helping of sliced, lean roast beef.  The bun was also a pleasant surprise.  It’s not the limp bun I’m used to with Arby’s sandwiches.  This bun was a higher quality, sturdy specialty roll that was soft and fresh.  Good thing Arby’s made the switch with this bigger bun because it’s needed to support the heftier helping of roast beef. 

  • The All-American Roastburger consists of oven-roasted roast beef, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard and a special sauce.  Thoughts:  Plentiful, tasty, lean roast beef.  Nice bun.  Pickles and mustard didn’t work with this sandwich.  Fresh, ripe tomato was a nice touch.  Would benefit from some “Horsey” sauce (horseradish) instead of ketchup/mustard/pickles.  I guess the ketchup/mustard/pickles makes it more like a hamburger, but it doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped.  My second favorite of the 3.
  • The Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger is oven-roasted roast beef, a couple slices of pepper bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and raw onion.  Thoughts:  The lean roast beef is piled high.  Great pepper bacon but only 2 slices.  Sharp cheddar cheese goes well with the pepper bacon.  I recommend BBQ sauce with this sandwich.  My favorite of the 3.
  • The Bacon and Bleu Roastburger has oven-roasted roast beef, pepper bacon, bleu cheese spread, lettuce, tomato and onion.  Thoughts:  The thinly sliced roast beef is very lean and flavorful.  I’m not a big fan of the bleu cheese spread.  If you are big into bleu cheese, maybe you should give it a shot.  I’m not adverse to bleu cheese spread, but in this sandwich, I didn’t like it.  My least favorite of the 3.

Arby's Roastburgers CollageI have a feeling that the Bacon and Bleu Roastburger will be the least popular of the 3 Roastburgers.  It was my least favorite.  With that being said, I do think the Roastburgers are a well executed new menu item at Arby’s.  I would recommend you to make a few alterations to each Roastburger depending on your tastes.  I had all 3 sandwiches as they are.  Overall, at $3.79 for the sandwich alone and $5.79 for the combo, the Roastburger is filling enough to be a pretty good value.

  • Pros– Very good sandwich bun.  Roast beef is lean and plentiful.  Fresh lettuce, tomato, onion.  Tasty bacon.
  • Cons– Not all the ingredients work well together, I recommend you customize.  

Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger from Arby's

Taste: 8.50/10

Value: 7.75/10

Grubbing on the Go: 7.00/10

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GrubGrade: 7.25/10  All-American (Decent)

GrubGrade: 8.75/10  Bacon and Cheddar (Very Good)

GrubGrade: 5.75/10  Bacon and Bleu (Mediocre)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $3.79

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Nutrition Facts – All-American Roastburger

Calories – 420
Calories from Fat – 170
Total Fat – 18 grams
Saturated Fat – 6 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 40 milligrams
Sodium – 1390 milligrams
Carbs – 46 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 9 grams
Protein – 19 grams

Nutrition Facts – Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger

Calories -440
Calories from Fat -160
Total Fat – 18 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 55 milligrams
Sodium – 1450 milligrams
Carbs – 44 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 7 grams
Protein – 24 grams

Nutrition Facts – Bacon and Bleu Roastburger

Calories -470
Calories from Fat -210
Total Fat – 23 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 50 milligrams
Sodium – 1400 milligrams
Carbohydrates – 44 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 8 grams
Protein – 22 grams

Fast Food Review: New Roast Chicken Club Sandwich from Arby’s

Last week I posted that Arby’s has expanded their menu with some interesting new offerings.  Today I gave Arby’s new Roast Chicken Club Sandwich a try.

Roast Chicken Club from Arby's 1Unfortunately, there’s nothing too special to report back.  The sandwich consists of sliced oven-roasted chicken, pepper bacon, swiss cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and something called “chicken addition sauce”.  All crammed between a soft roll.  The Arby’s ad claims it’s a toasted roll, but mine was not.  Not sure if it would’ve changed my opinion of the sandwich at all.  I was pretty disappointed with this new sandwich.  It wasn’t bad, but it seems like a huge step back from Arby’s stellar line of Market Fresh Sandwiches.  The Market Fresh menu of sandwiches at Arby’s is a real winner and it’s unfortunate that this newcomer will stay in it’s shadow.  If this Roast Chicken Club made it into the Market Fresh family, it would benefit from better bread and a heftier weight all around.  This sandwich alone is priced at $3.99 and it struggled to satiate.  There just wasn’t enough food to be worth the price.  The “chicken addition sauce” was zesty and the pepper bacon was crisp and tasty.  These two ingredients provide the bulk of the flavor in this sandwich.  The swiss cheese was barely noticeable.  

Roast Chicken Club Sandwich from Arby's 2While far from bad, the new Roast Chicken Club from Arby’s failed to make a great lasting impression with me.  It’s a very average sandwich.  Maybe the new Roastburger line has something better to offer.  Stick with a great thing Arby’s, the Marketfresh family of sandwiches is hard to top.

  • Pros– Tasty bacon.  Pretty good zesty “chicken addition sauce”.  Fresh ingredients.  Plastic shell packaging.
  • Cons–  The mediocrity is loud and clear.  Not very filling.  Lackluster value.  Swiss cheese is barely noticeble.  Mess of shredded lettuce.

Roast Chicken Club Sandwich from Arby's 3Taste: 7.25/10

Value: 5.50/10

Grubbing on the Go: 6.75/10

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GrubGrade: 6.50/10  (Average)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $3.99

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Fast Food Review: New Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell

While Taco Bell can be hit or miss with their new limited time offerings, one thing is for sure, the value menu is a winner. The inexpensive variety of value menu items is something that Taco Bell does better than most fast food chains. I’ve been burned in the past with new, more expensive, “featured” items.  This one caught my eye.  A twist on the original Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Taco Bell now introduces the Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch.

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The original Cheesy Gordita Crunch made it’s debut in 2002. In my opinion, it remains one of the best “new” offerings in Taco Bell’s 40+ year history.  The new Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch boasts “Bacon and Cheddar make it better!” Well I’m here to declare…”not really”. The good thing is, the original is so fantastic, this new spin doesn’t hurt it too bad.

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The Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch switches things up from the original by adding bits of bacon to the cheese spackle that separates the hard shell from the gordita shell. Another added feature is the switch from pepperjack sauce to a zesty southwest cheddar sauce. The zesty southwest cheddar sauce was a flavorful, pleasant surprise. While I am a fan of bacon, I felt that the bacon was a little off-putting. There’s just a lot going on.  The only thing I would expect to get at Taco Bell where bacon was a nice addition, would be in past items such as the Chicken Club Chalupa. The chicken/bacon combo just works alot better than ground beef and bacon.  While definitely not bad, it seemed somewhat forced to add bacon.  I just don’t understand why the original Cheesy Gordita Crunch can’t make a triumphant return and become a menu standard.  It was a hit wasn’t it?

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There is a lot going on with the Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell, maybe just a tad too much. All in all though, at a reasonably priced $2.69 it was satisfying and quite tasty.

  • Pros– Holds together a lot better than a hard shell alone.  Full of flavor.  Inexpensive.
  • Cons– The addition of bacon doesn’t work with ground beef like it does with chicken.  Leaves you missing the original Gordita Crunch.

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Taste:  8.75/10

Value:  9.25/10

Grubbing on the Go:  8.25/10

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GrubGrade: 9.00/10  (Exceptional)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $2.69

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Nutrition – 

Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch

Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch