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Fast Food Review: Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich from Burger King

Written by John, GrubGrade Contributor

The “Home of the Whopper” is also known to offer up some hefty chicken sandwiches as well.  While driving by my local BK, I noticed a poster on their window for a new sandwich.  Introducing the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich from Burger King.

Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich from Burger King

The Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich is something totally new to me.  I didn’t realize that this sandwich was featured on the BK menu some years back.  Anyone recall the commercial featuring Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish?  Trippy.  This sandwich was something I had to try.  I have to say, this sandwich is pretty darn good.  The sandwich consists of a crispy chicken breast patty, bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, lettuce and tomato all inside a corn-dusted bun.  The chicken has a nice flaky crust on the outside and is tender and moist on the inside.  Had I not been in a car driving, I may have actually taken the chicken out of my sandwich and peeled the crust off just to enjoy it by itself.  The ranch sauce was your typical ranch dressing, but what I liked was the amount that was on the sandwich.  It was just the right helping of the dressing.  It wasn’t too much where it overpowered some of the other ingredients.  The ranch was applied in a way that it complimented the meal rather than taking it over.  

Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich from Burger King (close)

The cheddar cheese was just ok and a few bites had me thinking of those individually wrapped Kraft singles.  Obviously, the lettuce wasn’t much to get excited about but it was nice to have some thick slices of fresh tomato on the sandwich.  What I found somewhat disappointing was the lack of flavor coming from the bacon.  The bacon was definitely there, but the flavor wasn’t.  If the name of the sandwich features bacon in it, you’d think the flavor of the bacon would be more memorable.  

Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch in hand

While the BK Burger Shots have gotten all the publicity as of late, I’m glad to see something new on the Burger King menu.  Chicken sandwiches may be overlooked in favor of the burgers at BK but you should check out the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch.  Overall, this was a very good chicken sandwich that I’ll definitely get again.  I just hope next time I’ll notice the bacon.

  • Pros– Great chicken flavor.  Nice crust on the chicken.  With the exception of the bacon, all the ingredients go great together.
  • Cons– Lack of bacon flavor.  A bit messy.  If you’re driving and eating, make sure you have plenty of napkins.  I consider it a bit pricey at $4.69, but that’s probably because I enjoy the dollar menus!

Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich from BK (open)

Taste:  8.00/10

Value:  5.00/10

Grubbing on the Go:  5.00/10

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GrubGrade:  8.00/10  (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $4.69

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Nutrition Facts- Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich

Calories – 990

Total Fat – 58 grams

Saturated Fat – 17 grams

Trans Fat – 1 gram

Cholesterol – 125 milligrams

Sodium – 2190 milligrams

Carbs – 71 grams

Fiber – 4 grams

Protein – 47 grams

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Food News: Boston Market Crispy Country Chicken Commercial + Coupon

Boston Market has recently expanded it’s menu with Crispy Country Chicken items.  Actually it was back in February but I’m just now starting to see TV spots for it.  

The Crispy Country Chicken meal is a breaded and baked chicken breast topped with gravy and served with cornbread and a choice of two sides for $7.29.  The Crispy Country Chicken sandwich comes with a creamy Dijon spread, lettuce and tomatoes on whole-grain bread or a white baguette and is $6.49.  This new Crispy Country Chicken can also be added to a Caesar or chopped salad.  

Crispy Country Chicken Sandwich from Boston Market

Crispy Country Chicken in a sandwich

While the self-proclaimed “chicken experts” at Boston Market are primarily known as a rotisserie chicken place, I’m liking this expansion into new territory.  

Here’s a coupon if you’re interested

Buy One, Get One

Buy One, Get One

Fast Food Review: Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Written by Heather, GrubGrade Contributor

The Chick-fil-A slogan is “EAT MOR CHIKIN” and that’s exactly what I did.  Chick-fil-A is known for their “Classic” Chicken Sandwich and delicious breakfast Chick-n-Mini’s, but they do have healthier options that are pretty tasty too.  Introducing the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A.

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

It seems that Chick-fil-A offers healthier choices than most fast food restaurants.  The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich is a good example of one of those offerings.  With only 260 calories and 3 grams of fat, you can watch your caloric and fat intake while still enjoying a scrumptious sandwich. The sandwich consists of a grilled boneless chicken breast which is marinated in special seasonings and served on a toasted golden wheat bun.  It is complimented by two dill pickle slices (which seem to be a standard at Chick-fil-A), a heap of fresh green leaf lettuce and sliced tomato.  It is served with a packet of Honey Roasted BBQ sauce.

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A (open)

The packaging is a styrofoam carton that barely holds the sandwich.  Upon opening it, the first thing you notice is the wheat bun.  The fresh wheat bun is very lightly toasted and it held the sandwich together well.   It had a nice heartier flavor that your ordinary buns don’t have.  You also notice the over-abundance of lettuce.  Although the lettuce was fresh and crisp, there was so much of it that I had to take half of it off.  The two slices of tomato didn’t provide much flavor and didn’t seem quite as fresh.  That could be chalked up to the fact that we aren’t really in prime tomato season.  The two dill pickles chips are placed on the bottom bun underneath the chicken breast (as is the case with most CFA chicken sandwiches).  The pickles are not overpowering, but add a nice touch of flavor to the sandwich.   As for the chicken breast, it is very tasty and is a good size, actually hanging over the bun.  There isn’t really any grease with this sandwich and it has a very clean, fresh taste to it.  The chicken was very moist and could really be eaten without adding any kind of sauce.  I’m not a big fan of Honey Roasted BBQ sauce so I chose to eat my sandwich with their special “Chick-fil-A” sauce (which is a Honey Mustard/BBQ sauce that is made for their Chick-n-Strips).  Obviously, the sauce made the sandwich a little messier.  

Sauces: Just 2 of many Chick-fil-A has to offer

Sauces: Just 2 of many Chick-fil-A has to offer

I’m not sure that this would be a good on-the-go sandwich as the condiments tend to slip off as you are eating it.  Overall it is a healthy, filling sandwich.  Too plain for some?  Chick-fil-A also offers a “Chargrilled Chicken Club” that adds cheese and bacon to the mix.

  • Pros:   Good size chicken breast packed with flavor.  Fresh tasty bun.  Healthy choice.
  • Cons:  Chicken breast shaped so that it hangs over the bun.  Bun isn’t as “toasty” as I had expected.  An over-abundance of lettuce.  A little pricey.  Not a good selection for grubbing on the go.

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from CFA (collage)

Taste:   8.75/10

Value:  7.75/10

Grubbing on the Go:  6.50/10

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GrubGrade:  8.50/10  (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $3.39

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Nutrition Facts:

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Featured Restaurant: Moby Dick House of Kabob

When you hear Moby Dick, you mind instantly goes to the big white whale in the book.  Now, when in and around the nation’s capital, Moby Dick conjures up affordable and delicious Middle Eastern food.  There are currently 14 locations in the DC metropolitan area.  “Moby’s” made its debut in Bethesda, Maryland back in 1987 and is still going strong.

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When you enter Moby Dick, you can see fresh dough being rolled out and baked in a clay oven.  There is a little viewing area where you can see the work being done.  The flatbread is used for sandwiches an well as a side order with all entrees.  Team the fresh flatbread with Mast-0 kheyar, yogurt mixed with cucumber and fresh herbs, and you’ve got a tasty combination.  While the bread is a tasty treat, the grilled meats are the star of the show.  Whether you opt for the beef, chicken, or lamb you can expect to get tender, well-seasoned meat with the right amount of char on the outside.  Most of the dishes can be ordered as a salad, with the meat served on top of greens with tomato and onion.  As an entree, you’ll be getting your choice of meat served with flatbread and basmati rice.  I usually go the route of getting a sandwich, which looks more like a wrap.  You get two nice sized portions filled with fresh lettuce and tomato your choice of meat.  The gyro sandwich and chicken sandwich can be seen below.  

  • Recommendations: Gyro Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich, Basmati Rice
Gyro Sandwich

Gyro Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

 Prices average at around $6 for a sandwich and a couple bucks for a side of basmati and a drink.  I’m always assured a good meal at Moby’s as they seem to be extremely consistent with their quality and service from restaurant to restaurant.

  • Food: 9.00/10
  • Menu Variety: 8.50/10
  • Atmosphere: Fast Casual/Takeout
  • Price: $$-Moderate-$7.01-14
  • GrubGrade: 9.00/10 (Exceptional)

Check them out:

Moby Dick House of Kabob

Fast Food Review: New Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell

When new and inventive ideas are running dry, your next step is to go back to a favorite and somehow make it better.  That’s just the motive here with the New Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell.

Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell (wrapper)

For many years now, Taco Bell has had quesadillas on their menu.  Basically it’s mix of melted cheeses and your choice of chicken or steak, flattened between a toasted tortilla and cut into four pieces.  Taco Bell amped up this new “Grande” quesadilla by using a thick panadero flatbread to be the soft shell that keeps everything intact.  That seems to be the biggest difference between the old and the new.  That’s really all I could figure out.  The inside is virtually identical.  With the increased size, I did feel as though the spicy jalapeno sauce was more noticeable, and that was a plus.  I enjoyed the Grande Quesadilla but I also missed the toasted tortilla of the original.  At times, I felt that the thick panadero flatbread was a little too much.  It made me appreciate the toasty, crisp edges of the old favorite a lot more.  The Grande Quesadilla’s panadero bread is warm, soft and tasty but it also is too overwhelming for food that’s inside.  Think of a pizza with too much crust.  Towards the end of your meal you might be left with more flatbread than anything else.  That being said, whether you get the carne asada steak or the marinated all-white meat chicken version, both are strong contenders for your $3.09.

Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell (collage)I have to give credit to the people behind the product line at Taco Bell.  It seems as though you’ll find something new to try out every month.  I hesitate to call it “new” as I recall this twist to the original back in 2007.  The Grande Quesadilla is proof that bigger doesn’t automatically make it better.  Although it is proof that Taco Bell is always keeping the menu fresh and new.

  • Pros– For $3.09 it’s a good, filling value.  Nice spicy kick from the jalapeno sauce and blend of cheeses.  Tasty panadero bread.  Option of steak or chicken both equally savory.  Packaging for hand-held grubbing on the go.
  • Cons– Although the panadero flatbread is tasty, it’s about 20% too much.  Poorly ventilated packaging will make your meal “sweat” from the heat (same problem with the original)  I would prefer crisper shell over soft flatbread.

Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell (close up)Taste: 8.50/10

Value: 8.00/10

Grubbing on the Go: 8.00/10

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GrubGrade: 8.50/10  (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $3.09

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Nutrition Facts – Grande Quesadilla (steak)

Calories- 900
Calories from Fat – 420
Total Fat – 47 grams
Saturated Fat – 13 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 75 milligrams
Sodium – 1730 milligrams
Carbs – 83 grams
Dietary Fiber – 8 grams
Protein – 36 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: 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

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GrubGrade: 9.25/10  (Exceptional)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Prices:

3-count $2.09

4-count $2.69

20-count platter $13.00

40-count platter $24.50

ChickfilA.com