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Food News: Free Grand Slamwich at Denny’s April 8

On February 3rd, Denny’s gave away around 2 million Grand Slam breakfasts.  Now, coming to a Denny’s near you, the “Pass Along Grand Slam Kindness” promotion hopes to bring in some extra customers.  From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, you can get a free Grand Slamwich for “a friend” when you order a Grand Slam for yourself.  So in a nutshell, just bring in a party of at least 2 and get hooked up with free food.  

Denny's Logo

The Grand Slamwich consists of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, mayo and American cheese grilled on potato bread with a maple spiced spread. It is served with hash browns, and costs $4.99 at most Denny’s locations.  It’s “everything you love about the Grand Slam.  Now in a sandwich.”

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Fast Food Review: Deep Sea Double from Checkers

Today marks the sixth “Fish Friday” review in a row for GrubGrade.  As the Lenten season comes to a close, I am happy to leave the cold waters and back onto dry land.  Last week I raved over the Arby’s Fish Sandwich and this week unfortunately takes a turn for the worst.  I give you my review of the Deep Sea Double from Checkers.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers (top)

Checkers advertises itself as “Little Place, Big Taste”, but the (2 for $5) Deep Sea Double fish sandwich I will advertise to my audience as “Little Cost, Big Disappointment”.  The Deep Sea Double is billed as “Two breaded white fish filets, fresh American cheese, tarter sauce and crisp lettuce on a toasted bun.”  The two fish patties are square and a little bitter tasting.  They were pretty dry and crusty around the edges.  With each bite I kept thinking of old grease being used to fry up these patties and being held down too long, thus drying out the fish in spots.  Other than the slightly bitter taste, they really didn’t pack a lot of flavor.  The tarter sauce didn’t stand out at all with this sandwich.  Maybe if it was a single fish patty, instead of a double, it would’ve changed my opinion.  Honestly, I couldn’t tell if there was tarter sauce or mayonnaise mixing in with the lettuce on the top bun.  The bottom bun had a better coating of tartar sauce but still didn’t stand out much.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers (closeup) The Deep Sea Double places one slice of American cheese in between the two fish patties.  The melted cheese glues together the patties well but never made an impact in the taste department until my final bites.  The shredded lettuce wasn’t very fresh and it was good that the sandwich wasn’t packed to the gills with it (bad pun intended).  Now to the “toasted” sesame seed bun.  Why is it that 75% of the time a fast food joint mentions a toasted bun, it doesn’t seem to be the case?  What is with that?  The bun was fresh and soft and did it’s job holding together the sandwich but, shocker, it did not appear to be toasted.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers (split)

Overall, I think Checkers swung and missed with the Deep Sea Double.  One of the few redeeming qualities is that they are on sale, 2 for $5.  I recommend spending your $5 bucks on the Arby’s Fish Sandwich or the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet.  Let’s face it though, Checkers will always get by on the burgers.  As this Lenten season ends, let’s forget we even encountered the Deep Sea Double and find a Checker Double Decker Burger to help erase the memory.

  • Pros– Compared to other fast food fish sandwiches, you get more for your money (2 for $5 for a limited time)
  • Cons– Not much flavor in the fish except a little bitter taste.  Lettuce wasn’t very fresh.  High in calories and fat.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers (collage)Taste:  4.50/10

Value:  8.00/10

Grubbing on the Go:  6.50/10

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GrubGrade:  4.75/10  (Poor)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: 2 for $5.00 (promo price)

Checkers.com

Nutrition Facts: Deep Sea Double

Calories – 640

Total Fat – 31 grams

Saturated Fat – 13 grams

Trans Fat – 1 gram

Cholesterol – 95 milligrams

Sodium – 1170 milligrams

Total Carbs – 63 grams

Dietary Fiber – 5 grams

Sugars – 5 grams

Protein – 25 grams

Featured Restaurant: a.k.a. Friscos

Written by Heather, GrubGrade Contributor

Located amongst storage units, a.k.a Friscos makes you work a little to find it.  Featuring a nice selection of big sandwiches and salads, a.k.a. Friscos makes their name known locally by the exploded potatoes.  Located off of the beaten path in Frederick, Maryland, this “hidden treasure” is one you won’t want to pass up. 

a.k.a. Friscos Restaurant

a.k.a. Friscos is famous for their Exploded Potatoes which is somewhat of a “family secret recipe”.  They describe it on their menu as  “A FRISCOS ORIGINAL!!!”   This isn’t your ordinary potato salad.   I can best describe it as a smashed up baked potato with a ton of toppings piled on.  The Friscos menu also holds a nice variety of Giant Sandwiches, Big Fresh Salads, Bakers, Grill, Sides and Appetizers.  Some of their specialties feature alfalfa sprouts, avocado and their own “Wicked Wolf” hot sauce.  At this Friscos restaurant (there used to be a location in Washington, DC, but it is now closed) you can dine-in or reserve their upstairs dining area for semi-private dining for up to 20 people.  They also have a catering service where all items of the menu are offered in party size platters.  In their Beer, Wine and Carryout they carry 90 different wines, and have monthly wine tastings.  You can also order anything on the menu for carryout.  

Grilled Cheese $1.75  :  Cup of Spicy Chili $2.50

Grilled Cheese $1.75 : Cup of Spicy Chili $2.50

In the warmer months, you can enjoy your meal outside and have your dessert at their “Way Cool Ice Cream” stand which is located in between the dining area and the Beer, Wine and Carryout section.  The Way Cool Ice Cream stand offers up real ice cream, Way Coolers (fruit smoothies topped with ice cream), shaved ice blasters, fruit smoothies, floats, shakes, sundaes, mud pies and cones.

  • Recommendations:    Union Square Sandwich, Friscos Cheffy Salad, The Bart
Union Square Sandwich

Union Square Sandwich $6.50 - For hearty eaters. This sandwich combines sliced turkey breast, baked ham, provolone cheese, creamy ranch dressing, shredded lettuce, tomato & special seasoning on a fresh baked soft sub roll.

Friscos Cheffy Salad $6.50/5.25

Friscos Cheffy Salad $6.50/5.25 - Starts with romaine lettuce and add baked ham, turkey & salami. Then comes shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Topped with homemade mild salsa, Italian seasoning, vinegar & oil.

Bart $4.95

The Bart $4.95 - Starts with a steaming hot baked potato, add Virginia baked ham & cover it with creamy ranch dressing & melted cheddar, then sprinkle it with chives.

  • Food:  9.25/10                                                                                             
  • Menu Variety:  9.00/10                                                                                 
  • Atmosphere:  Casual/Family/Take-out                                                        
  • Price:  $$ Moderate $7.01-$14.00                                                                                                                                                                   
  • GrubGrade9.25/10  (Exceptional)                                                                       

Check them out:

4632 Wedgewood Blvd

Frederick, MD  21703

301-698-0018          

akaFriscos.piczo.com

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

ChickfilA.com

Nutrition Facts:

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

Fast Food Review: Fish Sandwich from Arby’s

Just to be upfront with everyone, I cannot find this item on the Arby’s website.  I assure you it does exist and as fish sandwiches go, it’s very good.  It’s Friday so here’s another fish review.  The elusive “Fish Sandwich” from Arby’s.

Fish Sandwich from Arby's 1

While known for roast beef and curly fries, Arby’s can actually impress me from time to time with it’s menu variety.  I love the Chicken Salad Marketfresh Sandwich and the Jamocha shake.  I also appreciate that you can get any of Arby’s Marketfresh sandwiches made into a wrap.  I have to say, it’s Lent and I promised fishy reviews on Friday’s and I’ve saved this one for a few weeks.  It truly is the king of fish sandwiches when it’s lined up against industry titans, McDonald’s (Filet-O-Fish reviewed) and Burger King (BK Big Fish reviewed).  I did enjoy the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich but Arby’s did it better.  First off, the fish patty isn’t shaped like a CD case.  The Arby’s fish isn’t molded into a square and it sort of takes the shape of an actual fish.  I’m just not used to seeing that with fast food fish.  At least that gives me hope that it’s a fish and not parts of 14 different fish pressed into a patty.  The fish has tasty breading and a light crunch which is exactly what I look for in this type of sandwich.  Not too crunchy and overwhelming to the point where it disguises what I’m eating.  The breading is thicker and more prominent than on other fast food fish.  This sandwich also contains the standard tartar sauce which I found to compliment the meal better than the rest.  A decent sprinkling of shredded lettuce adheres to the sauce and coats the inside of the bun.  I rarely venture out seeking a fish sandwich but this is one that really stood out.  I must say, I have had this sandwich more than just recently.  I remember I gave it a shot last year and could recall it was one of the better fish sandwiches I’ve tried.  This most recent visit confirms it.  Especially after trying most of the others.

Fish Sandwich from Arby's 2

If I could find this sandwich at Arby’s all the time, I wouldn’t be against ordering it on a regular basis.  It might be hard to track down but I recommend trying it if you do.  The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish I felt was too small and the BK Big Fish was too dry.  It just hasn’t been the most impressive lineup until now.  I also must add that this sandwich is $2.99 which is cheaper than the fish sandwich at Wendy’s ($3.69) and McDonald’s ($3.09).  When comparing it to the rest of the competition this one is my favorite.  

  • Pros– Really good sized fish.  Great bun.  Nice thicker than normal breading.  Best tasting fast food fish sandwich I’ve encountered so far.  Better value than McD’s and BK.
  • Cons– Fish is too odd-shaped to fit the bun perfectly.  Shredded lettuce could get messy.

Arby's Fish Sandwich CollageTaste:  8.75/10

Value:  8.50/10

Grubbing on the Go:  7.50/10

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GrubGrade:  8.75/10  (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $2.99

Arbys.com

Nutrition info not available

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

BurgerKing.com

Nutrition Facts – (pending)

Polls: Quiznos Toasty Torpedo

Another poll…but first, a creepy commercial.

We’re getting a lot of negative feedback on the New Quiznos Toasty Torpedo.  Time for a poll to see just how this $5 Footlong rival is doing…