REVIEW: Wendy’s Baconator Fries

Wendy’s Baconator Fries

“How are the Baconator Fries?”

“They are banging. You need to get them.”

That’s how my recent Wendy’s transaction started – word for word. I obviously ordered them. Who could argue with that assessment? I hope she was instantly promoted to management, because she knows how to sell a French fry.

I recently returned home from the West Coast, where I made the obligatory stop at In-N-Out. As I sat there eating my Animal Style fries, I wondered why more fast food places didn’t have more menu items featuring the fry as the star. It’s pretty damn hard to mess up a French fry, so why not mess around and provide more toppings than just standard salt? Enter Wendy’s with their new Baconator Fries.

Like the delicious burger of the same name, Baconator Fries are… well, they’re fries covered in cheese and bacon. Wendy’s website claims the ingredients are as follows – natural cut fries, cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, and Applewood smoked bacon. I don’t believe my order had the shredded cheddar though, which is fine, because I believe that would have been overkill.

Baconator Fries aren’t the most attractive looking dish, but at this point we all know the pictures in the commercials aren’t remotely true to life. This was kind of a mess. You won’t be enjoying these with your fingers. There’s something inherently depressing about eating a non-salad fast food product with a fork. I’m not sure why I feel that way, but it just seems to amplify the fact you’re eating greasy fast food.

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To Wendy’s credit, they don’t skimp on the bacon. There was plenty, and despite what I’m going to say next, the bacon held up well and kept a nice crisp – something that I’m frankly not used to when it comes to fast food bacon. I usually pick at least one grisly strip out and toss it.

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The fries themselves were limp and soggy, but to be fair, that should be expected due to the excessive amount of cheese sauce. I also think the plastic casing it came in was a major culprit. I’m never a fan of food served in plastic containers like this. No matter how fast you open it, the contents are still sweating worse than Shaq at the free throw line. Really, the only purpose the plastic container has is to expedite the sog progress, or “sogress”™ of the food inside.

Like I said earlier, it’s hard to mess up a French fry. I like Wendy’s fries a lot actually. They made the change to the natural cut, sea salt version years back and it was definitely for the better. Even without a crispiness, they’re tasty. The cheese sauce is the same from the Baconator. It’s not bad, but I couldn’t help but think a different cheese would have suited this a bit better. Still, coupled with the fries and the crispy bacon, you get at least a few really good bites of food here.

It’s fun to say “Baconator,” isn’t it? That’s a winning name, Wendy’s. Nice job. It doesn’t quite make up for the “Dave’s Hot and Juicy,” but you can’t win em all. I hope they continue messing around with fry-based menu items, but also hoping they leave the “Dave’s Hot and Juicy Fries” on the cutting room floor. Nobody wants to actually say that out loud. The Baconator is also just a really solid hamburger. In fact, that’s one thing that was constantly on my mind while eating these fries – how much I wanted an actual Baconator burger. These fries are kind of a tease in that sense.

Here’s the thing though, this portion is more than a side dish. The size is problematic because I don’t believe it’s enough to pass off as a meal, but it’s also too big to pair with a good sized burger. You’re either gonna be hungry again in an hour, or miserably full for the next few depending on what you order.

I’d say either pair these fries with a 4 piece nuggets, or a Jr. sized burger, or just enjoy them as a Taco Bell-style “FourthMeal.” According to the website, you can also customize your order, so who knows, you might even be able to add hamburger meat and make a Top Chef style “deconstructed Baconator.” Fancy.

So yeah, this is standard Wendy’s fare. They’re often on the mark with their new exclusives. Baconator fries are not something I’m gonna flock out and eat weekly like I did with the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich, but I definitely recommend giving them a try. For only two bucks, you can’t go wrong.

In conclusion… bring back the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich!

(Nutrition Facts – 490 calories, 250 calories from fat, 28 grams of fat, 9 grams of sat fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 550 milligrams of sodium, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.)

Item: Wendy’s Baconator Fries
Purchased Price: $1.99
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Wendy’s
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Price. Crispy bacon. Good flavor pairing. The name “Baconator.” The cute actress in the Wendy’s commercials. Enthusiastic employee. Wendy’s in general.
Cons: “Limited” time only item. Sogress™. Too much cheese. Dave’s Hot and Juicy. In-between portion size.

19 thoughts on “REVIEW: Wendy’s Baconator Fries

  1. I tried this last week, and liked it more than I thought I would. Unlike yours, I got very little cheese sauce (maybe two-thirds of my fries were totally plain), but that was okay with me — too much cheese would have overpowered it I think.

    I eat small meals, so for me this was a fine meal on its own.

    I’ll probably order them again sometime.

  2. They’re solid especially for the price and portion size. Mine had plenty of bacon and just the right amount of cheese. Roughly half the fries weren’t soaked in cheese but there was enough in the bowl where I could dip the fries in any excess cheese. The only knock on them is I think they’re a little bit too salty. Wendy’s fries already have a lot of salt imo, which I love, but the combination with the bacon pushes it to the outer edges of my liking.

  3. The Girl in those Wendy’s commercials probably never stepped foot into a Wendy’s in her life. She’s also the worst fake eater I have ever seen. She doesn’t even put the food unto her mouth.

    1. Now that would be shocking. Next thing you know you’re gonna tell me that Paris Hilton and all those other bikini clad hoes aren’t actually eating those giant Carls Jr burgers !

    2. She’s much easier on the eyes than the real Wendy that they tried featuring in their commercials for awhile. She definitely looked like she enjoys a good cheeseburger.

  4. You know for the price it’s not bad. I didn’t hate it, and I’m not a huge fan of their fries. Paired with a junior bacon cheeseburger, it was a perfect meal.

  5. idiots.. just get em.. put em in oven 350 for ten min.. and if u have alot of baconn and cheese fine.. this doesnt look like much.. just a sad lil excuse and evryone likes bad things.. never ceases to amaze me.. bring the bacon double delxue back.. and i efffin hate soggy fries.. who likes thenm like that? i guess plp dont know anything… fries should always be crispy.. slapy in the FACE.. passs

  6. “They made the change to the natural cut, sea salt version years back and it was definitely for the better. ”
    Completely disagree. Every time I get the fries, they’re either soggy or overdone. Oversalted, have almost none of the old fluffy interior & definitely this strange Earthy/dirt flavor to them.

  7. I tried the Baconator fries for the first time last week while traveling from Michigan to Georgia. I’m not a fan of Wendys by far, but this was the only fast food place in the truck stop where we stopped in Kentucky. Now I love fries, bacon and cheese so I decided to give it a go and paired it with a small garden salad. I noticed the slightly larger portion size and I don’t care for their overpriced burgers anyways so the salad made sense and it worked out cuz it wasn’t my turn to drive. The fries indeed were “banging”! Hot, fresh and cheesy with crisp bacony delight! And yes they had both cheese sauce and shredded cheese, and I would say more melted shredded cheese than cheese sauce because they weren’t soggy, really just perfect! So perfect I decided to try them again once back in Georgia. I was sadly disappointed. Soggy, limp nasty fries, overly drenched in processed cheese sauce, no shredded cheese, and barely enough bacon to balance out the excessive amount of cheese sauce. Back to hating Wendy’s, although in truth I will probably try the Baconator fries again in hopes of getting that perfectly delicious balance of fries, cheese and bacon that I had and loved the first time.

  8. It must be where you get them from because I ordered these and it was the WORST!!!! The cheese was NOT melted and the shredded cheese that was on there wasn’t enough to cover 5 fries. A true waste of money. I will never oder these again! I will never eat at Wendy’s again. I wanted to try something different and now I know Wendy’s is piss poor with their products.

  9. I had these fry’s today and was disappointed with what I got. Baconator Fries more like no bacon fries. Their was plenty of cheese so that was nice but I think their was maybe a half of strip of bacon on their. I definitely was look for way more Bacon than what they put on their. I also talked to a college and he had the same issue. I would not recommend these if you are a bacon lover and expecting a good plethora of bacon. If you are looking for a good loaded fry the Arby’s loaded curly fries have a crap ton of bacon and are much better.

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