FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic’s Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwiches

Sonic Buffalo Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwich

Sonic’s new Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwich line has three varieties:

The Buffalo Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwich (shown above) features a fillet dunked in buffalo sauce that’s topped with mayo and jalapeños on a brioche bun. The sauce is made with hot and spicy cayenne, red chili peppers, and a little chipotle.

It has 1000 calories, 61 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 4520 milligrams of sodium (probably an error on Sonic’s website), 70 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 23 grams of protein.

Sonic Garlic Parmesan Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwich

Sonic’s Garlic Parmesan Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwich is made up of a fillet dunked in garlic parmesan sauce, topped with lettuce, and placed on a brioche bun. Its sauce contains Parmesan cheese, roasted garlic and Italian herbs.

It has 1350 calories, 100 grams of fat (I hope this is an error), 17 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 190 milligrams of cholesterol, 2180 milligrams of sodium, 69 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 23 grams of protein.

Sonic Bourbon BBQ Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwich

The Bourbon BBQ Dunked Ultimate Chicken Sandwich has a fillet dunked in sweet and smoky bourbon BBQ sauce and comes topped with crinkle-cut pickles and onions on a brioche bun.

It has 940 calories, 34 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 90 milligrams of cholesterol, 2800 milligrams of sodium, 112 grams of carbohydrates, 51 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 24 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried any of them, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Sonic)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Red Lobster Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Biscuit Mix

Red Lobster Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Biscuit Mix

A Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix is all we wanted and we have that, so I don’t see the need for this. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Market Street.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Arby’s Mount Italy and Smoked Italian Porchetta

Arby s Mount Italy

We know Arby’s has the meats, but the chain is showing off their Italian meats in two new sandwiches — the Mount Italy and Smoked Italian Porchetta.

The Mount Italy features a dozen ingredients. There are three meats — Genoa salami, pit smoked ham, and Italian pork loin (porchetta) that’s been smoked for eight hours. There are four vegetables — banana peppers, lettuce, red onions, and tomatoes. Then there are three condiments — Italian seasoning, red wine vinaigrette, and a roasted garlic aioli. There’s also smoked provolone cheese and a star cut bun.

It has 950 calories, 63 grams of fat, 23 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 175 milligrams of cholesterol, 3560 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 52 grams of protein.

Arby s Smoked Italian Porchetta

If you’re looking for something less mountain-y and more hill-y, Arby’s Smoked Italian Porchetta is for you. This sandwich has smoked Italian pork loin, smoked provolone cheese, Italian seasoning, banana peppers, red onions, tomatoes, roasted garlic aioli, lettuce, and red wine vinaigrette on a sub roll.

It has 690 calories, 42 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 90 milligrams of cholesterol, 2190 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 30 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried either sandwich, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Images via Arby’s website)

REVIEW: Wendy’s Bacon Queso Burger

Wendy s Spicy Queso Burger

Historically, fast food “spicy burgers” have been pretty underwhelming.

Try as they may, neither Burger King’s Angry Whopper nor Carl’s Jr.’s El Diablo Thickburger lived up to the hype, and let’s not even get into the deluge of disappointing spicy-in-name-only chicken sandwiches that we’ve seen over the last couple of years.

Wendy’s themselves are no stranger to so-so spicy sammiches, such as the okay-but-that’s-about-it Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich from 2015. And while their latest and greatest tongue-torching burger makes a few noticeable improvements over their last foray into hot-ass hamburgers, the Bacon Queso Burger still feels more than a few degrees shy of being a truly top-notch, perspiration-inspiring product.

Wendy s Spicy Queso Burger 2

The quarter-pounder burger comes topped with a creamy poblano queso sauce, a heaping helping of fire-roasted salsa, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon, some chopped up red onions (an aside, but is it just me or do those things look more purple than red?), and a smattering of shredded cheddar cheese. And all of it is wedged between two roasted red jalapeno buns, which I didn’t even notice until I Googled the product after I already ate it, which, yeah, should tell you just how potent the jalapeno taste is here.

Wendy s Spicy Queso Burger 3

First, the good. Wendy’s has long had some of the best bacon in fast food, and this limited-time-only offering is no exception. Secondly, the beef is flavorful and doesn’t get lost amid the goulash of other ingredients. And thirdly, the poblano queso sauce has a unique taste and texture (thicker than aioli sauce but still not thick enough to be a traditional fondue) that doesn’t have an analogue at any other mainstream burger chain.

Unfortunately, there are more negatives than positives here. The salsa is way too pulpy and has virtually no spiciness, and it doesn’t blend that well with the queso at all (at first, I thought they just dumped a bunch of chili on the burger and called it good.)

Additionally, the onions feel (and taste) way out of place – that is, if you can even taste them at all after rubbing up against so many different sauces. And I was not a fan of the shredded cheese adornments – the icy cold taste and texture clashes with the rest of the burger AND every time you go for another bite it seems like half of the cheddar falls out.

Speaking of which, this might be the messiest non-Sloppy Joe sandwich I’ve ever eaten – forget tying on a bib; you’ll probably have to eat this one with a beach towel wrapped around your shoulders.

But the ultimate transgression of Wendy’s new burger, of course, is that it isn’t spicy enough. It’s unique and fairly flavorful and pretty filling, but it doesn’t come anywhere close to making good on that particular advertising point. And when you can’t deliver the primary thing your L-T-O marketing promises, can we really consider the offering as a whole anything less than a substantial disappointment?

(Nutrition Facts – 550 calories, 290 calories from fat, 29 grams of total fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 110 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,140 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 33 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $4.49
Size: Single patty (also available in double and triple versions)
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: The bacon is juicy, plump, and delicious. The hamburger patty is flavorful and filling. The queso tastes unlike anything else you’ve probably had at a big name burger joint.
Cons: The product isn’t spicy – at all. The salsa is too clumpy. The shredded cheese adds nothing to the experience (and in fact, detracts from it). Realizing beard + queso burger = shame the hard way.

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