REVIEW: We Finally Tried Wendy’s Breakfast Baconator
Remember back in pre-coronavirus times, when the internet was buzzing non-stop about the truly important things in life like fried chicken sandwiches and fast food breakfast? Those were the days. Wendy's rolled out its new breakfast menu back on March 2. Two weeks later our world got wacky with COVID-19. I've wanted to try Wendy's breakfast since the launch and was finally able to check it out this week.
Wendy's serves breakfast till 10:30 AM. I stopped by the Grand Ave location around 9:45 on a weekday. The drive-through line was short and moved right along. I asked the gal on the other end of the speaker what the most popular breakfast item was. She told me it was the Baconator breakfast sandwich, so that's what I ordered. A large combo with their new "Frosty-ccino" drink set me back $8.19.
Racing back to the office, I couldn't wait to unwrap the sandwich and dig in. The Baconator Breakfast sandwich features "a fresh-cracked egg, signature sausage patty and six strips of Applewood smoked bacon." It has two kinds of cheese (a slice of American and a Swiss cheese sauce) which were nicely melted and gooey. Six strips of bacon sounds like a lot, but these strips are substantially smaller than the big slices of bacon you'd cook at home or get at a sit-down restaurant.
To simplify product inventory, Wendy's uses their normal hamburger buns on the Baconator Breakfast sandwich. They do offer other items that feature a biscuit or croissant, but I didn't try them on this visit.
Anyway, the burger bun didn't detract from the sandwich. The sausage was flavorful with a nice hint of spices. The bacon was crisp and the egg looked like an actual fried egg, instead of some weird yellow thing. Considering all the pork loaded on this sandwich it was surprisingly not overly greasy. The only thing dripping from the sandwich was the melty cheese. And it was really, really good.
Wendy's breakfast combo's come with a side of "seasoned potatoes". Normally I'm not a big fan of wedge-style fries because they always seem soggy and doughy to me. These were incredibly crisp, hot, and delicious. I forgot to ask for ketchup, but they were fantastic by themselves. I imagine ranch fanatics will go nuts dipping these crispy fried potatoes.
Your drink choices for the breakfast menu include the normal options like orange juice, coffee, or soda, plus their new "Frosty-ccino" in either vanilla or chocolate. I got the large vanilla flavored one and it was delicious. Creamy, sugary with a hint of cocoa flavor, I guzzled it down in about 5 minutes.
This entire meal is certainly not healthy and is loaded with calories and sodium. But it was very good and I'll be back to try some of the other options when I get a chance. Right now you can get a free Breakfast Baconator if you use the Wendy's app.
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