Friday, July 27, 2012

My Orders: TB, Arby's & McD's

While this blog is still young, I figured I should let everyone know where I stand on the different Fast Food dining locations that I frequent. So this post is going to start a series I will hopefully continue with my thoughts on each of the different fast food chains and to order at each one. These posts will eventually be the definitive list of what is best at each chain. I will not be comparing items between chains in these posts, but will get to that eventually!

My Thoughts: Why not start with the best?! Taco Bell is my favorite overall fast food chain. I think it is amazing that they have their HUGE menu when really they only have 3 different ingredients: Chicken, Steak and Beef. The fact that they can package, wrap and smoosh those few ingredients into such a diverse menu is remarkable. I think it's more a feat in marketing than it is in cooking.

My Order: Well, if you've read my previous post, you know how infatuated I am with the Dorito Loco taco. Without a doubt, that's what I am going to order at the Bell. They have a combo now that is 3 DL tacos and a large soda for about 6 bucks. That is an incredibly delicious meal at a great price! 3 DL supreme tacos (with nacho cheese added) and a large mountain dew is what makes life worth living. Other foods to consider include the Grilled Stuffed Burrito, the Beefy 5-Layer burrito and you can never go wrong with a steak Chalupa.

My Thoughts: Arby's is my second favorite dining destination. Their regularArby's sammitches are great, but their specialty sandwiches are where they really shine. Arby's also has the most incredible fries. Those Curly-Qs are a Fast Food Force to be reckoned with and really ups the overall value of the restaurant. Add the fact that they serve Mountain Dew onto that and you have an incredibly special place. One that sometimes gets chosen over the Bell, but usually only due to scarcity.

My Order: Arby's' Chicken Cordon Bleu sammitch is the surprising winner here! Don't be fooled by the fact that it's chicken... it's fried, greasy and covered in Mayo and Cheese. It is DAMN GOOD! I usually get their Beef 'n Cheddar sammitch on the side. The chicken cordon bleu is really enough on its own, but I need something to serve as a vehicle for Arby's sauce. It is a case of ordering the sammitch just for the little packet of goodness, but it is also a case I have never regretted. Of course you have to get the largest sized fries they will serve you and a Dew to wash it down.

My Thoughts: McDonald's often gets overlooked. It defies conventional logic, but I actually think it is because it is the most commonly known chain and is therefore considered the most basic. It's also easy to treat McD's as the "face" of fast food and blame it for all of the woes. I have heard people in Taco Bell scarfing down their burritos while denouncing how unhealthy McDonald's burgers are. But it's all a shame because, truth is, McDonald's makes some great meals and you'll never be disappointed there.

My Order: Depends on the Day of the Week! McDonald's usually has a special on Sundays where you can get their basic cheeseburgers for 59cents. If that's the case... DO IT! Get 10! But any other day of the week, you want to go with the Big Mac. We all know that the special sauce is really just ketchup, mayo and relish, but it is daggone good on that burger. McDonald's fries are probably the best of the basic fries out there, so you want those on the side and a 4-piece Chicken McNuggets make a perfect accompaniment to the Big Mac as well. All of the Nugget-sauce options are good, but the best choice to accompany a burger is the Sweet-and-Sour sauce (if the nuggets are your main course, go BBQ). Wash it all down with a Hi-C orange and you're set!

So those are my first 3 fast food orders. Next time around I'll go over Wendy's, Checkers and KFC (spoiler, as GREAT as the double-down is, it's not the winner!).

If you have a different order, let me know and I might share honorable mentions!

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