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monkuboy Jun 26, 2006 03:35 PM

My wife and I have recently tried Wendy's a couple of times and I just wanted to make a post saying I appreciate the refreshing change of pace from the fried food at McDonald's. Yes I know you can't expect a chain to be the same as a more upscale restaurant (although we love In-N-Out) but for the price and what is offered, I want to commend Wendy's for providing a nice alternative. The frecata sandwiches are nicely put together, the baked potatoes are of a decent size and are cooked properly, and the salads are much fresher than what we've experienced at McD (my wife orders the salad and invariably at Mc D there are several pieces of browing lettuce). It is nice to have so many side course choices with the meal (fries, chili, baked potato, yogurt, etc.) and the price is reasonable - $5.00. It's a little bit more than McDonalds pricewise but well worth it. The only drawback is having to drive further to get to one since there are far less of them scattered around.

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  1. davinagr RE: monkuboy Jun 28, 2006 08:22 PM

    It's funny I've been waiting for a Wendy's thread to come up to rant a little. Ever since Dave passed away and the new management took over the Wendy's located in Southern California have consistently gone downhill. I find the burgers to be soggy and cold, service takes forever, fries are cold and the chili has no meat in it. My favorites used to be the iced tea (real liptons brewed), the chili, fries and a single with extra pickles. The pickles also have that weird soap-like taste that the Jack n the Box pickles have now. What is that?

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      fara RE: monkuboy Jun 29, 2006 01:29 AM

      I just ate at Wendy's today for $2.19: a chicken sandwich and a baked potato and sour cream. Can't beat the price and the food is not as disgusting as McD's. The chicken had more real chicken pieces. lol.

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        douglashdewing RE: monkuboy Jun 30, 2006 05:33 AM

        I eat Wendy's almost daily for lunch. 99 cents gets me a bowl of chili, and it's always hot. If I feel like really treating myself, I'll add another 99 cents for a small frosty as well.

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          Suzy Q RE: Big N Fat Feb 10, 2008 04:02 AM

          If you get the 99 cent chili and a plain baked potato, it's more than enough to dump the chili on the potato and have a yummy lunch for not a lot of dough.

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            KevinB RE: Suzy Q Feb 11, 2008 03:31 PM

            You're so right, Suzy! I do that all the time; I can't figure out why they haven't figured out that $1.98 for chili and baked potato is less than the $2.39 they charge for the chili-stuffed baked potato (and you get more chili that way as well!).

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              justagthing RE: KevinB Feb 23, 2008 06:51 AM

              KB, shhhhh...we don't want them to figure that out so that I can still enjoy my wonderfully inexpensive meal.

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                KevinB RE: justagthing Feb 29, 2008 04:58 AM

                My bad! I'll keep my mouth shut from now on!

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                  Fibber McGee RE: KevinB Feb 29, 2008 05:19 AM

                  Just don't take the getting it cheaper attitude to Starbucks. Even though they set themselves up for it and it's perfectly on the up and up, people have gotten offended by the practice there, apparently. See the recent thread on the subject. Pay full price, or don't go seems to be the prevailing attitude.

        2. Chris VR RE: monkuboy Jun 30, 2006 01:15 PM

          If I have to stop for lunch with my picky preschooler, we often go to Wendy's because I can get him yogurt, mandarin oranges and milk. A baked potato for me and I don't feel like we ate too horribly for lunch.

          1. monkuboy RE: monkuboy Jun 30, 2006 08:40 PM

            Prior to trying Wendy's earlier this month, I hadn't eaten at one for at least 10-15 years so I can't compare the food now versus when Dave was still around. All I know is the couple times we've gone this month, we got a nice sandwich, a hot and good-sized baked potato and a fresh salad for about the same as we would pay at McDonald's for fried stuff with a salad on the verge of going bad. As some other poster said, the food is not disgusting as McD's (although I can eat McD french fries anytime). I feel it is a refreshing change.

            1. L_W RE: monkuboy Jun 30, 2006 11:58 PM

              Gotta say for a while there I was totally addicted to the Mandarin Chicken Salad (sans dressing). For under 500 calories, it actually fit into my diet and usually was nicely heavy on the chicken. Comparing that to the new McD's Asian Chicken Salad, the winner is Wendy's, hands down.

              1. sharonanne RE: monkuboy Jul 3, 2006 12:20 AM

                Another post agreing. I love the taco salad and when I drop the chips and sour cream it fits with my diet yet feels like a big meal.

                Agree also about the lettuce at McD's. Maybe a vicious cycle when no one orders salads at one place?

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                  Chimayo Joe RE: monkuboy Jul 3, 2006 12:41 AM

                  I sometimes go thru the takeout window when I'm in the mood for Frito Pie and don't have any chili at home. Wendy's chili beats canned.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: Chimayo Joe Jul 6, 2006 11:29 PM

                    Yikes, I don't know if that's exactly a ringing endorsement there -- better than canned? It's not bad, but I don't care for it very much, strictly a personal-taste thing.

                    My big problem with Wendy's, and this happens every time I go, is that they don't drain their burgers at all, so all the grease goes right through the bun and all over the paper, and it's an unappetising mess.

                    Now my question is, why are Wendy's always in socioeconomically-depressed neighbourhoods, at least in SoCal? There are a few exceptions, but it seems to be like Yoshinoya -- never in the middle-class or high-rent districts. Perhaps corporate control on how much is spent on rent?

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                      Chimayo Joe RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 7, 2006 12:14 AM

                      I don't like Wendy's chili enough for it to stand on its own, but it's okay when it's just a component as in Frito Pie or on a chili dog. Very seldom do I get a burger from there.

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                        monkuboy RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 7, 2006 03:36 AM

                        One of the Wendy's we go to is in Old Town Monrovia (CA) which I don't think is considered a socioeconomically depressed area. It's right off Myrtle near the restaurant row that incldes Devon, etc., and is also in the same plaza as a Pavillions. It's not Beverly Hills but it's not in a dump, either. I don't see that many McD's, In-N-Out or Jack in the Boxes in high rent areas either - plus, there are fewer Wendys around than the other chains.

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                          Das Ubergeek RE: monkuboy Jul 7, 2006 03:55 AM

                          That's true... they're not ALL in socioeconomically depressed areas, but they do tend to be. McDonalds are everywhere -- there are McD's in Brentwood, in Beverly Hills and in Century City... but the Wendy's in the Valley tend to be in places like Reseda, Pacoima and northern North Hollywood.

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                            katkoupai RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 10, 2008 09:03 AM

                            I don't know about this. There's a new Wendy's in Northridge and there's also one in Alhambra near San Marino. I just think there aren't as many Wendy's as McD's. I'll have to search and see if I can find one in Brentwood. :-)

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                      Michelle RE: monkuboy Jul 11, 2006 10:05 PM

                      We go to this Wendy's also, it's the only one in the area. There used to be 2-3 others, but they all closed. That being said, it seems to vary by state maybe? We were recently in Las Vegas, NV and there seems to be a Wendy's on just about every corner there!

                      1. im_nomad RE: monkuboy Feb 10, 2008 09:22 AM

                        I used to frequent Wendy's regularly for their salads when i was in a rush, however i wish they wouldn't ignore their vegetarian customers !! I no longer eat there because they did away with their spring mix salad (in my area anyway)...and a few years back they tossed the greek pita bread thing that i also loved. They have no veggie burger, so basically unless i want a side salad (even their caesar has real bacon), a baked potato or fries...not alot i can get there.

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                          Big N Fat RE: monkuboy Feb 22, 2008 09:38 PM

                          Yes monkeyboy, my wife and I also enjoy Wendy's. She really likes those "frecata" things.

                          1. PDeveaux RE: monkuboy Feb 23, 2008 10:24 AM

                            I just recently started Weight Watchers and I have found the best options at Wendy's. I had a baked potato and a side salad with reduced fat dressing that was very filling, satisfying and quite affordable. Before WW, I used to eat the Chicken BLT salad at least twice a month. I always found them to be very fresh and tasty.

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                              nawd_1 RE: monkuboy Jul 18, 2010 11:55 AM

                              At first I was more than disappointed with Wendy's decision to remove the ONLY thing I ate off their menu, the Southwest Taco Salad, and replaced it with the Baja Salad. Their decision drove me to McDonalds to try their version of the Southwest Salad and frankly I'm glad it happened... it turns out I like the McDonalds salad much better AND lucky for me as it has fewer calories and less saturated fat from grilled chicken instead of ground beef chili. Thank you Wendy's... I won't miss you!

                              1. Tripeler RE: monkuboy Jul 18, 2010 07:49 PM

                                After over 30 years of doing business in Japan, Wendy's closed all their locations at the end of last year. At one point, they even ran a salad bar.

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