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johnny Jun 22, 2007 05:11 AM

I am curious who everyone prefers of the big three and why?

Thanks

  1. hitachino Jun 22, 2007 05:55 AM

    none of them - steak and shake rules!

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      Janet from Richmond Jun 22, 2007 05:59 AM

      I don't like Burger King at all. If it's breakfast....McD's. Either a breakfast burrito or sausage biscuit with grape jelly. For lunch, it depends on what I'm in a mood for. Childhood comfort after a bad day....McD's All-American meal. Starving or hungover...Wendy's single, fries and a Frosty. Snack attack....McD's french fries or Wendy's fries and a Frosty to dip them in. In a mood for salad...whichever place is more convenient.

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        linz_e_moore Jan 17, 2008 03:25 AM

        I thought my mom was the only person who ate her sausage biscuit with grape jelly!

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          alkapal Jun 8, 2008 04:13 AM

          sweet, salty, dough-y goodness (!)

      2. QueenB Jun 22, 2007 06:06 AM

        McD's for the fries.
        Wendy's for the grilled chicken sandwich and a frosty.
        Burger King for the drive-by shooting (in my town). :-)

        It really depends on the mood. Most of the time, I'd rather go to a locally run sandwich shop, but they're hard to find here.

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          Janet from Richmond Jun 22, 2007 06:37 AM

          The local sandwich shop is hard to find here also (especially near my work...my husband works near several nice, independent lunch places and few chains). We have one local place that I used to frequent but they really did have lousy sandwiches which run about $7/each.

        2. ccbweb Jun 22, 2007 07:28 AM

          McDonalds for breakast and fries, occassional Filet O Fish.
          Wendy's for chicken, spicy sandwich or nuggets and a frosty.

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            Kari Jun 22, 2007 07:55 AM

            I hate most fast food, however, in life, when I have no choice, Wendy's gets my vote. I can't stand burger king, gives me tremendous heart burn. On a rare occasion I will eat at McDonald's and doctor up the Big Mac. (special order no lettuce) When I get it home, I add mayo and pepper. I will say the fries at McDonald's are the best. Maybe someone should start a new post as to who has the best fries.

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              mojoeater Jun 22, 2007 07:36 PM

              Wendy's for burgers, definitely. Burger King's bacon egg and cheese biscuit and hash browns for breakfast (can't stand that funky hashbrown-like patty thing at McD's).

              I'd prefer In & Out or Carl's Jr. to all of the above, however.

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                GroovinGourmet Jun 23, 2007 10:38 AM

                Amen...no InO here in Utah, so Carl's it is. The breakfast offerings totally kick butt on those from BK and McD's. Just wish they'd bring back the Chili Cheeseburger permanently.

              2. ArikaDawn Jun 22, 2007 07:45 PM

                The only one I ever go to anymore is McD's and that is strictly for soft serve vanilla ice cream cones. They are perfect for satisfying my sweet tooth in a pinch.

                1. rworange Jun 22, 2007 08:08 PM

                  Oh for heaven's sake. I like fast food. I alone must be keeping them in business.

                  McDonald's hands down ... and yeah ... I like the burgers ... I'm not going to use the wimpy ... I only use the toilet or buy the breakfast sandwich.

                  McDonald's has the best overall menu and uses 100% beef. It has good $1 offerings.

                  My favorite in terms of what I like
                  - Quarter pounder with cheese
                  - Filet o fish with fries and orange drink
                  - double cheeseburger
                  - soft serve
                  - Egg McMuffin
                  - breakfast burrito
                  - McRib ... you heard me ... McRib ... get over it
                  - Shamrock shake ... come on McDonald's put these back on the menu everywhere at St. Patricks Day ... that sucky Shrek Shake doesn't cut it

                  The chicken is truly the stuff of horror movies. It tastes ... vegetal ... not at all like chicken ... even the last cat wouldn't touch it or recognize it as meat. The salads aren't all that hot either ... you know ... all the healthy stuff.

                  I do have a Whopper craving occasionally. I like the phony char-broiled taste. I like the double cheeseburger and the Western cheeseburger when they have them.

                  I should like Wendy's but honestly the only think I go there for is the frosty.

                  I would think that Jack in the Box is in the big three and not Wendy's.

                  They have the best 3 am taco. The best shake too. JITB is nice when you want to expand your fast food horizons and upscale with items like the ciabatta sandwiches. The burgers are only ok ... maybe the Sourdough cheeseburger the best.

                  I'm going to regret this post as I'll now have to look on it on my 'My Chow' page for the next zillion years. Yeah, sure I eat at fast food joints less with Chowhound. Doens't mean I don't still enjoy it, just that there's better and more interesting stuff out there. Sounds like a wimp-out, but it just is.

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                    QueenB Jun 23, 2007 08:13 AM

                    JITB tacos - disgusting, in such a wonderful way. I don't want to know what's in it, or how they cook it, and it's not like any other taco I have ever had. But it is awesome. If we're talking other places, I always kind of liked Carl's Jr burgers, but we don't have any around here. Whataburger rocks my world for FF burgers.

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                      lexnrena Jun 23, 2007 10:45 AM

                      Keep in mind rworange that when they say they use 100% pure beef that means they use 100% of the beef it's going through the grinder nose first

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                        DarthEater Jun 25, 2007 10:59 PM

                        wendys is very popular here in nyc.

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                          fara Jun 26, 2007 05:52 PM

                          what? where?

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                        Jimmy Buffet Jun 22, 2007 08:29 PM

                        First choice - McDonald's. Two double cheeseburgers for a buck can't be beat. Ditto the chicken sandwich. Love the fries.

                        Second choice - Wendy's.

                        Third choice, and a very distant one, Burger King.

                        1. ipsedixit Jun 22, 2007 10:06 PM

                          McDonald's for the Filet-O-Fish, Vanilla milkshakes and the fries.

                          Don't really go to BK, unless they are giving away movie tie-in toys. :-)

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                            marckb Jun 22, 2007 10:49 PM

                            McD's bacon and egg mcmuffin breakfast is my road trip ritual, and would be missed (though i'm considering switching to Tim Horton's new breakfast)...

                            1. Vexorg Jun 23, 2007 12:59 AM

                              I don't really go to any of them on a regular basis (more often than not if I get fast food it's Taco Bell,) although I do stop in on occasion:

                              McDonalds: I like their fries better than the others, and occasionally I tend to ger a very specific craving for a couple of their cheeseburgers. This happens every couple of months or so, and I rarely go there otherwise.

                              Burger King: I'm here even less often, mostly because the closest one to here is in an inconvenient location. Still, I happen to like some of their breakfast items. I think the last time I was there was when they had the Xbox games.

                              Wendy's: Of the big three, I'd say I probably go to Wendy's most often. The food is better overall, they have a more diverse menu than the others (things like Chili, paked potatoes and Frostys) and they have (by far) the fastest drive-thru in town. I do have to say that the service seems to have slipped a bit lately though at the local ones.

                              Other ones around here:

                              Dairy Queen: I don't like the burgers here as much as the others, but I do go in for the chicken strip basket on occasion. DQ also tends to be more of a "Hang out" spot than the others, which means that if you go in the evenings they can be quite busy, even later in the evening.

                              Jack in the Box: I don't get it. People on the East Cost seem to frequently wish they had one of these near them, but every time I get stuff here I end up disappointed.

                              1. KaimukiMan Jun 23, 2007 01:43 AM

                                Jack in the box tastes the best overall, and has a good variety. Mc Donalds is fast and cheap. Sometimes have a hankering for a BK whopper, and for some reason their original chicken sandwhich. Haven't been to Wendy's since they canned Ellen.

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                                  bubbles4me Jun 23, 2007 07:03 AM

                                  I'm with you Jack in the box gets my fast food dollar everytime. I'm a breakfast junkie and there is nothing better than crawling home after a long evening of boozing than a extreme sausage sandwich and hashbrowns.

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                                  Jimmy Buffet Jun 23, 2007 06:42 AM

                                  I could eat at McDonald's every day. During some points in my life, when I was younger (and skinnier!), I did just that....

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                                    Bengaliwife Jun 23, 2007 07:29 AM

                                    There is a local, independently-owned chain in NC called "Cook Out". I don't eat fast food often but when i do i love this place. Their burgers are char grilled and you can smell the chimney smoke for miles. yummy! McDonald's fries rule though

                                    1. wench31 Jun 23, 2007 07:35 AM

                                      Wendys, definitely!

                                      1. L_W Jun 23, 2007 04:34 PM

                                        I am a freak of nature who hates the taste of beef and I am not too fond of potatoes in any form. That being said, when I was a kid, I LIVED on Big Macs (I had a "process" of eating them, layer by layer.....but saving the middle gooey bun for last). I still have a weakness for a shake at any of the three places mentioned. Wendy's salads are a "go-to" for me when I am travelling (sans dressing). I guess if I had to choose, McD's would be the choice of the three for what most ppl go to them for---burgers and fries. BTW, I worked at both BK and McD's in high school and I was WAY more impressed with food prep at McD's at least at that time and in my area.

                                        1. rlknapp1 Jun 23, 2007 04:39 PM

                                          None of the above.

                                          If I do go fast food, "In and Out" or "Jack in the Box".

                                          1. OCKevin Jun 23, 2007 04:45 PM

                                            I'm soooo tempted to say "none of the above" just to be a smarty-pants. But if I was given only one to choose from, I'd probably pull the Wendy's lever, because the ground beef is a bit more meatie and, of course, square-shaped. And those dairy desserts are a guilty pleasure. Having just come back from a trip to Canada, however, I must say that the Canadian fast food chain Harvey's is reason enough to move north. And being a Southern Californian, I have to give my props to In N Out Burger.

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                                              fara Jun 23, 2007 08:50 PM

                                              definitely Wendy's. it tastes of real food, whereas to me McD's in the U.S. tastes like fake food. I'm not sure how they creat the flavor molecules or texture of a McD's double cheeseburger, but it sure as hell ain't coming from the meat or bread. Wendy's however has slices of TOMATO, LETTUCE, ONION, which is I don't think offered at McD's and certainly not at that level of quality - oh they have those fake chicken sandwiches on "wheat" bread, i think those have some sad vegetation on them.
                                              Wendy's is still fast food, but as an adult, I like it much better than the others. I do not feel horrible after eating at Wendy's, only like I ate too much greasy food. After eating at McD's I feel like I'm retarded and might have a heart attack. However I get cravings for filet o fish, which has been vastly improved lately, though still in the category of fake food, and the breakfast sandwiches and hash browns. mmm, sausage,egg,and cheese mcmuffin. except i am retarded afterwards, really. did you all know that trans fats affect brain function? there is an inordinate amount of trans fats in McD's (i haven't checked Wendys) - like 10x more than they use in european mcd's. why? why do american consumers like to make me sick? I do think that european mcd's taste cleaner and fresher, closer to actual food. the ones in Japan are supposed to be quite good.
                                              burger king- i think i ate there once in awhile in high school, as a break from mcd's and taco bell. i hate fake grilled taste, makes me gag. so i dont' go there anymore.

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                                                billfish Jun 23, 2007 10:16 PM

                                                Wendy's is the only one I patronize regularly,but when you consider the whole point of fast food is a dependable consistency,so it tastes the same every time,any store,they fail miserably.I had a #2 combo there twice this week (rough week!) and the first time the double cheese was perfect,hot and juicy and beefy,an excellent burger really.But the fries were limp,undercooked and mostly stale.
                                                Then later in the week i bought the same meal.This time the double cheese was gray in color and with no beef flavor.But go figger,the fries were superb,hot,just the right crispness (unsalted unfortunately as always,when will they figure this out??the salt has to be put on within seconds after the fries are done-it doesnt work to apply the salt 3 minutes later out of a paper packet-the grease has ceased to do its magic by then).And as an added treat,the coke syrup had apparently run out,so i got a 1.50 cup of carbonated water with a vague hint of Cokiness.That aggravated me.Both these visits were at the same store.Thats not how its supposed to work.

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                                                  fara Jun 24, 2007 05:00 AM

                                                  http://www.wendys.com/food/NutritionL...
                                                  checked the wendy's trans fats, an indication to me of "fake" taste, and almost none compared to McD's. who-hoo.
                                                  ex: the chicken selects at mcd's have like 7g trans fats, no chicken at wendys has trans fats.

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                                                    ccbweb Jun 24, 2007 08:09 AM

                                                    Trans fats are bad news. McDonalds seems to be lagging in the fast food industry in terms of getting trans fats out of their food. That said, when we hammer restaurants with "facts" lets get them right. The 5 piece chicken selects has 4.5g of trans fats, not 7. The ten piece nuggests at McDonalds (closer comparison to the 10 piece nuggets at Wendy's) has 2.5g of trans fats.

                                                    The real place where I bet most people get their trans fats at these places is in the fries. McDonald's medium has 5g, Wendy's has 1g. Better, obviously, at Wendy's...but if you're really concerned about transfats, you have to (as always) choose carefully both in terms of restaurant and menu item.

                                                    http://www.mcdonalds.com/usa/eat/nutr...

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                                                      fara Jun 24, 2007 09:24 AM

                                                      the largest order of chicken selects has 7g, but compare that to 0 and Wendy's comes out ahead. One thing is meat and cheese naturally have low levels of l trans fats, so some of it is unavoidable if you plan on eating a cheeseburger. point is, McD's adds more trans fats! and sugar, as we know from "supersize me" there's only a few items on the menu without added sugar. mcd's really does not resemble food to me anymore, even with the initial nostalgic urges to buy it.

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                                                        ccbweb Jun 24, 2007 10:32 AM

                                                        Could you link to the nutrition info you're looking at for McDonalds please? Thanks!

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                                                          fara Jun 24, 2007 12:42 PM

                                                          you're right. i remembered wrong.

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                                                            ccbweb Jun 24, 2007 05:22 PM

                                                            No worries, I just thought I was losing it :) I also wondered whether there was an external nutrition data site for fast food that might be more objective. Ultimately, its not like any of the stuff we've been talking about it _good_ for you on any sort of regular basis.

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                                                  Beach Chick Jun 23, 2007 10:33 PM

                                                  I rarely eat fast food but I would have to say McDonalds for the fries and the Filet'O Fish with extra tartar and place fries inside..lots of pepper/salt
                                                  Big Mac with extra sauce and fries..salt & pepper..anything ordered different than the menu becomes a made to order item and things taste so much better.
                                                  Wendy's for the 99 cent menu of spicy chicken sandwich and a water with lots of lemon..$1.07....(I am scared of their square burgers)
                                                  Never had a frosty..I must..I must.
                                                  Burger King...unless it is an emergency.
                                                  I prefer In and Out double double, extra cheese and spread with a small fry and big ice tea.
                                                  I am a childhood fan of JITB Tacos..nothing like them after a few too many drinks to absorb the alcohol...they do taste better later in the evening..especially 2 for 99cents.
                                                  I have been to Sonic a couple times and wish they had more of than in So. Cal.

                                                  1. septocaine_queen Jun 23, 2007 11:03 PM

                                                    McD. It is just a childhood thing. I know that if I wasn't indoctrinated into McD at an early age, there is no way I would eat it now. The food goes against what I would normally choose to eat. After watching Super Size Me, the hubby and I avoided it for like 6 months, we were trying to avoid it for forever. But I love my cheeseburger happy meal. I give the toy to the dog.

                                                    1. ccbweb Jun 23, 2007 11:56 PM

                                                      I've been thinking about this even though I've already written a response. In Charlottesville, where I lived for ever, just a couple of blocks from my apartment at one point was a McDonalds right next to a Wendy's. Both had drive thrus. So, I'd not as infrequently as would have been good, would buzz through the Wendy's drive thru for some chicken nuggets for my wife and a spicy chicken sandwich for myself (and a Frosty) and the circle through the McDonalds drive thru for fries and cokes. Ah, good times.

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                                                        swsidejim Jun 24, 2007 05:12 AM

                                                        I usually fell ill after eating at any of the three, but in order I guess I feel less ill after eating Wendys, then Burger King, and then McDonalds.

                                                        I rarely eat at Wendys though because of the three choices they have the worst/slowest service of the three, at least of the ones that are my luchtime options.

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                                                          steakrules85 Jun 24, 2007 02:06 PM

                                                          Mcdonald's, Wendy's, then BK in this order.

                                                          Mcdonald's- Big Mac, Double Cheeseburger, Chicken Nuggets, Fries, Mcflurry
                                                          Wendy's- Big Bacon Classic, Nuggets, Fries, Frosty
                                                          BK- Hershey Pie and those Cherry Slushes

                                                          1. jword2001 Jun 24, 2007 07:45 PM

                                                            mickyd's, bk, wendys,well at least thats what i thought went to wendys here last week, and had one of the best fast food burgers i have ever had,will give'm another shot this week,and see if the list changes.

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                                                              tamerlanenj Jul 3, 2007 04:16 PM

                                                              Exactly...I'm glad someone said it. How have you people missed the obvious superiority of Wendy's hamburgers to to other two crapshacks.

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                                                                QueenB Jul 4, 2007 12:11 PM

                                                                If I had to judge just the three...yes, Wendy's has the best out of the big three for hamburgers, for sure.

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                                                              paisleypark20 Jun 24, 2007 08:07 PM

                                                              Given the choice...I'd go with Wendy's any day of the week locally. I just prefer Wendy's over the other 2. Although McD's does have the best fries when they don't taste like old frying grease. HOWEVER (and I haven't seen this chain mentioned yet) if I could pick anything I would get a Fatburger. IMHO Fatburger is the best fast food place (for burgers that is).

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                                                                ccbweb Jun 24, 2007 08:29 PM

                                                                Will you describe why you like Fatburger? I was in Las Vegas last weekend and got my first, I thought it was probably a cut above the big chains, but in my mind (and mouth) not as good as In N Out burger. But...as I said, this was my first, and its entirely possible that I didn't see their best. So...if you will...why do you like them, what is it about the burgers that you find to be the best?

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                                                                CrazyOne Jun 24, 2007 08:16 PM

                                                                I've pared back my fast food eating quite a lot, luckily, but of the big three Wendy's has been my favorite for years. McD's gets the vote at breakfast. (Most Wendy's that I've seen still don't have any, although they were due to roll out breakfast soon as I recall. Not sure if they still are.) Wendy's would get the vote any other time.

                                                                I'm not sure why everyone always says McD's fries are the best. McD's fries are more consistent, but on a good day the thicker cut Wendy's fries are way better. Trouble is, yes, Wendy's is less consistent with fries, and you can sometimes get an underdone batch. Seems to me in the more recent visits this has been less of a problem than in years past, though.

                                                                Wendy's Spicy Chicken is a great sandwich, and their burgers are far closer to being good than the other big fast food chains. I agree with the post above about McDonald's seeming like fake food. In the traditional burgers, there's just no way McD's measures up in most ways. They have a certain specific McD's taste, and it's one that many people just keep going for over and over again. I know when I was a kid I wanted that backyard grill burger to taste more like McD's, not the other way around. But now, I'd like a burger to taste like the backyard variety, and Wendy's gets closer than McD's. This does not account for any McD's newfangled product like angus burger or whatever it is they introduced recently.

                                                                That said, I like McD's chocolate shake in addition to breakfast. Wendy's Frosty never really tasted as good. It's fine, sure, plenty okay, but it's not as good as a McD's chocolate as I recall. (Been a much longer while since I've had either of those vs other food.)

                                                                Burger King hardly bears mentioning anymore. I can remember enjoying the flavor of a Whopper now and then, but I just can't bring myself to go there anymore unless it's the absolute only reasonable choice, which is hard to imagine.

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                                                                  lisaf Jun 27, 2007 06:07 PM

                                                                  I totally agree about the burgers at McD's. They remind me of the soy burgers we used to get in the elemetary school cafeteria. Full of filler and not like beef at all. I haven't tried the new burgers there, didn't even realize they had angus now.

                                                                  Their apple pie is the same. Nothing like you would make at home or get from a bakery, but distinctive.

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                                                                    KevinB Jan 7, 2008 10:53 AM

                                                                    Oh, man.. the McD chocolate "shake"?! Have you ever had a real one, made with milk and ice cream and chocolate syrup, as opposed to "shake mix"? I live just north of Toronto, and we have a burger joint that's basically a clone of Sat. Night Live's "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger" shop, with a slightly expanded menu (including some of the best onion rings I've ever had; big, puffy batter around thick sliced onions.) They make their shakes from scratch, and once you have one of those, you'll never want one of the ersatz McD's version again. Come to think of it, Baskin Robbins makes a pretty good - and real - milkshake too. What bugs me about McD's is someone clearly thinks that flavour and drinkability are second to thickness; I can barely get it up the straw.

                                                                    Another thing I've noticed in the independent Toronto burger shops is practically all of them offer a "steak on a kaiser" - this is a cubed steak, cooked over charcoal while you wait, served on a fresh, crusty kaiser with your choice of toppings (which often include pan-fried plain onions - yum!). Generally about twice the price of the burger options, but so worth it when you want to splurge.

                                                                    But I have to add - a Wendy's baked potato doused with their chili (and when will they realize that ordering them separately is cheaper and you get more than the pre-mixed version?!) makes a great, almost healthy lunch.

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                                                                      OCKevin Jan 11, 2008 03:41 PM

                                                                      You people North of the Border are also blessed with Harvey's, which in my opinion, is the best burger chain in the Free World! I love their slogan: "Harveys makes a hamburger a beautiful thing." There's simply no comparison between Harveys and the three fast-food dwarves were talking about in this post!

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                                                                        KevinB Jun 9, 2008 03:32 PM

                                                                        I love Harvey's too, but most people in Toronto sneer at it. They seem to want to compare Harvey's $3.25 cheeseburger with $8 burgers from more upscale places. Harvey's is what it is - freshly made, grilled bun, your choice of toppings, but it's definitely a fast food burger. And they do offer some healthier options - grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon fillet as well as an honest-to-goodness hot dog, which you can't get at the McD/BK/W triumvirate.

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                                                                    libgirl2 Jun 25, 2007 02:29 PM

                                                                    McDonalds for a salads, fries, regular hamburgers, Big Macs and the Filet o Fish!
                                                                    Wendy's for fries, burgers, but I especially like their chili, baked potatoes and side salads. You can really eat a good lunch with not spending much and it is fairly health.
                                                                    Burger King.... bottom of the list! I used to enjoy them, but their fries went downhill when they revamped them several years ago. Their burgers were okay, but without fries what is the point. I did used to like their chicken sandwiches not sure if they even make them anymore.

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                                                                      jim1126 Jun 25, 2007 09:19 PM

                                                                      I just got back from a weeklong trip to Florida with a group of decidedly, ummm..., indiscriminate eaters. We ate once at all three.

                                                                      Burger King - has a huge presence in South Florida, probably because they're based there. I tried an Angus Burger and it was absolutely disgusting. The BBQ sauce on it was way too sweet and was really what ruined the burger. And service was SLOW.

                                                                      McDonald's - tried the Asian salad. I had one a few months ago here in Texas and it was pretty good for a fast food salad, but this one was way downhill from the first. Lots of iceberg lettuce and very little of anything else. Blah.

                                                                      Wendy's - the burger I had tasted just like every other Wendy's burger I ever had. So, by default, it's Wendy's for me.

                                                                      1. DarthEater Jun 25, 2007 10:54 PM

                                                                        Wendys: honey mustard sauce, nuggets and Chili, salads and baked potatoes
                                                                        Mc Donald: best fries
                                                                        Burger King: filet O' fish, cheesy potatoes spuds

                                                                        1. othervoice Jun 26, 2007 06:41 PM

                                                                          Ok if given the choice and I was in CA it would be JITB, but I'm on the east coast so:

                                                                          McD's ( I go there alot because I have kids I don't eat there very often but if I do it's usually a Qlb/cheese. I also like the sausage egg and cheese on a muffin.

                                                                          Burger king ( I do like a whopper with cheese )

                                                                          Wendy's ( I never eat their burgers, I do like the Freshcata Club and also the spicy chicken sandwhich. During the winter their chili's good and during the summer I like the original frosty. )

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                                                                            aelph Jun 27, 2007 11:20 AM

                                                                            Burger King: because they'll do it *my* way---whopper, no cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard ONLY

                                                                            try that at any McDonald's and you'll bring the machinery to a screeching halt. If I'm with company and have to do McDonald's I don't even bother with a burger...it's nuggets all the way...just too much energy to expend trying to get them to go off the "pretty picture screen."

                                                                            Wendy's ain't bad, but is a little on the greasy and bland side. At least they too will fix the burger to the customer's specifications w/o hassle.

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                                                                              Bobfrmia Jan 14, 2008 05:24 PM

                                                                              A friend told me years ago, after eating Mcnuggets, that he thought hard about them. He'd eaten chicken breast, thighs, legs, wings, backs, etc, and they tasted like non of those. Through the process of elimination, he concluded that McNuggets are made from the only part he'd never tried, chicken buttholes.
                                                                              I've never since been able to watch anyone eat them without laughing.

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                                                                              lisaf Jun 27, 2007 06:04 PM

                                                                              Wendy's. I really enjoy their chili once in awhile or the spicy chicken sandwich. I will only eat BK or McD's when I am trapped at an airport and my blood sugar is dropping.

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                                                                                twisterp Jun 29, 2007 01:30 PM

                                                                                Burger King is a definate YUCK for me. I like Wendy's Chili and their salads are decent, but I think the fact they have never, ever gotten an order right for me has become a joke. I love an occassional McDonald Cheeseburger, mustard only with hot mustard on the side to "dip" it in. They also have a seasonal Green Chilie Double Cheeseburger (at least here in Texas) that rocks!!

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                                                                                  Janet from Richmond Jul 2, 2007 06:58 AM

                                                                                  When I was a teenager (25+ years ago), Wendy's was the one fast food place my Mom liked, but we used to laugh about how the drive through NEVER got an order right. We'd order our usual suspects, and then when we got home divied up the bag full of surprises. We didn't know what we'd be getting, but we knew it wouldn't be our order.

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                                                                                    othervoice Aug 4, 2007 05:21 PM

                                                                                    On the point of Wendy's drive through never getting it right. I was having that problem at my local Wendy's until I just kept sitting right at the window until I checked through every bag and made sure that the order was complete. They hate it, but I go home with what I ordered.
                                                                                    Each place has it's own merits, be that as they may,
                                                                                    Wendy's- spicy chicken, frescata sandwiches, frosty's
                                                                                    BK - only place out of the three for a burger (DoubleWhopper/cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, NO pickles.)
                                                                                    MD - chicken wraps, if I'm desparate and starving.
                                                                                    I don't go to any of these unless I'm having to feed the kids and I'm out and about.

                                                                                2. Kajikit Jul 2, 2007 07:02 AM

                                                                                  McDonalds - NEVER! I loathe them...
                                                                                  Wendys - if I have to... their salads are okay.
                                                                                  Burger King - if I'm starving...
                                                                                  (I don't much like hamburgers at all... they're universally mediocre and their only real benefit is that they provide food fast!)

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                                                                                    tamerlanenj Jul 3, 2007 04:13 PM

                                                                                    What the heck? How is this even a question?

                                                                                    If we're talking about burgers, there is no contest. Only one of these places actually has people grilling burgers when you walk in, and that's Wendy's. McDonald's...Burger king...they take that floppy pathetic thing out of a plastic container and microwave it. Wendy's patties are also never frozen.

                                                                                    In all honetsy, a Wendy's single is a darned good fast food burger. Wendy's are the only one of the three that, when you bite into it, you get little dribbles of juicy greasy goodness dripping in the wrapper. That is the hallmark of a real fast food hamburger.

                                                                                    Wendy's is just a cut above these two. It's not a question of opinion, really...it's a fact.

                                                                                    1. Karl S Jul 3, 2007 06:41 PM

                                                                                      Wendy's has the other two beat on the burger front. Since I don't have condiments on my burgers, McDonald's burgers are practically tasteless, and BK's buns are inferior.

                                                                                      McDonald's fries are a pale shadow of what they used to be and are largely floating on their reputation than actual reliability. I find that I discard them most of the time; only about 25% of the time do I get fries that are worth eating. Bring back the tallow!

                                                                                      Can't say much for Wendy's fries, either. BK's fries are coated, which makes them different, shall we say.

                                                                                      The McDonald's Sausage Biscuit is a thing of comparative beauty among breakfast options at the nationwide chains.

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                                                                                        alkapal Aug 6, 2007 02:32 PM

                                                                                        While normally a BK fan, that sausage biscuit is ALL RIGHT.

                                                                                      2. widehomehi Jul 3, 2007 09:22 PM

                                                                                        Wendys by far,Mcdonalds..I never eat that...I'll be nice and call it "stuff",on occasion i'll get a Whopper like flame broiled but there prices are expensive and if its on the value menu it's going to be a filler burger don't like there fries either.I eat Jack in the Box most of all though good prices and they give me more say on building the burger, lettuce and tomato and onion is free for extra.I can sub an egg on my big cheese burger with a slice of tomato for breakfast cause I don't eat pork.Try getting Mcdonalds to do that,you'll be lucky to get ketchup in your sack.Like Jack in the Box natural cut fries too still got the peel on them.

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                                                                                          othervoice Aug 4, 2007 05:24 PM

                                                                                          Oh how I miss my JITB....:-(

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                                                                                            alkapal Aug 6, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                                                            Junior Whopper is only a dollar here in Northern Virginia, and you can get two or three for the price of a regular Whopper. Go figure!

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                                                                                            thekiller65 Aug 4, 2007 11:15 AM

                                                                                            burger king:I like there burgers. they do It my way.a whopper with chesse,a bk double staker,and nearly like evrything there.they just taste good. nearly every friday I go there mcdonalds:theres so many In california.Mabye they where found there.I like there double Quarter pounder with chesse.and there big macs and 1$ chesseburgers.and there fries. wendys:I don't know why.but there burgers just taste medicore In this area.I mean some stuff is ok but there other stuff is well how can I put this nicely?not good.In other cities there ok but In this city There not good.so heres my lineup.bk/mcd's/wendys.thats just my opinion just let It have it my way.I also like burgers from In and out.And sometimes eat at subway.But I usally go to jitb.there stuff is GOOD!but jitb tops all of these resturants.

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                                                                                              alliebear Aug 4, 2007 01:09 PM

                                                                                              I love Wendy's. Their value menu items are actually good stuff that I would order anyway. The spicy chicken sandwich, the Jr. bacon cheeseburger, the chili, frosties, and they have baked potatoes.

                                                                                              I haven't eaten at McDonald's much recently, but I did a lot growing up. I like McDonald's for what it is, I agree with others that think it tastes fake.

                                                                                              I don't like Burger King except occasionally for their breakfast sandwiches, but if there is a Jack In the Box instead, I'll choose them.

                                                                                              I'd be willing to drive out of my way only for Wendy's out of these three choices. My favorite fast food restaurants (ones I'd travel to, not places I'd only eat out of convenience) also include Chick-Fil-A, Fatburger and Taco Bell.

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                                                                                                malibumike Aug 4, 2007 01:26 PM

                                                                                                Wendy's has the best burgers of these 3. Had a triple burger at a Wendys on the way back from the Sierras in CA and it was nice and moist and tasty.

                                                                                                1. chelleyd01 Aug 4, 2007 04:51 PM

                                                                                                  McDonalds: double HAMBURGER, read NO CHEESE and fries with side of hot mustard. Or a sausage, egg and cheese McGriddles, taken apart and eaten separately.

                                                                                                  Wendys: spicy chicken, no mayo, extra tomato.

                                                                                                  BK: never ever, I would rather starve.

                                                                                                  Please note that I would sell my kidney for an In and Out.

                                                                                                  1. steakman55 Aug 4, 2007 08:25 PM

                                                                                                    Whataburger...

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                                                                                                      brendastarlet Aug 4, 2007 08:49 PM

                                                                                                      I only have Wendy's and McDonald's within 15 minutes of my house (the closest BK is at least 20 minutes away.) Between the two, I'd say I go to Wendy's more often because of the salads and baked potatoes.

                                                                                                      But in the middle of the night on the way back from an evening out, the Cheeseburger Happy Meal is often just the ticket (I scrape off the onions because they are hard to handle late at night.)

                                                                                                      If I have a fast food choice, however, I would put Steak and Shake, Arby's and Long John Silver's above this trio.

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                                                                                                        alliebear Aug 4, 2007 09:11 PM

                                                                                                        Whenever I order a cheeseburger at McDonald's, I just ask for it without onions. No scraping required.

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                                                                                                      hungry_hippo Aug 4, 2007 10:55 PM

                                                                                                      BK - French toast sandwich: french toast sandwiched between two round slices of maple-flavored, deep fried french toast is an egg, sausage and cheese filling. HEAVEN!

                                                                                                      Wendy's - chili and burgers

                                                                                                      I hate McD's.

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                                                                                                        xman887 Aug 6, 2007 11:28 AM

                                                                                                        mac's - love their fries and i enjoy a quarter pounder with cheese every once in a while
                                                                                                        wendy's - good burgers and chicken sandwiches
                                                                                                        bk - very rarely and usually only a double cheeseburger. their fries don't hold a candle to mac's

                                                                                                        if kids are a barometer, mine seem to always defer to mac's for chicken nuggets over wendy's and hardly ever bk.

                                                                                                        side note: near my house there is a mac's two places away from a bk. when i go out for a run by these places, i have noticed, without fail, the drive thru line is busier at mac's by a 4 to 1 margin.

                                                                                                        1. alkapal Aug 6, 2007 02:17 PM

                                                                                                          BK (Never mind the scary "mascot"). I am into the Junior Whopper with extra pickles and onions. THe meat tastes like it really IS flame-broiled, and it tastes like meat (unlike Micky-Dees). Wendy's has shoddy management here in Northern Virginia, so it always seems a hassle. I do like the drive-thru to get a (orginial) Frosty. I DO have to add, though, that I am quite the fan of MickeyD's Sweet Tea -- strangely cheaper (only a buck) than their regular horrible tea! It reminds me of how my Aunt Billie used to make it!

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                                                                                                            tamerlanenj Aug 7, 2007 06:58 AM

                                                                                                            It tastes flame broiled because its injected with some kind of chemical liquid smoke. Those grill marks are also fake.

                                                                                                            Wendy's, on the other hand, really does cook their meat on a flat top griddle, and not hours in advance.

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                                                                                                              ccbweb Aug 7, 2007 09:57 AM

                                                                                                              I don't like Burger King's food...but that's incorrect. Their burgers are 100% beef and are, in fact, cooked on a cooker that does allow for actual fire. I can't speak to whether the grill marks are fake.

                                                                                                              The Angus burgers have some sort of seasoning added to the them, so those wouldn't be 100% beef anymore, but the regular burgers don't have that.

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                                                                                                                tamerlanenj Aug 7, 2007 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                I'm not saying the're note 100% beef, but they do have chemical flavor enhancements.

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                                                                                                                  ccbweb Aug 7, 2007 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                  If something is 100% one thing...there can't be anything else in it. That's what the whole 100% thing is about. What are the chemical flavor enhancements and where can we find out what we're eating when we eat them?

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                                                                                                                    fara Aug 8, 2007 02:22 AM

                                                                                                                    anything less than 1% of ingredients does not need to be in the nutritional break down of the food.

                                                                                                                    the "flavor" molecules area added at a level probably less than 1/6 of 1% that of the meat in your hamburger. yet due to the magic of chemistry, your hamburger tastes strongly of those flavor molecules.
                                                                                                                    as reported in "fast food nation," food producers hire chemists to develop flavor and smell enhancer molecules that can be incredibly accurate. they can fool anyone into thinking they smell a grill, cookies, lavender, etc.

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                                                                                                                      jfood Aug 8, 2007 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                      the 100% beef claim relates to there being no other meat, fish or veggie is it, so you do not have a half beef half bluefish hamburger. it does relate to trace elements of salt pepper or sand.

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                                                                                                                    steakrules85 Aug 8, 2007 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                    I really dont like Burger King's food, however I must say their burgers are flame broiled and the grill marks are REAL. I worked there when I was younger and please trust me. I'd hate for them to get a bad rep on something not true.

                                                                                                              2. L_W Aug 7, 2007 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                Having worked at McD's and BK in the late 80s, I remember then that BK did cook their burgers on this contraption that you fed the burgers thru and they were flame broiled, albeit on one side only. We were told to place the burgers on the buns with the grill marks up. They also used microwaves for the melting of the cheese. At McD's burgers were fried on the grill but did not use microwaves for anything. Things may have changed since then but of the two, McD's grossed me out less since they cleaned the grills daily. At BK the contraption was only dismantled and cleaned ....maybe once a week (??) or month (??)

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                                                                                                                  rochfood Aug 7, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                  breakfast..mcds for sure. best coffee...best breakfast sandwich..sausage/egg/cheese mcmuffin..hands down
                                                                                                                  burgers..partial to mcds as well..can't put my finger on it.the double cheeseburger just a good beefy/cheesy mix (kind of squashes down nice into a compact flavorful mass) no veggies (who wants a fast food tomato anyway?) or mayo to get in the way.
                                                                                                                  chili..burger king..they offered a 99 cent chili which was better than wendy's..meatier and richer taste..wendy's is ok but it is bit thin for me.

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                                                                                                                    ekammin Aug 7, 2007 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                    None of the above - Harvey's (only in Canada - Pity!) Good broiled burgers with a nice choice of toppings (tomatoes, onions and hot peppers for me), not all that guck mixed together (ketchup and mjustard and pickles and this and that - yuck!)

                                                                                                                    Excellent fries and onion rings and even poutine, if you want it.

                                                                                                                  2. Scrapironchef Aug 7, 2007 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                    BK - Used to have real ice tea and lemon, never felt like I was asking for someone to work above their pay grade when I wanted extra pickles on my whopper. Maybe once a quarter.

                                                                                                                    McD's - haven't been to one in over 30 years, I knew too many people who worked at corporate HQ.

                                                                                                                    Wendy's - maybe once a year for a baked potato.

                                                                                                                    In-n-Out - Once a month for a double double animal style, well done fries and real ice tea and lemon (sense a pattern?) Also my goto stop for a cold drink on the road.

                                                                                                                    JITB - Breakfast in an emergency 2-3 times a year. Best commercials of all the chains though.

                                                                                                                    H Salt Fish & Chips - once in a great while when I'm feeling landlocked.

                                                                                                                    Popeye's - Spicy chicken, red beans and rice and coleslaw, hideously good bad food that wifey and I allow once a quarter.

                                                                                                                    I'm more likely to try some hole in the wall local place than a chain at almost every instance. Not as reliable, but then if I wanted reliability I wouldn't drive a 79 Fiat. One really great experience drives out 10 medocre or bad ones.

                                                                                                                    1. Chew on That Aug 7, 2007 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                      Hehe great topic idea!

                                                                                                                      My overall favorite: Wendy's. I like their burgers, and spicy chicken sandwich, but I have to say that McDonald's fries reign supreme among the three.

                                                                                                                      Burger King has a decent burger because it tastes more flame broiled, but everything else, yucchhh.

                                                                                                                      Hillary, ashamed to admit she knows all 3 quite well.
                                                                                                                      http://chewonthatblog.com

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                                                                                                                        Kin Aug 8, 2007 04:01 AM

                                                                                                                        McD's for the fish sandwich & fries and Jack in The Box for fish & chips and the sourdough burger. Hate Wendy's ever since I got a burger that was almost raw in the middle...gross! Tasteless, too. BK used to be good, but they don't even deserve a mention anymore. Food quality has tanked in the past few years. Whataburger was my fave when we lived in California, and I liked Sonic when we were in Colorado. What I REALLY miss is Carl's Jr California Roast Beef sandwiches, which they don't have on the regular menu anymore. They do make it once in awhile as a special. Oh, well, we don't have Carl's in western Washington, anyway. I sometimes make McD's style burgers at home, with onions, ketchup, mustard, pickles. At least I can control the meat...lol I use ground Angus beef. mmmmm

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                                                                                                                          tamerlanenj Aug 8, 2007 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                          How could a Wendy's burger be almost raw in the middle? It's a paper thin patty; seems at best it could just be somewhat rare, unless it was on the grill for like less than 30 seconds. I would conisder that fortunate!

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                                                                                                                            dothepuyallup Aug 8, 2007 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                            There is a Carl's Jr in Tacoma on 6th Avenue. Been there at least several months.

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                                                                                                                              malibumike Aug 8, 2007 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                              I just went to "Whataburger's" web site and they dont show anything in California??

                                                                                                                            2. Bob W Aug 8, 2007 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                              Has anyone tried the Wendy's Baconator yet?

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                                                                                                                                fwilhelm Aug 8, 2007 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                1. Wendy's because my wife (with celiac) can eat chili there
                                                                                                                                2. Burger King
                                                                                                                                3. McD because their chicken choices are all fatty and breaded

                                                                                                                                out of contest: Harvey's with a great angus burger and consistently dormant staff

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                                                                                                                                  queencru Aug 8, 2007 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                  Breakfast- McD's egg McMuffin
                                                                                                                                  Lunch- Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich and a frosty. McD's still has the best fries though.

                                                                                                                                  1. wyatt3290 Jan 5, 2008 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                    McD's for breakfast (the new angus burger isn't bad)
                                                                                                                                    Wendy's I like the bacon cheese burger
                                                                                                                                    Burger King I haven't had in about 10 years
                                                                                                                                    as far as fries go I like In n Out fries.

                                                                                                                                    1. jcoz23 Jan 14, 2008 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                      For the actual burgers and fries, hands down Wendy's. But I like McDonald's second best. Burger King burgers & fries are disgusting to me, but I think their croissants are the best of the fast-food breakfast choices.

                                                                                                                                      1. Lindseyup67 Jun 8, 2008 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                        IMHO...Wendys burgers are completely tasteless...they were much better years ago..not sure what they changed...unfortunately, my boyfriend loves Wendys.....

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