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Hardee's vs. Carl's Jr.

kengk Apr 4, 2012 03:03 PM

For some bizarre reason I have a craving for a Carl's Jr. burger.

We have Hardee's here. From the late 70's through the early 80's a lot of Hardee's franchises started in little (pop. < 3,000) towns here in Georgia. Seems the great majority have closed, a few are open in better locations.

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  1. Davwud RE: kengk Apr 8, 2012 07:27 AM

    So.......are you asking if they're the same??

    Since no one has bitten, I will. I've read that Carl's Jr. is better but for a large chain burger, Hardee's is above par I'd say.

    Only one way to find out if you like it.


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    1. re: Davwud
      rockycat RE: Davwud Apr 10, 2012 07:10 AM

      They are the same company. Hardee's on the East coast, Carl's Jr. on the West coast.

      1. re: rockycat
        RB Hound RE: rockycat Apr 10, 2012 03:37 PM


        Carl's Jr. essentially bought out Hardee's in the late 80's. They started converting a few stores in the Midwest (where I lived at the time), but that failed badly and they went back to being Hardee's. A lot of Hardee's menu has evolved into being like Carl's Jr. (the promotional burgers are identical), but they've kept a little bit of their Hardeesness - especially the breakfast menu.

        In essence, the burgers are identical now.

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      shallots RE: kengk Apr 9, 2012 08:31 PM

      Both used Paris Hilton for what appeared to be identical ads introducing some burger several years ago.

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        laststandchili RE: kengk Apr 10, 2012 12:33 PM

        Hardees is hands down my favorite FF breakfast. Breaded pork chop on a biscuit with sausage gravy. Solid representation of all the really important food groups I think.

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          d8200 RE: kengk Apr 10, 2012 12:42 PM

          I used to live in Georgia and still get cravings for Hardee's burgers and Checker's fries (but not the other way around).

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