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Hard to believe, but I have never eaten at a Burger King before today.]

It was close to our bank/post office/other places we had, si we chose it based on convenience.

I ordered the Chipotle burger combo with fries and added onion rings.

The burger was so nasty that I simply took it apart scraped off the dressing and onions and fed the bun and meat to our dog.

This meal happened eight hours ago and I have washed my hands several times and they still stink.

The fries - bad, the onion rings - bad. No flavor and disgusting texture.

I did like the unsweetened ice tea mixed with the light lemonade.

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  1. Too bad. I just had a an original Whopper today. It is my favorite fast food burger. Hot patty..cool crisp veggies. Delicious to me.

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    1. re: rochfood

      I don't get the haters. I never hear a peep about McD burgers which are vile little pucks of meat product.

      Of the fast food burgers the cheese whopper is the best one. Note that I qualified it as fast food. Drive thru...not cooked to order. Don't compare it to Jakes or 5 guys et al.

      1. re: sal_acid

        the thing is now that semi-fast burgers are readily available, the fast food places need to improve or be left in the dust and bk has improved the least of the big three, and for the most part keeps going backwards with all their variations.

        1. re: 51rich

          Very true -- Wendy's new burger can stand up pretty well to 5 Guys, and McDonalds is smartly bringing out some higher quality burgers while still keeping the good old cheap cheeseburgers... but BK is seemingly stuck in a "throw a new sauce and some onion rings or ham or something on the Whopper" rut that's doing them no favors.

          1. re: Boston_Otter

            BK's "specialty" burgers with godknowswhat mixed IN with the patty are truly revolting and poorly designed as well. The ones where the cheese mixed in with the meat, the cheese gets burnt before the rest of the patty is cooked. It's like eating leftover meatloaf made by drunken maniac.

            1. re: Boston_Otter

              No way is Wendy's with that fake butter stuff and sea salt fries even close to Five Guys on anything but price. I used to like Wendy's until they increased the prices and tried to compete out of their league. I never eat there anymore because I liked the way their burgers were before the revamp.

              1. re: On_yun

                Wendy's used to be my go to fast food before the revamp. I think I have eaten their once since then.

          2. re: sal_acid

            I used to think BK was OK. But my problem is that for 12 years I've worked just down the street from a BK, and the aroma of the food is in the air pretty much all the time. When the wind shifts and it mixes with the smells from the nearby meat packing plant and the also-nearby ice cream factory, it's a strong and heady brew.

          3. re: rochfood

            I like a junior whopper now and then for the same reason, like the mix of veggies and the patty which tastes fresh to me.

            1. re: rochfood

              This is subliminal....I am leaving for one now....kidding.

              "Hot patty..cool crisp veggies". Do you write copy for advertising?

              If I look at that phrase daily, I will be heading to get one.

            2. That must have been a really awful Burger King, because I find their onion rings to be the among the best fast food ones available. They are always really tasty and hot and fresh.

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              1. re: Jelly71

                What do you mean by fresh? They aren't made fresh, they are frozen and they are made from onion powder and diced onion put in molds then breaded. Popeyes has the best fast food onion rings

                1. re: roro1831

                  Popeye's onion rings rock. And the red beans and rice

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    That goes without saying but we weren't discussing red beans. Lol

                    1. re: suzigirl

                      God, yes. They blow every other chain food onion ring out of the water. And they HAVE to make them fresh, which is why you always end up having to wait for them. Still worth it compared to those horrible fried breaded things BK peddles.

                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                        When I worked there in the early nineties I ate them almost every day

                    2. re: roro1831

                      I really like The Habit's onion rings. They are always nice and crispy.

                      1. re: roro1831

                        I meant fresh in that they cook them when you order them. They aren't sitting under a heat lamp. I am not so stupid to think that they are slicing and breading onions in back every hour on the hour. For frozen, they are pretty tasty.

                      2. re: Jelly71

                        for fast food burgers I have to admit to liking the whopper. their fries and onion rings are terrible. jack in the box has good onion rings - made of real onion, not some sort of reconstituted onion product that has been formed into a ring.

                      3. I like BK alright. One iron clad rule I have is to never order any "fancy" burgers at a fast food place.

                        1. The BKs in our area have gone way, way downhill in the lat few years.

                          1. you are lucky i don't have your address or i would report you to the aspca, for feeding that to your dog

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                            1. re: 51rich

                              Hey, what can I say. The Great Dane disagreed with me on the burger.

                              He was nuzzling me, so I gave it up.

                              1. re: 51rich

                                First thing that popped into my head. LoL

                              2. I always thought the whopper was the worst fast food burger around, the grease from the patty always tasts rancid to me.

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                                1. re: malibumike

                                  The OP didn't order a Whopper.

                                  1. re: carolinadawg

                                    So what, we're talking about buger king in general!!!

                                2. If the dog in your avatar is the same one that got the burger, he looks like he can take it.
                                  Thanks for the heads up on the burger. Now I can spare myself from trying it.

                                  1. What did you expect?

                                    It's Burger King.

                                    It is what it is. Neither good nor bad.

                                    People who like it, like it. People who don't, will never do. And the two shall never meet ...

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                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Yeah, well, ispse.

                                      You have a very sophisticate palate honrf my your experience with many cuisines.

                                      I was just so surprised that my Burger King experience was so bad.

                                      We came in to the store at about 2:00 pm. They had turned the grill off and we had to wait twenty minutes to for a meal that was substandard and didn't taste good at all.

                                      .

                                      1. re: Gypsy Jan

                                        I think you also have to keep in mind that Burger King, like most chains, will vary (sometimes drastically) across stores.

                                        Not saying that another BK will be better (or, gasp, worse), but just saying.

                                    2. actually, the basic whopper is not too bad, but bk keeps making each "new and better" variation (of everything) worse than what they already had. that is why bk keeps seeming worse than everyone else. the others find new and often better choices and bk just keeps throwing more and more slop on tired old items, they need to rebuild their food ,and especially their burgers from the ground up.

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                                      1. re: 51rich

                                        They can start by ditching those horrible coated fries. When I order fries, I want to taste potatoes, not some horrible coating. If they want to save money, why bother serving potatoes at all? Just serve fried coating.

                                      2. I feel like BK has dropped precipitously in quality over the last couple of years, and I'm not sure why.

                                        The Whopper (and the Chipotle burger) are still pretty decent. Definitely a huge step up from dog food. I would suggest that if your burger is so bad that it's literally inedible, you should complain to the store -- that's not normal. Ditto the onion rings. Pretty decent where fast food is concerned.

                                        Their chicken sandwiches used to be pretty amazing, but they've become bizarrely dry and awful over the past year or two -- and are strangely expensive for a processed chicken patty.

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                                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                                          I tried the Chipotle Chicken, was given a burger instead and tried to eat it. I had the same reaction as the OP. I just threw the thing away after one bite.

                                          I did email BK and got back a standard form letter about quality Blah Blah Blah. When I tried to reply, the email was returned.

                                          Never again.

                                          1. re: wblorch

                                            Yeah, email never works with stuff like this. If your food is literally inedible, you need to talk to a store manager -- that's unacceptable.

                                          2. re: Boston_Otter

                                            I recall they got bought out back in 2009-2010. New management might be the issue.

                                          3. Looks like Serious Eats really dug the Chipotle burger:
                                            http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2...

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                                            1. re: Boston_Otter

                                              Actually, that was hardly a rave review.

                                              1. re: mwhitmore

                                                "...it was actually a decent burger. A fairly hefty sandwich, it had decent kick, some actual crunch, and a nice bit of tang from the "caramelized-style onions"... my favorite of the King's new foursome."

                                                Not a 'rave', no, but definitely very positive.

                                            2. I've eaten at Burger King twice. Once was in the early '90s somewhere in upstate NY. The ambiance was predictably gross, possibly more so than the meal itself.

                                              Then in 2010, in Shenzhen, China, I tried it again. That particular outlet, in the electronics epicenter called Huaqiangbei, looked very clean and modern, as is the case with many US fast food outlets in that part o' the world. The whopper was not good, but the lone bright spot is knowing that, walking into a McDonald's or Burger King in China, you will find soap next to the sinks.

                                              If you take anything from this blurb, remember that on your first/next visit to China, if soap is to be found, it can be found in a fast food eatery.

                                              BuildingMyBento
                                              http://collaterallettuce.com/

                                              1. Burger King is only good for the basics- Whopper and fries. The so-called specialty sandwiches are just nasty. The Chipotle burger is particularly wretched. The flavor was very odd and unnatural.

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                                                1. re: Hobbert

                                                  I'd argue the coated fries are an abomination. No idea why thy don't just save money on potatoes and sell fried coating instead. Try Burger King's NEW X-TREME Flavor Blasted Coating! (Now with NO potato to get in the way of the X-TREME flavor!)

                                                  Their specialty burgers are essentially slabs of meatloaf with cr@p like peppers and cheese baked in so that by the time the burger is done, everything else is incinerated. People asked for this?

                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                    True. The fries have a very bizarre coating.

                                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                      Good fries? There was even a chow thread about burger king fries. Not good. One thing I like about BK is that I'm not even tempted to order fries. Whopper or Whopper Junior and a coke. No fries please.

                                                  2. What did your dog do to deserve this?? The pic looks like you have a wonderful dog!

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                                                    1. re: treb

                                                      Yes, he's a wonderful Great Dane. Born with only one eye (blue) and deaf, and he has the mildest and sweetest disposition.

                                                      But he is a stone-cold thief when it comes to food.

                                                      When we got him as a six-week-old puppy, he had fleas, worms and was sick with Parvo. He stopped eating and two days he went from weighing eight pounds to six.

                                                      We force fed him liquid puppy formula for six days and on the seventh, he got up, walked over to the dog bowl and ate some dry kibble.

                                                      He's never missed a meal since. :)

                                                      He is also a stone-cold thief. If I leave the kitchen, he is up on top of the counters gobbling anything in reach.

                                                      The only food itemsI have found that he doesn't eat is watermelon and papaya seeds.

                                                      1. re: Gypsy Jan

                                                        He looks tall enough to open the upper kitchen cabinet doors. Work on the fruits, he'll come around!

                                                    2. They have passable coffee.

                                                      Burger King Burgers, well, you just ate processed food, millions do it every day, repeatedly, day in and day out.

                                                      You will survive.

                                                      "unsweetened ice tea", you can actually make better one your own, by boiling hot water, and brewing leaf tea, bought in Chinatown, or Chinese grocers. Then cool it in the fridge.

                                                      I imagine that their tea is done in a convenient fashion, for the work process, so it may taste good, a bit, but better is the Thai venue that beings leaf tea to your table. Grab ice from the wait staff.

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                                                      1. re: jonkyo

                                                        What if I don't buy the tea from Chinese grocers? Does it become inferior? I like the Yunnan Noir from Adagio but that probably won't satisfy your requirement for superiority.

                                                        1. re: jpc8015

                                                          "Noir " is a genre of film.

                                                          I do not know the tea. If one is purchasing tea in an established Western shop as Tevana, I would educate them on purchasing the same and better, from a Chinese tea shop, at half the price, and minus the packaging with insignia and etc.

                                                          Adagio is a section of music.

                                                          Being in the states, it is not the same as in Asia when visiting a chinese tea shop, so the higher markup on the Adegio may offer a convenience in avoiding tea hunting, and inconvenience of educating your shopping practices in the absence of environmental-geographic advantages found in aisa.

                                                          You can bring your tea with you, use a new clean comb to strain the tea, from a cup of hot water, you purchase from the counter at Burger King, Starbucks etc.

                                                          1. re: jonkyo

                                                            This is the tea that I like:

                                                            http://www.adagio.com/black/yunnan_no...

                                                            It is perfect as is. No need to add sweetener or anything. If you happen to over steep this tea it doesn't get bitter like a lot of Sri Lankan and Indian teas. I prefer this tea hot.

                                                            For iced tea I prefer something a bit tannic; like this:

                                                            http://www.adagio.com/black/ceylon_so...

                                                            So...I am all ears on this one. I would love to know where I can get a tea similar to Yunnan noir for half the price. We have a couple of great Asian markets here in Salem.

                                                            1. re: jpc8015

                                                              That is not the Chinese name for this Chinese tea, grown obviously in the southwest province of Yunnan (or 雲南省 yunnan-sheng)

                                                              If you brought some very small amount to a Chinese tea seller, in a sandwich bag, and asked what the tea was, in Chinese, he could write it for you, and give the pinyin, and sell you some.

                                                              I have seen that tea before, of similar. It is not too rare or anything like that.

                                                              I buy Tieguan Yin (鐵觀音) grown in Fujian Province, and some other teas.

                                                              From Yunnan I drink pu' er cha or pu'er tea (普洱茶) That is a red tea sold in brinks, and I get the really good aged bricks when I am in Taiwan or Mainland China.

                                                              The tea you are drinking noir, does not have the aged factor, and you could get the common quality, I am guessing, here.

                                                              茶 is pronounced 'cha'. It means tea. You may know that already.

                                                              1. re: jonkyo

                                                                I have had the Fujian tea as well but prefer the Yunnan.

                                                                http://www.adagio.com/black/fujian_ba...

                                                                I started ordering tea from Adagio while I was in Afghanistan. I did not like the coffee there so I decided I would rather drink good tea than shitty coffee.

                                                                1. re: jpc8015

                                                                  fujian baroque looks similar to the Chaozhou oolong tea I used to get in Mainland China.

                                                                  It is quite difficult to judge tea from photos though.

                                                                  Let us know if you have luck in the local market.

                                                                  Make sure you ask for the price, before they begin bagging it. That way you can tell them how much you want, or whether you will simply stick to mail order.

                                                                  1. re: jonkyo

                                                                    This tea was definitely all black. Not an oolong.

                                                                    1. re: jpc8015

                                                                      潮州乌龙 (choazhou wulong) Or Oolong.

                                                                      It is delicious and is the tea in the photo.

                                                                      How is it you prepare your tea?

                                                                      I use a comb and a cup, the comb is used after I steep it, and pour it into the drinking vessel, or cup.

                                                                      In Asia I used teapots. My teapots are not with me presently.

                                                                      Second photo is a tea set up for making Oolong and Tieguanyin tea.

                                                                      http://www.cxtuku.com/pic_261310.html

                                                                       
                                                                       
                                                                      1. re: jonkyo

                                                                        I used one of these. It was very handy.

                                                                        http://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenui...

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