McD's, Bacon Habenero Ranch Burger
Had one for lunch today. Tasty burger, imo. The habenero sauce was very good and spicier than I would have thought. It will be interesting to see if it lasts on the menu.
I had one the other day and thought it rather dry. There wasn't enough sauce to overcome the overcooked, dried out patty.
Just saw an advertisement for a buy one get one free deal on the new quarter pounders. Today through the 20th. Don't know if it is at all locations.
I've always had a weakness for the double cheese, or the old school quarter pounder, along with a lot of McD's breakfast offerings.
I've tried most of their recent updated "upscale" burger forays, and after trying the Habanero burger a week ago finally had a minor epiphany as to why I find all of their burgers aside from the old standards to be very unpleasant. They lack the sweetness the old school burgers. It's no secret that the clown is putting out a really low end product which has traditionally been dressed up with the sweet/sour catsup/mustard combination. The newer burgers like the monotonous and insipid cheddar onion creation, the horridly dressed and bland Daily Double, and the new strain of quarterpounders lack the tried and true flavor camouflage, and are exposed as merely the sum of their dried out and overprocessed parts.
In terms of the habanero burger specifically, after removing the really offensive fast food lettuce and tomato, I marveled once again at McD's total inability to produce a product remotely resembling bacon in any form. The sauce did indeed have some heat, but it really didn't remind me of habanero whatsoever. The bright searing bite of the sauce seemed chemically forced rather than the bright and fruity pain from a good habanero. So much for the supporting cast. Burger, cheese, and bun were as expected. Overall a miss in my humble estimation.
Know what I'd like to see? A standard quarterpounder with cheese with one of their breakfast hash browns, and a "poached" egg from the McMuffin family wedged into the mix. That I believe, would be worth the points.