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Burger King to unveil new "satisfries"

Firegoat Sep 24, 2013 06:09 AM

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/b...

Crinkle cut fries with less fat and calories than the regular fries.
Because, as the release says "It's not realistic to ask people to replace french fries with carrots or celery sticks,"

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    Clams047 RE: Firegoat Sep 24, 2013 07:01 AM

    Trick appears to be a batter coating that resists oil penetration during frying. Good concept. May not be a bad thing. Then again.....

    1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: Firegoat Sep 25, 2013 11:01 AM

      BK has been groping at straws for years.

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        GK in SO RE: Firegoat Sep 25, 2013 02:47 PM

        I can't imagine anything at BK tasting good, no matter the amount or type of chemicals they use in their food.

        "A batter coating that resists oil penetration during frying"...man, that sounds just awful.

        Theirs has to be the worst tasting food on the planet. Makes McD's seem gourmet by comparison, and that isn't saying much.

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          Clams047 RE: GK in SO Sep 25, 2013 02:59 PM

          Haven't been to a McD's in some two years and don't ever expect to return. On the other hand, after about a five year absence, I tried BK about six months ago and got hooked.

          Ironically, I avoided them due to their really awful fries, but much to my surprise, recently found them IMO to have the best fast-food frozen fry. Evidently they made a major change vs. perhaps 5-10 years ago. I've always preferred their burger vs. McD's salty, otherwise tasteless burger and I refuse to pay Wendy's to remove the cheese from their cheeseburgers.

          Now I'm wondering if I'll like the change. Cycle may have run its course..... again.

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            Samalicious RE: Clams047 Sep 25, 2013 03:26 PM

            You don't have to pay for no cheese at Wendy's.

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              Clams047 RE: Samalicious Sep 25, 2013 08:23 PM

              Unless something has changed, the last time I was there (nearly two years ago) they did not have any hamburgers on the menu. I had to pay for a cheeseburger and beg them to leave off the cheese. Thus, it cost me extra to have no cheese vs. what a hamburger should have cost.

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                James Cristinian RE: Clams047 Sep 25, 2013 08:32 PM

                Not only do you have to beg to leave the cheese off, more than half the time they include it anyway, even after multiple requests. McDonalds is even worse, it just boggles people's minds that some of us don't want bad cheese on a burger.

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                  Clams047 RE: James Cristinian Sep 26, 2013 05:26 AM

                  I used to occasionally request McDonalds $1 McDouble without the cheese - essentially a double hamburger. Rarely would they charge me $1. More commonly, they would try to charge me the full price of a double cheeseburger or even worse, some places had a $1.29 (or thereabouts) price for a double hamburger vs. the $1 price for the Mcdouble (a double hamburger with one slice of "cheese").

                  Even when the printed receipt clearly stated NO cheese (should actually be no imitation cheese food product, please), more times than not, it would appear with the cheese.

                  Back on topic - Have not yet tried the BK fries, but I'm curious to try them. At the same time, I'm amused that they are expecting nearly a 20% premium in price for them. I mean really, does the coating cost more than the potato itself?

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                    KaimukiMan RE: James Cristinian Oct 20, 2013 05:03 PM

                    the trick to making them take it off is to have something else added or subtracted. Be sure to ask for the other modification first (extra onion, no pickle, plus mayo whatever) and the 'no cheese' last. They get a Quarter Pounder no pickle, no cheese right far more often than a Quarter Pounder no cheese. Its still not 100%, but close to 95%-98%. Yes, I eat too much fast food. But getting two Mc Doubles, both of them no pickle no cheese results (after me removing both bottom buns and mating the rest) in one large burger, half the bread, and with an Unsweetended Ice Tea, a not wholly unhealthy meal for only $3.

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              Boston_Otter RE: GK in SO Sep 25, 2013 06:04 PM

              Have you tried the new fries?

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                Kate is always hungry RE: Boston_Otter Oct 18, 2013 09:18 PM

                I tried the Satisfries today. I didn't detect any kind of coating or batter on them. They just tasted like crinkle cut fries that weren't too greasy or oily.

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              rochfood RE: Firegoat Sep 25, 2013 03:28 PM

              At least this thread is not about Trader Joes.

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                Samalicious RE: rochfood Sep 25, 2013 03:29 PM

                I don't think you have to pay for no cheese there either.

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                  Boston_Otter RE: Samalicious Sep 25, 2013 06:04 PM

                  Or at Burger King.

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                    James Cristinian RE: Samalicious Sep 25, 2013 06:09 PM

                    Big thread on no hamburgers at Wendy's a couple of years ago.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/822868#7931612

                    Check out the burgers on their website, they all have cheese, They're not going to give you a discount for no cheese.

                    http://www.wendys.com/en-us/hamburgers

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                      Samalicious RE: James Cristinian Sep 25, 2013 06:46 PM

                      No discount mentioned. They do not charge extra for no cheese.

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                        James Cristinian RE: Samalicious Sep 25, 2013 07:19 PM

                        The point is you pay cheeseburger prices for a hamburger. You have to understand the price of cheese is built into a "hamburger." They are not charging extra for no cheese, but believe me you are paying for the cheese. Whatever happened to a hamburger that cost less than a cheeseburger?

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                          rockycat RE: James Cristinian Sep 26, 2013 06:07 AM

                          I don't like tomato or mayo on my burgers. I don't get a discount when I ask to have them left off. Why expect a discount for leaving off any other condiment?

                          Btw, I rarely eat cheeseburgers and usually do ask for no cheese.

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                            carolinadawg RE: rockycat Sep 26, 2013 07:49 AM

                            Because if you ask for extra ketchup for example, or for mayo on a sandwich that doesn't ordinarily have it, you won't be charged extra. However, if you add cheese to a sandwich that does not come with cheese, you will be charged extra. Thus, by charging the same for a cheeseburger and a hamburger, Wendy's is effectively charging "extra" for leaving off the cheese. I can't fathom not understanding that...

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                              Samalicious RE: carolinadawg Sep 26, 2013 08:03 AM

                              The sandwich is the same price with or without cheese. So what.

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                                carolinadawg RE: Samalicious Sep 26, 2013 08:06 AM

                                I think I've explained it pretty well. Happy eating!

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                                  James Cristinian RE: carolinadawg Sep 26, 2013 09:30 AM

                                  Agree totally. Somebody still needs to fall on the sword and try the BK fries.

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                                    Clams047 RE: James Cristinian Sep 26, 2013 09:57 AM

                                    Just tried them this afternoon. While not to be mistaken for a good fresh-cut fry, I did find them to be much better than typical non fast-food, frozen fries and way better than the battered fries I recall of BK some 5-10 years ago which I found to be quite repulsive.

                                    I did find them to be less oily and have a somewhat drier texture compared with a typical McD's, BK or Wendy fry. I did not detect the coating - definitely does not have a batter texture. On my first try, I thought the potato flavor was somewhat less vs. their regular fry and much less than a good fresh-cut fry, but perhaps still acceptable vs. other fast-food frozen fries.

                                    Without coupons, I'm not sure I'd spring for a premium full-priced BK combo (30 cent upcharge for the small fries) vs. a stop at Five Guys. Approaching the 5G price point for a small burger fries& drink, I prefer the better quality of the 5G burger & fries. (If 5G had a small $1 drink, there would be no comparison.)

                                    Since I do not all that much care for frozen fries, I don't eat enough of them to really care about having a lower calorie fry, but will give them another try.

                                    Next, I'll have to stop at BK with someone so we can order one of each type fry & do a side-by-side comparison.

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                                rockycat RE: carolinadawg Sep 26, 2013 10:21 AM

                                And there are restaurants that charge extra for adding tomato to sandwiches that don't otherwise come with tomato. I can't fathom your not understanding that...

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                                  carolinadawg RE: rockycat Sep 26, 2013 11:56 AM

                                  Huh? Thats not the same situation being discuused in regard to Wendy's..

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                                    rockycat RE: carolinadawg Sep 26, 2013 12:49 PM

                                    Why yes, it is. But I don't see how any of this relates to BK's fries at all. And since, clearly, we hold differing opinions on this matter, that's how it will have to remain.

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                                      carolinadawg RE: rockycat Sep 26, 2013 12:58 PM

                                      Indeed.

                  2. L2k RE: Firegoat Sep 26, 2013 01:40 PM

                    Had them today. No upcharge at my Eastern Mass location. Thought they were pretty tasty, and since I prefer a thicker fry, I liked them better than the usual BK product.

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                      rochfood RE: Firegoat Sep 26, 2013 07:21 PM

                      Ironically..BK's signature burger..The Whopper has no cheese on it. Or the Whopper JR.

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                        Samalicious RE: rochfood Sep 26, 2013 08:44 PM

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                      2. dave_c RE: Firegoat Sep 30, 2013 12:46 PM

                        Hurray for crinkle cut fries!

                        I was talking with friends about the lack of crinkle cut fries in fast food. I see the advantage of crinkle cut fries is you have more surface area for a crisp exterior and the fries are thicker so the center is fluffy soft.

                        Lo' and Behold - Satisfries are available. BK must have been reading my mind. lol.

                        The fries took care of my crinkle cut craving.

                        1. suzigirl RE: Firegoat Oct 13, 2013 01:51 PM

                          I prefer a steak fry over a thin and crispy fry so for me they were a yea. Nice and fluffy insides and crispy, but not to crispy.

                          1. jrvedivici RE: Firegoat Oct 15, 2013 07:21 AM

                            As my son advised me this past weekend was FREE SATISFRIES in our area. (NJ)

                            So during our travels we stopped at a BK to take advantage of this offer. (apparently no purchase was required, but we indulged).

                            The "satisfries" were actually pretty good, I'm not an expert on what BK's regular fries are like, however I didn't find these offensive in any way, so I guess I give them a thumbs up!!

                            Now for the thumbs down on this experience. Without looking at the menu I just ordered a Chicken Parm sandwich, which has been a life long fav of mine at BK.

                            When did BK get all serious about their chicken parm sandwich? I wanted that oblong shaped roll with a similarly shaped or manufactured "chicken" breast.....with the seasoned katchup and processed "not real cheese" slice on top. What I received was a regular round bun, with what seemed to be a real piece of chicken deep fried, and actual cheese and sauce on it? WTF???? This is not the chicken parm sandwich of my youth, and while superior in quality, inferior in childhood memories!!

                            Dam you BK with your healthy satisfries and actual chicken, chicken parm sandwich!!!

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                              RealMenJulienne RE: jrvedivici Oct 15, 2013 07:37 AM

                              My parents used to buy that BK original chicken sandwich for us, in the mistaken belief that it was healthier than the burgers. How wrong they were, but because of that childhood imprinting I also like those remanufactured oval patties with the limp lettuce and greasy mayo.

                              Don't like these new fries. They are just like bland grocery store crinkle cut frozen fries.

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                                libgirl2 RE: RealMenJulienne Oct 15, 2013 10:19 AM

                                I have to admit, I still love those chicken sandwiches. Haven't eaten one in years... oh but the memories.

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                                Thorkim RE: jrvedivici Oct 15, 2013 12:07 PM

                                I really like these fries, they are much better than their regular ones. I'm glad they don't have the nasty skins on them, those are just vile, in my opinion. I am pretty picky and like crinkle cut fries a lot, I will order more from Burger King now that they've offered these. I hope they keep them around.

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                                Kelli2006 RE: Firegoat Oct 15, 2013 10:21 PM

                                I tried them last week and they suck. The outside never got crispy and the inside was mealy, like a undercooked frozen crinkle fry.

                                I had to wait for my order so I know that they were fresh.

                                I'll pass on this "improvement".

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