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Burger King to unveil new "satisfries"

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

    1. BK has been groping at straws for years.

      1. 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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        1. re: GK in SO

          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.

          1. re: Clams047

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

            1. re: Samalicious

              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.

              1. re: Clams047

                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.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  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?

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    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.

              1. re: Boston_Otter

                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.

              1. re: rochfood

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

                  1. re: Samalicious

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

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8228...

                    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

                    1. re: James Cristinian

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

                      1. re: Samalicious

                        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?

                        1. re: James Cristinian

                          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.

                          1. re: rockycat

                            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...

                            1. re: carolinadawg

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

                              1. re: Samalicious

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

                                1. re: carolinadawg

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

                                  1. re: James Cristinian

                                    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.

                              2. re: carolinadawg

                                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...

                                1. re: rockycat

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

                                  1. re: carolinadawg

                                    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.

                  2. 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.