Fast Food Review: Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich from Roy Rogers
As you have probably noticed, we are big fans of Chick-fil-A here at GrubGrade. When it comes to the classic chicken sandwich or nuggets they are tough to beat. In my opinion, there is one chicken sandwich that Chick-fil-A cannot top. A true marvel in the quick-serve universe…the Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich from Roy Rogers. I was introduced to this sandwich not that long ago by Ryan, but the sandwich has been on the menu since the early 1990s. In my opinion, this is the standard bearer for all fast food chicken sandwiches.
The Gold Rush sandwich is a fried chicken patty topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, bacon and a golden “BBQ” sauce. This so-called “BBQ” sauce is actually more reminiscent of honey than BBQ sauce. One interesting fact about the sauce is that one of the ingredients is actually anchovies. Don’t worry though, nothing about the sauce tastes anything at all like anchovies. The sweet sauce is so tasty, that many people ask for it on the side so they can dip their fries in it. Chicken, cheese, bacon and honey might not sound like the best combination, but they work so well here. The chicken is moist, tasty and is very lightly breaded so you don’t miss out on the nice chicken flavor. The mild cheese adds more texture than flavor and is a worthy addition to the sandwich. As is the case with a lot of chicken sandwiches, bacon is added and it works as a wonderful addition. The salty and smokey flavor combined with it’s crisp texture contrasts well with the moist chicken and melted cheese. All this deliciousness is topped with the sticky and sweet “BBQ” sauce. There is a great balance of flavors with the Gold Rush that is sometimes hard to come by with fast food. Way too often a meal can lose points by adding just one ingredient that can throw the whole chemistry off. The creators of the Gold Rush should be commended for keeping the flavors complimentary to one another rather than have one dominating feature. It’s tough to find much wrong with this sandwich, but one negative would be that the sauce can be a bit messy, so be sure to get plenty of napkins just in case you have an overload.
The Gold Rush sandwich is so good that it is one of the only reasons I go to Roy Rogers. I don’t even have to look at the menu because I know I’m going to order the #5, which is the Gold Rush sandwich combo. It’s tough to pass up a delicious chicken sandwich, golden fries and drink. This #5 combo will set you back $6.09, but I’ve been known to add a buttery Roy’s biscuit to the mix for a little extra change. You can go to any fast food spot and get your run of the mill chicken sandwich. You know the one with thick breading, topped with wilted lettuce, unripened tomatoes and way too much mayonnaise. If you are lucky enough to have a Roy Rogers near you, I’d suggest you give this unique chicken sandwich a fair shot. Apparently, I’m not the only fan of the Gold Rush as it is the second highest seller at Roy’s, right behind their classic roast beef sandwich. Welcome to the top of the list Gold Rush, our highest rated fast food review thus far. GrubGrade Hall of Famer.
Pros: Chicken is moist and flavorful. No heavy breading to get in the way. Sweet sauce is unique and not found on other chicken sandwiches.
Cons: If I have to nitpick, the sandwich can be messy due to excess sauce. The bun is nothing to write home about.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $4.09 sandwich, $6.09 for the #5 combo
Overall GrubGrade: 9.75/10
Total Fat- 30 grams
Saturated Fat- 9 grams
Cholesterol- 35 milligrams
Sodium- 1326 milligrams
Carbs- 51 grams
Protein- 22 grams