Review: Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s
Over the summer, Wendy’s released a burger featuring a pretzel bun with the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger. Since that time, we’ve been bombarded with pretzel buns from other restaurants and there’s no end in sight. The latest from Wendy’s features the pretzel bun yet again, but this time they went with chicken over a burger. I wasn’t that impressed with the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, but that didn’t slow me down today to go tackle the new Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich.
The Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s features “pub-inspired flavors” such as Muenster cheese, cheddar cheese sauce and honey mustard sauce stacked in between their artisan pretzel bun. Like the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger that came before it, the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich is also topped with a fresh spring mix and sliced tomato. Like all premium chicken sandwiches at Wendy’s, you’ve got your fillet choice of Homestyle, Grilled or Spicy. For my review I wanted to go with what I felt to be the most typical and popular choice of chicken… the standard Homestyle fillet. I wasn’t asked what style of chicken fillet I wanted, but just expected Homestyle since the promo pictures feature Homestyle. I spoke up during my order anyway and specifically asked for Homestyle. Kevonte from the drive-thru speaker box said, “Yeah, Homestyle, I got you”. So I ended up with a Spicy chicken fillet instead.
My main issues with the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger was the hefty price at $4.97 and that there were just too many ingredients taking away the focus of the newly featured pretzel bun. My main highlight with that burger was the Applewood smoked bacon and how its flavor seemed to complement the honey mustard sauce to make a tasty combination. So this new Pretzel Pub Chicken has a few key similarities in the cheddar cheese sauce, the honey mustard sauce, the spring mix/tomato and pretzel bun, but gone is the bacon and a cheese rarely, if ever, seen in fast food is introduced with Muenster.
My Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich was priced at $5.37 for the sandwich alone. It’s a good sized sandwich with a big chicken fillet and it’s filling, but I don’t feel like it’s a value considering fast food should be noticeably cheaper than fast casual and even casual sit-down chains. The combo price was $7.59 and in that price territory, you’re not going to get much love from me. I felt the sandwich stood out most with the flavor of the sweet honey mustard sauce. I got a taste-vibe from the sauce that was reminiscent of smoky sweet Lays Honey Barbecue chips. The Muenster cheese would’ve been better off alone and without cheddar cheese sauce. From a taste and texture standpoint, the Muenster had virtually zero impact. Why feature a new cheese and drown it in a completely difference sauced cheese? At least with the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich, the pretzel bun was more noticeable than it was with the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger. The exterior of the pretzel bun is thicker than the standard Wendy’s bun and thus feels more substantial and sturdy. The pretzel bun is chewier than other fast food sandwich buns I’m familiar with, but never detracts into being too chewy. Taste-wise, the pretzel bun is mildly a pretzel standout and wouldn’t separate itself too much in this form unless maybe there were some added salt. The spring mix and tomatoes unfortunately aided in the mess of honey mustard and cheese sauce which had me reaching for napkins again and again, but their presence worked to dull the saltiness of the chicken patty. Even though I ordered Homestyle and got Spicy, I feel any chicken fillet selection would’ve worked with this sandwich.
I enjoyed most of my experience with the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich. It’s hard to see this becoming a repeat buy because of that $5.37 price tag, but overall it worked to highlight the pretzel bun a lot better than the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger did. I could’ve done without the cheese sauce and instead replace it with bacon so the Muenster wouldn’t be so lost. This sandwich doesn’t need to be overly cheesy, so it’s puzzling to me why Wendy’s went that route. The sweet honey mustard sauce stands out above all and I liked it enough to end up considering this to be a decent Wendy’s addition.
Pros: Sweet honey mustard sauce. Pretzel bun has a good, hearty texture and stands out better than the regular Wendy's buns. Choice of Homestyle, Grilled or Spicy chicken fillets.
Cons: The price is too high at $5.39. Cheddar cheese sauce takes away from the minor spotlight that should have been the Muenster cheese. Would probably benefit from bacon. Messy.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: http://www.wendys.com
29 grams of fat
10 grams of saturated fat
95 milligrams of cholesterol
1450 milligrams of sodium
62 grams of carbs
3 grams of dietary fiber
8 grams of sugar
35 grams of protein