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.

Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich WendysThe 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.

Pretzel Pub Chicken WendysMy 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.

Pretzel Pub WendysMy 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.

Wendy's Pretzel Chicken 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.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 4.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $5.39

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: http://www.wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
650 calories
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

28 comments on “Review: Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s

  1. Joseph Reilly says:

    Will probably try it, if only out of sheer curiosity regarding the flavor profile. But agreed, $5.39?! Are the fillets coming from a species of chicken that’s becoming extinct? :-)

  2. Dave says:

    For a few more bucks, may as well go to Outback Steakhouse, Denny’s or somewhere similar.

  3. Matt says:

    You’re obsessing about 5.39, really? Most footlongs at Subway are $1-3 more unless they’re on sale.. McDs chicken sandiwches have gotta be close to $5 and that’s for your standard chicken sandiwch..

    • Scrape says:

      $5.39 is a fortune at a fast food place for a singular sandwich. I’m sure at my local Wendy’s, it will likely be even more as they do not participate in the national promotion prices (the advertised $1 Monterey Chicken was $2 at my local Wendy’s, which is why I don’t go there anymore). Add in a side and a drink and you are at 8 or 9 bucks. Wendy’s is outpricing itself for a place with a drive-thru and competing with premium burger joints and fast-casual. Not a good place to be when most of the money in their sector is made at the mid to lower end of the menu.

      • Klee says:

        I expect to spend $7-9 on a fast food combo, it doesn’t seem that out of place considering as time goes on things become more expensive. My grandpa makes the same comments, why I could get a whole meal for $2.50… This was in 1964

        • Zack says:

          Exactly! I’ve noticed this trend of complaining a lot about the price here on GrubGrade and it just makes reading the product reviews a lot less enjoyable. As people have noted, a footlong from Subway is $5 minimum (and their marketing is pushing premium subs and the $6 supposed deal of the month) and it’s pretty standard for a meal to push $10 at the Panera’s and such of the world.

          Obviously fast food is about value, so if a review points out that a product is truly not worth what’s being charged, then obviously I want to know that. But when every review of any new item is automatically negative due to it not being an ultra low cost offering, it makes for a disappointing read.

          At first I thought it bothered me because I also read more industry-facing and operator blogs, so I’m pretty used to complaints about dollar menus and the such. But I realize now that here it just sounds like my mother who complains that she can’t go out and get dinner for $5 anymore like she used to. That’s true, and GrubGraders better enjoy their McDoubles and Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers now, because they’ll be in the same boat very soon.

          • Serpico says:

            Why woould a fast food review not include comments about the price? No one wants to spend $8 dollars on a mediocre combo at a fast food joint. Quality justifies price. You shills need to stay away from comment sections and stick to your official FB pages and twitter feeds.

          • AlexG says:

            I agree the constant harping over the price is distracting and not needed. Wendy’s isn’t stupid, they will charge a price point for their product that is competitive with it’s rivals. If the product has superior ingredients than I have no problem paying a few extra dollars for a sandwich. I’d rather they choose higher quality ingredients than competing on the lower end and making us all sick by introducing “cost savings” like injecting Pink Slime into the Burger Meat to save a few pennies.

      • Robert says:

        Once again. There are chain Wendy’s and franchise Wendy’s. At the chain Wendy’s, this sandwich is like $4.49, tops. At franchise Wendy’s, it’s over $5.

        As for the cheese, I figured you wouldn’t be able to taste it. You’d need at least two slices, and Muenster is very mild.

  4. Matt says:

    The Arbys market fresh sandwiches are all $5+ for COLD sandwiches. Lol.. so yeah, I’m not sure what kind of price you’re looking for… eat off the dollar menu if you can’t afford a decent sandwich at a slightly more expensive price.

  5. BigBelly says:

    for that price, it sounds like a failure to me
    what a shame, it could have been so good if they kept it simple… fillet of choice, bacon, pepperjack, lettuce, tomato, on a pretzel bun

  6. BigBelly says:

    even better, hold the lettuce and tomato, and do this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUNXnb2s5pc
    on a pretzel bun, the onions would have even been kind of Octoberfesty

  7. Nate says:

    Is it just me, or is the sodium content in new fast-food items somehow even higher than it used to be?

    • Ttap says:

      The sodium content is a Killer . Most people are not aware of their borderline hypertension until they consume 1500 mg of sodium at one sitting.

  8. Mike says:

    That’s my big problem with Wendy’s -they screw up my order more consistently than any other place. And I’m not talking about a crazy request of customization. It’s something as simple as “no tomato” or UNsweetened iced tea.

  9. a; says:

    so much salt for the calories. never liked the pretelze bun.. just dry and dry… the rest was nice and moist..

  10. Old Fogey Paul says:

    This just seems kind of unecessary, an uninspired choice that won’t attract consumers. The pretzel bun fad is kind of annoying especially when you consider that it doesen’t really improve the sandwhich all that much. Please Wendy’s please don’t turn into a high priced BK. Stick with what works, affordable, descent tasting hamburgers that the common person will buy.

  11. Richard says:

    Arby’s newest creation is over 5 bucks as well. I was paying almost 8 bucks for that item in SO CALLED SMALL VALUE type meal. Outrageous….

  12. Justin says:

    I loved the sandwich except for the fact that my pretzel bun was a little burnt.

  13. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I made this myself long before they came out with it, I think the bun up-charge was 30 cents or 60 cents. It was not very good I thought. I am over the whole pretzel bun thing, 99% of them just don’t taste right, kind of doughy, dry and bland. Sonic’s hot dogs were the worst.

    The only people who can do pretzel anything right are Auntie Annie’s, their pretzel dogs are sublime.

  14. Alex K. says:

    If this sandwich gets a 4.25/5 for value, what would get a zero?

  15. keeley says:

    you maybe need to check your taste buds because you can definitely taste the muenster!

  16. r says:

    Thank you, haven’t tried it but this seems like a good comprehensive review. Will probably think twice about trying this. Thanks again!

  17. p says:

    Ive had the sandwich and honestly it sucked the honey mustard came off like a barbaque taste not worth the 8 dollars what so ever.

  18. Sam says:

    I don’t eat red meat so I’m somewhat of an expert on chicken sandwiches since I never order a burger. And I’m a broke college student so I’m also somewhat of an expert on fast food. This was the best fast food chicken sandwich I’ve thus had so far.

  19. jojo says:

    I tried the grill style, a very messy sami, but the chicken was a big chunk,much to my surprise. I did not like the “spring mix” greens, purple pieces and greens had stems I picked it out. Have no idea what type lettuce this is. A good sami’, but too much sodium and price too high for me, so I probably won’t get it again

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