Review: Son of Baconator from Wendy’s
I admit, avoiding Wendy’s while on a fast food run happens all too often. While most of their food is pretty good as far as quick-serve burger joints are concerned, the inconsistent prices can get annoying. I’ve ranted in my own annoying way in the past about the prices at Wendy’s and it seems I can’t make mention of anything on the menu without throwing in the well-deserved jab. I’m resigned to it at this point, so why not start my therapy with acceptance and then a burger. Here’s my take on the Son of Baconator from Wendy’s.
Wendy’s describes Son of Baconator like this:
Introducing Son of Baconator™. Now you can decide how big you want to go. Two fresh, never frozen beef patties topped with four strips of fresh-cooked Applewood Smoked Bacon in between a premium buttered, toasted bun. Topped off with mayo, ketchup, and American cheese to complete the pinnacle of mouth-watering taste any father would be proud of.
Son of Baconator is the spawn of the half-pound beefy original Baconator. A burger that doesn’t overdo it with a bunch of different ingredients and keeps it simple and focuses on the beef and bacon. Take out the fact that Son of Baconator is oddly priced at $4.53 at my local Wendy’s, I admit it’s among the better fast food burgers out today. Let’s talk Big 3 for a sec… McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s. The Wendy’s beef patties taste the best by a good margin. I constitute “best” by such factors as juiciest, beefiest and above everything else, least fake and packed with over-seasoning. Son of Baconator is stacked with two beef patties that were cooked evenly through and retained moisture while adding a little crusted edge. A slice of American cheese in between the two beef patties acts as the support system to keep the package incredibly intact. This is one of those burgers you can keep in one hand while you’re double-fisting with a drink in the other. My Son of Baconator never fell apart on me and a big thanks goes to the absence of sliced tomato, raw rings of onion or a glut of iceberg lettuce. The produce is normally a welcomed addition to most burgers and Wendy’s does produce right, but less is more with Son of Baconator and the creators didn’t overdo it and that’s a big plus.
It’s impossible to give a rundown on Son of Baconator without making mention of the bacon. Wendy’s has always done a fantastic job with their bacon. From back in the day with my love of Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers to advances into applewood smoked bacon territory, the salty swine strips have always been done right at Wendy’s. Son of Baconator piles on four generously portioned strips of bacon to balance out the burger quite well. Not too crispy, not too chewy, not overly salty… this is solid bacon.
Son of Baconator is priced about a dollar too high for what I’d consider to be a good deal. Doubling up on value menu burgers and simple math can prove all of that. A small combo set me back nearly 7 bucks and that defeats the purpose of what I feel the quick-serve industry should be targeting. The price of Son of Baconator was the only part of the package that bothered me. It’s a great fast food menu item with barely a flaw that will satisfy your bacon cheeseburger cravings.
Pros: Applewood smoked bacon. Slightly seared beef edges. Well constructed fast food burger.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $4.53 sandwich alone, $6.49 small combo
Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10
More Info: Wendys.com
Calories - 700
Total Fat - 43 grams
Saturated Fat - 18 grams
Cholesterol - 130 milligrams
Sodium - 1760 milligrams
Carbs - 40 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 9 grams
Protein - 39 grams