GrubGrade Poll Results: Wendy’s Claims the Best Fast Food Bacon Throne

This was fun.  After about 72 hours, 902 votes were made on our poll and Wendy’s ran away with the crown for Best Fast Food Bacon.  It wasn’t even a close call as Wendy’s took in 425 of the 902 votes for 47.12% of all votes placed.  For a tasty look at Wendy’s bacon, check out my review of the Bacon Deluxe burger.

In distant second came Chick-fil-A with 135 votes, which was a little surprising.  Chick-fil-A has that circular bacon patty of sorts found in my chicken sandwich creations, “The Club” and “The Spicy Western BBQ”.

In 3rd place (113 votes) was Arby’s with their thick-cut pepper bacon found in such menu items as the Ultimate BLT Market Fresh Sandwich.

After the top 3 vote getters, the results are pretty weak for all the other restaurants.  Subway came in dead last with just 10 votes total.  Jack in the Box had 20 votes.  McDonald’s was third to last with only 21 total votes.  So how did you vote?  Are you surprised with the results?  

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Other thoughts:

  • I loved all the comments and feedback.  I’ve been craving the Club Lulu from Jimmy John’s since the poll was posted last Saturday.
  • There was mention of Checkers in the comments.  The BBQZilla did have some pretty good bacon.
  • I found it interesting that McDonald’s and Subway are #1 and #2 in terms of units and sales and they are at the bottom of the barrel with bacon.
  • My top 3 votes would be Wendy’s #1, Arby’s #2, Chick-fil-A #3 so I wasn’t too far off from the consensus.
  • Lots of Five Guys love in the comments.
  • I should try the bacon at A&W.

15 comments on “GrubGrade Poll Results: Wendy’s Claims the Best Fast Food Bacon Throne

  1. Alex says:

    Blows my mind … Wendy’s bacon is good and all, but Arby’s is just. Arby’s.

    • CulinaryZerg says:

      While Arby’s isn’t as frequented as the other two, I think the main culprit is that Arby’s doesn’t feature their excellent bacon on their most popular sandwiches (more the obscure ones). Whereas Wendy’s literally has a sandwich called Baconator, Son of Baconator, Bacon Deluxe (and formerly Big Bacon Classic), the ever popular Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger…

    • michael says:

      I’m not surprised they are coincided good I’m still stuck on what is it its not real bacon , not by a long shot. heck in an industry that 100% real beef is legal with only 10% meat what is the other 90 % and the FDA is really not looking out for people’s safety pre 1980 meat that had calmed to be real or 100% had to be 90% after 1990 that all changed.

  2. Scrape says:

    Thanks for reposting a tempting review of a burger that ‘officially’ no longer exists. The Bacon Deluxe was removed from Wendy’s menu upon the introduction of the ‘W’. Its removal (twice) from the menu (first, the Big Bacon Classic when the Baconator was introduced) is the primary reason why I no longer frequent Wendy’s.

  3. Joe says:

    Not surprised Wendy’s came in first. Not a fan of Arby’s though. Agree – most fast food bacon sucks. Subway and McDonald’s (the two largest restaurant chains by locations) happen to be the worst with bacon, and I agree.
    SUGGESTION FOR NEXT POLL: Best Fast Food Shakes

  4. CulinaryZerg says:

    Not fast food exactly, but Denny’s Bacon Lover’s BLT is an EXTREMELY competent sandwich (better than Jimmy John’s). 8(!) slices of cooked to order bacon on toasted potato bread, but it’s a tad pricey.

    Can’t remember if the bacon was that good, but the sandwich sure was.

  5. Ray says:

    Ryan – The most impressive bacon sandwich I’ve had in the Frederick area is the BLT at Champion Billiards. If you haven’t tried it, you really should. The amount of bacon can vary a little each time but it’s usually a monstrous stack of semi-crunchy, slightly greasy, thick-cut bacon. If ever I’ve had a BLT with too much B, it came from this place.

    • Ryan says:

      Hmm, I’ve never thought much of the food there, but I’ll have to seek out the BLT now. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. JF says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I’ve been to Jimmy John’s once. And I did get the Club LuLu. It was good, but to be honest, aside from how fast they made my sandwich, I didn’t really think it was much better than saw Subway or Quiznos.

    Now I am a huge fan of Firehouse Subs and Jersey Mikes. Neither are national, and as most should know, Jersey Mikes is pricy. But both have much better subs than Subway or Quiznos, and to be honest, beat JJ’s (again, only had the one sandwich).

    So you might not be missing out on much, or maybe you are. But I never thought of JJ’s to get a sandwich again. While Jersey Mikes is closer to me (and their Chipotle Cheesteak, to me, is AWESOME), for any other sub, Firehouse is the way to go.

    Would love to see more JJ, Jersey Mike’s and/or Firehouse Sub’s reviews.

    To each his own…

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