Review: Bacon Sriracha Fries from Wendy’s
Is it fair to say that Sriracha is the new bacon of fast food? From McDonald’s Signature Sriracha burger test to Burger King’s Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger, we’ve seen the spicy-sweet sauce come and go on a number of sandwiches over the last year. Wendy’s is the latest to enter the game, introducing a Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich as well as Bacon Sriracha Fries.Since Sriracha on fries is relatively new for mainstream American fast food. I decided to check them out over the new chicken sandwich. The fries are described like this:
The Bacon Sriracha Fries are topped with the delicious combination of Applewood smoked bacon, creamy cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, and a creamy Sriracha aioli
So it’s basically your standard cheese fry plate with the addition of the “Sriracha aioli.” To tell you the truth, I’ve seen the combination before at various Korean fast casual restaurants, which usually use Japanese Kewpie brand mayo and sometimes throw in Kimchi. That said, I’ve never actually tried the combo.Ever since retooling their spuds to a natural, skin-on cut, Wendy’s fries have been up there for me as some of the best in fast food. They’re not always super crisp, but they have a robust potato flavor and are usually salted perfectly. The fries I got were no different. What I like about the way Wendy’s constructs their cheese fries is that you still get plenty of crispy, potato-ey fries to nibble on as you work your way into the cheese and bacon mixture. It’s a nice contrast in textures and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve just eaten soggy fries. The bacon was good, with no burnt pieces and plenty of meaty, smoky bacon. Meanwhile, the cheese was abundantly layered and about what you’d expect: salty, gooey, and pretty much overwhelming the crispness of the fries. Still, there’s enough going on with the other flavors that it doesn’t just taste like shots of Velveeta. That’s largely due to the Sriracha aioli, which has a moderate amount of heat that builds but then dissipates. The flavor isn’t that sharp chili flavor you expect but rather a more rounded sensation that tastes a lot like Buffalo sauce. I suspect this has something to do with the mayo and in particular the cheese sauce. That said, it’s not a bad flavor at all, and if you’re wary of truly throat-scorching heat, than you should find it manageable.My complaints are what you’d expect: the fry mixture is a lot of salt and it’s heavy, especially if you’re going to eat something else. And I don’t know about anyone else, but whenever I’m getting fries from Wendy’s, I’m always getting a Frosty to go with them. Overall, if you’re a fan of heat and a fan of Wendy’s Baconator fries, than you’ll love the Bacon Sriracha fries. Even though the heat has more of a Buffalo sauce flavor than a straight Sriracha chili flavor, the combination of crisp fries, gooey cheese, and salty bacon benefits from the unexpected and flavorful kick.
Pros: Great combination of crisp and gooey textures. Not just a sensation of “hot” but an actual, flavorful level of heat. Good value if you can find for $1.99.
Cons: “Middle” portion of the fries are super soggy. Sriracha heat tastes more like the heat in Buffalo sauce. Exceptionally salty.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: wendys.com
Calories - 600
Total Fat - 39 grams Saturated Fat - 11 grams Cholesterol – 45 milligrams Sodium - 1110 milligrams Carbs - 47 grams
Fiber - 4 grams
Sugars - 3 grams
Protein - 14 grams