Review: Baconator Fries from Wendy’s
I’m a fan of the Applewood Smoked Bacon at Wendy’s and the Baconator burger is a good way of showing it off. The Son of Baconator was a delicious and memorable fast food bacon burger. New to the Baconator family at Wendy’s is Baconator Fries. After really enjoying the last batch of smothered fries Wendy’s offered, I was hoping Baconator Fries would at least match that experience.
Wendy’s describes their new Baconator Fries like this:
Finally, a sidekick worthy of the Baconator® name. Natural cut fries get a savory smothering of creamy cheese sauce and shredded cheddar cheese and a crispy heaping helping of the Applewood Smoked Bacon that made its namesake famous.
Unfortunately, these fries turned out to be ho-hum beyond the catchy name. The $3.49 price tag bothered me too.
Flavorwise, Baconator Fries were what you’d expect… great salty bacon with a nice chew and crisped edges. Smoky with a little sweetness combined with the mildly sour tang of cheddar. The natural-cut fries are made from whole Russet potatoes and cooked with the skin-on and sprinkled with sea salt. The earthy flavor of the potato skin mixed with the cooking oil help give the fries a well rounded flavor. I guess just by reading the description of Baconator Fries you shouldn’t get your hopes up for anything special. There’s a mix of cheddar cheese sauce and shredded cheddar cheese that really didn’t work well. The cheese sauce mixed with the melted cheddar to form a thick skin on top of the fries. Underneath all that orange there’s a load of naked fries. Sure I’ve got a fork to mix things up and all, it’s just that the melt wasn’t that great to begin with. If there were separate layers of cheese sauce or at least separation of cheese sauce and melted shredded cheddar, there wouldn’t have been that morphed cheese shield thing going on. Another thing that bothered me was the amount of bacon. When you call something Baconator Fries, you need to load up on the bacon. There was maybe two strips of bacon chopped into 6-8 pieces. The bacon pieces were cut too big and again, a better job at layering would’ve made for a better loaded fries experience.
Add more bacon if you want to truly live up to the Baconator name. With a little extra effort in ingredient layering and portioning, Baconator Fries would have left a better impression with me. These Baconator Fries need some work (and extra bacon).
Pros: Applewood Smoked Bacon.
Cons: Not enough Applewood Smoked Bacon. Ingredient layers, cheese sauce mixed with shredded cheese. Pricey $3.49.
Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10
More Info: wendys.com
Calories - 490
Total Fat - 28 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Sodium - 550 milligrams
Carbs - 45 grams
Fiber - 4 grams
Protein - 14 grams