Review: Cheesy Bread Dogs from Sonic
A Sonic was recently built in my hometown and for an area that already has was too many grubbing options, it still took over a month for the crowds to die down. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I decided I was ready to get myself over there to try out their latest limited time offering. Cheesy Bread Dogs are here just in time for the busy, middle-of-the-summer hot dog season.
There are two choices of Cheesy Bread Dogs… the Ultimate Cheese & Bacon Cheesy Bread Dog and the Garlic Parmesan Cheesy Bread Dog. Ultimate Cheese & Bacon Cheesy Bread Dog features a 100% pure beef hot dog topped with cheddar cheese sauce and bacon in a cheesy bread bun. On the pro side of things, the best part of this hot dog was the cheesy bread bun. It’s soft, sturdy, and a really good sized hunk of bread textured with cheese. The bread alone doesn’t overdo it with cheese as it provides a nice mildly cheesy base for the rest of the ingredients. The grilled pure beef hot dog isn’t overly impressive, just an average dog. It probably would’ve worked better for the item overall to have a bigger hot dog as it felt dwarfed by the bun. Being an average hot dog is actually a good thing when considering the rest of the Ultimate Cheese & Bacon Cheesy Bread Dog. There’s a good amount of bacon, but it’s probably the worst tasting bacon I’ve had in fast food. It’s incredibly salty with nothing to balance its flavor. No smoky, no sweet… nothing but salt. The cheese sauce isn’t much better as it tastes cheap and can make movie theater nachos seem gourmet.
The Garlic Parmesan Cheesy Bread Dog features a 100% pure beef hot dog, grilled onions & garlic parmesan sauce in a cheesy bread bun. As if a cheesy hot dog wasn’t funky enough, things take a few steps overboard with this creation. I’m OK with grilled onions on most everything and a hot dog is no exception. The grilled onions in this hot dog were just fine, but the garlic parmesan sauce was not. It’s way too overpowering to have this overly tangy cheese sauce enveloping everything. I almost want say the garlic parmesan sauce was sour. The sharpness of the parmesan hit me hard and made any notes of garlic take a back seat. Maybe in the bad aftertaste will you recognize the garlic. This was a pretty awful dog.
At $2.89 each, Cheesy Bread Dogs from Sonic felt an average deal upon first appearances. They are a decent size, but most of the size comes from the bread. I wouldn’t get these again at any price so what initially seemed like a fair value ends up being just the opposite. I’m someone that rarely throws food away and I just could not get beyond halfway with both of these Cheesy Bread Dogs.
There are other hot dog options on the Sonic menu and the best of them are still barely beyond mediocre for me. It’s a shame that Cheesy Bread Dogs had a pretty decent bun, but failed because of all the problems that filled it. Maybe the Cheesy Bread will make an appearance elsewhere on the menu somewhere down the line, and hopefully cheese sauce will be no where near it.
Pros: Cheesy Bread bun.
Cons: Sonic bacon needs a makeover. Funky cheese sauce. Small hot dog in a big bun.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.50/10
More Info: http://www.sonicdrivein.com
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