First Impressions: NEW! Natural Cut Fries from Wendy’s

Last week’s announcement by Wendy’s that the chain was switching to a new version of “Natural Cut” French Fries with “Sea Salt” caused quite a stir, with GrubGrade readers sounding off for and against the move. The debate hasn’t died down this week, and Wendy’s is launching full on into a marketing campaign to give these fries staying power. But will consumers be left disappointed?

Being a serious fry connoisseur myself, I knew I’d have to resolve this matter before things got out of hand, and, amidst a swirling Logan, Utah snowstorm, bummed a ride down to Wendy’s on Monday night with two of my buddies to check out the new fries. I’ll have a full review up later this week, but for now know this: These new fries are some of the best of the fast food market today, and texturally are everything the company says they are. Hot and crisp on the outside, puffy and golden on the inside, they highlight the natural starches in the potato. The only downside? The sea salt, which – while present  – didn’t strike me as necessarily superior to table salt. How did they pair with ketchup and a Chocolate Frosty? Check out my first impressions in the following video!

For what it’s worth, I was digging these fries even more after I got into them, and my buddies liked them as well. Also, my friend Todd – a fast food fanatic who introduced me to In-N-Out a few weeks ago – called me to tell me he thought these were “amongst the best fries” he has ever had. I agree that they are on the high end of the fast food spectrum, and really feel like they are near-perfect as is. I may not have been digging them in the Frosty, but as a fry purist I never got into the dipping thing, so take my opinion for what it’s worth. Overall, a small order is well worth the $1.39 I paid.

Nutrition: Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt (small order)

Calories: 320

Total Fat: 15 g

Saturated Fat: 3 g

Trans Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 380 mg

Total Carbs: 41 g

Dietary Fiber: 5 g (!?!)

Sugars: 0 g

Protein: 4 g

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25 comments on “First Impressions: NEW! Natural Cut Fries from Wendy’s

  1. Justin says:

    Burger King’s new fries were good for a while, then mysteriously, they got bad again.

  2. Anna says:

    Well, I tried them for the first time last week and thought they were just fine. Not great, not excellent, not improved. I miss the old fries. They were perfect the way they were.

    Ugh. Hate change.

  3. somesteve says:

    I tried them a few days ago and I have to admit, I’m impressed. Tastes like their old fries but much improved. The sea salt was not noticable. Very very good.

  4. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    Natural-Cut Fries? I didn’t realize you could get french-cut potatoes straight out of the ground.

  5. mitch says:

    Just had these fries today and I was impressed. Was never a big fan of their old fries or their old menu. Looks like wendy’s is making enough changes where I will start to visit them more often.

  6. Mikey says:

    Considering my Wendy’s refuses to sell anything on the $.99 menu, it’s all overpriced regardless.

  7. Adam Bomb says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but the fries in the picture look exactly the same as the old Wendy’s fries. Regardless, your review has me looking forward to trying the new ones. I’ve been checking the local Wendy’s, but they don’t have them yet 🙁

  8. KC says:

    Are you sure those are the new fries… cause I went there last week looking for the natural cut fries and they said they didn’t have them yet, and the ones I got looked just like that (no skins)… just sayin’

  9. J.A. says:

    These fries didn’t super impress me…maybe because they were so hot they burnt my mouth. But, they were better than the mushy ones I used to get at Wendy’s.

  10. Samantha says:

    I am left disappointed. I don’t care for natural cut fries. Thankfully these aren’t true natural cut, more of a psudeo-natural cut which makes them tolerable. But not very tasty. I prefered the old.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Well, I’m excited.

  12. Christiane says:

    I had a love/hate relationship with Wendy’s old fries, so I was looking forward to trying the news ones. I ordered the valued size in case I didn’t care for them, but they were very tasty, and the salt did taste different (better different). I do think I like them better than the old fries, and I’ll probably go back tomorrow to get a bigger size. I think leaving a little skin on fries always gives them a flavor boost, and I definitely could taste the skin on these fries. Yummy!

  13. Q says:

    My local Wendy’s just started carrying these this week, but I haven’t tried them yet so we’ll see… I did see something about some sort of guacamole burger as I drove by today.

    P.S. It looks very cold outside in your vid. Brrrr!

  14. Ryan says:

    Just tried these new fries. They had a more potato-ey flavor, but that’s about it. They don’t look all that different either. It seemed like less than half of the fries had that skin-on present, but the other half didn’t so that’s why what you see in the pictures may look like the same old fries. As for sea salt… um… whatever, I didn’t really notice anything different taste-wise. I think a change of the oil the fries are fried in might have made a bigger impact.

  15. Adam Bomb says:

    The Wendy’s in my town just got the new fries today! And, of course, I’m eating them right now. Like Ryan said, there’s not much difference. I do taste the potato skin occasionally, and they seem saltier than usual. But saltiness could be the standard variation I see from one trip to the next. Different fry cooks, different amounts of salt. These fries are still suffering from the dreaded limp fry syndrome, though.

    I was hoping for more of a change, but they’re good fries.

  16. drpep says:

    I had some today, I think. There were signs and tray liners promoting them. There appeared to be some skin on some of the fries. They were not crispy. I could not tell if there was sea salt. They may have seemed slightly different than the old style fries but that may be because I was told that Wendy’s has new fries. I’m not sure what I had. If I never saw that Wendy’s had new fries I’d never have noticed.

  17. Raiders757 says:

    I stopped by a Wendy’s near me, and they didn’t have the new fries yet, so I’m facing the same issue Adam Bomb is. I want to try them, but like I said in the other post, their fries were just fine as is, as long as they were cooked properly. The addition of sea salt is a great idea, but there was never a need to change the fries themselves.

  18. J.B. says:

    Tried them today, not great at all.
    They look like Mcdonalds fries but with none of the taste.
    Basically they are making smaller fries, and charging more money for them.
    A surefire way to drive away customers.

    Their regular fries with their honey mustard sauce is much better.

  19. Justin says:

    Just tried them myself a few days ago. This is just an attempt by Wendy’s to cut costs and profit more, at the expense of their food. This is terrible. I couldn’t even taste the skin. If Wendy’s keeps these fries, they are going down. What a shame, Dave is rolling in his grave.

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  21. SuzieQ says:

    I tried the new fries the other day, and I am still disappointed. I hated the old Wendy’s fries so much I would rarely eat there because of it. So when I heard they were switching to new fries, I got a little excited thinking these were going to be so much better. But I tasted them and they taste exactly like the old fries, they only slight difference I could tell was the salt tasted a little different, but that was because it was sea salt, but they fry it”s self still tastes the same.

  22. Timmmay says:

    I don’t care what you do to a potato, they are all natural. I wasn’t impressed at all with their new fries. I still think Checkers and Arby’s has the best fries.

  23. Kas says:

    I tired the new fries and I was very disappointed. They were overly salted, I couldn’t even get though them. I miss the old fries!

  24. chris says:

    Like all Wendy’s food, they are very good when they come out fresh. I love Wendy’s, but when the food doesn’t come out freshly made, it’s horrid.

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