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Wendy’s, Toronto, On

Posted Saturday November 21, 2009 5:17PM

Categories: Dave N., fast food burger, Toronto On, Wendy's

Wendy's, Toronto, On Address: 2 St Clair Avenue East, Toronto, On (inside the St. Clair Centre, lower level)
Visited: Thursday October 29, 2009 11:23AM
Ordered: #2 Combo: 1/2lb Double with cheese (x1), Fries (x1), Root Beer (x1)
Total Cost: $8.23

Dave N.’s Review

The Experience

Wendy’s restaurants tend to offer very few surprises.

As is fairly typical, I was in a rush and needed something fast and to-go. I hit up Wendy’s before getting on the subway. This particular Wendy’s was clean and tidy, but unfortunately it was also crazy slow with my order. When I arrived there were no other customers, so I’m not really sure why it took so long.

As my aggravation mounted, a family arrived — including two loud, yelling children. Now, it’s not Wendy’s fault that these kids were annoying, but this kind of thing is not atypical for a fast-food scenario and does impact the experience. So, points lost.

By the time I got my burger I was running late and had a headache. At this point every little minor aggravation was likely to set me off. Minor aggravations like:

  • The fries were far too hot, possibly dangerously so.
  • The fries were tossed into my paper bag haphazardly, creating greasy spots in the paper and ruining the structural integrity of the bag.
  • The service was not unfriendly, but certainly not overly hospitable either.

So anyway, I pretty much had a terrible time of it there.

Experience rating: 1/5

The Burger

Wendy’s burgers have the potential to be pretty greasy, but they’re also pretty tasty. This one wasn’t an exception. When I was finished eating it, there were somewhat-gross grease puddles left over in the burger’s foil wrapping. Despite this, the burger had a decent, fresh-ish taste for a fast food burger. It was also pretty soft and squishy, which I like in fast food.

Burger rating: 3.8/5

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McDonald’s, Toronto, On

Posted Monday October 5, 2009 11:13AM

Categories: Dave N., fast food burger, McDonald's, Toronto On

McDonald's, Toronto, On Address: 89 Yonge Street, Toronto, On
Visited: Wednesday September 30 2009, 11:45AM
Ordered: Double cheeseburger (x2), Coke (x1), chocolate sundae (x1)
Total Cost: $7.64

Dave N.’s Review

The Experience

No, I’m not going to write a review every time I go to McDonald’s, nor are our other reviewers. However, I don’t mind writing up a few a) to cover different menu items, or b) if it was an interesting or exceptional experience. This experience was neither interesting nor exceptional, so this review will simply focus on how sweet it is to get double cheeseburgers.

I don’t have much to say about going to McDonald’s. It was a pretty typical McDonald’s trip. I ended up missing my Queen subway stop on the way to work, so I got off at King and walked up. Recognizing that this was my only chance to eat lunch, and possibly dinner, I popped in for something quick. This particular McDonald’s was spacious and clean — far better than the one I sometimes hit at Queen and Church, which is a tiny scuzzhole.

Experience rating: 3/5 — it’s McDonald’s

The Burger

When I was in LA visiting Caryl’s brother last year, we were in search of something fast and cheap to eat before going out drinking at a tiki bar. McDonald’s fit the bill and I was, for the first time, introduced to the dollar menu. Now, in LA, items on this menu actually cost a dollar, which is pretty spectacular. Here in Canada they cost $1.39, which still ain’t nothing to shake no stick at. Included on this menu is the absolutely delicious, if somewhat wee, Double Cheeseburger.

For years, when I ate at McDonald’s, I ate Quarter Pounders. Since I’ve discovered the Double Cheeseburger, I’ve almost never looked back. The one time I tried to have a Quarter Pounder again I ended up being kinda put off by the taste, so I guess they’ve been ruined for me. The Double Cheeseburger is exactly what you would expect. It’s like a Double Quarter Pounder, but far smaller and flimsier, and with a slightly different taste. Though it still tastes like McDonald’s, of course.

Ok, I’m bored of writing this. What you need to know: the Double Cheeseburger is a better value than other McD’s burgers and just as good, if not better. Order up a couple of these bad boys next time you’re here.

Burger rating: 3/5 — it’s McDonald’s

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3/5 — it’s McDonald’s


In-N-Out Burger, Davis, Ca

Posted Friday September 11, 2009 6:48AM

Categories: Davis Ca, fast food burger, In-N-Out Burger, Rochelle Y.

In-N-Out Burger, Davis, Ca Address: 1020 Olive Drive, Davis, Ca
Visited: Thursday September 10, 2009 11:15AM
Ordered: #2 Combo (Cheeseburger no onions, Fries, with Coke) (x1), #3 Combo (Hamburger no onions, Fries, with Root Beer) (x1)
Total Cost: $9.64
Photo from In-N-Out

Rochelle Y.’s Review

The Experience

We were passing through Davis on our way back from Sacramento, looking for a quick bite to eat and limited on time, so we chose someplace with an easy off/easy on to the freeway: In N Out Burger at the corner of Olive Drive and Richards Boulevard. We had to enter through the gas station parking lot next door, which was not ideal, but it was doable.

Being as we went through the drive-thru, I can’t vouch for the inside ambience of the place; however, the outside appearance was quite nice, with a clean, tucked-away look, lushly landscaped and reflecting a city rule to have drive-thrus as unobtrusive as possible. It was early in the lunch hour, so when we arrived there were only 2 cars ahead of us in line and only the second window was open (taking both money and giving food), but while we waited the first window opened to take money.

Menu options are limited, but it helped make ordering easy and quick. Also, the person taking the order paid attention, which helped move things along. Equally important to me today was the cost of our food - I had a $10 bill in my wallet, and was tickled I could use it instead of having to use a debit or credit card. Once we got to the food window it took slightly longer than I thought it would to get our food, considering the lack of cars in the parking lot; however, even with a longer wait we were on our way in less than 5 minutes – in and out, as the restaurant’s name implied we would be.

Experience rating: 4.5/5

The Burger

We ordered two of the three burgers offered on the menu: the Cheeseburger, and the Hamburger. Both were large enough so that we could share them with our kids and still have enough to fill us up, since we also had fries, but not so big that a single burger would replace our meals for a day. Except for the cheese, they were exactly the same – single patty, lettuce, tomato and "spread", which looked and tasted like a thousand island dressing.

Since we were eating in the car, we received paper place mats for our laps and our burgers and fries in an open-topped cardboard box. Only the bottom half of the burgers were wrapped, to enable immediate picking up and eating, but they were wrapped well, which was a plus since they were a little drippy (as I found out when I tore the Hamburger apart for my kids to share). The patties were fairly thin and perfectly round and looked as if they were going to be cardboard disk in texture, but were actually juicy and quite flavorful, although I would have been happier with a slightly thicker patty. The bun was lightly grilled, and the lettuce and tomato firm and fresh-tasting. The "spread" paired well with the grease in the meat, and along with the lettuce, tomato and the cheese on the Cheeseburger, made for a tasty burger. Unexpected bonus: the drippiness of the burger tasted great as a topping for the fries!

Overall, we had a great burger experience here: quick, tasty, and within budget.

Burger rating: 4.75/5

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