Hello, Snobs. Denny here. I will be flying solo on this article. Herman is missing. He disappeared. I think he may be passed out in an alley drunk! In any case, you get me for this one. Yay.
I have wanted to write about Wendy’s for a while now. Some events in the land of Twitter today finally prompted me to write this article.
So let’s start there, shall we…
I was looking through what was trending on Twitter today, and found this:
There were replies about animal cruelty, replies about diabetes, how bacon is unhealthy, and blah blah blah. Whatever. What I care most about is the fact that Wendy’s bacon isn’t very good. So I answered with this:
Wendy’s answered my tweet, but from the @Wendys account. And they said this:
I then noticed that there are a lot of pissy replies from Wendy’s from various accounts when a person says something negative about the wonderful Wendy’s.
OK. Wendy’s certainly has a right to say what it wants to. Just like I have the right to say what I said. I am cool with that, of course. Without that ability, where would we be?? Up the creek.
But the pissy reply means I finally write this article (and I replied back to them saying to go to our website and find out what a fewd is!).
Wendys’ sucks now. It is that simple.
Once upon a time, I LOVED Wendy’s. It was my favorite fast food place. Period. My favorite thing to get was the Spicy Chicken combo. Then I would get a Double Stack. It was the greatest fast food ever. Obviously, Fewd Snobs don’t give much of a shit about healthy. That was the last thing that crossed my mind when eating a bag full of Wendy’s. It was good. That’s all I cared about.
This was in the Dave Thomas era.
Most people over 30 remember Dave Thomas. He was the founder of Wendy’s, and he was a genius business man. He did a LOT for Kentucky Fried Chicken before he started his own restaurants. He was also in TONS of Wendy’s commercials. He cared about his restaurants, and it showed in the food. Read more about Mr. Thomas here.
Dave Thomas left us in 2002. And I am sorry to say, Wendy’s has been taking a dump ever since.
Wendy’s was having trouble after Dave passed, and decided a reinvention was needed. The first thing that was changed was the fries. Now, I realize that I am a rare breed; I actually LIKED Wendy’s fries. Yes, they were soggy sometimes. Yet, for some reason, I really liked them.
Then, Wendy’s decides to jump on the trendy bullshit and bring out these “Natural-Cut” fries. What this basically means is that the fries have little edges of potato skin on them. This makes them “natural.” But the biggest atrocity of them all is that Wendy’s now uses sea salt on the fries. I can’t stand this crap. And more than anything, this was a big trend for a while. And you all know I HATE trendy crap! Just because it is trendy doesn’t automatically make it good! Sea salt, to me, is overly salty (if that could possibly make sense). Worse yet, Wendy’s seems to just COVER the fries in this vile salt. It is too much.
So, the fries went to hell. OK. At least I can have my friggin’ Spicy Chicken and Double Stack.
But then, Wendy’s prices started going up. Constantly. More on that later.
Then, around 2011, Wendy’s “reinvented” itself. The burgers were completely revamped. The toppings were changed. Basically, Wendy’s was trying to make the burgers more “high-end.” So instead of fixing what was wrong with the food, they just changed it.
Wendy’s lost its identity in the process.
What was the real problem with Wendy’s? The same problem that ALL fast food places seem to have. Consistency! The whole point of fast food is that it is the SAME no matter WHAT location you are at. But this started to slip. The food just wasn’t as good. Why are the fries soggy sometimes, and not others? Why do the burgers sometimes taste re-warmed? You get the point.
To add insult to injury, Wendy’s renamed the burgers to “Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy.” WTF?? Dave is gone, you idiots! These aren’t Dave’s burgers!! These aren’t what he served for so long! What the HELL are you people thinking??
Yeah yeah, they did research. They used “pickle chemists.” Read all about it here, because I don’t feel like going through it all. The end result is that it isn’t the same!
My favorite chicken sandwich stayed the same for a while, but somewhere down the road they changed the bun to the fancy shit they have on the burgers. It simply isn’t the same now. If I wanted a different burger or sandwich, I would go somewhere else. I wanted Wendy’s!
Now, back to the price.
Wendy’s seems to have had endless price increases. The Double Stack was a great deal. It was on the “value menu.” I really don’t remember what Wendy’s called its “dollar menu,” as most people call them. The Double Stack was a buck.
Then it was $1.29. OK. I don’t expect them to give it away.
Then it was $1.59. Then it was $1.99. I can’t remember the time frame, but as I recall this happened within a couple or three years. Too much too fast, you people.
Now, the Double Stack in my area is $2.50. For a “value” item. What??
Wendy’s now calls this menu the “Right Price Right Size” menu. HA HA! OK, shitheads! It is the right price for YOU, because the size is the same SMALL TINY STUFF you used to sell for a buck, but now it costs over double that in some cases! These items are SMALL. Yet the price keeps going up!
For me to get my Spicy Chicken combo in a large size, and a Double Stack, the cost is over TEN BUCKS. That is ridiculous. It is Wendy’s! This isn’t a premium burger, people! The size of the chicken sandwich has reduced over the years. The “value” burger is small. What the hell?? TEN BUCKS??
Finally, Wendy’s has just lost its way. For example, Wendy’s is currently promoting the hell out of the Baconator (remember the tweets above that started this whole thing??) The Baconator isn’t new.
The Baconator is a typical fast food burger, loaded with bacon. Nothing healthy here.
And yet, Wendy’s has been promoting the “Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad.” What the hell is this? Go here, because I am not repeating it.
On one hand we push the Baconator. On the other, we have a strawberry salad. I don’t know what the hell is going on here. You can’t be everything to everybody. Why don’t you try making your EXISTING food NOT suck?? Make it the same at every location! Get some quality control! And lower the goddamn price!
“Denny, Wendy’s is just trying to offer healthy options.”
“Denny, being mindful of health is important to idiot Americans in 2015.”
“Denny, I am completely full of shit!”
I don’t want to hear it. Stick it.
If you want healthy, DON’T EAT AT WENDY’S. Come to think of it, don’t eat at ANY fast food place!
Go to Panera Bread, you idiots. What you are getting there isn’t healthy either. Pre-made, bagged soups that are reheated and LOADED with preservatives. Fake food that is pretentious so it gets the “cool” crowd, but it is JUST AS SHITTY as anything Wendy’s or McDonald’s is pushing. You people are idiots.
Some of us still want a nice, greasy, BAD FOR YOU burger and fries. Wendy’s used to be that. Now, it sucks.
I read somewhere a while back that Wendy’s replaced Burger King as the #2 fast food place. This isn’t exactly tough. Have you been to Burger King lately? That’s another story. My point is, I suspect that Wendy’s taking over #2 has less to do with Wendy’s new menu, and more to do with Burger King sucking.
Everything is going to hell. We are in an age where people think Panera is healthy, people line up for burrito bowls at Chipotle when there is an authentic Mexican independent restaurant right around the corner that blows Chipotle away, and people go to Wendy’s to buy strawberry salads. I give up.
But I used to be able to at least get a nice Double Stack for a reasonable price. Now I can’t even have that.
So screw you, Wendy’s. And your pissy tweet. You suck.