Article: Why Wendy’s Sucks Now

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:

IMG_2614 Wendy’s has a promoted trend/hashtag called #BecauseBaconator.  Then, I found this promoted tweet in my feed:

IMG_2615A tweet like this can go terribly wrong.  I had already thought of my reply, but I went looking to see what the replies were like.  Many were positive, but like I figured, many were not.

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:

IMG_2606My reply wasn’t mean-spirited.  What I am saying is true.  At least to me (and I’m pretty sure Herman would agree).

Wendy’s answered my tweet, but from the @Wendys account.  And they said this:

IMG_2607Read from this what you will.  I took it as derogatory.  I asked a few other people, and they read it that way as well.

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.

45 Comments

  1. Brian

    You hit the nail on the head about Wendy’s going to hell after the Dave Thomas era. The food (outside of the occasionally soggy fries) was incredible, and the prices were (God forbid) reasonable. Originally I thought the sea salt fries were terrible, and now I like them to some extent. But when the quality of your food goes down, and the prices simultaneously go up, then that’s when you can expect a slow, downward spiral from loyal customers.

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    1. Denny B. (Post author)

      Couldn’t agree more, Brian. Perhaps some guest posts are in order??? Hit us up on the ‘Contact Us’ page, and perhaps we will talk!

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    2. Suzanne

      I tell you one thing – Wendy’s DOES suck. This is the second time that the order has been not only wrong, but, this last time I had to make a 7 mile trip there and back to get the order that was left behind.

      How in the world can you forget two sandwiches, that was what made up the majority of the order for cripes sake!

      Their fries are DISGUSTING. They are soggy, have absolutely NO salt, and, they are cold from the time you get them.

      Why is it too that a person never gets what is the in the picture? The spicy chicken sandwich, or whatever it’s called, was smushed, there was one piece of lettuce that was soggy, and, the tomato was basically sauce. Pretty disgusting.

      The only thing that I can say is that they were great about refunding the entire order and replacing it for free.

      Other than that, yes, Wendy’s DOES SUCK.

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  2. PopaGeorgio

    I agree with the Article as well. Wendys was once a great place to get a Fast food burger that trumped the others with decent taste and competitive price but that is long gone. The only reason I have went to Wendy’s in the past couple of years is to confirm that they still suck.

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    1. Denny B. (Post author)

      Thanks for the comment, PopaGeorgio. The downfall is sad.

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  3. Derek

    And now the pricks won’t even put mustard on your hamburger! It’s a freaking hamburger! I’m in drive thur… I don’t want to have to pull over, pull my burger apart and dick around with a little packet of mustard. I’m done with this place!

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  4. Nate

    Their advertising has become outright deceptive. I can understand fluffing food, but now they serve pulled pork fries without the onions and coleslaw on the menu picture. That’s outright lying.

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  5. Doug Hamilton

    They just started using a new bread the last couple of months. I dont know if this is just local or nation wide, but it is the most god aweful stuff ever. It tastes like drywall ! I suppose the best description would be dryed out smashed down stale hot dog buns. Was a customer for many years at Wendys, but not anymore.

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    1. Paul

      I have to agree there!! Bread, roll whatever..that makes a sandwich. Period…their rolls SUCK now!! I thought maybe it was the one indian owner store i got it from, but NOOO.. I don’t mean to add insult , but that’s what i thought..Dude, the bun makes up half of the burger, cheese steak ( yeah im from philly) hoagie, grinder , sub whatever you call it…the bread is where the money is!! I grew up in the day of the Wendy’s super bar , and i loved it! But it’s a sad day to think i will go otherplaces before Wendy’s all due to the BUN! And I’m not the only one. I’m just the only one to voice my opinion

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  6. Kim Walters

    I agree completely with Doug. The buns they have been using always taste like they came from a day-old bread store. The burgers seem smaller and when I do make the mistake of stopping by a Wendy’s the food is cold by the time I get back to my place… which is literally a 3-5 minute drive to my door. Denny hit it on the head too, the fries always feel and taste like they’ve dragged them through a salt bucket. I keep finding reasons not to go back with each visit and that’s not something I’m sure they’d like to hear, but it’s true.

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  7. John Smith

    Yes, Wendy’s has gone downhill. If you want a delicious hot fresh juicy burger from Wendy’s, you’ll have to build a time machine first & go back to 1979.

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    1. Phillip Powell

      Yes!! Back to 1979!! Back to the days when Wendy’s hamburgers were Hot ‘n Juicy, when Frosties were like really great soft-serve chocolate ice cream, not half-melted, non-dairy, off-brand tasting yuck. Back to the days before the chicken sandwich was even on the menu. Everyone is right. The burgers now are neither hot nor juicy, the buns are awful, and the pickles are disgusting. I really miss the Frosty of those times. It is a totally different animal from what they serve now–and that unfortunate change came years before the demise of the hamburgers. And, yes, there is so much salt on the fries I can’t eat them. I hope Dave’s decendents are reading everyone’s posts. They have ruined his food.

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    2. Priscilla

      You are so right!! Wendy’s burgers were awesome in 1979 when I was a teenager. I would love to sink my teeth into one right now. I thought it was just me thinking how good Wendy’s USED to be, but now I see it’s not just me. They really do suck now. 😞

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  8. JRod

    Give us our old meaty fries back! Just call it “Classic” and everyone will be happy. I like a fat meaty steak fry like those at Red Robins. So now I don’t buy the fries to go with the frosty anymore. In fact it’s been years since I’ve ate Wendy’s. My last item from Wendy’s was an Asian Salad, It had burnt edamame’s in it! Ewwwwwwww!

    My Pro Tip for Wendy’s: I don’t go to Fast Food restaurants to be healthy, I want it to taste good first!

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    1. Fewd Snobs

      We like the idea of calling it “Classic,” JRod! Brilliant idea. Too bad Wendy’s will never do it.

      And we couldn’t agree more; we don’t go to fast food joints for healthy. It must just taste good!

      Thanks for the comments, JRod!

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    2. hifivicky

      yes yes yes. remember when wendys had those thick cut fries that were crispy outside and fluffy starchy inside? everybody else had skinny wilty fries. not wendys. man, i miss dave.

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  9. Long Comment

    When you put this article out was the last time I had Wendy’s in a few years. We were on vacation and it was by the hotel and it was late,so we thought why not. Why not,indeed! It was repulsive! I had the burgers and fries last before then probably 3 years prior. Around where I live,they had an issue at various wendys we went to with undercooking the burgers. I mean it would be raw inside. And the fries were gross after the change. I too used to love the fries. Then last summer-ugh. The bun was sweet,the burger tasted very bad,nothing like it used to taste. The pickles were even different, in a bad way. I got a baked potato because I can’t eat those new fries,and the potato would have been edible except the butter was disgusting. I don’t know what was with the butter! The only edible part of the meal was the frosty. That is the only thing I can eat from there now. It is a shame,too,because they did have really awesome tasting food! Unfortunately that seems part for the course,anymore. I totally agree with you that these fast food places need to stop with the trendy garbage. They made their money by doing food the same way for years,and they stayed in business because it was good. When they start changing food items to be trendy,they lose long time customers. I doubt that the new customers they get from their trendy foods are replacing the number of customers they lose from making bad food. And the worst part is kids today find this garbage tasty! They have no idea.

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  10. T

    Yes. I just got something I didn’t order. Everything is so tiny and luke warm AT BEST.YUK! Baked potato…it’s got to be over baked in a microwave (or even worse, left over from yesterday) I used to love the spicy chicken when it was cooked in a pressure cooker. It’s not juicy anymore & I’m pretty sure they drop it with the fries. Unless you get one that is cold, old & dry.

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  11. Donovan

    The worst is the Jr. Bacon.

    That thing used to be on the 0.99 menu. It’s nothing more than a junior cheeseburger with a crappy thin piece of bacon cut in half to look like 2 pieces. Junior cheeseburger is 0.99, but now the junior bacon is now over $2. Sometimes up to $2.49 depending on location. Up to $1.50 for really bad piece of bacon cut in half. They “only” charge me $1.25 at this sandwich ship in Ann Arbor (Frita Batidos) for a piece of bacon that’s high end and the thickest cut you’ve ever had on a sandwich. It’s probably 5x the physical weight of the Wendy’s crap and tastes 1000x better. Well worth the $1.25. It’s DISGUSTING what they charge for the bacon.

    That .. and now the chicken is WAY chewy. I don’t know if they’re microwaving it to decrease frying times or what … but it’s not the texture of any chicken I’ve ever had.

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  12. Brenda

    I went to one tonight for the first time in years and I did not get to the food to taste it was the people that work for them. They look right at you and make fun of you with other customers right before your face. I was at the one on Main Street in Kernersville NC. I use to work there a long time ago. The manager we had would have fired us on the spot but this manager Jamie Davenport was laughing with him. Yes it has gone down hill a lot. The funny thing is that Burger King went out of business across the street due to customers quit coming.

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  13. Drew

    I think out of all the places, worst beef available, perhaps they use krustys brand name spork, last time I went to one, I went for breakfast, now from their website, alot of really good looking stuff, I planned to go and drop liek 30 NZD one day, buuut, I had an appointment at a store next door basically so I was in a rush, so was my breakfast muffin thing it would seem, sure it wasnt one of the items I really had in mind, buut again I was in a rush, wanted somethin quick yet deilicious, so I thinking at the very least, round mcdonalds quality, which aint really bad, I ordered a single bacon and egg muffin thing, wow, thats exactly what it was, just a slice o bacon, an egg and 2 slices of muffin, (maybe a slice of cheese, cant remember) so bloody dry, there was not a single ounce of butter or sauce, I havent been back since lmao. I wrote to them, said basically the same thing, but im in new zealand so I ended up saying, wish you would pack up and leave this country, so that other chains may take your decent locations.

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  14. Peter

    Right on everyone. I used to go to Wendy’s once a week probably but now only go once a quarter and only because I forget how atrocious it all is. I hate the new fries. I think they use some new healthy oil and it has a very off-putting flavor to me. Very underwhelming. And the burgers are almost always dried out and those pickles suck! They taste like a mouthful of alewives out of Lake Michigan where I grew up.

    I remember in Madison WI on the UW campus, it was a treat to go to Wendy’s (when I had any money). Now sadly, it is utterly depressing.

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  15. Jeremiah

    Good review, I miss the old onion, old pickles, etc….AlsoI read the article that you had mentioned above and I don’t care what anyone says, they changed the meat!!! Change can be good but not like this😩

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  16. Bell1

    Wendy’s is gross!!!! I believe there’s an inside man sabotaging some of these restaurants with dumb ideas the only thing that makes sense. Too many changes 2 one item all at once & top it off with an outrageous price increase??? Either sabotage or just really bad business!!! The bread is disgusting, buttery sugar sponge best I can describe it. The valasic pickles don’t complement the sandwich. Fries aren’t that bad but they also never were…food never taste fresh or hot…just gross.

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  17. satinee

    I agree with you all, the food sucks. They used to be known for being the best and more nutritious choice for fast food, but their food is just terrible.
    Well I never cared for the phoney taste of fast food, but I could at least enjoy a baked potato or cup of chili from Wendys but now those items are horrible.
    So now I stay away from all fast food restaurants. I enjoy my own cooking. But it’s a shame that, if you don’t have the time to cook, there’s nowhere to go!

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  18. crystal

    so my boyfriend is “kinda” vegetarian, as ue eats chicken breasts and wings every once in a while.

    a few months ago we got Arby’s, he likes the chicken sliders but he decided to get a big chicken sandwich. he said the texture was no good, i figured he just wasn’t used to it. so I took a bite.

    I don’t know what the hell this was, but I’ve never… experienced chicken like this before.

    the chicken was hard, rubbery.. completely unnchewable. it had the texture of gristle from a piece of steak.

    so i say all that to say, today he gets a southwestern chicken sandwich. he didnt eat it and brought it home. it was even worse! usually, even fast food “chicken” will tear and pull apart along the “grain” this was so hard it wouldnt even pull apart.

    guess it’s time to steer clear of Wendy’s.

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    1. Don

      Crystal, part of your comment is about rubbery chicken at Arby’s but then the end says to steer clear of Wendy’s ! So which restaurant is it with the bad chicken for you ??? I just got some awful rubbery chicken at a Kalamazoo Michigan Arby’s!

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  19. Bill

    Great article and you hit the nail on the head. Wendy’s burgers use to be hot and juicy . Now they are dry and not even hot enough to melt the cheese .

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  20. Kelley

    I just did a google search after visiting a Wendy’s tonight and sat there wondering – what the hell happened to this place? I got the grilled chicken, I don’t know that you could consider it a chicken breast it was so flat and dry. What happened to the thick plump juicy grilled chicken I use to get 15 years ago? I also got a plain baked potato – pretty sad. My 11 year old didn’t even want to eat there – he told me he wasn’t hungry and then 30 minutes later asked to go to McDonalds because, as he said, “Wendy’s is gross”. So there you go, from an 11 year old – confirmed.

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  21. Trish

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I used to LOVE Wendy’s burger and fries…..They were the best fast food with their square burger patties that actually tasted hot and fresh with their thick French fries and a nice cool frosty. I was so disappointed when they made their changes and I bit into the new “Dave’s” burger for the first time. It was disgusting!! The pickles were the absolute worst! I love pickles, I usually ask for extra. To me a burger just isn’t a burger without a good DILL pickle. Then to take a bite of their “Natural” fries….YUCK YUCK! So I thought OK, No more burgers and fries from Wendy’s, I can still eat a nice salad when my kids want to go there. I used to actually like their AvoCobb salad. That is long gone and now there are BBQ Ranch, Pecan Apple Salads, Asian Salads, and Taco Salads. What the heck is wrong with a basic grilled chicken or a Chef Salad? Who in their right mind would want BBQ sauce on a salad? I used to eat at Wendy’s a couple of times a month (I don’t eat out that often). Now I eat at Wendy’s only when my kids ask and that is maybe once or twice a year. They would rather eat at McDonalds.

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  22. Zubat

    Did they change their recipe for the spicy chicken sandwich? It tastes completely different from what I remember years ago

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  23. The Cheat

    Spot on. You can’t stay the same as you were 30 years ago (unless you’re In-N-Out Burger, but perfection is rare) so make some changes but Wendy’s everywhere has gotten crappier and crappier across the entire menu line with asinine special burgers and salads coming and going to try to capitalize on trends. This is a corporation ran by morons. I miss Dave’s influence and a focus on quality.

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  24. Sammy

    They can never, for the life of them, get an order right. It’s like part of their training (?) on how to fuzz up a simple order. And to make sure they get you in a funk, they will mess with your head by randomly not including a straw. Also, the soda is randomly completely flat!

    How they are still in business is testament to how nice most folks are, to tolerate this quietly!

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  25. TK

    I often think back to how Wendy’s used to be and it makes me sad to think how I’ll never be able to get the same food I once could. I recognize that things inevitably change, but the fact that they changed the food under the guise of making it better, whereas in reality they were just making it cheaper, is the salt in the wound.

    I used to get a double cheeseburger with just ketchup, mustard and pickles, and what I wouldn’t give to have another one just like it used to be!

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  26. Mike

    Wendy’s is just terrible now. I was another huge fan of Wendy’s in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Back then, the food was GOOD. The burgers were juicy and flavorful (even the small $1 ones). The cheese was actually melted! The fries, even if soggy sometimes, were still good. The chicken was juicy and flavorful as well. They were good, cheap, easy, fast food. The way it should be. I think the only thing that should matter to these Fast food places is whether or not their food is good. Wendy’s food is not only bad now, it is the most inconsistent of ANY fast food place. The frosty’s are frothy and light at one place, rich and thick at another. Their burgers are dry and stale at one place, yet burned to a crisp at another. Again the cheese is like never melted anymore. Their fries dont even taste good and are never fried properly. All I want is my consistency and good, quality fast food back! A thick, rich frosty, with 2 juicy, and flavorful burgers, with the cheese melted! And the old fries! By they way, your nuggets are dried out and old half the time to. Cook to order! It doesnt take that long to fry some nuggets or rill a thin burger!

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  27. Lonnie

    I just had the homestyle chicken sandwich, it’s been a good while. I got home and thought it was a mistake. The batter was completely different. It seemed to be a real chicken breast, but the batter was like fish batter from long john silvers. Not anything like it used to be. I let them know through the app, which is removed now, that I’m done with them, nothing from there is good anymore…. Sad.

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  28. Mike

    Just came back about an hour ago with some Wendy’s. Keep in mind that Wendy’s here is open till 2 am and I went around 1. With that said the employees were so unprofessional. Upon returning home the food was Luke warm at best(5 minute drive back). The fries were cold and tasted like tough leather. No exaggeration. They were terrible. I reached for a napkin. They forgot those too. I reached for my straw to put in my coke. They forgot that as well. Lol. They nearly forgot my receipt but I asked repeatedly for it and got it when exiting the drive thru. I like the article and totally agree with you.

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  29. Michael Stelzer

    I live in Arizona, and I was going to Phoenix so we decided to go to Wendy’s. I’m only 14, I’ve never really liked a lot of fast food besides sonic or subway, so I thought this might be a nice experience. I ordered a strawberry milkshake and baconator fries. The milkshake tasted like cream cheese and the cheese on my fries were nowhere near melted. Its like they popped it in the microwave for twelve seconds. Actually no, because it would’ve been warm if they had. All I see online is posts about how great wendys is, and I’m sitting here like “have you been there lately?”. I hate wendys with a passion now. The bacon was rubber and it took the guy three tries to get our order. On the way out I stole all their napkins and sugars and shit. All of them. Not because I wanted them, just to be a dick. From what I’ve been told it used to be good, so I wish I could’ve witnessed it.

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  30. David Phillipo

    All fast food places have fallen apart. 15 years ago, I would have told you Wendys was the best of the big 3 with McDonald’s a close 2nd and Burger King a decent 3rd. Now, McDonald’s is barely number 1. BK and Wendys are barely even acceptable. Whopper is still good, but everything else sucks at NO. Wendys has nothing redeemable. Sadly McDonald’s is looking to jump on the natural cut band wagon too.

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  31. Wolfie Vagabond

    Something I would like to add that I only recently realized is that the crispy chicken they use in the spicy chicken sandwich used to be real chicken. I remember when you bit into it before you could even see a hint of red on the white meat from the spicy sauce they had in the breading. Now the chicken is darker meat or maybe even processed (if you see meat at all as it is mostly breading now) just like the value chicken they use. I no longer see paying more for the crispy chicken than the value chicken at Wendy’s because they are pretty much the same now. What is up with that?

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  32. Jay

    Love the article and agree on all the points made. Last time I ate at Wendys was 2012 when the cheeseburger tasted vaguely like fish. They definitely arent what they used to be.

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  33. Nick Crosis

    No business knowledge….no economics knowledge…no advertising knowledge…actually believes that tweets from wendys and trump and whoever else were ACTUALLY sent from THEM and not some associated, compensated mouthpiece with license to provide whatever info they want to…..”Everything is going to hell. ” your quote….yes my friend, and youre holding one corner of the map showing us the way….of all the important, pressing issues that confront our country and the world at large-i need not be specific- your cause is as the Champion of Why Cant I Have a double stack like they made in 1987..wanh wanh wanh….why dont you unplug your deep fat frier,do some pushups and get on board with the rest of us who HAVE A REASON TO LIVE.

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  34. Fred

    Oh how I miss the old Wendy’s… I regret every time I eat there, and have done so for years. They need to spend less time on social media and more time in their test kitchen. Give us the old recipes, the old fries, etc.

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  35. John Kelton

    I quit eating at Wendy’s years ago. Couldn’t get a hot and juicy burger for any amount of money, and, of course, the menu changes and price increases were ridiculous. Far cry from the restaurant I worked at in 1976 when I cooked 600 burgers in one hour (my personal record). Oh, how I miss those burgers! Nothing else came close. Wendy’s succumbed to the same fate that all businesses do when the founding genius is gone. Sad.

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  36. Adessa

    Who is Denny B.?? This post was hilarious. Are you a writer? The responders also had me laughing. OK, so here is my question for Wendy’s. Who at Wendy’s came up with the brilliant idea to put cold shredded cheese on top of the cheese wiz for the cheese fries. Dumbest idea ever!!! I too have stopped eating there, because it’s terrible.

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