Update made on June 24 at bottom of post...
I work in Flagstaff on Thursdays. It is about an hour's drive from home. Fortunately I get paid to drive and a nice gas reimbursement. I also get a meal reimbursement—up to $14.00 for lunch. Since I never eat lunch, I use it to purchase an early dinner instead—before I head home. I could do the sit-down thing, but frankly, I just want to get back to the Verde Valley ASAP. So I have been indulging in—or rather, slumming it—on fast food.
I pretty much eat healthy foods all week. I don't drink alcohol—except when I get with my son every few months. I never eat cake or pie or drink soda. And until just recently, I never ate fast food—ever. Seriously, before the last two months, I had never eaten at Wendy's or Sonic. Still haven't eaten at Taco Hell, Carl's JR, Jack in the Box, or Five Guys... and many more places. And the most I ever tried had been a Whopper at B.K. and a triple cheeseburger (orgasmic) at McDonald's. I was a fast food teetotaler of sorts by modern western standards. That all has changed.
I don't plan on adopting a fast food diet on a regular basis, mind you. But I do plan to experiment with the wide variety of offerings out there—particularly on Thursdays.
I plan to rate what I try on taste and value.
Let's start here:
When McDonald's was running a special on triple cheeseburgers, I splurged—thrice. For $.99, I got a triple greasefest of meaty, cheesy, picklely, ketchupness—I added three ketchup packets to each of the burgers.
Boy were they yummy. Taste: 10/10. Value: 10/10.
McDonald's French Fries, med, regular menu price. Value: 3/10. Taste when piping hot: 8/10. When room temperature? Inedible.
McDonald's Big Mac, regular menu price. Not very good. Bland. Not a fan of the special sauce. Needed to add four ketchup packets to make it palatable. Value: 1/10. Taste: 1/10.
Pizza Hut Pan Pizza, 5 toppings: anchovies, sausage, mushrooms, black olives and green pepper. With coupon, pizza was $8.99. Taste: 10+/10 when fresh from the oven. Value: 9/10 with coupon.
Wendy's small Frosty, chocolate, vanilla, regular menu price $.99. Taste: 8/10. Value: 10/10. This is one of my fave fast food finds so far. Love the ease and portability of it for my drive home. Refreshing and filling. A little on the sweet side. Chocolate variety could be more choclately. But a great deal for the price.
To be continued...
Update June 24...
I believe my fast food Thursdays has run its course. Yesterday I had a cheeseburger from Wendy's. It was cold, the bun was dry, and it was tasteless. After dining on top notch food a few weeks ago in Phoenix, I have come to the conclusion that fast food is called junk food for a reason. This experiment is officially on hiatus.