For my first review at Fat Pride Times, I visited the Hardees in Alpharetta, GA. It had been years since I had been to a Hardees and I was surprised to see a good variety on the menu and an instant must try, the chili bacon cheese fries. I used the drive through and was the only car. Even so, it took an entire 6 minutes from the time I placed my order to getting my food. The service was friendly though, and the store seemed cleaned. Once I got my food, I checked the bag and everything was intact. Other than the time, the only bad thing about the drive through was that no condiments were given or offered and once the bag was out the drive through window, it was closed so fast I had no time to ask for any. This was okay because I didn’t need any, but ketchup lovers be warned. The menu for the day included:
Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich
Bacon Cheddar Natural Cut French Fries
1/4 lb Little Thickburger
Small Natural Cut French Fries
Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich – Being a chicken aficionado I couldn’t pass this one up. I had originally planned on reviewing one of the larger beef burgers, but upon seeing the picture on the menu board, I drooled like a teething baby. Coming in at 560 calories, this chicken sandwich is no lightweight! Once I got it home and unwrapped, I was very surprised to see that it looked just as the one on the menu board and not like it had been stepped on before served which is usually the case with fast food. I immediately noticed the honey wheat bun which was soft and moist. The chicken was very flavorful and tender. It didn’t taste like it had been sitting in a steamer for hours. The bacon was crispy with great flavor and texture. The lettuce and tomato were fresh and the mayo was the right amount and not running all over the outside of the bun. The cheese was processed and tasted as such. All in all this sandwich was a taste treat. I honestly didn’t know Hardees made anything this good.
Natural Cut Bacon Cheddar Fries – As soon as I saw these I had to try them. I’m a huge fan of both cheese and fries and the bacon was an added bonus. These come in flip top box with a fork. I found these to be delicious. The shredded bacon was crispy though a bit salty. The cheese was a standard cheddar cheese sauce that you can find at any MLB game or your finer gas stations. The fries were surprisingly not uber-greasy. Coming in just under the Chicken Club sandwich at 530 calories, these are not for those who have made a New Year’s commitment to shed some extra flab, but they are perfect for those of us in the regalia that is fat pride. I was happy with the portions and actually could not finish them off as much as my gluttonous side wanted to. All in all, I loved these. They were absolutely scrumptious, though I’m paying for it now hours later. I chalk this up to sensitive plumbing.
Small Natural Cut French Fries (by Marybell) - Hardees should definitely advertise these more. Natural cut is not seen very often in the fast food realm. The fries were long, had the right amount of salt, and were not soggy or crunchy. To quote Goldie Locks "they were just right". They were also what a size small should be. Just enough potatoes to compliment a little burger.
1/4 lb Little Thickburger - I'm one of those strange people that doesn't like cheese on my burgers and since this sandwich didn't have "cheese" in the name (and many of their others do) I felt I was safe. Wrong. So I'm already a bit disappointed when I unwrap it, but since I can read and, was therefore partially to blame, I continued. The toppings were all fresh, the condiments were properly portioned, and the burger and bun were fine, but nothing special. What really surprised me is that I couldn't taste the cheese. If cheese is accidentally put on my burger and I don't find out until I get home I usually just toss the whole thing. I dislike cheeseburgers that much. So not being able to taste the cheese was great for me, but someone who likes cheese would not be happy.
Overall, my Hardees experience was very pleasant. I rather enjoyed all aspects of the meal, which I was actually surprised about. Originally, I had some trepidations about Hardees because the last one I was in was a bit dirty and I wasn't too keen on the whole idea of shredded meat on top of a hamburger patty (ie. the Philly Steak Burger). After this visit though, Hardees will be a regular for me. Thanks to everyone from & who reads the Fat Pride Times for this opportunity to share my worldviews.