I don’t eat out fast food very often; but when fast food joints release interesting menu items, I’m often intrigued and want to give it a try. Two recent items were Wendy’s Pretzel Burger and Tim Hortons’s Maple Breakfast Biscuit.
I’ve always been a huge fan of brioche buns, but lately I’ve found a new love in pretzel buns. Pretzel buns, not pretzels. In contrary to the eggy flavour, slight sweetness and pillowy texture in brioche buns, I also quite enjoy the slight saltiness and chewiness in pretzel buns. Traditional German pretzels are just too hard and chewy for my liking. That being said, Prohibition Tasting Room’s Pretzel Knots are also up there on my “have again” list of pretzel interpretation.
Not trusting burgers at fast food restaurants, Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, to my surprise, was quite good. Patty was of decent thickness, still juicy; I was worried that the bacon strips would be cooked to death, to extreme crisp, but they were still moist and added oily dripping mess to the burger. Pretzel bun was soft with a bit of a chew. By the way, you know how McDonald’s burgers look nothing like what they show in pictures/ads? My burger looked just like what they have on the website – now that’s impressive! Overall, a burger that I would actually eat again, and Mr. concurred.
Breakfast sandwich is another indulgence for me, a change of pace from my regular cereal breakfast. I saw Tim Hortons’s ad of its maple biscuit and I was excited about trying it, so one morning I got myself a Maple Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich. I went for the “healthier” option of turkey sausage – bad choice because it was quite dry; the regular sausage would be fattier but it would also taste better. The maple biscuit was not bad, you can taste the maple flavour, but it didn’t quite work for a biscuit sandwich. A bit too sweet in flavours. I think the maple biscuit would be really good just toasted with some butter or jam. The breakfast sandwich is better with the regular homestyle biscuit.
Of the two sandwiches, it was a hit and a miss for me. I would get the Pretzel Burger again, and I see its potential for staying as a regular item. On the other hand, I would just stick with the regular homestyle biscuit for my next Timmies run.