The fast food company known more for taking the same five ingredients and creating some loosely-based Mexican concoction has created something totally different and seemingly actually authentic. The first thing you notice about the tacos is that they are wrapped in plain foil and the two tortillas per taco are made of corn, not the usual flour. The tacos are simple, like they should be, with only meat, onions, cilantro and an optional lime wedge, no cheese or sour cream or special sauce. The lime wedge is a nice touch and makes the taco taste fresh. There are three options for filling: pork, chicken or steak. The pork is a nice change of pace but the chicken and steak are the same used in all of the other items and really tastes out of place against the better quality of the other ingredients. As an added bonus, the tacos are about as low in calories and fat as anything else on the menu. The chicken and steak varieties have just 2.5 grams of fat.
Do you ever get annoyed when a fast food chain takes ingredients they already have and mash them together to make something ďnewĒ you are supposed to be excited about? Usually it isnít so tantalizing. That is exactly what Sonic has done with its new Ched R Pepper SuperSONIC Cheeseburger. Basically, it is just a regular SuperSONIC Burger but with the addition of 2 Jalapeno Cheddar Poppers and some chipotle mayo. The plain burgers are average at Sonic but the addition of the tasty mayo and poppers really takes the burger up a notch. The burger is quite large with two patties and messy as well. The Poppers have a tendency to make the burger uneven as they are round and the other items are flat but when you get a bite of burger and popper together and the cheddar bursts into your mouth you know it was all worth it.
The SmashBurger chain only recently came to California, and today I ate at the restaurant for the first time. I had read a lot of good things about SmashBurger since first learning about the chain a year or so ago and had pretty high expectations. I ordered a 1/3 pound burger on an egg bun with American cheese, bacon, mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup. The patty had a nice, tasty char on the exterior and frayed edges that confirmed it had, indeed, been prepared using the smash method. The meat - fresh, never frozen 100% Angus beef - wasnít as flavorful as I hoped it would be, but was pretty good. I didnít love the egg bun, though. It was a little too wimpy for my liking. Fortunately, SmashBurger offers four types of buns so next time Iíll try one of the other choices. The bacon and cheese both tasted great but next time I think Iíll get not only the bacon and cheese, but also a fried egg (only an extra 99 cents). The price of my burger alone was $6.48, which at first seemed a bit high to me. Considering the quality of the ingredients, the fast and friendly service, and delivery of the order to your table, I guess itís not too bad of a deal. All in all, I liked the burger and reckon that this wonít be the last time I eat at SmashBurger.