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« on: April 09, 2015, 06:11:17 PM »

New location opened on Wednesday. Thinking about a burger for lunch tmrw.
I hear and see that they are large (per the commercials) but are they worth it?

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 07:05:33 PM »

Worth a try as long as you're expecting more like McDonald's tier fast food and not stuff like Five Guys or In-N-Out which is a step up.

I recommend you get a Western Bacon Cheeseburger with Crisscut Fries, and ask for a side of ranch dressing to dip your Crisscut Fries in.  Schedule a coronary for later in the day.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2015, 07:49:49 PM »

They're ok, we used to eat there a lot when I lived in CA. A bit more variety than McDs, but as Wonderpug said, it's not high quality food or anything. If your looking for a greasy fast food burger they are fine. I would never choose one over the higher quality fast food restaurants that are everywhere now.

They are the same thing as Hardee's by the way, so if you have ever eaten there, same thing. Although I have always thought Carl's Jr was a bit higher quality than Hardees. I think that is because every Hardee's I have been in has been a midwest dive, while every Carl's Jr I have been in has been in newer/cleaner places.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2015, 09:22:40 PM »

Yes Pug I'm leaning towards that Burger. Appreciate the responses - while I already know it's going to be no burger nirvana it'll be a nice change and little adventure I guess.

I really wish we had an In N Out up here. They had a 'popup'  location here last year but only had 300 or so burgers on hand.

Fingers crossed for an actual location soon.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2015, 10:19:50 PM »

Every time I eat there, my stomach has felt like absolute garbage an hour later.  I don't know if it's something about the way they prepare their food, or just the astronomical level of grease, calories, and fat involved.  I've sworn them off entirely these days.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2015, 10:48:19 PM »

Like everyone else has said, they are okay.  We have several here in town.  One is 4 blocks from my house and I haven't eaten there for years.  Better than McDonalds/Burger King,  Worse than Steak N Shake, 5 guys and culvers.
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2015, 01:55:05 AM »

Quote from: wonderpug on April 09, 2015, 07:05:33 PM

Worth a try as long as you're expecting more like McDonald's tier fast food and not stuff like Five Guys or In-N-Out which is a step up.

I recommend you get a Western Bacon Cheeseburger with Crisscut Fries, and ask for a side of ranch dressing to dip your Crisscut Fries in.  Schedule a coronary for later in the day.

Umm, it's nowhere close to being McDonalds quality (or lack of)  I'd rank In & Out Burger just barely over Carls Jr and Five Guys.  CJ's Burgers are pretty damn good for fast food, beats, Wendy's, Jack in the Box, Burger King (did you know BK and CJ uses they same Charbroiler, but CJ's taste tons better, want to know the secret?  Produce on the bottom)

Famous Star and Superstar you can't go wrong with.  If you like your meat dripping in BBQ sauce (I don't) then Westerns are a good choice)  They used to make a great Bacon Swiss Chicken sandwich, but they shrunk it and it's overpriced.

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2015, 04:35:02 AM »

I can't understand how people think In-N-Out is a quality burger.  I would put them at the same level as McDonalds.  It seems like people who grew up in California have some sort of brain damage when it comes to In-N-Out.  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2015, 05:00:15 AM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 10, 2015, 04:35:02 AM

I can't understand how people think In-N-Out is a quality burger.  I would put them at the same level as McDonalds.  It seems like people who grew up in California have some sort of brain damage when it comes to In-N-Out.  Tongue

I never had an In-N-Out until they came to Utah about 5 years ago.  I think they trump every burger place out there, and that you obviously must have been born without functioning taste buds.  :p

It's the love for Five Guys that I don't get.  That place is nasty.
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2015, 05:02:21 AM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 10, 2015, 04:35:02 AM

I can't understand how people think In-N-Out is a quality burger.  I would put them at the same level as McDonalds.  It seems like people who grew up in California have some sort of brain damage when it comes to In-N-Out.  Tongue

Ha! I didn't grow up there, only ate there twice even, and I remember loving it. It tasted like something you would make home if you knew what you were doing. Simple, with high quality ingredients.

Honestly, I am too old to be eating fast food anymore, so I rarely do. You guys suck for talking about it. Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2015, 11:42:04 AM »

The got or at least they used to have one of the best mushroom swiss burgers evah!
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2015, 01:05:19 PM »

I agree with Lee. In N Out does feel/taste like a burger I would make at home (smaller - but the fresh factor is there)
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2015, 06:36:03 PM »

Down south they're called Hardee's. I've always thought of it as a McDonald's who cares even LESS about your health.
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2015, 07:07:26 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on April 10, 2015, 06:36:03 PM

Down south they're called Hardee's. I've always thought of it as a McDonald's who cares even LESS about your health.

Carl's Jr used to be only a West Coast thing. Seems they are pushing east more in the last few years. I wonder if they get better sales under the Carl's Jr name? I know they are the same, but in my head Carl's Jr is higher quality, as I said above.
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2015, 08:23:06 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on April 10, 2015, 06:36:03 PM

Down south they're called Hardee's. I've always thought of it as a McDonald's who cares even LESS about your health.

+100 the only time anyone in in this area eats there is for breakfast.  Even their commercials are nauseating.
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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2015, 08:29:56 PM »

No.

This is based on my horrific experience at a Carls Jr. by my hotel in Mississippi on a business trip last summer. It was the worst business trip meal I've ever had the misfortune to eat. puke And I loved Hardee's to death growing up. Maybe it was just a poorly run location and I'm not being fair, but I plan to stay away from that chain the rest of my life.
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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2015, 02:56:50 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on April 10, 2015, 05:00:15 AM


It's the love for Five Guys that I don't get.  That place is nasty.

I buy fast food burgers 2-3x a year. My nearby choices are McDs, BK, and 5 Guys. I wouldn't say I love 5 Guys but it sure beats the competition.

Today I finally fired up my grill for the first time this year. I can make a better burger at home in less time than it takes to go buy takeout.
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2015, 03:53:28 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2015, 02:56:50 AM

Today I finally fired up my grill for the first time this year. I can make a better burger at home in less time than it takes to go buy takeout.

My problem with home burgers is the fries part. I would never dream of deep frying at home, and oven baked just aren't the same. Next hardest part at home is finding good buns.
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« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2015, 10:05:21 PM »

Quote from: Lee on April 11, 2015, 03:53:28 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2015, 02:56:50 AM

Today I finally fired up my grill for the first time this year. I can make a better burger at home in less time than it takes to go buy takeout.

My problem with home burgers is the fries part. I would never dream of deep frying at home, and oven baked just aren't the same. Next hardest part at home is finding good buns.

I make excellent oven fries, non-greasy, crispy on the outside and tender inside. I don't feel like I'm settling for second-best but YMMV if you like them soaked in grease.

1. Cut up some red potatoes into french-fry sized pieces. I use 1.5 potatoes per person.
2. Soak them in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
4. Preheat oven to 350.
5. Arrange fries in a single layer. Spray with the nonstick spray. Apply salt and pepper (I like cayenne).
6. Bake for 30 minutes, turning them once halfway through.

I light up my gas grill after flipping the fries. My burger gets done at the same time as the fries are ready. As for buns, I use whole-wheat rolls from the grocer's bakery.

During the summer, though, I usually make potato salad or other side dishes rather than fries.
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2015, 05:55:00 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2015, 10:05:21 PM


1. Cut up some red potatoes into french-fry sized pieces. I use 1.5 potatoes per person.
2. Soak them in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
4. Preheat oven to 350.
5. Arrange fries in a single layer. Spray with the nonstick spray. Apply salt and pepper (I like cayenne).
6. Bake for 30 minutes, turning them once halfway through.


I just drove to BK and bought fries in the time it took to simply read that.   slywink
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2015, 06:23:52 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on April 13, 2015, 05:55:00 PM

I just drove to BK and bought fries in the time it took to simply read that.   slywink

BK fries? I would rather eat week old Ironrod's oven fries. Tongue
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2015, 06:36:43 PM »

Quote from: Lee on April 13, 2015, 06:23:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 13, 2015, 05:55:00 PM

I just drove to BK and bought fries in the time it took to simply read that.   slywink

BK fries? I would rather eat week old Ironrod over fries. Tongue

I think he's already already over a week old, but I think there are some rules against eating him.
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2015, 06:42:59 PM »

Ouch that was an ugly series of typos.
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2015, 07:32:51 PM »

I came I ate - I will be back  (if only to try a different option)

Place was very busy (duh) they issue you a number and come find you to deliver your order.

I ordered the Thick Original w/ bacon, Poutine (fries, gravy and cheese) and large drink = $18.00

Burger was good -too much mayo in close proximity to the tomato and lettuce = 1st bite everything tried to squirt out the back  disgust.
Burger tasted fresh and the brioche bun was good too.
I found it a little too messy - too many garnishes I guess.

Poutine was terrible (all jokes aside) standard undercooked fries with gravy on top made it a soggy mess.
Should have got cris cut fries and will next time.

I will try it again as stated above and but will try another burger and ask for less condiments so its all together not a messy burger. I like messy - just not on my lunch hour.



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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2015, 09:54:50 PM »

Quote from: Roman on April 13, 2015, 07:32:51 PM

I ordered the Thick Original w/ bacon, Poutine (fries, gravy and cheese) and large drink = $18.00

How does that price measure up for fast food in your area of Canada?  Seems pretty high to me, but I know US to Canadian exchange isn't 1:1 and even when it is some things are more expensive.
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2015, 02:09:09 PM »

It is pricey all things considered. 6-8 bucks would be normal for a fast food chain combo here. I think a double bigmac meal combo is $7.59 to give you an idea. So paying 8.49 for a burger alone is huge.

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« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2015, 04:27:11 PM »

Carl's Jr\Hardees is generally a little more than the standard fast food.  Their quality of products usually better as well.  The problem that faces all restaurants is serving it fresh.

CJ is all about being messy.  I mean their slogan in the 2000's was  "If its not all over the place it doesn't belong in your face"

Get the House Dressing when you try the Criscuts.  Their house dressing is awesome.  Don't let them give you their buttermilk ranch, that's stuff is nasty.  Also the house dressing is best when it's cold.  I've noticed most CJ's now keep them at room temp.  Back when I worked there many years ago, we always kept them refrigerated.
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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2015, 08:11:46 PM »

I object to Hardee's being higher quality than, well , anything outside of my dogs fresh shit.

Sorry, it is what it is.  The absolute only reason they still have locations here is due to their breakfast, which I feel is even subpar.  Their commercials are even crap.   I've found very little good to say about them, and find it almost as perplexing as some other things that are perplexing in the USA.
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« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2015, 10:00:07 PM »

$18?? That's the most ridiculous god damn thing I've ever read. I've never even been to Carl's Jr but fuck Carl's Jr.

I will say that when I was in Lexington a couple years ago I tried Five Guys and Smashburger for the first time (we don't have them around here), and I thought Smashburger had the better sandwich, the better fries, and the nicer restaurant. There was also an unbelievably gorgeous petite young lady eating at the table outside the building with a great dane the size of a horse, but that's neither here nor there.

We do have a Culver's around here and—while I've enjoyed the burgers I've had there—I thought their fries were pretty mediocre, and the cheese curds I got were half-frozen, and I thought overpriced. But maybe I just thought they were overpriced because they were half-fucking-frozen.
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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2015, 10:58:28 PM »

I miss Smashburger so much. I loved that place. My favorite burger place, fast food or not.

@Eco, yeah I find Naedneks opinion strange. When he first said that about the quality, I was wondering if they have some sort of fancy high end Carl's Jr where he lives.
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« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2015, 01:19:53 AM »

Quote from: Lee on April 15, 2015, 10:58:28 PM

I miss Smashburger so much. I loved that place. My favorite burger place, fast food or not.

@Eco, yeah I find Naedneks opinion strange. When he first said that about the quality, I was wondering if they have some sort of fancy high end Carl's Jr where he lives.

When you compare Carl's Jr meat (heh heh) to other fast food, (McDonalds, Wendys, Jack In the Box) then yes, as I said, it's higher quality then those 3 resturaunts.  I'm not comparing them to In and Out, 5 guys or similar chains, but out of all the fast food, they are the closest to them in terms of quality. 
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« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2015, 03:50:32 PM »

Quote from: Lee on April 11, 2015, 03:53:28 AM

Next hardest part at home is finding good buns.
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« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2015, 08:22:56 PM »

Quote from: naednek on April 16, 2015, 01:19:53 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 15, 2015, 10:58:28 PM

I miss Smashburger so much. I loved that place. My favorite burger place, fast food or not.

@Eco, yeah I find Naedneks opinion strange. When he first said that about the quality, I was wondering if they have some sort of fancy high end Carl's Jr where he lives.

When you compare Carl's Jr meat (heh heh) to other fast food, (McDonalds, Wendys, Jack In the Box) then yes, as I said, it's higher quality then those 3 resturaunts.  I'm not comparing them to In and Out, 5 guys or similar chains, but out of all the fast food, they are the closest to them in terms of quality. 

This maybe , slightly makes it okay.  But really, all that stuff is less meat more
Non-meat, and I'm kinda not interested.  I get your point though.
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« Reply #33 on: April 18, 2015, 08:05:22 PM »

Quote from: heloder on April 15, 2015, 10:00:07 PM

We do have a Culver's around here and—while I've enjoyed the burgers I've had there—I thought their fries were pretty mediocre, and the cheese curds I got were half-frozen, and I thought overpriced. But maybe I just thought they were overpriced because they were half-fucking-frozen.

I've only been to Culver's once and came away thoroughly unimpressed.  I'd put them a step below McDonalds, at least judging from the nasty cheeseburger I had.
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« Reply #34 on: April 18, 2015, 08:45:44 PM »

Culver's burgers are amazing and nothing at all like any fast food place I've been to.  Shame you had one you'd put below McD.  Either they really fucked up your burger or you have no taste.
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« Reply #35 on: April 18, 2015, 09:09:33 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on April 18, 2015, 08:45:44 PM

Culver's burgers are amazing and nothing at all like any fast food place I've been to.  Shame you had one you'd put below McD.  Either they really fucked up your burger or you have no taste.

There burgers are ok, but their fries are nothing more than frozen Ore-Idas that seem like they were slowly cooked in an oven. They were never good when I went there.

I think location really matters, that will explain Naedneks love of Carls Jr (I'm teasing Naednek!) and your love of Culver's, Harkonis. There was a McDs right on the freeway I would occasionally go to in CO. It was always busy, so every time I went there it was really fresh. One of the best McDs I have ever been to. Same with Chick-fil-a, the mall one in Cheyenne, WY sucked, it was a greasy mess. On the other hand, the one in Ft. Collins, CO was always great.

Edit: Look at me name dropping all the great places I have lived! Roll Eyes
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