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Old 12-05-2011, 06:13 PM   #1
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Stale food at fast food restaurants

Warning! Warning! Beware of chain restaurants in small towns. Something I know, but got bitten again by. I went to a Wendy's to give them another try. Well I simply ordered their quarter pounder burger, which should have been just fine, but it tasted fishy. My wife's did too. Hmmm. Well we decided that it was the meat and it was freezer burned.

Some of the fast food chains are very careful about opening in a small town. If the turnover rate of the food isn't very good, you stand a chance of having it get stale. It is not just about the profit margin, although we tend to think so. So, the rule of thumb is, if the restaurant doesn't get a decent amount of traffic, watch out. Things to consider, in an out of the way place and especially in west texas, don't get anything but white bread, the rye is going to be stale. If you are in the mood for something that is not popular there, as new yorkers say "forget aboud id".

I hope this warns everyone away from the exotic in fast food chains. Now this does not talk about the local specialties. But, on the other hand, you never know.

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Old 12-05-2011, 06:25 PM   #2
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I live in a small midwestern town, and yes, this happens. I'm really not a fast-food person anyway, and all we have is McD's and Subway. Subway gets my business. That or the deli section of one of the two grocery stores in town. Oh, we have a butter-burger place ... Culver's, that's it. Anyway, I really don't use either McDs or Culvers because we simply only need fast food when we're on the road. But yes, when on the road I have run into fries that have been sitting too long and bread that should have been tossed out when in areas not often frequented. Oh, and don't forget, limp salads. I'm a real salad lover and hate it if I get rusty or limp lettuce.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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I think "Beware of Chain restaurants" is all that needs to be said.

Freezer burnt meat should taste, well, like a freezer. The individual units have strict guidelines that they are supposed to follow, in accordance to law, and CORP standards. . .does that mean they do? I doubt it. I think the longest anything is to sit in a lot of fast food places is like 2 hours, and that is scary.

You would think a small unit, in the Styx, would cook to order, not only ensuring freshness, but for controlling inventory as well. If there aren't people there, there damn sure shouldn't be food parked in the window.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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Three-quarters of Wendy's are franchise store, and I suspect that for a willing and able-to-pay franchisee, they'll sell one where they wouldn't otherwise open a corporate store. And I wonder if off-the-beaten-track stores get as frequent deliveries as in major markets. Nothing to do, per se, with town size. Among the Texas Monthly 50 best burger were Koffee Kup in Hico, Hruska's in Ellinger, Mel's in Tomball, and Perini's in Buffalo Gap.

As for Wendy's being used as an example in a warning about "exotic" eateries, I suppose the lesson is that if you're in such a small town that Wendy's seems exotic, beware.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:30 PM   #5
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Claire, all my dink town had is BK and Subway. And I've been burned by Subway twice with stale bread. BK gets my bi-monthly (on average) fast food fix.

OP, I blame it all on either the owners or the manager. You can get hit or miss food anywhere.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:45 PM   #6
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BTW, Wendy's does not freeze their burgers. They are delivered fresh and stay that way.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:46 PM   #7
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I will try any Subway in the US, except the 4 here in Missoula, they are all mismanaged by the same woman.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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The beef tasted... fishy? Makes me curious how their chicken tasted.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:54 PM   #9
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The beef tasted... fishy? Makes me curious how their chicken tasted.
What did their fish fillets taste like?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:01 PM   #10
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I've eaten at Wendy's just once in my life. That was back in the mid 70's. I have no idea why I haven't been back since. There are plenty of Wendy's here in the city where I live.
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