Snacktaku Drive-Thru: Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger Is Gorgeous

As my proper Monday Snacktaku review got pushed to tomorrow, I figured I'd at least slip in a little public service announcement for the hungry masses. Wendy's has a pretzel bacon cheeseburger. It's the opposite of horrible.

I am a huge fan of pretzels and pretzel bread, so when a friend called me to tell me about this latest fast food creation, my initial thought was "Oh good, Wendy's is going to ruin pretzel bread for me forever." Pretzels can be paired with beef, but a delicate balance between the two must be maintained, and only certain condiments may be used. There was no way the boneheaded creators of the OMG LOOK AT ALL THE F***CKING BACON burger could pull it off.

Well, damned if they didn't do just that. Cheddar cheese is perfect for the sandwich. The smoked honey mustard — that smoked bit is important, helps ease the transition between bread and beef. The "applewood smoked bacon" feels unnecessary here, but I guess it wouldn't be a pretzel bacon cheeseburger without hoity-toity pig bits. Field greens instead of plain old lettuce, some red onions and a tomato — the balance is perfect.It might not look like much, but it tastes like I got it from a classy burger joint. Well, except for all the grease and the overwhelming feeling that the person who crafted it didn't give a shit.

I don't normally eat at Wendy's these days. I used to get their salads all the time, but then I realized they were the most horrible salads imaginable (mmmm, chili salad — wait). Seeing as the pretzel bacon cheeseburger is a limited-time item, I still won't normally eat at Wendy's, but for whatever window in time this lovely beast is available, they have my attention.