These are interesting times for fast food. There is so much of a race to put out value menus and great deals that some of the things that are released are quite bizarre. Some of the classics are very good. Wendy's 99 cent chicken nuggets come to mind. Some of them are bad, like KFC's Snackers. Taco Bell offers a "cheesy double beef burrito" that doesn't look like it contains cheese or beef.
Now Wienershcnitzel has a value menu with six items, like the traditional hot dog, corn dog, and chili burger. But the item that caught my attention was the chili cheese fries burrito. I have had chili cheese fries many, many times in my life, and never once I have I thought 'Hmm, these are good, but you know what would be great? If they were wrapped inside a tortilla.'
But they're only 99 cents, and I figured my legion of readers (all six of you) would like to see pictures of it. Plus it would give me an excuse to eat some Wienerschnitzel mini corn dogs, one of my favorite vices. I headed down to the Wienerschnitzel in Alhambra. There were a lot of cars going through the drive-through, including two police cars, but only three people in line at the window, so I got out of my car and walked up and placed my order. I should have used the drive-through. At least 15 cars were served while we all waited around for our food. The place was not exactly run like a Thomas Keller kitchen.
Still, it was a nice day out and I chatted with a couple of the guys in line about baseball for the fifteen or more minutes we waited. I was wearing an Angels hat; they were Dodgers fans and wanted to know if I thought there was any chance of an Angels-Dodgers World Series. (My answer? No.) I got my food, sat at a table and unwrapped it.
It was smaller than I expected. I don't know what the hell I could have been expecting for 99 cents, but then again I'm not the sharpest. It also wasn't very hot. A few months ago I had the Angus Chipotle Chili Dog at Wienerschnitzel and the chili was scorching. I was expecting something similar, or at least something that would melt the cheese faster. Still, I took a bite and it was... damn good. I did not see that coming. The chili was very tasty, the fries were crisp and salty, and the tortilla was fresh.
Unlike pretty much every fast food item I try, I could see myself eating this again. I still can't get myself to try Wienerschnitzel's "Sea Dog," though - Alaskan pollock with lettuce and tartar sauce on a hot dog bun. That just seems wrong.