I will be the first to admit it: there is nothing that looked particularly special about this sandwich. I saw it advertised on TV a couple days ago as part of a $2.99 value meal, an obvious attempt to compete with the recent spate of bargain offerings as fast food restaurants, like McDonald's "Mini Meals" or Jack in the Box's "Pick 3 for 3 dollars." It looked for all the world like their 99 cent chicken sandwich, splashed with some bacon, onion and barbecue sauce. It's not that I didn't think I would ever get it, it's that it vanished from my memory about ten seconds after I saw the ad.
Then Monday evening hit, that inevitable end-to-a-three-day-weekend feeling where it dawns on you that the weekend is over. The last thing I felt like doing was making dinner. I decided to get Wendy's, come home, and relax for the rest of the evening. Sitting in front of the drive-through speaker, perusing the menu, I noticed the sandwich from the commercial.
"Can I get the sandwich by itself?" I asked, not wanting a drink or fries. (Well, not wanting a drink from Wendy's... there were a couple cold bottles of beer in my fridge that I was thinking about.)
"Sure," the woman said. "Hold on." She did not talk again for almost two minutes. Apparently she did not know how to charge for just the sandwich when it's not part of the combo. Eventually she figured it out.
The sandwich was only $1.69. (I also got some of their spicy nuggets, for 99 cents.) I took it home and unwrapped it. Sure enough, it looked exactly like the value menu chicken sandwich with bacon added. Whatever, that's what I was expecting.
It was surprisingly good. I have written many times that Arby's is the only fast food place where I actually enjoy the bacon, but this sandwich's bacon wasn't bad. I ate all of it. Would I get this again? Probably not. The sauce is the Wendy's hickory barbecue sauce that I don't really care for and the onion added nothing to the sandwich. I will just stick with the regular chicken sandwich.