Although the official release date wasn't until October 3rd, pictures of the new burgers have been ubiquitous on the web. Apparently every Wendy's in America, other than the one by me, started selling them early. Hell, Wendy's website started featuring the new burgers weeks ago. Twice I went to my local Wendy's and was told "Nope, not ready yet."
So yesterday, while I was trying to decide what to do for lunch, I remembered that it was the 3rd of October. I put East Autumn Grin in the CD player (if you know why, you are a musical kindred spirit) and headed down to Wendy's, halfway expecting that they still weren't going to have these burgers.
But they did, and they offered them in several variations: one, two or three patties, all available with or without bacon. I ordered a single patty, no bacon, for $3.49. And when she asked me if I wanted cheese on the thing - I wasn't expecting that - I instinctively said no. (Although I love cheese on burgers, I don't usually enjoy the cheese that restaurants use, and almost never the cheese that fast food places use.) Only after did I realize the folly in writing about something called a Hot N' Juicy Cheeseburger and omitting the cheese. Whatever. It's a free blog.
It was too difficult to finish the burger. Maybe if I had purchased a drink I could have choked it down, but it just wasn't pleasant.
So it's hard for me to accurately give an opinion on Dave's Hot 'N Juicy
I suppose, after waiting almost a year for these new Wendy's burgers, there was no way they would live up to expectations. But I had no idea just how disappointing they truly would be.