To celebrate the successful launching of my personal (Food, Technology and general Jason-ness commentary) blog, Off The Broiler,
Rachel and I made our semi-annual visit to Burger King, in order to partake in some fast food goodness and to cause POS-system trainee mayhem.
Order #1: Whopper With Cheese (No Onion, Extra Pickle, Off The Broiler, Cut In Half), Angus Cheezy Bacon Steakburger (Off The Broiler)
Order #2. Double Whopper (No Onion, Extra Pickle X2, Off The Broiler, Cut In Half)
We arrived at around 8:40 in the evening, with few people in the restaurant, in order to ensure good service.
I will say that "Having it Your Way" definitely adds major improvement to the overall burger experience, but there are some caveats. Rachel's first Whopper with Cheese came out a little cold, probably because the completed patty was waiting for my burger to be completed and then the cold vegetable matter added on top of it brought its temperature down more so. However, the lettuce and tomato was fresh and the burger did taste better overall because it was prepared fresh. I also specified on both orders that they do not use the microwave to bring the burger up to temperature after the patties were broiled and waited to be sandwiched -- apparently, this is normal operating procedure at Burger King because the burgers do cool down rather quickly after cooking and if you have more than one sandwich in your order to be prepared, the patties will wait in sequential order to be re-freshened in the nuke box.
The Angus Cheesy Bacon Steakburger just had too much crap on it, and the "Angus" burger itself texturally didn't seem like much of an improvement over the traditional Whopper patty. In fact, because it was thicker may have actually contributed it to tasting LESS flame broiled. Still, it tasted fresher because it was an Off The Broiler burger.
The Third and most successful burger, which was ordered separately after we consumed the first two, combined the perfect synergy of meatiness and broiled-ness, while at the same time provided the simplicity and traditional Burger King-istic-ness we were really longing for -- this was a Double Whopper, No Cheese, No Onion, Double Double Pickle, Off the Broiler, Cut In Half. For starters, "Cut In Half", while likely to annoy the staff if you ask for it during a busy lunch hour, definitely improves the experience because its easier to share and also won't make your hands and clothing a complete mess while trying to eat the thing, particularly if you are condiment-heavy. The double-patty Whopper came out piping hot (due to it being a single sandwich order) and because each patty was cooked separately as opposed to a larger single-patty of the angus, resulted in increased flame broiler surface area and a more charcoal-ey taste. The "no-cheese" and lack of other distracting condiments endemic of the "specialty" burgers (other than the mayo and lettuce, tomato and ketchup) really brought out the flavor of the innate burger-ness, and the Extra-Extra pickle added the appropriate amount of brinyness to contrast with the larger amount of meat.
All in all, a very pleasant Burger King experience, and we'll be back, ready to traumatize the trainees again.
NOTE: It appears that Burger King has yet again changed their POS system, so "HIYW" is no longer depicted after every line item on the receipts.