A leader in today's fast-food industry, with locations in all 50 states and 57 international countries and territories around the world, Burger King Corporation was founded more than 45 years ago-- serving the traditional Burger King hamburger and a … see full wiki
Cons: Fries need help; prices are on the high side.
The Bottom Line: In the final analysis, Burger King remains for me what it was when I was growing up: a treat, a while in a while trip I afford myself.
I can still remember the first time my mother (now deceased) took us to Burger King for our (my three siblings and I) inauguration Whopper. Back then (mid seventies) going out to a fast food restaurant was still considered a treat in my householdand most American households really. At the time, the Whooper was the biggest hamburger I had ever seen, let alone tried to eatwe ended up sharing the two Whoopers with cheese between us, as well as the fries.
Since thenBurger King has branched out in the burger department, but one thing has remained deliciously consistent: the taste of the Kings flame broiled burgers. They are the best in the fast food business, bar none. There was a time when I would have saved that particular accolade for Wendys burgers, but over the years, the chains hamburger paddies have gotten steadily less juicy, so that now, the quip that they use to use to refer to other fast food burgers can now arguably apply to them: Wheres the beef? But I digress.
There is something about a flame kissed burger that really appeals to my middle-aged tastes buds, even if the franchises fries do not. Despite the fact that Burger King is always raising the burger taste bar, reaching a new milestone with the new Angus Steak Burger (I always get mine with bacon and cheese), I do not frequent the restaurant as much as I do McDonalds and Wendys. Why you may ask? Two reasons: 1. the above mentioned fries; they taste horrid, and lets face it half of the enjoyment of eating a tasty burger is enjoying mouth-watering fries with it, and; 2. cost. Burger King charges far too much for their burgers. Yes, they are tasty, but there is limit to how much I will pay for a fast food burger. I do not want to pay $4.99 for a Burger King burger by itself. If I want to pay those kind of prices, Ill go to my favorite chain sit-down establishment, thank you very much.
Breakfast is another story altogether; I prefer Burger King over McDonalds for breakfast on those days when I cant eat at home. The chains sausage croissant sandwich is my favorite, though the quality of the croissant can vary from restaurant to restaurant. The hash brown nuggets are to die for (to coin a well used and worn out phrase); I love the crunchy outside and soft inside. But do not left these little gems get cold, your taste buds will not appreciate nor welcome the taste. And I love the French toast sticks with or without syrup. I think Im drawn to these item because in addition to great taste, they are finger food, and easy to ingest while Im driving. And, remarkably, the price is right.
I cannot bring myself to try the new breakfast sandwich, the Enormous Omelet Sandwich described as two slices of melted American cheese, two fluffy, three crispy strips of bacon, and a sizzling sausage patty, piled high on a toasted bun. I must admit that the sandwich sounds delicious, if not heart attack inducing, but I think I will continue to pass. Even I have a limit to what Ill eat at one sitting.
But again, more often then not, I find myself in the McDonalds drive-thru for breakfast, because most McDonalds restaurants open at 5:00am when I hit the road to come to work once a week, while most Burger King establishments do not open until 6:00am.
While diversity of menu items used to be a major shortcoming at Burger King, that problem no longer looms large. The menu now offers something to satisfy all but the most finicky of palates, festooned as it is with burgers, chicken & fish sandwiches, fries, salads, breakfast items, and an ever expanding spread of desert and beverage items. And of course there is the ever present Whopper, which now comes in four different flavors, including a rather scrumptious Chicken Whopper, and Whopper Jr.
Service is generally good at the Burger King drive-thru (I rarely if ever eat in the restaurant), though the wait in line has always been a bit longer then competing restaurants. This is more then likely due to the Have it Your Way philosophy at Burger King: preparing custom burgers to order takes time. To me it is well worth the wait.
In the final analysis, Burger King remains for me what it was when I was growing up: a treat, a while in a while trip I afford myself. Perhaps when their fries get better (they tried to improve them once with so-so results), and the prices relate to the real world, I will visit more often, but until then