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Carl's Jr.

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Can I get a 'Bacon Swiss' with no bacon, please?

  • Dec 13, 2008
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First off, I try to avoid Carl's Jr whenever I can because numerous reports and sources have revealed that Carl's Jr gives money to ultra-conservative, right-wing causes, like the Yes on 8 campaign in California. But then again, almost every large corporation has its list of bad deeds, so it's nearly impossible to find one that deserves every penny you hand 'em.

That said, two sandwiches rank among my favorites at Carl's Junior. They are:
  • Bacon Swiss crispy chicken sandwich: This is my favorite Carl's Jr sandwich, but I always get it with no bacon (720 calories). Now, those of you familiar with Carl's will ask why I don't simply order a Ranch Crispy. It's because I want the Swiss cheese! Asking for a sandwich with no bacon, even though 'bacon' is in its title, has caused a lot of confusion over the years. But it's worth it! The sandwich is huge, the chicken is delightfully crispy, and with fries and a drink, you're looking at over 1,200 delicious calories worth each of the 7 dollars you pay. I always add a bit of ketchup to it because apparently, being Persian, my body craves ketchup on everything (just ask user Lacoste03).
  • Spicy Chicken sandwich combo: When I'm not in the mood for a near heart-attack, I'll get this one instead (560 calories). Most Carl's Jr menus don't list the item in a combo, but if you ask for it, they'll make it one (it should run you less than five bucks!). This sandwich is smaller, breaded, and packs in some spice that's enhanced by the special sauce they smear on the bun. I always ask for a side of their "house" dressing (basically Ranch) to offset the spicy taste.
Together, the Bacon Swiss and the Spicy Chicken sandwich combos have effectively instilled a deep-rooted addiction inside me that draws me to Carl's Jr whenever I see one.

Also, Carl's Jr has introduced a new style of French fry where the fries are thicker and have the skin left on. I'd say they're better now than before because they have less salt and taste more like a potato.

If you've never been, I suggest you try my favorite sandwiches, and if you have your own favorites, I'd love to hear about them!

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January 24, 2009
Yum, I want a bacon swiss too (minus the bacon)!
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Quick Tip by . October 20, 2010
A different menu from Hardee's, it's sister company but it tastes the same. The Breakfast Burger is great and so is the Big Carl.
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Carl's Jr. is a chain of fast-food burger restaurants in the United States, primarily concentrated in the American West. Combined with its sister chain Hardee's, Carl's Jr. is the nation's fourth largest burger chain, following McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's. The company is currently in the process of expanding into Canada, Mexico, and China.

Carl's Jr. was founded in 1941 Carl N Karcher in Anaheim, CA as a stand-alone restaurant called Carl's Drive-In Barbecue. In 1956, Karcher opened two miniature versions of his restaurant in Anaheim and nearby Brea. Today, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are found in all regions of the United States except New England, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. By 2008, the Anaheim-based company hopes to operate over 4,000 restaurants.
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