Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche Is a Delicious Mouthful (in More Ways than One)
In spite of the incredibly stupid commercial for Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on a Brioche bun (see above), the actual sandwich itself proved to be irresistible. And even though I wasn't impressed by Wendy's efforts in the pretzel bun department, I found the idea of sweet brioche, smoky bacon, and earthy mushroom (never mind the burger) too tempting. Even the NPR report on the dangers of trans fats that was on the radio while I waited in the drive-thru line couldn't deter me -- I would have my "Melty. Bacony. Mushroomy. Brioche-y" burger if it killed me.*
Photos by Christina Uticone Mushroom magic? Maybe.
(*According to NPR, it will.)
Opting for just the sandwich, rather than the meal -- 'cause it's healthy! -- I was a little suspicious upon opening the take-out box. The burger in the ads is pretty oozy, but my burger looked neat and tidy. I lifted up the top bun to find a satisfactorily melted mess, thanks to a double dose of cheese -- American slices, and a melted cheddar sauce -- as well as some impressive-looking bacon. In fact, the whole sandwich was really visually appealing, with a glossy golden bun and a meaty (for fast food) hamburger patty. Could this Portabella Mushroom Melt (on Brioche!) possibly be delicious?