This week I reached out for a Giant Junior Bacon Cheeseburger from the No. 3 burger flipper, Wendy's, with 6,500 restaurants across the U.S. and around this crazy blue marble.
I know, Giant Junior is like jumbo shrimp or act naturally. It makes sense when you think about it. The only actual Giant Junior I know is actor Max Baer Jr., who played Jethro on the "Beverly Hillbillies." I'll take Vintage '60s Sitcoms for $200, Alex.
Here's the Giant Junior Bacon Cheeseburger breakdown
Two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a boring ol' burger bun.
Total calories: 580. Fat grams: 37. Sodium: 1,040 mg. Carbs: 26 g. Dietary fiber: 1 g. Protein: 31 g. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $2.99.
Bargain hunters can get the Giant Junior Bacon Cheeseburger as part of a $5 meal with four chicken nuggets, small fries, and a small soda.
What's in a name
If Giant and Junior throws you, how about this? Wendy's now has a Giant Junior Bacon Cheeseburger and a plain Junior Bacon Cheeseburger ... but has never had a regular bacon cheeseburger.
That's like your name is Fred, your wife has a baby boy, and you name him Charlie Jr.
Wendy's needs to hire a new lawyer to negotiate naming rights for its burgers.
The big difference between Giant Junior and plain Junior is an extra burger patty, twice the bacon and double cheese for a buck more. The $5 meal is a good deal for a good deal of food. As always, the Giant Junior features "always fresh, never frozen" beef. Wendy's bacon is thick, well, fast food thick. The rest of it is solid drive-thru cheeseburger. Wendy's delivers quality, and when you can get it for cheap, you jump.