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Drive-Thru Gourmet: Wendy's goes Giant with new Junior Bacon Cheeseburger

Drive-Thru Gourmet: Wendy's goes Giant with Junior Bacon Cheeseburger

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Wendy's goes giant with new Junior Bacon Cheeseburger. Courtesy photo

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.

Good deal

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.