Fast Food Review: Burger King's TenderCrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch
Should be, but it isn't (yes, I'm that damn shallow).
Think about the last time you went to your old hometown to see your folks. Now, remember going into the WalMart Supercenter and seeing your high school crush AND her 5 kids AND that extra 120 lbs she has put on over the years? The TCBCR '09 is kinda like that for me: fond memories evaporated by the cruel bitch that is reality.
The most noticeable difference is the one that they put on the sign out front. The sandwich will now set you back $4.49 + tax. If my memory serves me, this is abut a dollar more than it did the last time around. I know that times are tough for BK, but they are for us, too.
Now I might be a little less upset if the quality of the ingredients was upgraded or at least maintained. That wouldn't be too much to ask, right?
The Hootie-era sandwich had red onions that have been replaced by white onions, if you are lucky. The one that I photograph had no onions at all (I guess "no tomato" means "no onion or tomato" in BKspeak). Regular ranch dressing, or at least a significantly less bacony dressing, seems to have replaced the bacon-ranch sauce of yore.
Don't get me wrong: this is still a pretty damn good fast food sandwich. However, when one takes into account that the quality of the last incarnation of the sammy and the fact that you would have had to have received a pay raise of, say, $55,000 in the past year to afford it, I have to call it a mild-to-medium disappointment.
3.5 out of 5 Super Manch's.