Fast Food: 10 greatest Wendy’s menu items of all-time

A Wendy's restaurant sign is seen on May 06, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A Wendy's restaurant sign is seen on May 06, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) /

When it comes to fast food, perhaps no one does it better than Wendy’s. Okay…okay, we may be exaggerating a wee bit, as so many fast food chains do their jobs well. The fact that they are all multi-billion dollar corporations proves that they’re doing something right, after all. But Wendy’s sure is original, and they’ve got some great products for sure. So, as we do here at Guilty Eats, we’ve decided to take a look at the ten greatest menu items offered at Wendy’s.

Warning: You may experience an overwhelming craving for any one of these items. After I send this in to my editor, I’m off to my local Wendy’s; I’ve had an appointment suddenly appear in my agenda. The word, Nachos has crossed over all of my previous notes. What can you do but succumb, dear readers?

Here are 10 of the greatest Wendy’s menu items

10. Taco Salad

Hey, Salad isn’t always on anyone’s greatest lists. To say that salad is bland would be putting it mildly; especially for those of us who love going to eat at fast food restaurants. The term refined food doesn’t really come to mind when thinking of Wendy’s, but it can hit the spot for sure.

But I like salad as much as the next guy…a really delicious summer salad with nuts, fruit, iceberg and arugula…that’s a delicious sort of salad.

But when I’m going to my local Wendy’s, nothing beats a burger. But when a burger won’t cut it, a taco salad definitely comes close; especially when you’re looking for something a little different.

9. Cheese and Bacon Baked Potato

As far as the sides go at Wendy’s, this one hits the mark and big time, folks. First off, you’ve got the word bacon in there, and if you didn’t know, everything’s better with bacon; even ice cream, and if you don’t believe me, just try it with your next scoop of vanilla (make sure the bacon is crispy as can be, friends).

Would I go with this item if I’m eating a Baconator? Heck no! But it does go exceptionally well paired with any of the chicken options on the menu.

8. Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

And speaking of chicken, this one’s a great option for those that aren’t looking for an overwhelming meal packed with grease.

Keep in mind that the chicken’s fried, and the dressing is pretty up there in the saturated fats department, but a Caesar salad just speaks volumes in terms of delicious food, and can be considered light comfort food in my book.

Wendy’s does a great job with this one, folks, as you may already know.

7. Baconator Fries

I mentioned the Baconator in an earlier installment, and we’ll get to the old son-of-a-gun in just a few, but for now, let’s talk about the wonderful combination of fries, bacon and the wonder that is the melted bit of orange cheese used over at Wendy’s. If you get a bite of all three of these ingredients, you get to a special place I like to call: flavor combo heaven.

6. Dave’s Triple Burger

Look…why do you go to a local burger joint? For the aforementioned salad? At the end of the day, no way. You go for the meat, and when craving meat, perhaps nothing is as good and hits the spot more than this beast.

3 pieces of meat, people! Enough said.

5. Grilled Asiago Ranch Club

This one here would be the perfect pairing for the aforementioned Baked Potato, or perhaps even the Baconator Fries. After all, you are saving on fat content and calories by having the grilled chicken in this one.

They aren’t really known for their grilled chicken over at Wendy’s, but sometimes grilled chicken hits the spot too.

After all, who doesn’t love a club sandwich? That’s basically what you’re getting here, albeit on a bun, with ranch dressing and Asiago cheese. And what’s wrong with that?

4. Chicken Tenders

Okay, readers…now we’re getting to the nitty-gritty; the meat and potatoes of the list; the top 4 contenders, and when speaking of top menu items, who doesn’t love the tenders at Wendy’s, or anywhere else for that matter?

Tenders most definitely seal the deal when you’re craving some guilty eats, and the Wendy’s chicken tenders are definitely hard to beat.

3. The Baconator

I promised we’d get to this old standby and we did. The Baconator reminds me of that clubhouse burger; the type of clubhouse where there’s nothing but professional wrestling on the ten TVs set up all around the place, hard rock music playing over the bar, handsome waiters and pretty waitresses running about; drinks coming at a comfortable pace and even before I can finish them, and the smell of bacon grease and beef smack dab between two perfectly toasted buns.

“Heaven… I’m in heaven / And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak / And I seem to find the happiness I seek / When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek…” as Fred Astaire once sang (song written by the late, great Irving Berlin).

If you’re picturing me in some clubhouse dancing slowly with a burger held up to my cheek, you’ve got the idea, friends.

2. Wendy’s Chili

Picture this: A man has traveled long and hard. He’s made it to the reaches of Mexico in what can be considered an exodus from a life of fast times and too much commotion and incessant bills and responsibility. He enters a small Mexican town, where he can perhaps rent a small flat; maybe even write the great North American novel.

That first night there, he goes out to sample the authentic Mexican food and he stumbles across a chili stand. A pretty girl asks him in Spanish if he wants something to eat. He points to a pot bubbling with a substance that has emanated beautifully into the night air. In fact it reached out to him in his flat and called him forward all the way from that very spot.

She hands it to him and he pays her the appropriate sum. She smiles and he walks away, staring up at the Mexican twilight sky. He takes a bite and in that chili he tastes the years it took to perfect the recipe he is now sampling…every drop in that bowl he purchased for mere cents…perfect to its core.

Snap out of it, friends! Wendy’s chili is nothing like that, but it hits the spot when you want a semblance of good old fashioned chili.

1. Nachos

Ah… Nachos. Is there anything more glorious? Perhaps not, but depending on your mood or craving, you may not agree.

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But when you’re craving Tex-Mex and can’t make it to an authentic restaurant or at least Taco Bell, these Nachos will treat you well, friends. They’ll treat you well indeed.