Since When Does Wendy's Have Mac and Cheese?

Wendys Mac and Cheese
No, that cheese on top is definitely not melted.

I never rarely indulge in punish my body with fast food, but recently, after a long day of dealing with used car salesmen, a little Frosty and chicken nugget orgy sounded way better than actually cooking something.

Sometime back in April Wendy's introduced a new line of "Signature Sides" including mac and cheese, one of my many food weaknesses. (There's also a baked sweet potato with cinnamon "buttery spread" and chili freaking cheese fries, which, by the way, stoners have been DIYing via the drive-through for years.) They're all priced at $2.49, or a buck if you substitute them for fries in a combo meal.

And you know what? The mac and cheese is pretty damn delicious.

The cavatappi pasta is pretty far past al dente (and if you go in expecting that you're probably the kind of person that only drinks Fiji water and brings a spritzer of truffle oil to the theater for your popcorn) but the cheese sauce is smooth and creamy, and there's plenty of it coating the tender noodles.

It's perfectly cheesy in that artery clogging, no nutritional value whatsoever sort of way, though it's apparently made with real Vermont cheddar and milk; I'd rate it several rungs above the blue box or Kraft Dinner of my youth. They even melt some shredded cheese on top to give it that stringy-cheese-on-the-fork, food porn-y effect.

The only thing it's missing is a little textural contrast from breadcrumbs or a crispy broiled top, but I realize that's a pretty tall order for everyone's favorite crimson-braided drive-through princess. I recommend you gild the proverbial lily and throw some Cheetos on top when you get home.

Congratulations, you just achieved a 7.6 on the Food Shame Scale.

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10 comments
CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

If the chili is made from leftover hamburgers (is it??) then they can take a few buns, toast them and crumble them over the mac-n-cheese. Other options; Order the baked potato, plain, and cover it with chili. Pour the chili over a Ceasar or garden salad (minus the dressing). OR.... use the croutons as the crumble-y mac-n-cheese topping! Damn, Wendy's makes late-late night eating fun... or challenging, depending on your inebriation level.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Funny how The Observer used to be the leader of the weeklys...When Houston is as good as the Observer than that really tells you the state of the union up in heara.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

The Houston review of the three new sides said that the clili fries had a whopping 58 grams of carbs.  Thanks for the link Mervis/Just Sayin. That being said, I frequent a local outpost of Wendy's a couple of times a week for lunch..grab two cheesy cheap burgers and a cheap salado..take them buns off and have me a decent low carb lunch for 5 bucks.  Not great, but not horrible.

todd
todd

For less that 5 bucks I can get me some chili mac, my first comfort food discovered in an elementary school cafeteria.  

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

Obviously I, too on occasion eat fast food, hence the blog you just read. (insert smiley face here)

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

No kiddin', AND, you don't want to be THAT GUY, or GIRL.  Sure, fast food is a rare treat, but when I'm working a 20 hour day, or traveling 16 hours a day.......it's perfect-and I relish the idea of it! ps-I don't think they can, be, boyfriend and girlfriend, Scott, ahhhhh-just forget about it.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Hey Whitney sweetheart get over yourself. Real people do on occasion eat fast food. You and Scott must be boyfriend and girlfriend. How sweet.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

preciate all the mac'n'cheese reviews but look, mac'n'cheese should be enjoyed at home, out of the box, vegged out in front of the tv when you're hungover or heartbroken, or maybe both.

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