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Curious Case of Carl’s Jr.

My redemption round took us back to Carl’s Jr where our first taste of Carl’s was during the drive through round. I hate to say it but my last experience in the Carl’s Jr parking lot in a parked car with JC and Danny Y did not go as planned. Pause ……… for JC to think of an inappropriate response…………. Now back to my review.

Our first go around, Carl’s Jr burgers were pretty good. We had a pretzel bun the patty was a bit dry and the bacon could have been better but what can you expect from a drive thru burger.
The shake on the other hand was just this side of pure water. No thickness, below average taste and all around disappointing.

I felt Carl’s may be able to redeem itself with a simple move indoors to eat our lunch. We all know sometimes the drive thru doesn’t give the best representation of what an establishment has to offer.
We couldn’t remember the exact name of the burger we ordered so we went with the Western bacon cheeseburger. This burger did not have a pretzel bun but once JC was done sulking about it, we all agreed the burger was decent to solid with near identical ratings as the first go around.



I knew at that point I needed a serious shake redemption to have a chance at winning this round.
Being inside helped as you could see on the menu they had about 8 flavours to choose from and as luck would have it we happened to be dining on $2 shake day. After trying to convince the boys we all get multiple $2 shakes to try all flavours, to no avail, Danny and JC ordered a mixed coffee flavoured Oreo concoction. I went with the Brownie – Oreo mixture.
After much confusion with our order as our milkshake barista was unsure about our mixtures, we nervously waited for our shakes doubting the orders would be correct.
She came through and with very few extras and only a minor increase in thickness the taste was far superior to our first go around. The thickness was still a problem especially for Danny Y but the taste was so much better than before it helped relieve some of the other concerns.
The experience was definitely better overall with the shake putting me in the lead for the Redemption Round.

Up next JC

Previous Scores: Redemption round scores

Burger Avg: 35 Burger Avg: 34.5
Shake Avg: 27.3 Shake Avg: 33.3
Overall score: 62.3 Overall Score: 67.8

Differential Score: +5.5

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After a LONG 2 month hiatus, the Burger Shake Club is back is full swing.  As I was the first round ‘Landslide” winner, it was my pick to start the second round.  Not only do I get to pick the destination, but i get to pick the style of round.

The second round is a ‘double drive thru’ round.  This round allows the selector to choose the drive thru for the burger and the same or different drive thru for the shake.  Just a brilliant round!!

There wasn’t much surprise for the location of the burger, as Carl’s Jr. is new to our fair city.  The boys were pretty stoked anyways!  All three of us went with the Super bacon cheeseburger, which entails a 1/2 lb beef patty, bacon, cheese and any toppings you want….or don’t want!  (i’ll come back to this)

The burger faired pretty well, comparing against the burgers from the first round.  Being a fast food burger it held its own but was not outstanding by any means.  The best part of the burger in our eyes was the bun!  They really nailed that!!

Using a little misdirection, I attempted to fool my teammates thinking that we were going else where for the shakes, but i pulled right back into the drive thru to see what Carl’s shakes had on the first round.  Once again, all three of us went with the same flavour….Oreo cookie!

“I got this round”, i said to myself!  You can’t screw up Oreo anything.

I was proved wrong, in a big way!  Other than the Oreo cookie pieces being great, the rest of the shake was a huge disappointment!  There were ice chunks being sucked up the straws, the consistency of the shake was runny and thin and the milk tasted as ‘worse than sour breast milk’ !!!

I suggested this place after having it once hungover, and I think I’ll keep it as a Sunday afternoon stop on the list!!

Burger scored 35/50

Shake scores 27.3/50

Total 62.3/100

The one bright spot, other than the bun, was the lady at the drive thru window!  She was fantastic on the intercom, and did not mess up any of our (my teammates) requests!  Those two are probably the most picky eaters when it comes to toppings on their burgers.  After about 7 different changes during the ordering process, the drive thru lady nailed the order on the read back!

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