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Wendys and BK Redemption?

Spoiler Alert:  Its only fitting that Mikey wins the ‘Redemption Round’ as he has used mercy to redeem himself on more than one occasion.

To be clear, this is not to be confused with Mikeys redemption from taking us to the Polar Palace (which was closed for the season) or the time that he felt too ill from the Rita challenge to eat his milkshake, so was granted a one day extension on the shake.  Further, it should not be confused with the Shamrock shake chosen that next day which tasted like an old chalky mint from Grandmas pocket (not YOUR grandma, someone else grandma who also keeps an often used handkerchief in that same pocket).  The Shamrock was tossed and Mikey was granted a mulligan as we headed back to McDonalds for a chocolate shake.

To be fair: He’s proved to be the King of Redemption and has earned the crown this round.

I’m not saying that I waved the white flag, but the 5.5 point improvement in Mikeys choice of Carl’s Jr. was a massive undertaking. So I decided that if I was going down, it would be with a delicious burger and shake in my belly!

The Wendy’s Baconator scored well the first round and didn’t really need redemption.


Juicy double patty, bacon, cheese – no brainer: delicious.

The BK Shake is where I was looking for redemption.  When we went the first time, the choice to not order a chocolate shake was a grave mistake.  You will be hard pressed to find a drive through establishment that serves up a more delicious and thick chocolate milkshake.

We dined in this time to take in the ambience of the Kings lair.  To soak in the smell of whopper sauce and onions and to allow Danny Y to negotiate, face to face, with our server.

Danny Y:  Can I mix Oreo and Chocolate together in a milkshake?

Server: No

Danny Y (with a whimper and single tear rolling down his cheek): You can’t use the chocolate shake to make my Oreo milkshake instead of Vanilla?

She made him a pity shake, which he was not too proud to accept.

It was an improvement from the first round, the rankings improved slightly but Mikey was nervous about securing his pending victory and may have underrated the thickness (in my opinion).  A little like the basehead from Menace II Society who had them cheeseburgers.  We all remember what lengths he was willing to go to…


All in all, a good round with entertaining banter and delicious burgers and shakes all around.

Good choice on redemption round Danny Y, and a tip of the hat to Mikey on the victory!


Burger Shake
JC 43.5 41.5
Mikey 39 37.5
Danny Y 38 42


Burger Avg: 40.17
Shake Avg: 40.3
New Avg: 80.47
Old Avg: 77.8

Difference: +2.67


The above photos may or may not have been taken on a flip phone…

Stay tuned for Mikeys round choice as well as an upcoming blog post from an invitation to a burger lunch to commemorate the BS Clubs 1 year anniversary.  This calls for rings (onion rings) – JC


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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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C’mon Mercury, time to redeem yourself!

There’s been a few burgers and shakes in the last 11 months that just didn’t perform as well as we thought they would.  Well here’s their chance to totally redeem themselves!

The Mercury Cafe & Grill was originally going to be my first choice in the very first round of Burger Shake Club, so my expectations were always pretty high for this place.  Mikey chose before I did and he took us to the Mercury, which worked out well in my favour because it scored horribly and I won the first round quite handily!

Redemption Round is upon us, and off to the Mercury we went again!  I really want this place to do well and knew that the last time had to have been an off day for the diner.  Its a diner, it’s supposed to have good burgers and even better shakes!!!  Ive got this one in the bag, it’s a lock, they’re going to perform this time for sure!

Well, the results are pretty much the same as last time.

The burger faired pretty well again.  Meat was good, bacon was very good and the buns can best be described by the following:


The shake didn’t score as well as it probably could have but did taste good.  The Mercury uses chocolate ice cream with chocolate milk, so it’s a little different than most places so that did hurt it a little.  But I personally enjoyed it!

After all the marks were in, I scored better than Mikey did the first time but definitely a beatable score.

First Mercury score – cumulative avg of 68.00

Second Mercury score – cumulative avg of 70.17

Difference of +2.17

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