In spite of the incredibly stupid commercial for Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on a Brioche bun (see above), the actual sandwich itself proved to be irresistible. And even though I wasn't impressed by Wendy's efforts in the pretzel bun department, I found the idea of sweet brioche, smoky bacon, and earthy mushroom (never mind the burger) too tempting. Even the NPR report on the dangers of trans fats that was on the radio while I waited in the drive-thru line couldn't deter me -- I would have my "Melty. Bacony. Mushroomy. Brioche-y" burger if it killed me.*
(*According to NPR, it will.)
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Opting for just the sandwich, rather than the meal -- 'cause it's healthy! -- I was a little suspicious upon opening the take-out box. The burger in the ads is pretty oozy, but my burger looked neat and tidy. I lifted up the top bun to find a satisfactorily melted mess, thanks to a double dose of cheese -- American slices, and a melted cheddar sauce -- as well as some impressive-looking bacon. In fact, the whole sandwich was really visually appealing, with a glossy golden bun and a meaty (for fast food) hamburger patty. Could this Portabella Mushroom Melt (on Brioche!) possibly be delicious?
It could, and it is. Well-cooked, good-sized beef patty -- check. Delicious, crispy, smoky bacon -- check. Soft, moist, sweet brioche bun -- check. Earthy portabella mushrooms--check, and a small check minus. Yes, there were plenty of mushrooms, yes they were portabellas, and yes, you could taste them. However, there was a slightly canned aftertaste. It's not horrible, it's not sandwich-ruining, but it is detectable, and so -- depending on your level of mushroom tolerance -- you may want to keep it in mind. I hardly noticed after the first bite.
Easily one of the best quality fast food promotional items I've had in a long time, I am compelled to highly recommend the Wendy's Bacon Portabella Mushroom Melt (on Brioche!). No one is more surprised than I am, trust me.
Nutrition Info: 600 calories, 34 grams fat, 1390 mg sodium, 2 grams fiber, 34 grams protein