A couple of weeks ago a Carl’s Jr. burger joint went up a couple miles down the road from me. Apparently it’s the only one in Houston and is a big deal. Everybody’s all, “Oh my gosh, there’s a Carl’s Jr. here now” and I’m all “What the heck is a Carl’s Jr.?” and there all, “Oh my gosh, it’s the best.”
Which I was assuming was true because since it’s opened there has been a line of at least 20 cars in the drive-thru at all hours of the day. Today Ed said, “Let’s go see what all the fuss is about and get a burger.” And I said, “ok”. Because I’m pretty easy-going like that. And I wanted to see what all the hullabaloo was for myself. And because I love any opportunity to say and/or write the word “hullabaloo”.
So we went there at 11:30 a.m. and at noon we finally got through the drive-thru line. As we waited in line I looked over across the street at poor little Wendy’s. Just sitting there. All alone. No one in line. I’m thinking the owner of that particular restaurant was like, “It’s so awesome that Carl’s Jr. opened up across the street. That makes me so happy. The only one in Houston – right across the street from me. Can you believe the luck?!!”
Then I looked over to the left and saw Chick-filet and thought the owner over there was probably thinking, “Hamburgers are for losers, Carl – it’s all chicken – baby!” Then I remembered that they are a Christian organization and they probably wouldn’t think that. They probably wish Carl well and think there’s room for everyone in our fast-food obsessed market. Plus – they have a really kick-ass drive-thru system and you’re in and out quickly. So they have that going for them. And the cow mascot. They’ll definitely be ok.
I ordered “the original $6.00 burger” combo with a coke. They were out of Coke. That wasn’t a good way for me and Carl to start off our relationship. Mama likes her Coke. Not Coke Zero. Not Diet Coke. Coke. It’s how I roll.
But what was really disappointing (besides the fact that I ORDERED my $6.00 burger with lettuce, mayo and ketchup and GOT my burger with cheese and meat, is that it just wasn’t good. It was overcooked, dry and cold. Just like I make them at home. Yuck.
So Carl’s Jr. – I’m sorry – but I just don’t get it. But thanks for the inspiration for this blog post.