Over the last several weeks I've expressed on this blog my recent obsession with the patty melt sandwich. Truthfully it's probably only slightly more healthy than the obsession some of my more romantically challenged male readers (sorry mom's basement dwellers) might have with Kate Upton, a Southwest Patty Melt "enthusiast in her own right. On a more serious note I wanted to try the Hardee's Southwest Patty Melt because it not only fits my patty melt meme as of late, but it's also 1. a new-ish fast food offering 2. a Hardee's offering of which I'm mostly a fan and 3. the combo came with a free Oreo icecream sandwich. How would this stack up compared to other melts I've had as of late?
The Hardee's Southwest Patty Melt might be a new sandwich to the Hardee's lineup, but there are definitely some derivative elements here beyond what constitutes the normal patty melt toppings. The bread is Hardee's famous toasted sourdough that has accompanied their Frisco Burger for so many years. The additions that make it different than the standard patty melt are the pepper-jack cheese substituting for swiss, jalapeno slices, and "Southwest sauce". I've seen all those elements on other burgers and sandwiches before with mixed results so I was a little worried how they would work here. Surprisingly, I think the answer is those elements work quite well. The jalapenos, sauce, and cheese definitely added some kick, but I was a little amazed at how mild the flavor actually was. Granted, I'm not someone who is that sensitive to heat but I definitely expected more heat from a sandwich with sliced jalapenos. The 1/4 lb patty size was adequate and juicy compared to other "large chain" fast food burgers. I think the sourdough "bun" with it's toasted yet soft texture made this better than if it was just served on a regular bun. However, I think there were some drawbacks here as well. Between the cheese and sauce I found the overall texture far too creamy. With the jalapeno slices it almost tasted like bland ballpark nachos. Also, the Hardee's website makes no mention of it, but I could have swore my patty melt had mayo on it which I found to be serious overkill. Also there were supposed to be grilled onions here, but they were somewhat hard to find.
Taste 6.5/10 I'm giving this an above average score because even when Hardee's has somewhat of a miss their burgers are still better than what BK, Mickey D's and Wendy's are putting out. Real solution though is just to go to Culver's if one is nearby.
Value 6.5/10 I'm giving a similar slightly above average score here because I did get a free icecream sandwich with my combo, and it was quite a filling meal.
Additional Note: While I appreciate Hardee's offering free icecream with this combo it's pretty hard to get it back to your house or office without it turning into something messier than Curtis Painter's future career prospects. Hardee's at least tried by putting it in a separate bag from my hot food, but in the end it was a ride on the failboat.
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