I was really hungry the other day and in that strange time of the day in between meals. I had not had much for lunch other than a couple of cheese sticks and needed a protein fix fast. Since we have no In and Out burger in Montana, I thought Wendy’s would be as good a substitute as any under the circumstances. I do not know if Wendy’s is better than the other fast food chains as far as nutritional value, but I do know that Wendy’s food is fresh, not frozen. This was as good an excuse as any to give it a shot.
Rounding the bend to the drive thru order area, I took a deep breath before I asked the metal speaker box: “Uh,can you make me a burger that’s all protein?” I could hear the pimples on the other end frantically scrambling to determine what the heck I was talking about. The response was quite polite asking me to please be more specific. “Um, can you make me a burger with like some lettuce instead of a bun wrapping it or something?” On the other end, a long pause, a sustained push on the mute button, and then the metal box responded, “Yeah- we can do that for you… Anything else?” “Um- maybe just a water.”
Driving up to the window, I did not know what to expect. The pimples took my fiver and handed me some random change along with a bag nonchalantly and without judgement. I drove around the corner and parked. Opening the sunroof, and the Wendy’s bag at the same time, I reached in and pulled out some kind of a neatly packaged container. Taking note of the packaging, my emotions went from a bit embarrassed, to feeling that my drive thru meal was bordering on elegant. Although I knew what I was getting because I ordered it, the packaging evoked the type of investigative curiosity that I feel when a flight attendant hands over a meal box on a multi-time-zone flight.
The burgers were juicy, very juicy, and very hot! I cradled the bottom with the lettuce and stuck a thumb in the top as I took a bite. It was tasty and just what I needed. A few days later, I went to a different Wendy’s. Ordering the same thing, it came out the same way. I don’t know if they have a protocol for fussy customers like me, but chances are that I will be back to test them again.