In-N-Out Burger, McDonald's Fries and a Wendy's Frosty: Finding the Fast Food Trifecta in Paradise Valley
JK Grence Together at last.
The Guilty Pleasure: Fast Food Trifecta
Location: Tatum & Cactus
Price: About seven bucks.
What It Really Costs: Burning extra fossil fuel. What could be more American than that?
I wish I could explain my fascination with fast food. It must be the instant gratification. Or maybe that it's the purest expression of the simple fact that salt, fat, and sugar all make things delicious. A long-time favorite version of the trio comes from Wendy's. Their Frosty is ubiquitous to the point that I feel like I'm doing something wrong if I don't at least get a tiny one. And, once the Frosty is on the plate (who am I kidding, I mean the paper-lined tray), the natural thing to do with it is to dip one's fries in it.
If people haven't heard of it, it's a confusing idea. Fries and ice cream aren't a natural combination, after all. But it just works; it's a juxtaposition of contrasts. Hot and cold, salty and sweet, crisp and soft. There's just one problem.
Wendy's fries suck.
No matter what the top brass at Wendy's tries to do with the recipe, they always come out as rather sad little potato sticks. I feel like there must be a better way. Then, like a bolt from the blue, I had an idea that I'm genuinely surprised I didn't have decades sooner.