In-N-Out Burger, McDonald's Fries and a Wendy's Frosty: Finding the Fast Food Trifecta in Paradise Valley

Ask your average Joe on the street who makes the best french fries, and the answer is almost unanimous: McDonald's. They literally have french fries down to a science. There are precious few places I know off the top of my head that do better fries than McD's. So, for the ultimate fry-and-frosty combo, all you need to do is find a McDonald's and a Wendy's that are within spitting distance of each other.

This is all well and good, but as I was discussing this article with some folks at work, I realized that this is missing something: A main course. Between Wendy's and McDonald's, Wendy's is by far the better choice. But again, I felt like I could do a little better. Then it hit me.

Tatum and Cactus.

There's a McDonald's just off one corner, a Wendy's just off another corner, and across the street from Wendy's... In-N-Out Burger. In my humble (but correct) opinion, the best burger in the entire fast food industry. Julia Child and Thomas Keller are but two of their many noteworthy fans. Bring on the Animal Style Double-Double!

There's a bit of a trick to getting everything together as hot and fresh as possible. You need two people. One person has a seat on the In-N-Out patio, while the person with the car keys gets busy. First stop is Wendy's since the Frosty can sit longer than the fries. When the person waiting at In-N-Out sees the car pull away from Wendy's en route to McDonald's, they walk inside to order burgers. By the time the burgers are done, the car should be pulling up with a perfectly softened Frosty and piping hot McDonald's fries.

I feel a little OCD coming up with this game plan. But, I think if you're in the area, it's worth a shot. Even if you live across town, at least try McDonald's fries in a Wendy's Frosty. You'll be glad you did.

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Erins_Voice moderator

My thoughts EXACTLY. I'm doing this someday. And I will feel no shame.

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