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Taco Shop: Best Fast Food Taco in Town

By Mike Thayer

20210730_183220I needed to run some errands after work yesterday and didn't feel like cooking and cleaning post-errands so a quick and tasty meal I could enjoy while completing my to-do list was in order.

Hello Taco Shop!

In my humble opinion Taco Shop makes THE best hard shell tacos in town and they're the cheapest too!  BONUS!

I went to the Taco Shop drive through on Webb Road and ordered three original tacos which cost me just $3.19.  That's just 99 cents per taco plus tax.  An item of note and evidence that Taco Shop rocks is how many cars were in the drive through there and how many were NOT in the Taco Bell drive through across the street and they charge $1.39 for their basic taco by the way.  Taco Bell was virtually dead and I'm talking a just after 6pm dinner time!  It took me 17 minutes from the time I pulled in to get my meal.

And it was a very tasty meal!  The crisp corn shell was crunchy, the ground beef nicely seasoned, the shredded lettuce was fresh and the shredded cheddar cheese topper brought everything together.   And another thing I like about Taco Shop is their food prep is not your typical sloppy prep, it's presented well and balanced.  My application of additional sauce however, yep, a bit sloppy.

20210730_183257I'm giving Taco Shop 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars!  Cheap eats, TASTY eats!

The Taco Shop location visited on this occasion is located at 1652 S.  Webb Road, Wichita, KS. 67207.  The service was polite and although I spent a fair amount of time waiting in line, it was due to the sheer volume of customers.  I was greeted with a smile at the window.  Thank you Taco Shop!  When you go to this Taco Shop, note how many cars are NOT at Taco Bell across the street.

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

 

 


Food Review: Braum's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Braum's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich
Nice initial visual, good meat to bun ratio

There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.  

Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich.  Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, their sandwich is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich. 

So how does Braum's - a regional fast food joint with 300 stores in 5 states - and their Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich stack up against Popeye's?

Scoring:  In this Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches are evaluated and scored on the following criteria:  Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste.  There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63. 

Braum's Chicken Club
Nicely stacked sandwich

I like Braum's, there's a restaurant just a hop, skip and a jump from my apartment and I eat there fairly regularly.  I've never had a bad meal there and their Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich did not disappoint.  There was good visual appeal, the chicken was crispy and juicy, good meat to bun ratio, the bacon was crisp and in overall taste the sandwich scored well.   It is a Club sandwich so it's dressed with lettuce, tomato and comes with a slice of cheese.  The cheese however, doesn't do much for this sandwich, especially since it's a slice of American Cheese, which in my humble foodie opinion, doesn't pair well with fried chicken.  The sandwich would be better without it and could use a few pickles....  There's just something about the tartness of pickle and fried chicken, now THAT's a pairing!  But I digress, my adjustments would mean renaming the sandwich, it would no longer be a 'Club'.  And while Braum's makes a pretty good chicken sandwich, I'd rather have one from Popeye's.

Inside look at Braum's chicken sandwich
A look under the lid...

Braum's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich combo meal cost me $8.05 which is a Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly price.  Scoring 51 out of a possible 63 points I'm giving the sandwich 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, it's repeat buy worthy, if you can't make it to Popeye's. 

4 stars

The Braum's location visited on this occasion is located at 1261 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207.  The drive through service was fast, very polite and done with a smile.  Thanks Braum's!

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 

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