Thursday, July 07, 2011

Bowie Restaurant Project: (2) Wendy's

For an explanation of the Bowie Restaurant Project, look here.

For a collection of all the Bowie Restaurant Project entries, look here.

Wendy's,  16400 Harbour Way
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 7/6/2011
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 5
Pre-Foursquare Visits: Many
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

It's a Wendy's. I figure if I waited until the end to review all of the chain restaurants, I'd quit halfway through. So I'll try to intersperse some of Bowie's less exciting dining destinations along the way.

I'd also like to clarify a few things. I'm not planning to release a new review every day -- it's just at the start of this project, I have a lot of pent-up opinions. Also, I'm not necessarily going to visit every restaurant just before reviewing it. In this case, though, I was out running errands, and it seemed like a good chance to get a picture to go with the review.

I can only find one thing that distinguishes this Wendy's from other establishments in the chain (see below). In general, that's a good thing. The Wendy's on Kenilworth Avenue has the distinction of "only Wendy's I've been panhandled at the drive-thru" and "only Wendy's I couldn't visit one time because it had just been robbed." So if I had to choose between the two, I like this one better. The only specific negative thing I can say is that it has a poorly-designed layout for the parking lot. When the drive-thru gets busy, it wraps around the parking lot, which makes it hard to leave parking spots and can cause the line to back up into the shared driveway with the nearby gas station. Minor enough that it doesn't lose any points, but I thought I'd mention it.

So where does that leave us? It's a chain. On the other hand, I think of Wendy's as a cut above McDonalds -- slightly tastier burgers, slightly more interesting menu. And it is Bowie's only Wendy's. A city of this size should probably have at least one, so I'll give it a not-terrribly-enthusiastic 2 stars out of 5.

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