Burger King

Written by on September 23, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(bk.com) – Near Williamsburg, Virginia

How I heard of this place: Years ago, on a road trip across country, my family stopped at Burger King for a quick bite before continuing on. I vividly remember ordering five of the Original Chicken Sandwiches, one for each member of my family, with sides of fries and drinks. While it has been years since I had eaten at BK, it was high time to relive the memories.

Type of cuisine: The new look of fast food. From times prior, when we only had the option of chicken sandwiches or beef burgers, we have moved into the fast food of the future, sharing breakfast options, salads, low-fat and kids options, as well as customized menus.

Ambiance: Even though the food options have grown since back in the early 1980s, the look and feel of the space has changed very little. Plastic chairs and tables, plastic booths with decorated backs are strategically placed throughout the establishment. Floor to ceiling windows allow for views of the street from three of four sides of the venue, while the fourth leads to the counter and into the kitchen area. Windows are bedecked with posters and new menu items, special late-night hours and promotions, including free wi-fi. Fluorescent lights typically create a yellowed tone throughout and the sounds of radio talk can be heard as the drive-through is occupied by more patrons. This BK, however, created more brightness and less fluorescence through allowing for only natural light to stream through the tall windows during our day-time visit. Plastic, vases with green rocks and bright, fake flowers on each laminate-granite tabletop, fabric kites with tails and the huge, colorful, enclosed play area (with more seating) at the back gave way to the most clean, bright and happy BK we have seen to date. Chairs also seemed to have undergone an upgrade with metallic pewter/silver/aluminum-colored seat-backs and less gaudy decor on the seat cushions.

What I ordered: On this visit, I ordered the 10-piece Chicken Tenders Value Meal ($5.49) with BBQ sauce. The small size included fries and a 20-ounce drink, of which I chose Sprite. My dining companion went with the Original Chicken Value Meal ($7.33) with cheese and made it medium-sized, with fries and a lemonade.

What I loved: I always love the fries, but was somewhat disappointed with one of our two baskets, on this visit. The BBQ sauce, which I had not had for years, if not a full decade (or two), made my day on this snack-stop.

Why I loved it: Quick, efficient, you always know what you’re going to get. There are no surprises when it comes to the flavor, general consistency and combination in a BK meal.

Cost: Low ($5-$7 per Value Meal)

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