Now that we’ve touched a little on bringing lunch from home in ‘Brown bagging it’, let’s talk about value menus.
With many people tightening their wallets, restaurants and fast food joints seem to be trying anything to get you to part with your money in increments of $1, $5 and $10 at some places, thinking that we’ll believe it’s a great deal if it’s on the value menu or the special of the day.
I like the new Sizzler commercial about getting great values that include chicken, steak and fish dinners, and the salad bar, all starting at $9.99. That’s the catch right there – starting at. I like Sizzler on occasion, if I’m in the mood to create my own monstorous salad my way, but I wouldn’t say it’s always a great value for what they have. Sometimes the meat or chicken can be a little plain and dry, and adding a drink or any sides brings your total lunch to about $15 or more.
Not necessarily value.
And I don’t know what it is, but I got over Subway sandwiches about a year ago. Maybe it’s the fact that I know I can get a better tasting, fresh sandwich at a small family-owned little shop for less than $5 – AND I get a drink and chips.
So when they try to tempt me with their $5 foot long specials, I am not enticed at all.
It seems that almost every fast-food place has a value menu now, even Pick Up Stix – go figure.
Here are my top 5 favorite value menus:
1. Wendy’s – Can you say baked potato, chili cup, original frosty, jr. bacon cheeseburger – all for about $1 each?? Now that is value.
2. Taco Bell - I can definitely fill up for $5 here with choices from soft and crunchy tacos, burritos, nachos and more.
3. Jack In the Box – Make your own combo meal with choices of two regular tacos for $1, small fries, egg rolls, a good old classic Jumbo Jack and more.
4. Burger King – I must admit I’m not always tempted by new items the King has, but I like that their value menu has plenty of classic items like the Whopper and Whopper Jr., as well as new like the Spicy Chick’N Crisp sandwich, AND even breakfast items – score.
5. Carl’s Jr. – I love Carl’s Six-Dollar burgers, as I have mentioned before, and the taco salad is pretty good too. But as far as a value menu, the only thing I enjoy there is the spicy chicken sandwich. It’s delicious but a little plain – there are a few Carl’s locations that will add tomato and/or lettuce for free, but others will charge an extra fee – ridiculous.
TELL ME WHAT YOUR TOP 5 ARE BELOW.