Comparing the Menu and Prices to Twenty years ago
By Rob Cockerham |
Because a Wendy's sat across the street from my high school (Luther Burbank High in Sacramento), I still have a strong emotional attachment to their brand. I'm pretty sure they have always been the only fast food place with whole baked potatoes and chili. In 2001 the drive thru menu featured white lettering on a maroon-colored background with a few food photos next to the seven value meals. They included a NASCAR toy promotion. This photo was taken in July 2001.
The Menu in 2020 is presented on five menu boards. The sandwich choices have expanded somewhat, while keeping some favorites. They have more chicken sandwiches than burgers and feature many new salads. Calorie counts now appear next to every item. The prices have doubled.
Here are the burger options. Wendy's had a bacon burger before Carl's Jr. or Burger King. They got on the bacon train a long time ago, and they are still riding it. One of their burgers, the Baconator, has a son.
2001 Burger Prices
Wendy's has kept the Single, Double, Triple cheeseburgers, which still feature their signature square patties. Their sandwiches include the adjectives "classic", "homestyle", "American", "barbeque", "family" and "wildcat". Except for "wildcat".
2020 Burger Prices
The combos in 2001. What kind of person gets a triple cheeseburger more than one time in their life? Someone must.
2001 Combo Prices
in 2020, Wendy's has 13 combo meals, which is bad luck. The most expensive combo at Wendys 2020 is $10.89. Compare this to $11.69 for expensive combos at Carl's Jr.
2020 Combo Prices
In 2001 you could augment your meal for $0.39.
In 2020, it is $1.29 to plump up to a medium fries and drink, or $1.69 to swell it into a large fries and drink. Look at those calorie counts. It could add 940! calories! to! your! meal! to switch to large fries and drink.
2001 Chicken Sandwiches
Before about 1980, none of these fast food chain restaurants offered chicken sandwiches. These sandwiches do seem to have fewer calories on average.
2001 Chicken Prices
2020 Chicken Sandwiches
I bet that grilled chicken sandwich is one of the healthiest options on all of these menus.
2020 Chicken Sandwich Prices
2001 Fries and Chili
In 2001, Wendy's pushed the "Biggie" fries by listing them first on the menu, followed by medium, and "Great Biggie".
2001 Fries and Chili Prices
2020 Fries and Chili
Is anyone else happy to see that chili is still on the menu?
2020 Fries and Chili Price
2001 Kids Menu Prices
2020 Kids Menu Prices
2001 Salad and Potatoes
2001 Salad Prices
2020 Salads and Potatoes
2020 Salad Prices
2001 Value Menu
This looks like a million options for breakfast. Much like the burger menu, there have been a lot of changes between 2001 and 2020.
2001 Value Menu Prices
2020 Value Menu
2020 Value Menu Prices
2001 Frosty Menu
2001 Frosty Prices
2020 Frosty Prices