Fast Food Trivia: Why Does Wendy’s have Square Burgers?

I used to love going to Wendy’s in high school and asking the manager “Excuse me sir, why are your hamburgers square?”. He would respond “because we don’t cut corners”. I thought it was an acceptable answer…even though clearly corners are cut to make a square burger. Have you ever wondered who that red head is? What’s the story with Dave Thomas? If you have, you’re in the right place.

1.Who started Wendy’s?

A man named Dave Thomas started Wendy’s in 1969 in Columbus Ohio. You probably recognize him from the commercials

2. Who is that red headed girl? Is that Wendy?

Actually that is Melinda Lou who was Dave’s 8 year old daughter at the time. Her nickname was “Wenda” when she was younger because she couldn’t pronounce her own name. What did she look like?

Here is what she looks like now

3. Why are Wendy’s hamburgers square?

It isn’t because they don’t cut corners. In an interview with Dave Thomas from 2001 he said the reason his burgers are square is because of fond memories of a burger restaurant from his childhood. It was called Kewpee Burger and it was located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They served square patties.

4. What is a frosty? Isn’t it just a chocolate milk shake?

The frosty was an original menu item at Wendy’s and cost .35 cents. It’s actually a mix between chocolate and vanilla because 100% chocolate was too strong.

5. Does Wendy’s all it’s original menu items?

Everything except for the sugar cream pie.

6.Did Wendy’s always have a chicken sandwich on their menu?

They introduced the original chicken sandwich in 1980 and the spicy chicken sandwich was initially a limited time offer but was so popular it stayed on the menu full time in 1996.

7. Has Wendy’s always offered a value menu?

Wendy’s offered the first ever single price point value menu in 1988. Everything on the value menu was offered at .99 cents.

8. Who is that annoying where’s the beef lady?

That would be Clara Peller. She was a retired manicurist who was 81 years old at the time she was asked to do the campaign.

9. What is the most awesome menu item?

Wendy’s is probably the only burger chain to serve baked potatoes and chili. The winner of best menu item however goes to the baconator double

10. How popular is Wendy’s?

It’s the third biggest hamburger chain with 6,650 locations worldwide. They trail only Mcdonald’s who has 31,000 locations and Burger King who has 12,000 locations.

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Top 10 fa(s)t food restaurants

10. KFC

Gotta love the double down. KFC does the colonel right!

Gutbuster: chicken pot pie- 790 calories

Fattylane pick: double down, mashed potatoes, popcorn chicken, biscuits, Famous bowl, Pepsi

9. Arby’s

Nothing beats Arby-q-sauce.

Gutbuster: Rueben sandwich- 700 calories

Fattylane pick: 3 max beef’ sandwiches (pictured above) and a pepsi

8.Wendy’s

Dipping french fries into a frosty is a must.

Gutbuster: 3/4lb triple burger- 1030 calories

Fattylane pick: Jr. bacon cheeseburger, spicy chicken sandwich, frosty, 1/2 pound double cheeseburger

7. Carl’s Jr.

…or Hardees for the mid-westerners.

Gutbuster: Guacamole bacon six dollar burger- 1060 calories

Fattylane pick: Double western bacon cheeseburger, crisscut fries, Coke

6. Del Taco

Soooooo goood.

Gutbuster: Steak macho nachos- 1150 calories

Fattylane pick: Del Beef Burrito, 3 regular tacos, 1/2 pound bean and cheese burrito large mr. pibb

5. Dairy Queen

Land of the Blizzard

Gutbuster: Large chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard-1300 calories

Fattylane pick: Any blizzard

4. Jack in the Box

First off, Jack in the box holds one of the greatest food mysteries in the world. The tacos they advertise come out looking way different when you order them. They are insanely delicious for how horrible they look. example below.

Gutbuster:  Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger- 940 calories

Fattylane Pick: jumbo jack, breakfast jack, tacos, seasoned curly fries

3. In-n-Out

Blows everyone away in terms of freshness.

Gutbuster: double double with onion- 670 calories.

Fattylane pick: 5×5 animal style with fries and a strawberry shake

2. Taco Bell

Count me in for 4th meal…and 1st 2nd and 3rd.

Gutbuster : Valcano nachos- 980 calories

Fattylane pick- 2 valcano tacos, quesadilla with ground beef, Nacho Cheese Chalupa beef and potato burrito, Pepsi

1. Wienerschnitzel

The best 2am chili dog you’ll ever eat.

Gutbuster: All beef angus chili dog on a pretzel bun 620 calories

Fattylane pick- 2 chili cheese dogs on a pretzel bun, chili cheese fries, chili cheese burger, strawberry lemonade