Leaving The Double Down In The Dust

If you thought that KFC’s Double Down was the height of gastronomic excess, you haven’t met the Grilled Cheese Burger Melt:

To public health advocates, a new sandwich from restaurant chain Friendly’s must seem like a cruel practical joke — the Grilled Cheese Burger Melt.

The sandwich is a burger with all the trimmings, wedged between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The entire Burgermelt meal, with fries, tips the scales at 1500 calories, 97 grams of fat and a stunning 2,090 milligrams of sodium.

One wonders if this will become as much of a success as the Double Down.

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  1. john personna says:

    I’ve been meaning to try a Double Down. I need to do a few days of low-fat before and after, which might be the reason I haven’t got around to it.

    The funny thing is the response from all ages when I mention my intention: “Ugh!”

    I haven’t met anyone else who has had one yet (here in the OC).

  2. sam says:

    Hey! Does this count as an instance of reductio creep? (Sure as shootin’s not reduction creep.)

  3. Michael Reynolds says:


    I have eaten the Double Down and lived (so far) to tell of it.

    First, the media freak-out over it is weird. If they added a bun no one would say boo: it would just be a chicken sandwich. It would be worse for you with carbs as opposed to without.

    Setting that aside, the sauce is nasty. I wished I just had two nice chicken breasts without the sauce and the cheese. Fried chicken is pretty tasty all on its own. KInd of didn’t need the other stuff.

    In the drive-thru category of food-like substances I try to stick with Chik-Fil-A, In-N-Out and Wendy’s. My local Carl’s Jr. has tried twice to kill me with uncooked chicken. (And I have a strict Two Murder Attempts limit.)

  4. john personna says:

    I’m working out past Irvine right now, but close enough to enjoy the land of ethnic lunch specials:


    Been there about a dozen times, as I contemplate the Double Down. But then, as I understand it, my sit-down served lunch of grilled marinated chicken, with sides, is $1 more (before tip) than the Double Down.

  5. Michael says:

    First, the media freak-out over it is weird. If they added a bun no one would say boo: it would just be a chicken sandwich

    Same thing with this, it’s a cheese burger with 4 slices of bread, instead of 2. Or, to put it another way, it’s one slice of bread more than a big mac.

  6. Drew says:

    Welly, welly, welly. We all like the old In-N-Out. On that I think we can agree. But I digress.

    Both from a health point of view, and from a gastronomic perspective – please try Jersey Mikes Subs.