Podtalk: The Wendy's Superbar Defender
I received some great feedback since the first episode of the Rediscover The '80s Podcast that was released last week. I really appreciate the great response and comments left on both the site and on Twitter. In what I hope will be a recurring segment, Podtalk will be follow up reactions to the current podcast's topics. This first Podtalk article actually comes from a listener!
Kevin Hellions, creator of the geek site TeamHellions.Com and fellow League member, approached me earlier this week in response to the Food topic from the RD80s Podcast 1. I asked our panel the following question: Which fast food item that began in the '80s would you like to see make a comeback? The choices were the McDonald's McDLT hamburger, The Wendy's Superbar buffet, or the Taco Bell Choco Taco. Of the eleven panelists, only Wyatt chose the Wendy's Superbar. Well, move over NBA basketball star Rex Chapman! Kevin thinks this is an outrage and has presented the following article in defense of the Superbar!
In Defense Of The Wendy's Superbar
by Kevin Hellions
Before Mom or Dad paid for your meal there was the TALK. "How many trips will you make?" See, the Superbar had something weird...two payment options, one trip and unlimited. (Kind of like Ruby Tuesday's currently does but with more lighting and bigger burgers.) I can remember far too many times when my brother and I convinced our Mom that the unlimited would be worth it...only to eat one plate and a desert. To be fair, we did not yet know how to get the most out of a buffet bar. Don't load up on carbs first. If you do, then you're full after one plate. Vegetables first! And there were plenty of vegetables but they were inside the horrible food concoctions only possible within the Superbar. Lets take a look from right to left.
Garlic toast is not accurate by any means. Sure that's what it was called, but in reality it was a Wendy's hamburger bun cut in half and then sprinkled with butter, garlic powder with enough salt to kill slugs...All of them. These delicious half circles could be eaten plain or, as we discovered, used to make mini taco burgers. But that is the next stand.
Over to side two and its time for Mexican Fiesta featuring taco shells (broken ones marketed as taco chips) and some limp tortillas you could build as many tasty tacos as you please. Plus you had lettuce, tomato, cheese, peppers and all the sauces (I don't know why more salad bars don't have taco stations.) Taco salad is still salad right? It is when you combine the Mexican Fiesta with the Garden Spot!
Behind the Garden Spot was an area that held salad dressings, stale cookies and two kinds of pudding. The two varieties, chocolate and vanilla, led to so many hours of my brother and I giggling our fool heads off and frustrating the hell out of our mother. Which ever one of us finished our plate first would then rush up the the dessert part and make the following: Take a bowl and nearly fill it with chocolate pudding. Then put two globs of vanilla side by side, oval shapes. Dead center in between those two, a dollop of chocolate. Bring back to the table and set it down with a thwap! Be sure to make the whole thing jiggle a bit.
Now you may ask why. If done correctly this mixture ends up looking like two huge flabby butt checks squeezing out a poo. It is by far one of the most childish immature things I used to do and I still laugh to this day about it. In fact, I attempted to recreate it the other night at a Chinese buffet. Just for you!
LOL! Thank you Kevin for a hilarious article. The Superbar has been defended to the max! Now, I'm pondering whether I should show my boys the next time I'm at Golden Corral. Yeah, think I'll pass as they have become armpit fart aficionados and really don't need more encouragement.
Please visit Kevin's site TeamHellions.Com for everything geek. And if you haven't listened to Podcast 1 yet, check it out this weekend on iTunes, Stitcher or just visit the RD80s Podcast Website. You can also check out the complete show notes for Episode 1 to get all the details on the topics, guest panel, and music used in the podcast.