We compared McDonald's new cheesy bacon fries to Wendy's Baconator Fries — and the winner is painfully clear

Dana Varinsky/Business InsiderWhen it comes to bacon-topped cheese fries, Wendy’s reigns victorious.
  • Amid a long-running feud with Wendy’s,McDonald’s just released its own take on bacon cheese fries.
  • Dubbed cheesy bacon fries, the limited-time snack offer includes the signature McDonald’s french fries topped with cheese and smoked bacon bits.
  • The Wendy’s equivalent, Baconator Fries, has been around since 2015. Similarly, the dish includes fries topped with cheddar cheese and Applewood smoked bacon.
  • We compared the two, and while the Wendy’s dish was tasty, the new McDonald’s snack was a gross, mucky mess of gobbed cheese.


We visited a Wendy’s in Daly City, California, first.

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We asked for a regular-size order of bacon cheese fries or, as the snack is officially known, the Baconator Fries. It cost $US3.25.

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Our Baconator Fries were ready in no time at all.

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They came in a plastic to-go container. Even through the lid they looked appetizing.

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We surveyed the cheesy warm goodness before making the trek back toward the office for a more thorough taste test.

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But first, McDonald’s!

Google Maps/Business InsiderThe McDonald’s in San Francisco at 609 Market St.

McDonald’s rolled out its cheesy bacon fries to locations in Hawaii and Northern California in November.

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But now the snack is going national, with locations across the US offering the loaded fries since late January.

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The chain is also giving its menu a bacon makeover, adding the ingredient to classic McDonald’s burgers.

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We ordered a regular-size cheesy bacon fries for $US4.66.

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We had high hopes when we saw the pristine packaging. This was going to be good …

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… or not.

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The container consisted of a good portion of McDonald’s fries but with a gross, Velveeta-looking dollop of cheese slathered on top and sprinkled with microscopic bacon bits.

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To say we were not impressed would be an understatement.

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We took a bite before taking our orders back to the office — and as expected, it did not taste great.

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Eventually, we sat down with both chains’ takes on the bacon cheese fries.

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The idea of the new McDonald’s menu item is to attract customers to purchase it as a snack rather than as a side for a meal.

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But the McDonald’s Cheesy Bacon Fries as either a side or a snack doesn’t seem too appealing.

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We gave them as much of a chance as we could, but the lacklustre cheese and the less-than-desirable amount of bacon made the order difficult to endure.

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We ended up fishing out the uncontaminated fries from underneath the cheesy muck. Those were yummy at least.

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And perhaps it was a fluke, but the gobs of cheese that decorated the inside of the container also didn’t help.

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But the Wendy’s Baconator Fries were a different story.

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The cheese was perfectly melted, and it actually resembled real cheese.

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And the bacon pieces were thick and nicely bite-size.

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The toppings were also spread evenly across a nice layer of thick french fries.

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The amounts of cheese, bacon, and fries were perfectly proportional.

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It didn’t feel like eating something from a fast-food joint.

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We alternated between picking the fries apart with our fingers and eating them with a fork — both methods worked.

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And needless to say, the Wendy’s Baconator Fries didn’t last long.

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We couldn’t get enough of them, while the McDonald’s cheese fries could really use some work.

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And so besides the packaging (McDonald’s red-and-yellow cheesy-bacon-fries-branded carton was a nice touch), the Wendy’s take on bacon-topped cheese fries wins hands-down.

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This is one battle that Wendy’s wins in a long-running war between the two chains.

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