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[Photograph: Wendy's]

Wendy's recently added a new burger to their line up. The Bacon & Blue is billed as North American beef, real blue cheese crumble, applewood smoked bacon, sautéed onions, and steakhouse sauce. It also comes with a slice of tomato and some lettuce, but that's not part of the sales pitch.

Wendy's, with around 6,700 outlets, is the world's third largest burger chain—but it's a distant third after McDonald's 31,000+ locations and Burger King's 12,000+ locations. To build their audience, they are continually trying new menu items and recently they seem to have hit on a winning ingredient: bacon. Robyn already Reality Checked the Baconator and the Bacon Deluxe with some mixed results.

I headed over to my local Wendy's to put there newest burger under the lens.

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[Photographs: Damon Gambuto]

The Bacon & Blue in real life was, unsurprisingly, not much a match for its beauty shots. The bun looked pretty good, but the rest of the ingredients looked as though they'd been mashed on top to secure them in place.

What was a bit of a surprise was the passable flavor of the burger. The blue cheese wasn't overwhelming and the heavy fattiness of the bacon and steakhouse sauce wasn't bad. I know a bunch of folks who told me that Wendy's is their favorite fast food. I can't say that I'll be headed back for my lunch anytime soon, but this introduction to their premium burgers made me understand why the place has a following.

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