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Mr. Bad Food

by John McGran, Food columnist

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Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger, Carl’s Jr.

Mr. Bad Food is an East Coast kind of guy, but I realize there are no boundaries when it comes to bad foods. So, for this review, I took the advice of 19th Century newspaper editor Horace Greeley who urged, “Go west, young man, go west.”

My westward venture took me to the Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger and a fast food joint with the strange name of Carl’s Jr. The chain’s smiling star logo is identical to the logo for Hardee’s, a chain I not only know of but also featured when I grilled its Monster Thickburger a few months back.

As it turns out, Carl’s Jr. begat Hardee’s… and both chains are notorious for their monstrous burgers.

When you tally up all the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. franchises, you have the fourth-largest American burger chain after McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's.

Now, before I get to the nasty nutrition numbers, I need to warn you readers to never attempt to eat and drive with this super-sized sandwich that weighs in at 13.5 ounces and is comprised of a charbroiled Angus beef patty, bacon, American cheese, crispy onion rings and tangy BBQ Sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun.

The Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger will gun you down with 1,130 calories (600 from fat), 66g total fat (100% of your Daily Reference Value), 28g sat fat (140% DRV), 150mg cholesterol, 2,540mg sodium (110%DRV), 83g carbs and 47g protein.

I’m beginning to understand why it’s called the wild, wild west. Sorry boys, but I’ll take the 3:10 to Yuma… and then the next plane to good old Philly, land of cheesesteaks and soft pretzels!

Chew on This: A fast food burger doesn’t have to pad your buns. To lessen the blow, simply order the junior or regular-sized burger and go without cheese or bacon. And never order a burger that has built-in onion rings!

@ 1:26pm ET on July 10, 2008
What happened to Mr. Bad Food?

@ 1:43pm ET on July 10, 2008
Hi Sara... Mr Bad Food, has been tending to his weight the past few weeks -- and searching for more "bad foods" to skewer. Look for him to make a grand return very soon!

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