Food Tour Party - Carl's Jr Queen Street
currently: listening to Tegan and Sara - 'Closer'
|Carl's Jr. Making it's name in New Zealand. *|
Anne-Marie: "Are you gonna blog about eating at Carl's Jr?"This weekend, me and my friend/the AM in iammfashion, Anne-Marie, got to have a nice hangout in Auckland city. We went to our old university AUT, checked out the new fancy WG building, cried on the inside about missing the flash Communications building by a year, and then headed to Carl's Jr for lunch.
Me: "Yes, yes I am." [May as well blog about something...]
A couple of my friends love Carl's Jr. In Auckland, they've got two locations out west, two south, two east and one in the CBD. So, being a northern Aucklander I've yet to taste how "amazing" they were till Saturday.
Carl's Jr opened about a month ago in the Queen Street Metro, pretty much beside the Burger King I dedicated a good portion of my student loan to. The old building used to be a Whitcoulls book store, which I also spent many an hour reading their magazines for free. It felt a bit weird to walk into a familiar space to smell burgers and feel a bit greasy. Also, the layout there means you need to take long routes around the seats because it's not a nice even arrangement. The room is pretty much divided lengthways with a long stream of couches making it a pain to get directly to the counter. But it was a nice and relatively cleaning looking.
|Waiting at our tables, which was a change.|
I had no clue what to order, so I just got the number one - Famous Star. Figured, hey if it's number 1 then that's their signature burger. I was kinda surprised when the lady asked me if I wanted to upside to a medium or large. How much was $8.80 gonna get me? I decided to keep it cheap as possible and stick with the regular order.
|Took a bite out of the 'Famous Star' burger.|
|Chips, the only thing different from other fast foods.|
Anne-Marie on the other hand had gotten a chicken and bacon burger that looked tiny, and she also complained about the lack of salsa bar that all Carl's Jrs were meant to have. I don't know what this salsa bar was, but I felt a bit ripped not having the chance to try one.
Overall - I really don't get the big deal. I guess it's cheaper than Burger King when you compare to a Whopper meal, and you don't get cheese in a Whopper unlike the Famous Star... It was alright. I won't go out of my way to eat there, but at least I know it's an option if I need cheap food to fill me.
*Btw - apologies for the lousy photo quality. I forgot my cameras, and my main cellphone was beeping on low battery. Fourth option camera choice from a 2.0px Nokia phone was left.
Food Party review:
Money friendliness - Reasonable for a standard meal.
Purchase fun - It was good to not wait for ages at the counter.
Deliciousness factor - Alright. It does the job of filling you up.