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(BBC)   After 20 years the UK will once again get the beef. In-N-Out to remain exclusively on the other side of the pond   (bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2021-05-09 12:52:53 PM  
I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?
 
2021-05-09 1:23:36 PM  

WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?


As of maybe 10 years ago it was
 
2021-05-09 2:17:58 PM  
I never knew that Wendy's had left the UK. And what about Wimpy's? Is that a great name for a burger chain or not?
 
2021-05-09 2:20:24 PM  
Sorry, Wimpy without the possessive.
 
2021-05-09 4:12:33 PM  
These days, anything the BBC says that implies anything about jobs coming to the UK should be taken with a gain of salt. They're desperate to paint post-Brexit UK as the land of British milk and British honey. (And happy fish).
 
2021-05-09 4:22:31 PM  

WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?


Nope!

Watered down slop.
 
2021-05-09 4:23:14 PM  

mofa: These days, anything the BBC says that implies anything about jobs coming to the UK should be taken with a gain of salt. They're desperate to paint post-Brexit UK as the land of British milk and British honey. (And happy fish).


Where everyone is a Pieceaschmidt and nobody a Griffin.
 
2021-05-09 4:35:12 PM  

WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?


Oh, yeah, they have chili all the time, right? I'd maybe go for that if I was in the mood. It can be tough to get chili when you want it.
 
2021-05-09 4:44:16 PM  
Even though my wife and I like Wendy's, we rarely ever go there.  The local Roth's makes a good burger, but they started charging extra for toppings.  So, it's either 5 Guys or McD.
 
2021-05-09 4:59:50 PM  
I once ate Taco Bell in Manchester and it was absolutely terrible.
/Taco Bell and Wendys just hits different after 🍃
 
2021-05-09 5:05:28 PM  

WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?


30 years ago, Wendy's was a much different place than it is today:
Wendy's Training Video Chili Can Be Served With Cheese
Youtube eOvHZDGK-kY
 
2021-05-09 5:10:12 PM  

puffy999: WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?

Nope!

Watered down slop.


This!
 
2021-05-09 5:13:06 PM  
So, I've heard that one of the reasons Wendy's didn't do well the first time they tried to set up shop in England was that, according to "The American's Guide to Speaking British":

"Biggie - This is unusual. A biggie is what a child calls his poo! Hence the reason Wendy's Hamburgers has never really taken off in England - who would buy "biggie fries"? Yuck - I'm sure you wouldn't buy poo fries! The other meaning of Biggie is erection. It just gets worse!"

source: Slang - The Best of British (effingpot.com)
 
2021-05-09 5:16:20 PM  

WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?


It was still good a few years back. KFC has absolutely gone to shiat, tho.
 
2021-05-09 5:26:17 PM  

EvilElecBlanket: WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?

It was still good a few years back. KFC has absolutely gone to shiat, tho.


Their chilli has never been good
 
2021-05-09 5:34:07 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: So, I've heard that one of the reasons Wendy's didn't do well the first time they tried to set up shop in England was that, according to "The American's Guide to Speaking British":

"Biggie - This is unusual. A biggie is what a child calls his poo! Hence the reason Wendy's Hamburgers has never really taken off in England - who would buy "biggie fries"? Yuck - I'm sure you wouldn't buy poo fries! The other meaning of Biggie is erection. It just gets worse!"

source: Slang - The Best of British (effingpot.com)


I wouldn't claim definitely that there isn't some dialect in the UK in which this is true, but, well, it sounds like a load of bollocks to me.

On the other hand, this product would not do well in Scotland:
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/And when Snickers was launched in the UK, it was called Marathon, supposedly because Mars were concerned that people would think it sounds like "knickers".
//Changed to Snickers round about 1990.
 
2021-05-09 6:49:43 PM  

mofa: These days, anything the BBC says that implies anything about jobs coming to the UK should be taken with a gain of salt. They're desperate to paint post-Brexit UK as the land of British milk and British honey. (And happy fish).


The Royal Navy is currently defending Guernsey from the french fishing fleet.  Surely this is cost effective and is no way a massive money pit to save 0.001% of UK jobs, or a distraction from the incompetence that led to the dissolution of agreements that protected the fishing industry.
 
2021-05-09 6:50:37 PM  
This is surely a sign the the UK has a bright and illustrious future ahead of it.
Things are looking up.
 
2021-05-09 8:38:52 PM  

mofa: These days, anything the BBC says that implies anything about jobs coming to the UK should be taken with a gain of salt. They're desperate to paint post-Brexit UK as the land of British milk and British honey. (And happy fish).


The BBC is hardly pro-Brexit or pro-Tory.

Like any large organisation it has people from all sides but generally the BBC is considered pro-Labour and pro-EU, part of the "liberal Hampstead metropolitan elite". I was actually at BBC Broadcasting House a few years ago, around the start of the Brexit referendum campaign. They had a cool retail store, with a Tardis and a Dalek, and a cafe full of BBC employees (wearing lanyards) and when Boris Johnson appeared on one of the screens showing the news one of a group of BBC people said "For gods sake why do they keep giving him airtime?" and his colleagues all agreed with him.

And the feeling is mutual. The Tories have been trying to cut the BBC for years now. They decriminalised licence fee evasion, meaning more people can refuse to buy a TV licence and escape any criminal prosecution. Jeremy Hunt forced a licence fee freeze on the BBC, and forced them to fund the World Service (previously funded by the government, like the US funds Radio Liberty) and forced them to fund the free licences for the over 74s the government had previously paid for.

The Tories hate the BBC and generally the feeling is mutual. Of course the BBC is hugely popular so they can't ignore it, but Boris got criticism for refusing to be interviewed on the BBC for the last election campaign.

Generally the BBC is criticised by both sides, so they're probably doing about right.

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2021-05-09 8:39:53 PM  

EvilElecBlanket: WTFDYW: I'd love to have a Wendy's here in town. Is their chili still as good as it was 30 yrs ago?

It was still good a few years back. KFC has absolutely gone to shiat, tho.


Their chicken is still good. But their fries, the ones with the skin still on, are nowhere near as good as their old fries.
 
2021-05-09 8:51:41 PM  
Sounds like a mad idea to me.
 
2021-05-10 1:45:42 AM  
In-N-Out is vastly overrated.

/In before someone mentions "animal-style"
 
2021-05-10 2:11:51 AM  
Oh cool, so people in the UK will have to get used to Wendy's screwing up their orders too!

Wendy's is the most frustrating fast food experience, because the food should be better than it is, and they have diverged from Dave Thomas' original recipes to try to be more competitive with places like Five Guys, while places like Burger King and McDonald's have not. They kind of lost the script. Moreover, Any Wendy's I've been to over the years was much more likely, for some reason, than McDonald's to screw up my order in some way. A recent experience I had at a Wendy's was just plain stupid. I had asked for a Classic single meal, medium, with a Coke, simple, nothing out of the ordinary. They gave me cold food with a bucket of Sprite. Talk about not paying attention, and being totally indifferent. I did complain to Wendy's corporate, and they did give me a free "do-over" meal. But it's like, c'mon guys, you can't tell the difference between Coke and Sprite? Dumb.
 
2021-05-10 3:36:48 AM  

BafflerMeal: In-N-Out is vastly overrated.

/In before someone mentions "animal-style"


The burgers are great, the fries are terrible.
 
2021-05-10 7:46:43 AM  
iron de havilland:I wouldn't claim definitely that there isn't some dialect in the UK in which this is true, but, well, it sounds like a load of bollocks to me.

Think it might be West Yorkshire. Used to always check someone hadn't had a biggie before you walked into the bathroom and got floored by it.
 
2021-05-10 8:26:31 AM  
"America's second largest burger chain"

I would not have guessed that Wendy's is larger than Burger King in the US.
 
2021-05-10 8:48:50 AM  
I'm always amazed when I go to someplace not Murica and see Muricans eating at a Murican fast food place instead of patronizing a local establishment.  I think to myself, "Did they close the McDonald's in Hackensack?"
 
2021-05-10 8:57:11 AM  

Fissile: I'm always amazed when I go to someplace not Murica and see Muricans eating at a Murican fast food place instead of patronizing a local establishment.  I think to myself, "Did they close the McDonald's in Hackensack?"


Same thing happens here. In my small town there is a Dominos pizza, and about fifty yards away a independent place owned and run by Turkish guys. Dominos charge £16 for a large pizza. The Turkish guys charge £10, for two pizza's the same size. And you get to watch them make it right in front of you, the ingredients are fresh and they taste great. Why anyone goes to the Dominos I have no idea.

My story of shame is I went to India a few years ago, and ate lunch at McDonalds...

Yes, I ate f*cking McDonalds in a country full of amazing food. Because they exact day I arrived India announced with zero warning that their most used banknotes were now worthless. You could pay them into your bank account, but that was it. No cash in any ATMs, no stores accepting any cash, it was a nightmare.
So when out and about guess the only place I could get lunch that took credit cards? McDonalds.
Thankfully my hotel had great food so at least breakfast and dinner were Indian.
 
2021-05-10 9:02:58 AM  

mofa: These days, anything the BBC says that implies anything about jobs coming to the UK should be taken with a gain of salt. They're desperate to paint post-Brexit UK as the land of British milk and British honey. (And happy fish).


Their claim of the service industry "bringing jobs" is nonsense. Maybe they will have 12k employees, but thats probably just them stealing market shares from the other chains, as their stated goal is.

Jobs through cutting each others hair isn't that interesting IMHO, compared to jobs actually doing production.
 
2021-05-10 9:34:05 AM  

Fissile: I'm always amazed when I go to someplace not Murica and see Muricans eating at a Murican fast food place instead of patronizing a local establishment.  I think to myself, "Did they close the McDonald's in Hackensack?"


*shrugs* Not everybody is a foodie.  I do generally try to eat the local food when I'm travelling, but sometimes I just want 1 meal of comfort food.  I even do this in America... Looking at you California!  I don't want Mexican for every meal when I'm visiting family there, yet when it comes to American cuisine... the locals think In N out is some kind of amazing burger...

Also, the UK is not known for their cuisine and you can't eat fish and chips for every meal.
 
2021-05-10 9:53:10 AM  

electricjebus: Also, the UK is not known for their cuisine and you can't eat fish and chips for every meal.


The UK is full of amazing cuisine from all over the world. Sure, traditional post-war British food isn't great, but if you're telling me you can't find a decent curry in the UK, you're not trying hard enough.
 
2021-05-10 11:54:57 AM  

taintbaggins: "America's second largest burger chain"

I would not have guessed that Wendy's is larger than Burger King in the US.


My city is 10 Wendy's, 5 Burger Kings amd about 20 McDonald's.
 
2021-05-10 11:57:27 AM  

dalmo: electricjebus: Also, the UK is not known for their cuisine and you can't eat fish and chips for every meal.

The UK is full of amazing cuisine from all over the world. Sure, traditional post-war British food isn't great, but if you're telling me you can't find a decent curry in the UK, you're not trying hard enough.


Historically, it's hard to have good cuisine when your agriculture is limited by cold weather.
 
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