Stepping in to this deceptively spacious restaurant off of Col. Glen Highway in Dayton, you might have to fight off the feelings of nostalgia. Why? Well to put it simply there aren’t that many Hardee’s around in the Mid-West, especially in the Miami Valley area. The atmosphere of the restaurant was warm, with a friendly crew and a nice radio overplay on the speaker system. Greeted by a young energetic crew, placing my order of the ¼ lb Texas Toast Bacon Burger went smoothly and quickly. The food was also made just as fast by a gentleman who knew what he was doing.
Aesthetically, the burger looks and tastes good. You tell that it was nicely broiled with the right temperature and time. The Burger its self tastes just right, with a nice mixed blend of spices and zest you can, like Hank Hill always says, “Taste the meat, not the heat.” The barbecue sauce on the burger is a nice blend that tastes more than like brown sugar mixed in with ketchup. The toppings on the burger actually work with the burger that leads to an interesting taste. However, the bacon and cheese can hardly be tasted and the bun itself clashes against the burger with an overpowering taste that brings the burger down.
The fries have a nice taste on the outside of them that invite you in, but sadly the inside is disappointing with a little too much potato that leads to a weird aftertaste. The good news is, is that they have good portion control and they are very filling.
Overall, the burger tastes good but it has clashing tastes, add a nice portion of decent fries, a cold drink. For $6.00 you get a nice full meal that pleases. To give a rating 3 out of 5 stars, better than most fast food restaurants but lacking in that special something to put it over the top. So if you are on Col. Glen Highway in Dayton, stop on in and grab a good lunch or dinner. For a full menu of “Hardee’s”/“Carl’s Junior” stop over at www.Hardees.com, you won't regret it.