By KATHERINE MCLAUGHLIN
Chick-fil-A has waffle fries, Arby's has seasoned curlies, McDonald's has thin-cut classics, and Wendy's has signature, natural cut, skin-on fries. Made with 100% russet potatoes, Wendy’s fries are slightly thicker than what you might find at other chains, and they’re seasoned with sea salt and served extra crispy.
Most critics seem to agree that Wendy's fries don't stack up well when compared with other similar options, with some deeming them “artificial” and “bland.” However, others have higher praise for them, pointing out their natural, earthy flavor.
Before you write off these french fries for good, you should know that Wendy’s has four different loaded French fry options. In addition to classic fries, you can order Cheese Fries, Baconator Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, and Pub Fries (which come with a beer cheese sauce).
According to Wendy's, a small order of the regular fries at the chain has 270 calories, with 210 milligrams of sodium, 13 grams of fat, and 2 ½ grams of saturated fat. Comparatively, a small fry at McDonald's has 220 calories, 180 milligrams of sodium, 10 grams of fat, and 1 ½ grams of saturated fat.
A small order of Wendy’s costs $1.69, a medium goes for $1.99, and a large comes in at $2.19. If you want some cheese fries or other loaded options, each variation starts at $2.19, and you can order everything from the Wendy’s app.