I did make it out to Frenchie Fresh on Monday, and was quite pleased. The “create your own” burger prices can get pretty expensive pretty quickly (especially if you go with one of the more “exotic” meats like lamb or bison), so I stuck with one of the predefined “chef’s choice” burgers for $10 (the Alpine, which is a beef patty with gruyere, carmelized onions, and mushrooms), which would have cost more on the “create your own” menu. All burgers include parmesan truffle fries, which can be substituted with a small salad or tater tots if you prefer. Fountain drinks are $2, and there are several choices other than soda (an iced black tea, an iced green tea which was watered down, coconut water, cranberry/cherry juice, and something else I’m forgetting).
I had read some Yelp complaints about the burgers being cooked medium well by default, but I was given the choice of “pink or no pink” when I ordered mine. “No pink” came out as medium well, and the patty was much thicker than expected (not Terry’s thick, but thicker than most places) and cooked almost perfectly. The fries were not, however; maybe a quarter of them were overcooked, although none of them were undercooked. They were delicious just the same.
I also recently drove out to Roney’s for the first time, and found it to be a mixed bag. The roast beef was excellent and priced ridiculously low (and I love how peppery it is), and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it again. The chicken fingers were grocery store freezer quality, however, and I do not exaggerate when I say that the BBQ sauce is one of the worst I have ever had, and might as well be syrup for how sweet it is. Fortunately, the horseradish sauce came to my rescue.