KFC's Double Down Is Double Blech

Reviewers not so fond of latest fast-food monstrosity
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2010 2:24 PM CDT
The Double Down is a sandwich with two chicken filets taking the place of bread. In between are two pieces of bacon, melted slices of Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheese, and a zesty sauce.   (AP Photo/KFC, Dan Kremer)

(Newser) – Congratulations, KFC, your Double Down stunt has gotten more publicity than a Nazi-themed romp with Jesse James. So here's a little more, in the form of what the reviewers are saying:

  • The Double Down "arrives at a new low," writes Sam Sifton of the New York Times. Even the chain's signature chicken is "a slimy and unnaturally moist thing, with flavor ginned up in a lab. It is, in all, a disgusting meal, a must-to-avoid."

  • The sandwich, which "cries out for carbs," is "an almost total dud," writes Robert Sietsema for the Village Voice, noting that "a peek under the top 'bun' reveals hella-small slices of bacon and acres of white cheese."
  • Over at Slashfood, however, the concoction rated a "B"—though admittedly the salt was "not for the faint of heart." And perhaps it has a higher calling than mere lunch: "We can foresee this becoming the new 'hangover food' of choice."

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