7. Wendy's Homestyle chicken sandwich
The build: "Specially seasoned" fried chicken fillet, lettuce, tomato, mayo, on a nondescript, seedless bun
Wait time: 4 min 23 sec (but I also got a Frosty)
Tasting notes: I like Wendy's chicken sandwich game. If you asked me beforehand which chicken sandwich I'd like the best of the Big Fast-Food Three, I'd have said Wendy's so quickly that you would get weirdly suspicious. I always get the spicy chicken sandwich when I go there. Always. I never deviate, except once to get something on a pretzel bun, and that was a mistake I'm copping to now, because I feel like I can trust you.
Anyway, this was a perfectly fine experience. Although the lettuce was excessively limp, and the tomato was one of those tomatoes where the middle is basically all core, the chicken was moist, there was a good ratio of mayo, and the breading was peppery but not overwhelming, albeit a bit soggy. The bun -- which Wendy's doesn’t even talk about on its site in the description, a rarity amongst fast-food chains nowadays -- was mostly pliable and a little sweet and soft. This is basically the utility infielder, the 1991 Steve Lyons of chicken sandwiches -- it may not be your first choice, but it can step in and perform serviceably when needed (also, I feel like Steve Lyons is definitely the type of dude to Google himself, so, hi Steve Lyons!).