I ain’t afraid of no ghosts, burgers, shakes, or mac & cheese bites.
For the longest time, there have been movie-themed menu items designed to experiment with unique food combinations. Whether it’s the Minions-themed menu at IHOP, the X-Men Apocalypse burger at Red Robin, or the Denny’s Slam-tastic 4 menu (which we’ve previously reviewed!), nearly every chain restaurant gets the royal treatment.
Most recently, Wayback Burgers had a new Ghostbusters menu, and I was fortunate enough to find a location a few minutes from my place. I decided to go undercover for Laser Time, wearing clothing that no person in the middle of a weekday afternoon would wear when going to a place such as this.
This is what people wear when they want to look like someone with priorities, right?
I drove up to the place in a nondescript vehicle (a car) and had trouble parking, because there are three parking spots at the front of the establishment that require you to drive around the actual building. I am a person who has no time for dilly-dallying — I’m on an endeavor to review the Ghostbusters menu for the internet!
I’m peeking around the corner so no one can see me do what I’m about to do to myself.
I walked inside, made my order for all three menu items to go, and casually strolled out with my foodstuffs. I didn’t want to be the sad lonely man eating alone at a place like that, so I had to make a bit of an excursion. You see, there are days when I just need to disappear from the world and shove greasy trash down my gullet. That’s when I travel to my personal and private open area, where I’m free to express my guilty shame.
It’s a pond where a mill once stood a century ago. For the sake of the Ghostbusters, we’ll say it’s haunted.
It is here, under the anonymity provided by nature, that I have gathered together the Wayback Burgers bag and shake. Without further delay…
My entry for AP Photo of the Year 2016.
Mac and Cheese Bites with Ghost Pepper Sauce
Frying up macaroni and cheese seems to be all the rage as of late, and the introduction of a ghost pepper sauce to the mix is supposed to give the cheesy fried goodness a straight-up kick. Without the sauce, the bites alone are what you expect them to be: the fried batter of the mac and cheese looks and tastes like standard fairground food, but fortunately it’s not too greasy. The ghost pepper sauce is a lofty thing to brag about, as the ghost pepper is one of the most spicy on the planet, which an average measurement of 1,000,000 on the Scoville Heat Unit Index (in comparison, a habanero is at 500,000, and a jalapeno can range from 1,000 to 20,000). I was sold on the sauce, which does have a solid kick, but the potency of the ghost pepper is diluted in the savory sauce. It did provide a good amount of heat, which works well with the cheese bites, so it’s acceptable, to say the least.
And now for the main course, the famous Ghostbustin’ Burger. No lettuce, no tomato, nothing in here that denotes heart healthy — just a couple burger patties, pepper jack cheese, and the ghost pepper sauce making a return. The first heartbreak comes from the fact that my bun is deflated and looks nothing like the picture, but that expectation needs to be put aside. But it’s a cheesy, greasy burger that tasted like it was missing something. After a few bites, the allure of the ghost pepper was wearing off on me, and if there was something else they could have added to make it more than a two note burger, it would have been appreciated. It’s just a pretty hot double cheeseburger, if that’s what you’re into.
Stay Puft Slime Milkshake
Finally, something that doesn’t rely on ghost peppers! It’s a milkshake with toasted marshmallow flavor, with mini marshmallows and a kiwi lime sauce blended in, to celebrate the combination of the two most iconic entities from the Ghostbusters. Tragically, there was never a menu item that combined my favorite entities: the twisted librarian ghost and the one that gave Ray a bit of a surprise in bed.
Oh well, onto the milkshake. There is so much marshmallow flavor packed into this milkshake you could hardly taste what the kiwi lime. It also felt incredibly overwhelming in how much sugar and milk was in this — I had to take a walk while drinking it to feel better about myself. After being sipped for a couple minutes, it started to wear me out. I could only finish 3/4 before parting ways with it, as it started to get warm and pass the point of no return. I have no problems with marshmallows, but drinking a liquid marshmallow is way too much.
Henry Gilbert would be repulsed at this milkshake, as it looks like two fluids that look like two other fluids. Also yes, I do have hairy arms.
The combination of ghost pepper and marshmallow milkshake left me in a semi-lucid state. I still had the heat in my mouth for at least a half hour after eating, and that drink was slowly dropping my energy as the sugar crash took effect. As I finish this review before I pass out from exhaustion, my overall opinion on the Wayback Burgers’ Ghostbusters menu isn’t all that good. On paper, it seemed like a great idea: ghost peppers because of ghosts, and a milkshake that’s a tribute to the more renowned non-human characters. But it all culminated in a greasy, spicy punch in the gut with a fatty and sugary drop kick to the face. As garbage food, it hit the spot; as food where you’re expecting something more, not so much.
2 Ray O-Faces / 5
Article by contributor Aaron Chados.