Have you met the Mashed Bros? Scott and Brian Wilson, who are actually siblings, are our very own homegrown answer to Adam Richman and Joey Chestnut, but the ridiculous challenges they attempt are ones they set for themselves. When last heard from, they were sampling 30 different Indiana State Fair foods in a single day, after which you might expect them to have lapsed into a months-long food coma. But did they learn their lesson? Apparently not, since here they are back again after eating and ranking 21 different chicken sandwiches to weed out what Brian calls "a boatload of nasty chicken out there masquerading as a quality sandwich." One of the ways they do this is by analyzing the meat fibers, much in the way that picky hotel guests judge their sheets by the thread count -- as per Scott, "Big thick threads is when you know it's real."
To get right to the meat of things, the winner winner chicken dinner and recipient of the "Mashelin Award" was the one from Raising Canes, which Scott praised for having "so much beautiful meat." Church's and CityBird's sandwiches, though, were almost at that level. At the opposite end of the scale were White Castle, Burger King, and the biggest loser: McDonald's McCrispy. This last sandwich received the Burger Time award. What this means, the Bros explained, is that you should stick with Big Macs and skip ordering anything remotely McChicken-esque.
There Was Good And Bad, But Also Plenty Of Ugly
In between the best of the best and the worst of the worst, the Mashed Bros found plenty of so-so sandwiches. Surprisingly, the Popeyes 'wich that launched the chicken sandwich wars only rated a C, while Chick-fil-A's sandwich rated a B. Then again, so did Jack-in-the-Box's, despite the fact that one of the chain's employees called the police when they saw the Bros filming their video. Luckily, the situation ended amicably since, as Scott admitted, "It's hard to run from the cops when you have like 13 sandwiches in your body."
No matter the quality of the sandwiches, it was the sheer quantity that got to the Bros in the end -- and yes, you could take that word two ways. As Brian says of the experience, "The grease of all those sandwiches made you feel like the half-dead triceratops in 'Jurassic Park,'" so it's likely that digestive upsets ensued. Scott notes that it wasn't just the Bros' digestive systems that were impacted, however. They stopped to check their blood pressure in the midst of this sandwich spree and, as he reports, "It wasn't good. It was real bad, actually. It was like a 'Super Size Me' lightning round." His advice to anyone looking to conduct a similar eating experiment: "I'd say consult 10 doctors before trying this. I'm pretty sure 10/10 will say that it is ... unwise."
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