9.347 Dave’s Single


18 (Tue) December 2018

Dave’s Single


at Wendy’s

(Zomato page)

-Ermita (Robinsons Place), Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-


During my 4 years of high school at Seoul International School (1987-1991), we didn’t have a regular cafeteria service – we had a Wendy’s.  Though envied by visiting students, we abhorred the daily nightmare of fast food.   The menu did include a few non-burger items, like salads and baked potatoes, but still.  I seem to recall eating a lot of chicken sandwiches.  After graduation, I avoided Wendy’s for decades.


My one prior visit to Wendy’s in Manila had gone spectacularly bad – a revolting over-the-top burger in the midst of my work on obesity (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt).

But something brought me back.  I can’t explain it.


Dave’s Single is the basic cheeseburger at Wendy’s.

It was good.  Squishy bun, properly grilled.  Juicy, tasty beef.  Fresh and chunky slices of tomato, onion, lettuce.  Just the right amount of ketchup and mayo.  Cheese could’ve been more melted.  I am now of the tentative opinion that Dave’s Single may be the best cheeseburger among all chains in Manila, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Jollibee, and Army Navy.

Best Burger in Manila, a ranking of the best beef burgers that I’ve had in/from restaurants throughout the National Capital Region.

  1. 8Cuts (Serendra Piazza, BGC) (8.194 Cheeseburger) (3.5)
  2. 8Cuts (Serendra Piazza, BGC) (7.275 Piggy) (3.5)
  3. The Great American Burger Joint (SM Aura Premier, BGC) (8.222 All American Burger) (3.5)
  4. Wendy’s (Robinsons Place, Manila) (9.347 Dave’s Single) (3.0)
  5. 8Cuts (Serendra Piazza, BGC) (7.122 Big Game Burger) (3.0)
  6. Army Navy (Market! Market!, BGC) (9.203 California Burger) (3.0)
  7. Raging Bull Burgers (Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC) (8.287 Mighty Beast) (2.75)
  8. Army Navy (Market! Market!, BGC) (9.270 Double California Burger) (2.75)
  9. The Great American Burger Joint (SM Aura Premier, BGC) (8.351 Plain Jane Burger with Bacon) (2.5)
  10. Brothers Burger (Bonifacio High Street, BGC) (8.237 Black Angus Burger with Bacon) (2.5)
  11. Mamou (Serendra Piazza, BGC) (8.207 Dry Aged Burger) (2.5)
  12. Pound by Todd English (Bonifacio High Street, BGC) (8.102 TE Slider) (2.5)
  13. McDonald’s (United Nations Avenue, Manila) (8.123 Quarter Pounder with Cheese) (2.5)
  14. McDonald’s (SM Aura Premier) (9.057 Quarter Pounder with Cheese) (2.5)
  15. Burger King (Robinsons Place, Manila) (8.028 Four-Cheese Bacon Whopper) (1.5)
  16. Burger King (Robinsons Place, Manila) (5.055 3-Meat Whopper) (1.5)
  17. Wendy’s (Robinsons Place, Manila) (5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) (1.0)
  18. Army Navy (Roxas Blvd, Manila) (6.294 Chow) (1.5)
  19. S&R (BGC) (8.019 Cheeseburger Deluxe) (1.0)
  20. Jollibee (United Nations Avenue, Manila) (8.180 Yum Burger) (1.0)
  21. The Fireplace (New World Manila Bay, Manila) (7.119 The Fireplace Burger) (0.5)
  22. Tempura (Robinsons Place, Manila) (5.019 Ramen Burger) (0.0)
The fries – made from skin-on potatoes – were good, too.

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