HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >


What is the best McDonald's in Los Angeles?

  • 7

This isn't a joke. Not all McDonald's are created equal.
The one on SM Blvd and Beverly Glenn is consistently horrible, while the one in Downey is really cool.
Any suggestions....including cool interiors.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. re: RoachCoach

      I'm guessing you mean the one in DCA, and not the new (?) Harbour Galley or Conestoga Fries in the original Dland. Then again, anything selling fries and Cokes only is fine by me.....

      I thought Burger Invasion was nice. But it's hard to compare with Corn Dog Castle down the way....sorry!

    2. I believe that the historic original McDonalds on Lakewood/Florence in Downey still makes their shakes using the old-style syrup & mixer machines. I can't recall exactly what, but I do seem to recall that they have kept some other early-style McDonalds traditions not found at other locations---can anyone tell what they are?

      1. If you want a big one, the one with the train car motif in Barstow on the way to Vegas is big.

        1. If you have kids, try the McD across from New Capital Seafood on Garvey in Rosemead. The exterior and neighborhood are not impressive, but the Playplace is incredible. It's huuuuuuge (>50% of the interior), clean, with plenty of tables, and has bathrooms in the play area so you don't have to schlep the kids to the other side of the restaurant when one needs to go potty.

          Plus, you can get pretty good dimsum takeout from New Capital and smuggle it in (or if you're with a partner, you can tag team; one at McD, one at dimsum).

          New Capital: 7450 Garvey (btw New and Del Mar), Rosemead.
          McD: 7503 Garvey (btw New and Del Mar), Rosemead.

          1. The one in South Pasadena because they put the coffee pots out for easy and free refills. But otherwise service there has gone way downhill. It used to be pretty efficient, they used to remember the fast in fast food.