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chain foods that surprised you...

my surprise was in a really good way this morning at starbuck's -- their breakfast sandwich with cheese and fresh spinach. eggs florentine with fresh spinach and havarti, i understand (it was a generous sample). i was quite taken aback -- really nicely done, with savory cheese, actual fresh spinach, and tasty-- not chewy -- bread. balanced flavors, moist, cheesy, not greasy. nicely warmed. i'll get it in the future.

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  1. I hate McDonald's and have had too many bad experiences to mention. That being said, a few years ago we were driving cross country (East Coast to West Coast). We were somewhere in the desert off Rt 40 and were starving. I was waiting to see a BK, Wendy's, or even Taco bell sign, but nothing arose. We eventually gave in and pulled up to the only food place around - Micky D's. That was the one and only time I've ever had a really fresh, juicy, beefy burger from them. I just wish I could remember what exit or even state we were in.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      Lol-you were probably just so hungry that you were having sensory hallucinations.

    2. The (chicken) salads at Pollo Campero in Guatemala.

      The McSomething--a single paddy burger with real lettucfe, tomato, sauce--I had last week at the McDonalds in the Bogota international airport. About $1.75 relative to about $5.00 for a quarter pounder.

      1. Get em while you can, as they are going to discontinue serving them in an effort to get their stores back to a more grande cafe latte smell....

        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/bus...

        1. The carpaccio at Brio Tuscan Grill. It's as good as any carpaccio I've had at any high-end fancy restaurant.

          1. The chicken taco combo at El Pollo Loco-- tried it recently and thought it was good.