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The free McSkillet burrito... good for nothing

rworange Feb 28, 2008 06:58 PM

With a medium or large drink it was free today (2/28) and Friday (2/29)

If you have any desire to try this ... this is the time.

Normally it is about $2.50. At my local McDonald's a medium coffee is $1.50 ... so ...

The McSkillet Burrito is a made-to-order burrito with with scrambled eggs, sausage, melted cheddar jack and American cheese, red and green bell peppers, onions and potatoes wrapped in a flour tortilla.

I am always amazed with give-aways if the product isn't that great.

The McSkillet is only ok. The $1 breakfast burrito is much better because it is smaller and salsa is on the side. The bigger McSkillet calls attention to the flaws because there is more of it. I wouldn't pay for this on my own.

What really ruins it is the salsa ... you know what I've mean if you ever tried McDonald's red salsa ... like Pace ... or any mediocre mass-produced salsa. The potatoes were kind of soft and unpleasant. The sausage isn't good even applying Jimmy Dean standards.

All wrapped in one of McDonald's flabby flour tortillas.

All in all, underwhelming. Even the worst taco truck makes a better burrito.

t is 610 wasted calories

The coffee ... ick. Really, I'm no fan of Starbucks but they don't need to fear McDonald's entry into the coffee world. The only benefit of the coffee is that coffee is not a good drink usually with spicy foods ... it intensifies spiciness ... withouth the coffee the burritto had little spicy heat.

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Apocalypse burrito
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  1. azhotdish RE: rworange Feb 28, 2008 10:44 PM

    I live literally within a stone's throw of a McD's and I never go. About a month ago, their advertising finally persuaded me it might be worth the calories, but I was dead wrong. I couldn't eat half of it - the sausage was terrible and greasy and the peppers and potatoes had little to no flavor. And you are absolutely right - the salsa kills the whole thing, even if it doesn't stand a chance in that excuse of a tortilla.

    Give 'em away, people can't possibly crave that thing in the morning.

    1. madgreek RE: rworange Feb 29, 2008 03:31 AM

      I tried one this morning. I haven't eaten fast food in months, but I wanted to try their coffee, which I had heard is good (and it is, considering the source), and the burrito was free, so why not? Well, its only (slightly) redeeming quality was it's mild spiciness. I was actually surprised that they have so much kick in the salsa. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't "spicy" by any stretch of the imagination, I just thought it had more heat than I expected foor food geared to the general McDonald's crowd. I couldn't finish the thing. I kept thinking of ways I could make it much better at home. I like the sausage McMuffins, though. They should give those away for free instead! LOL!

      I'll definitely get the coffee again, though.

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        gordeaux RE: rworange Feb 29, 2008 05:50 AM

        I've had two of the MCSk Burritos before. "Free" didn't even tempt me today. The potatoes are simply pieces of boiled potato. They suck all of the flavor out of the product as a whole, and add a bland mushy texture to it. If they were to add one of their whole hash brown patties, I might be on board. Even better would be if they could add a similar hash brown patty with about 50% less sodium. This product idea had to be approved by some new exec trying to make a name for themselves. It's just really not that good. Free is prolly the last ditch effort to try to get consumers to try and discover this product. I give it two more months, tops. It could be better if they just tried.

        Boiled unseasoned potato? Come on!!

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          swsidejim RE: rworange Feb 29, 2008 05:57 AM

          one of my New Years resoulutions was to never go to McDonalds again.. So Far so good(although not that much of a sacrifice, since in other years I would go manbe 3 or 4 times in a year). This McSkillet sounds terrible, and just another item they offer that convinces me that I made the right decision to avoid McDonalds altogether.

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            justagthing RE: swsidejim Feb 29, 2008 06:03 AM

            After I read Fast Food Nation, about 10 years ago, I made the same decision. I have only had Mc D's twice in 10 years. Once b/c on a road trip little bro wanted the new McSkillet and just a month ago on a field trip in which all the kids and adults were given a meal. I feel no loss. So many other choices nowadays.

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              swsidejim RE: justagthing Feb 29, 2008 06:06 AM

              I have never read Fast Food Nation, my self imposed ban is more about the search for good food, and trying to support the little guy, over any other issue regarding McDonalds.

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                AndyP RE: justagthing Mar 6, 2008 02:13 PM

                Same here. After reading FFN, I've eaten at McD's once, in Tokyo, for the free Shrimp Croquette sandwich. That was enough to swear me off of Ronald, the Grimace, Hamburgular and their ilk forever.

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                  asiansensation007 RE: AndyP Mar 11, 2008 06:27 PM

                  shrimp croquette...really?? at mcdonalds?? where was this at and how long ago?

                  was it like a crabcake, only, well, shrimp?

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                    AndyP RE: asiansensation007 Mar 11, 2008 09:48 PM

                    Hey asiansensation007,

                    The McD was at the Aomono-yokocho station on the Keihin line from Shinagawa, (the blue train). This would have been in late Feb. early Mar. of 1999.

                    Shrimp in cream sauce cooked croquette style. Vile.

                    Yoroshiku,
                    Andy

            2. Sam Fujisaka RE: rworange Feb 29, 2008 06:19 AM

              I wish we had Mc free give aways here in Colombia. I'd eat the burrito. So would a lot of people here.

              1. deibu RE: rworange Feb 29, 2008 08:14 AM

                It was awful! Never again!

                I eat an egg mcmuffin about 3 times a year when I have to be on the road to drive out of town for work by 6 a.m. because it's the only eat-in-the-car option that's not a calorie gut bomb for fast food, and they're decent. The new iced coffee is actually pretty good for what it is - it is as good as Dunkin Donuts to me....

                I've always hated breakfast "burritos" and this was awful. 610 calories?!?! - I could have eaten a friggin Hardee's steak biscuit for not too much more than that!

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                  boppiecat RE: deibu Mar 9, 2008 06:17 PM

                  can't comment on the burrito thing. i got to the boiled potato part of the description and skidded to a stop. the coffee at the macdonalds here in the boston area is actually quite good, though. newman's own. perhaps different regions of the country get different coffee? if i have choice between the dunkie's drive thru or macdonalds i'll choose the latter - especially for iced coffee - which in this area is a year round offering. good thing because i'm addicted. i have to say a macdonalds cheeseburger and a good cup of coffee can really hit the spot now and then.

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                  amandaqtpie RE: rworange Feb 29, 2008 09:23 AM

                  Too funny! Great replies.
                  But, seriously...what did you all expect?

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                    crt RE: rworange Mar 2, 2008 09:59 AM

                    Of course any FF chain restaurant can roll up a bunch of ingredients in a flour tortilla and call it a 'burrito'. But just becuase they can, doesn't mean they should. I have never, and never will, order any type of burrito from any of the FF chains. I think they've all had one at one time or another. In word, it's got to be BARF! When we have a burrito it's from any one of our three favorite independent authentic Mexican food restaurants here in the 'OC'. Taqueria De Anda, Taqueria Garcia, or Los Sanchez, period! In a word...YUM!

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                      thedoorchick RE: rworange Mar 4, 2008 04:18 PM

                      Wow, these replies surprise me. I have only eaten one of these burritos one time, but I thought it was one of the best meals I've had at McD. Of course, everything is relative and I realize that's not saying much.

                      But, for example, I thought the salsa really made it. The regular 99c burrito doesn't have that fire roasted flavor in the salsa. And it doesn't have potatoes, which I like. And no peppers. Well, maybe a limp smidgen or two of pepper.

                      I will say that I didn't care for the sausage and after one bite actually pulled it out and didn't eat it. But the rest of the burrito was, compared to the rest of the menu, pretty tasty.

                      All that being said, it was big and caloric and fat-full and I doubt I will eat it often if ever again, just because I'd rather spend calories elsewhere. But I'm surprised by comments that it's worse than the existing offerings there for breakfast.

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                        Cheflambo RE: thedoorchick Mar 4, 2008 05:50 PM

                        I had one of these early Saturday morning, just before a big radio swap meet with my DH. I dont usually eat at McDs, but this was pretty tasty for a fast food item. I wouldn't go out of my way to have another one, but for a blast of calories to carry me through the morning (4 hours of walking around and pretending to be interested in the Hamfest radio folks) it was just right. The seasoning was the type that "repeated" itself, so I enjoyed the flavors all morning. And I like those "flabby" tortillas -- soft and fresh -- and apparently they were fairly authentic -- this particular McDs was filled with folks for whom English is a second language, and they were ALL enjoying these burritos.

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                          rworange RE: Cheflambo Mar 5, 2008 07:00 AM

                          I'm with you about having different tastes and enjoying it ... up to trying to pass that awful tortilla as "authentic".

                          I live in a Latino neighborhood and none of the flour burritos are like that. Nothing like that is served at the local taco trucks.The neighborhood does hava a few taco bells though and when asked why people go there sometimes instead of the better taco trucks, the usual comment is that they want some American food.

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                            crt RE: rworange Mar 6, 2008 07:21 AM

                            Living in the OC with it's large Mexican population and plethora of many 'authentic' Mexican restaurants, I have yet to have the contents of a burrito wrapped in a 'flabby' tortilla in any the three authentic Mexican food restaurants that I eat in. In fact, just what is a 'flabby' tortilla?

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                              rworange RE: crt Mar 6, 2008 01:20 PM

                              First of all it is not grilled, just out of the bag. There's a certain rubbery quality to it ... like I'd imagine what it is like to eat skin.

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                                Velvet Elvis RE: rworange Mar 9, 2008 09:43 PM

                                i think they keep them in some kind of steamer to keep them warm and prevent them from drying out. the result is often a flabby gumminess.

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                                  crt RE: Velvet Elvis Mar 10, 2008 09:49 AM

                                  YUCK. Never the way a flour tortilla was meant to be heated/warmed. The proper way in a restaurant, is to use the flat top grill while flipping occasionally. At home we use our round non-sided cast iron skillet

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                        Pincus RE: rworange Mar 7, 2008 01:18 PM

                        This is bringing back horrible memories of the time I had one of these. Too soft texture, greasy gristly sausage meat (and oversalted to my tastebuds, a triple threat!), not much in the way of flavour beyond salt. If it hadn't been for the hash brown, it would have been a horrible morning.

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                          crt RE: rworange Mar 9, 2008 09:18 AM

                          "The free McSkillet burrito..."

                          Even if they offered to pay me to take/eat one of these the answer would still be NO!

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                            HungryGrayCat RE: rworange Mar 11, 2008 10:39 AM

                            Seems that some disagree. :-)

                            New breakfast items boost McDonald's sales.

                            Consumer spending and confidence may be waning, but people still need that jolt of morning caffeine to wash down an egg sandwich. McDonald's Corp.'s big push on coffee and new breakfast items in its U.S. restaurants contributed to a double-digit jump in same-store sales last month, accompanying even stronger growth in Europe, the company said Monday.The world's biggest fast-food chain reported that sales from its outlets open at least 13 months climbed 11.7 percent over a year earlier -- evidence that the economic slowdown hasn't dealt it the blow that some investors had earlier feared.

                            While its new specialty coffees won't be available in all its U.S. restaurants until next year, analysts said they have heard positive feedback on how the products are faring in the 1,000-plus McDonald's where they are served. In the meantime, the company said the premium roast coffee it rolled out two years ago helped fuel U.S. same-store sales growth of 8.3 percent in February.

                            The new McSkillet breakfast burrito also aided February numbers, as did the weak dollar at international restaurants and the benefit of an extra selling day. The leap year boosted same-store sales by about 4 percent in all, the Oak Brook-based company said. -- Associated Press

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                              AzDumpling RE: HungryGrayCat Mar 11, 2008 11:07 AM

                              I think the only thing jacking up profits for MickyD is the constant ramping up of the prices of their soft drinks. Imagine a major US company making its fortune off of overpriced cups of sugar water and ice. IT truly is the American Dream.

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                                crt RE: HungryGrayCat Mar 11, 2008 05:10 PM

                                All that being said, there' s just no accounting for some people's taste (in regard to the McSkillet breakfast burrito that is).

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