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What else are we missing at McDonald's?

I'm talking about regional specialties that are not part of the regular McDonald's menu.

A friend of mine just brought back from Hawaii about a dozen haupia pie made by McDonald's.

What's a McDonald's haupia pie, you ask?

Well, think of your normal Mcdonald's baked apple pie, but instead of apples, it's filled with haupia, and instead of baked (ick!), it's deep-fried!

For those unfamiliar with haupia, it's essentially cocunut custard (that has the moutfeel and consistency of jell-o ... can life get any better??

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  1. We in Wichita/SC Kansas haven't had a decent special item/regional specialty in years. When Barry Sanders was still playing in the NFL, we had a Barry Sanders burger which was a double cheeseburger with bacon and barbecue sauce added. And they tried out Johnsonville brats and a cheddar melt quarter pounder, which I don't know if those were regional or national. But we don't even get the McRib anymore here. So I don't really eat there much anymore, unless they put out a speciality item.

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    1. re: podunkboy

      Interesting. What's the connection between Barry Sanders and Kansas?

      Sanders played for the Cowboys (at Stillwater), and then for the Lions in Detroit.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        He grew up and played high school football in Wichita. His family still lives here, they've named a road after him, I think.

      2. re: podunkboy

        McRib has been spotted in Kansas City, MO. Maybe it's on your way. :)

        1. re: podunkboy

          That's okay though, you have Nu Way Cafe. I have been craving a Nu Way for years, but I cant get myself to drive up to Kansas just for a Nu Way

        2. McDonald's in Hawaii also serves saimin. It used to be pretty good, too, had the fishcake and everything. That's not as portable, but it's worth ordering when you're in the islands.

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          1. re: themis

            I remember those, but it reminded me too much of Marukan instant noodles. Didn't Hawaiian McDonald's also have at one time spam and fried rice?

            1. re: themis

              Mc Donald's Hawaii also has Portuguese Sausage, Rice, and Eggs for breakfast.

            2. Veggie Burgers when I was in Vancouver, Canada. Lobster Rolls in Boston.

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              1. re: stellamystar

                Lobster Rolls in New Hampshire too.

                1. re: why_itsme

                  What does a McDonald's lobster roll taste like?

                  1. re: ajs228

                    Being someone that has never had "real" lobster, I thought it was like a very mild tuna. I'm not really very big on seafood so probably not the one to trust on this. :)

                    1. re: ajs228

                      It comes on a hot dog bun with lettuce and the lobster was too cold for me. I had one in Maine a day after I paid $12 for one in Freeport. The McDonald's one was $6 ( this was three years ago) and I have to admit, wasn't that bad.

                  2. re: stellamystar

                    Sigh. For years I used to say that McD's burgers were tasty, but they tasted like nothing but condiments. The "100% American beef" ad campaigns were wasted on me - I would be happy with 100% American soy, because all I was tasting was ketchup and mustard and onions and pickles. Or so I thought, until I visited Vancouver and got a McD's soyburger. Yuck. Cardboard. Even with the condiments. I guess the beef, or at least the grease, had more to do with the flavor than I thought!

                    1. re: maryv

                      Nah, it's not that either. I don't eat meat, and McDonald's veggie burger is the worst out there, especially with that gloppy weird bbq-ish sauce they over coat it with. Plus the burger itself always tasted as if it was microwaved to me.

                      A veggie burger can actually be pretty good if it's cooked properly and has the right condiments.

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                    1. My wife still tries to hunt down McD's that still deep fry their apple pies, instead of baking them. Not too many left, but we all agree that the deep fried ones deserve 1) respect (they're freakin' hot!!), and 2) adoration as an essential sugar/fat gut bomb. Baked ones? Feh.

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                      1. re: KevinB

                        Have you tried asking to have a pie fried? As long as you are willing to wait the cook time, I don't see why they would refuse. Except the typical laziness of course.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            If you have a Whataburger near you (a Texas-based chain that has several Central Florida locations, and probably elsewhere too), they serve fried apple pies just like the old McDonald's ones.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I would imagine it's more of an oil issue than anything. I can't imagine what a pie cooked in fry oil would taste like.... We do really try hard not to mix oils (especilly the fish oil.... if something even touches that stuff I waste it).

                              We usd to be able to get Pumpkin Pies around here a few years back. I tried to order some year before last and couldn't even find it from our supplier.

                            2. re: summeranne

                              I know exactly why they would refuse... the slits in the top of the pie. The filling leaks out, and a deep fryer is not fun to clean.