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A Tale of Two McDonalds

So I went to bed last night with a craving for a sausage biscuit from McDonald's. I live in the suburbs of Philly and the morning dawned raw and damp and rainy. But I got sent out on an errand and could not resist hitting the McDonalds near the high school for my sausage biscuit. It was ten thirty five and I was told they were already on lunch. Sigh. So I weaved my way across town to the other McDonalds, hitting every possible red light. I got there at ten of eleven and ordered my sausage biscuit no problem. I was so happy I ordered hash browns too. I'm not much for eating and driving but those hash browns kept softly hissing my name. They were so good. Perfectly golden brown and crispy and not greasy at all. They were gone before I reached my destination. My sausage patty was a bit greasy but the biscuit was fluffy and buttery and on a yukky morning like this a little grease went down well. I take solace in the lack of fair weather that some food tastes even better on miserable days like today. So when does breakfast end in other parts of the country at McDonalds? Ever hit the lunch at ten thirty wall and been frustrated? I very rarely get breakfast at McDonalds but when I want it, I really want it. I've even managed to plead for them to sell me any leftover breakfast sandwich they still have, as late as ten after eleven am. But only at the second McDonalds. The first one, which was on my way, is implacable.

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  1. HA HA HA...your title caught my eye at the bottom of the screen. I'm a fool for McDonald's breakfast, too (I'm a McGriddle gal).

    What time does breakfast end in other parts of the country? I dunno. But your inquiry reminded me of this scene from "Falling Down" with Michael Douglas:


    I know what you mean about wanting what you want when you want it. Glad you were less frustrated than ol D-FENS in this movie! :)

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      He he kattyeyes! I've seen that movie and I hate to admit that I identified a bit with the bad guy. There was another movie with Adam Sandler in it I think. nothing nearly so extreme, just that he was delighted to finally make it to McDonalds in time for breakfast after being a night owl for years. I still can't believe how good those hash browns were. Nice and hot too. I feel like I hit the lotto. I probably won't be back for awhile, no sense in pushing my luck.

      1. re: givemecarbs

        I think that movie was Big Daddy. The kid staying with Sandler wanted pancakes. Steve Buscemi wanted a Happy Meal.

        Sometimes what seems to be the simplest items just seem so right. McDonald's does that better than anyone. Well, the second McDonald's does.

      2. re: kattyeyes

        And let us not forget Jack Nicholson melting down at breakfast in "Five Easy Pieces".

      3. Mickey D's biscuits might be the best fast food product on the market right now.

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        1. re: Bob W

          I like the sausage egg and cheese bagel. For some reason it is not on the menu board, but they do have it. Sometimes a rookie cashier will have to get the manager enter it on the register.

          1. re: ChrisOC

            they have that in SOME markets. you can get portuguese sausage rice and eggs in Honolulu, but you won't get a sausage egg and cheese bagel.

        2. My experience has been 10:30am is the cut-off time for MCD breakfast.
          Maybe they'll sell any breakfast left-over's after that.

          1. What I've heard is that the grill temp is set lower for breakfast than for lunch "products." Has anyone else heard that or was I just dreaming that?

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            1. re: GeeBeeEmm

              Here is SoCal they're testing some sort of system that allows them to serve burgers during the breakfast period, in addition to breakfast products. It seems that they're losing business to Burger King and others that will serve burgers all day long. If only In n Out would open earlier than 11:00.

            2. here in this area it is 1030 also. but sometimes if they still have what you want at 1030 then they will sell it but they wont make any fresh once it hits 1030.

              1. 10:30 here in the Outer Boroughs and Long Island. Early in my pregnancy, I would wake up early in the morning and drive there in the freezing cold 2 or 3 times a week for McD's breakfast.

                1. A greasy steak,egg, and cheese bagel does it for me, espically after a nite of drinkin! When cooked fresh, it is cholorestol heaven!!!

                  1. At my local Mickey D's, they stop serving at 11:00 on Sundays...I know because I finally had my yummy Sausage 'n Cheese McGriddle today, replete with shiny, golden-orange cheese and artificial maple-y bits in the ever-so-slightly crisp edges of the "hotcake" part of the sandwich. I wrapped my hash browns in a napkin to soak up the excess grease (a wise person taught me this trick). What a perfect lazy, naughty breakfast for a crappy, raw, rainy day (on which someone else got in the car to visit ol' Ronald)...and now, to completely paint this pathetic picture, I'll continue to loaf around the Internet for the next several hours. BAHAHAHA!

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                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      mmmmm sausage mcgriddle. last tmie I ate one it burned the shiznit out of the top of my mouth..... hurt for 3 days! Thought about suing.....do I have a case?? lol! With my luck I would end up with a lifetime free food card to McD's and end up being 500 lbs......

                      1. re: joe777cool

                        In the past I've experienced 10:30 on weekdays, and 11 on weekends, but lately it seems 10:30 on all days. I've been able to get breakfast items a little past 10:30. but only if they have extras in the warming trays, so I can't always get what I want.

                        I'm not a fan of most of their breakfast items, but their hashbrowns win me over every time.

                    2. I'm in Canada. At most of the McDonalds locations around here, it was 11 am (I think), but now they offer breakfast all day at the ones that I go to, and they have been doing this for about a year now.

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                      1. re: vvvalerie

                        NICE vvvalerie! This info makes me consider moving to Canada, but I already missed Thanksgiving there. :)

                      2. I just saw this post - but had to comment, great writing style! :)

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                        1. If I ever figure out the definitive cut-off time I will be sure to let you know. I use 10 as my safe estimate, though, and have been known to plan road trips accordingly. (Can I be the only person who feels a little smug passing another car on the highway while taking a bite of hash brown or sausage McMuffin w/egg, or sip of cold OJ? Well, I do - I feel as if they are saying to their navigator.. "Did you see that? I didn't even realize I was hungry...." every time.)

                          1. It can depend if it is an individual franchise or a company store.
                            most places it is 10:30 on weekdays and 11 on weekends, but that is not universal. Here in Honolulu don't bother asking more than 10 minutes after the change. Anything left over will have 'expired' and tossed.

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                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                              I was in a McDonalds at 10:28 recently, and the only breakfast they would serve me was one of the couple of sandwiches they had left under the heat lamp.

                              1. re: jeanmarieok

                                That sucks jeanmarieok. Hope you fare better next time.