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Jun 14, 2010 06:58 AM

McDonalds Consistency [split from Ontario]

What makes McD's better than Fran's is the consistency. Same owners, same ingredients, same recipes, same menu. All locations, all the time. When you go there expecting a Big Mac, you get a Big Mac. And it tastes exactly the way you would expect a Big Mac to taste. All the time.

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  1. Boy, you know a place has sunk pretty low when chowheads only point of comparison for it is that Micky D's is more consistant. Kinda funny, in the same way a Greek tragedy is funny, or a 9/11 joke.

    1. Well, within countries everything tastes the same. Outside, things can start to taste slightly different because of different ingredient usage. Not different as in strange, but Canadian beef tastes different than French beef, etc.

      McDonald's, in certain places, actually uses meat/produce exclusively from the country in which they are located, which is sort of nice, I guess.

      I like McDonald's. I like Big Macs and Double Cheeseburgers. I like the pommes frites sauce. I like that they don't fry their fries in peanut oil. If I had to choose between McDonald's and Starbucks for coffee (in France), I'd probably choose McCafé (I would, however, use Starbucks' bathroom first). I like that I can get beer with my combo with no added charge. I also like how the stuff tastes when it is hot and hasn't been sitting around under the lights for hours. I like to watch the interesting people. I like that people here will say that they hate McDonald's, then proceed to go at least once a week and order three burgers (usually a Big Mac or Royal, a Filet O' Fish and a McChicken) with super-sized fries and a drink. I like how when I order a McChicken, the cashier tells me, "C'est du poulet, ça."

      I don't believe it's good food or good for you. I also don't care, because I like how it tastes and don't mind eating it once in a while.

      10 Replies
      1. re: tjr

        Here, here! I love your speech! It's like the "I am Canadian" one, except better. One small thing: do you like Canadian McDonalds just as much? I do! Although, I have to admit, the best Big Mac I ever ate was in the Heathrow Airport after backpacking for a summer.

        And PS, the best thing about it isn't the consistency, that is just a bonus. The best thing is its consistency in how it always tastes exactly like the big mac I am craving. Same as Pizza Pizza, Cheezies, and any other fast food treat I crave.

        1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

          YES! My wife and I also enjoy McDonald's occasionally.

        2. re: tjr

          Too bad we can't get a beer with a combo in Canada.

          But I can honestly say, I have never been a McDonald's fan. I really very rarely eat at fast food joints. Maybe once a year I have a cheeseburger and small fries. It's just never really been my thing.

          1. re: tjr

            i think my problem with mcd's is nostalgia. when i finally give into a craving it just never tastes the same as i remember. something about it always tastes stale.

            not sure if you were aware of this, but i had read an article that mentioned mcd's was a tough sell in france. their marketing is obviously specific to the area they are in but in france they put a huge emphasis on how their products came from local farmers rather than some processing plant in america. i have no idea what exactly the ads looked like but i imagine something along the lines of whole foods with a photo of a happy farmer and a cow or some such. my last visit to paris seemed to be around when they had rolled out the mccafe model... dear lord, if i could dig up a photo of what they thought a macaron was back then i'd be happy to eat any version we have in toronto instead. looks like they've really fine tuned it... even at the start it was a popular concept.

            anyways, lovely post!

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              My last trip to a McD in Paris was back in the mid 90's and they were packed back then. Mix of tourists, locals, backpackers, students, etc. Like people have mentioned, they're consistent across the globe so everyone knows what they're getting no matter where they're from.

              And to keep this OT, I don't like them, but I still eat there when my options are limited and I'm hungry. Same w/ Tim Hortons. Sometimes they're the only option or they're the only one open.

              1. re: GoodGravy

                i don't doubt it tastes the exact same, that's what makes these companies so popular, i was just mentioning a pastoral marketing campaign but apparently i had my dates and purpose mixed up and it was more of a PR response in 2000 or so to farmers upset by the popularity of mcd's. i just would have loved to have seen mcdonalds advertised in that context.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  Kind of like the way they emphasize using Alberta beef in their Canadian marketing campaigns. I think they're now using the whole consistency thing as well, judging by the Big Mac commercial that airs now.

                  1. re: tjr

                    I wouldn't eat Alberta beef now even if you plated them on hundred dollar bills. No way, uh uh.

              2. re: tjr

                I have never eaten at a Canadian McDonalds, but years back some friends and I, on a road trip through Canada, stopped by a Canadian KFC (as it was the only thing open and nearby). We were all incredibly happy to find that KFCs in Canada serve Poutine, which we all ordered, and all enjoyed. I'd probably go to KFC in the US more often if they offered Poutine down here.