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Worse McDonald's Item (No McD bashing, please)

Midknight Aug 28, 2012 06:55 AM

There's a thread in the forum "Your Favorite McDonald item(s)". While it's pretty interesting (especially here on the seemingly anti-chain Chow.com) to see what menu items you folks love, I'm curious about which ONE particular on Mickey D's menu you just have to think yourself "What were they thinking?!"
I'm pretty sure most of these hated items will have been limited time "dishes. :)

But please, I don't want this to become a bashing thread, with "Everything under their roof because it's all premade and stuck under a heat lamp" type responces.

I'll obviously go first. A number of years ago, they came out with a burrito. I think it was chicken, and had red peppers. But all I truly recall is the overwhelming amount of black pepper in it. A black pepper burrito. It's a good thing it came in a combo with 2! Bleh.

How about yours? Past or current foods? Drink choices? Desserts? Their overly-sweet ketchup?

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    ultimatepotato RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 06:58 AM

    After loving the McDs breakfasts in NZ, I was highly unimpressed with a Bacon and Egg Bagel in the UK. Nasty, flabby bacon. Bleh. Could have been an off day, but that was 3 and a half years ago and I haven't touched McDs breakfasts since (in this country).

    1. Veggo RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 07:19 AM

      This first Angus burger with swiss cheese and mushrooms I had was quite tasty, obviously freshly made. The second and last one I ate, in a different state, was so dry and tough and wicked bad I couldn't eat a third of it. There's no telling how long ago that wretched piece of meat had been cooked.

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        Wahooty RE: Veggo Aug 28, 2012 07:16 PM

        Oh, Lord. I ordered one of these just the other day when I needed a quick dinner. I love beef. I love swiss. I love mushrooms. This thing was downright revolting. I don't throw away food - once I've paid for it, I have a pathological need to finish it. But about halfway through, I consciously told myself, "You don't like this. In fact, you actively dislike it. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FINISH IT."

        I would actually prefer to eat White Castles. At least those are revolting and own it. This was masquerading as a "premium" product.

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          wrldtrvl RE: Wahooty Feb 20, 2013 11:41 PM

          I had one the other day as well, while on a road trip, when I was outvoted as to whether we would make a quick fast food stop or spend more time at lunch. It was revolting to me especially because I swear there was more "mayonnaise" (really just white fatty substance) that ehre was either cheese or mushrooms. It was disgusting.

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        fourunder RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 07:25 AM

        The steak on the Steak Bagel.....the worst textured piece of meat I can ever recall eating. I cannot even say *One and Done*, as I did not even attempt a second bite.

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          Dee S RE: fourunder Aug 29, 2012 11:56 AM

          Yup.....same here. There are not too many things I like at McD's but that Steak, Egg and Cheese bagel is n-a-s-t-y.

          One bite was all I could manage.

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            DelishDi RE: fourunder Apr 3, 2013 10:06 AM

            Agreed - the steak bagel is awful.

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              Dinermite RE: fourunder Apr 4, 2013 12:17 PM

              No disrespect, by why on earth would your order something called "steak" at a McD's and expected to actually taste good??
              I would imagine it's a gross piece of Steak-umm and not actual "meat".

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                James Cristinian RE: Dinermite Jun 11, 2013 04:18 PM

                Why would they put a gross product on their menu? It shows what they think of their product and customers.

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                  hill food RE: James Cristinian Jun 13, 2013 06:26 PM

                  James - yet very successful in their estimation(s), no?

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                  fourunder RE: Dinermite Jun 13, 2013 06:36 PM

                  No disrespect, by why on earth would your order something called "steak" at a McD's and expected to actually taste good??
                  As someone who has been involved in the food industry my entire life.....I often try things out of curiosity....especially new, featured or promotional items at any fast food chain....but I do not ever expect it to not taste good, or rather more appropriately, *bad*, or be inedible, especially from McD's who presumably test markets every menu item before placing it on any menu in their stores.

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                    RealMenJulienne RE: Dinermite Jun 14, 2013 12:50 PM

                    The 'steak' at Mcdonalds is very strange... for some reason the texture reminds me of shag carpet

                3. Boston_Otter RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 07:33 AM

                  So far I've been sort of repulsed by their new Chicken McBites. Maybe I got a few bad batches, but the ones I've had so far were a mix of dry, hard little bits of chicken in clots of breading and, well, just chunks of breading with no chicken at all.

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                    biondanonima RE: Boston_Otter Aug 28, 2012 09:30 AM

                    The Chicken McBites are totally disgusting. I was hoping for something similar to KFC's Popcorn Chicken, but these are not - they're dessicated little nubbins of nastiness. I used to like Chicken McNuggets, but I find those are dry and tasteless now as well. When I want chicken at McD's, I have started ordering McChicken sandwiches and just removing the bun.

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                      Kat RE: biondanonima Aug 31, 2012 06:17 PM

                      We call them Chicken McButts, because they are so nasty.

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                      michelleFE RE: Boston_Otter Aug 28, 2012 12:11 PM

                      You're not alone! I was surprised that it was that dry and annoyingly chewy. And yes, I also got almost no chicken at all.

                      I'll stick with McD's burgers.

                    3. linguafood RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 09:33 AM

                      Pretty much any limited time burgers at the occasion of various international sport events.

                      The World Cup-themed burgers (presumably only available in countries that care) come to mind. Oh, my.

                      1. KaimukiMan RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 10:12 AM

                        the mclean deluxe.

                        i remember a friend who worked at mcd's at the time saying... we figured out that if you order it with extra mayo it's not too bad. LOL

                        and what was that sandwhich that came in a wide double pack? the hot on one side the cold on another. pure marketing to allow them to put things under a heat lamp for 4x as long without the cold stuff becoming limp and gross. but you ended up with a dried out patty that could be used as a frisbee and buns so hard that you could play hockey with them.

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                          westaust RE: KaimukiMan Aug 28, 2012 11:58 AM

                          That was the McDLT

                          As for worse Item, the Filet o Fish to me is one of the worse item, processed cheese and fish to start with not a fan, their tartar sauce is meh and the overall combination is not a success to me.

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                            Boston_Otter RE: KaimukiMan Aug 28, 2012 12:26 PM

                            I remember actually really liking the McDLT -- hot juicy patty and crisp veggies -- but mine must have been fresh and not heat-lamped.

                            The Filet-o-Fish is sort of a cult item. I personally love it.

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                              KaimukiMan RE: Boston_Otter Aug 28, 2012 02:39 PM

                              I had 3 bad DLT's and one good one. but yes, the good one was good, somehow though the concept never caught on, i suspect because there were more bad than good being served.

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                                libgirl2 RE: Boston_Otter Sep 1, 2012 01:55 PM

                                I loved the McDLT!

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                                  careyanned RE: libgirl2 Sep 22, 2012 05:52 PM

                                  When I was finishing HS, I was in the unique position of HAVING to put on some weight before I was allowed to head to college, oh, that MCDLT habit I got into sure helped me! The ones I got were always good.

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                                crewsweeper RE: KaimukiMan Aug 30, 2012 05:46 AM

                                Yeah that one was pretty bad.

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                                  jbsiegel RE: KaimukiMan Sep 17, 2012 10:08 AM

                                  I **loved** the McDLT. It was my go-to item when it was on the menu.

                                2. RealMenJulienne RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 01:26 PM

                                  Once you go above the price point of,say, the filet-o-fish, all their "deluxe" items are pretty bad. The deluxe chicken sandwiches use a real dense bun that seems to come pre-staled from the factory. But someone must be buying em because they won't go away.

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                                    fara RE: RealMenJulienne Sep 14, 2012 06:58 PM

                                    i agree with this. i don't like their chicken sandwiches (except the plain $1 kind) or their chicken tenders, or any burger fancier than a double cheeseburger, which I order plain. I had some kind of burger with tomato and lettuce one time- what is it called? totally gross. i am really turned off by their attempt to sell "cafe" bakery items where I live. Who wants to buy a scone at McD's? but I haven't tried them.
                                    On that note, the best McD's I've had is probably the plain cheesebuger and hot coffee with cream and sugar at a McD's in Flushing Chinatown. They should stick to the basics and make sure they're always consitently fresh.

                                  2. dave_c RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 02:43 PM

                                    Chicken McNuggets seem off.

                                    I remember when they first came out. The nuggets were tender and juicy (probably from absorbing fry oil.. lol). The current version of McNuggets seem dry, dense and not as crispy like they've been sitting out. I get the same results from had freshly fried and not so freshly fried.

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                                      enhF94 RE: dave_c Sep 14, 2012 06:57 AM

                                      McNuggets often leave a bitter, chemical taste in my mouth in the last 5-ish years. I dunno if I grew up, or if they changed the fry oil, or what. But I doubt myself - so has anyone else experienced this?

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                                        Vidute RE: enhF94 Sep 15, 2012 02:49 AM

                                        You're simply tasting the ingredients.... chemicals.

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                                          enhF94 RE: Vidute Sep 15, 2012 04:13 AM

                                          While technically correct, this answer doesn't come across as helpful. Everything we eat is a chemical. Can you be more specific?

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                                            jpc8015 RE: enhF94 Feb 21, 2013 12:35 AM

                                            I am not sure how long ago it was but McDonald's changed to an all white meat chicken nugget. This may have something to do with the nugget now seeming dry.

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                                      Jenny Ondioline RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 05:06 PM

                                      Surely I'm not the only one who remembers the PR nightmare of the Arch Deluxe...

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                                        iambecky RE: Jenny Ondioline Aug 28, 2012 07:33 PM

                                        You bite your tongue! I loved that thing! McD's breakfast burrito is the reigning champion of bad food. Those hard shriveled sausage bites in it give me the shivers

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                                          KaimukiMan RE: Jenny Ondioline Aug 29, 2012 08:37 AM

                                          as much a marketing disaster as a food disaster... and it SHOULD have been good. A grown up Big Mac. But what's wrong with a big mac in the first place.

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                                            melpy RE: Jenny Ondioline Oct 11, 2012 08:31 AM

                                            I remember te Arch Deluxe! I think I kinda likes it but I was a kid and didn't have good taste.

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                                              aasg RE: Jenny Ondioline Oct 24, 2012 11:24 AM

                                              That peppered bacon was delicious. I was a kid and loved that sandwich and I remember my family getting a bunch of them because there were coupons.

                                            2. petek RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 07:38 PM

                                              The sausage 'n egg Mcbiscuit or whatever it's called..
                                              Too much bland biscuit,not enough egg n' sausage

                                              1. ipsedixit RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 09:37 PM

                                                Any of the salads, wraps and chicken sandwich.

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                                                  team_cake RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2012 05:27 PM

                                                  Count me in for the salads. McCrap.

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                                                  emmekin RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 09:41 PM

                                                  Hands down "mac wraps"...or really, any wrap. Soggy tortilla, wilty hot lettuce...yuck

                                                  1. hill food RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 10:03 PM

                                                    at breakfast <shudder> those pancake sponges

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                                                      Vidute RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 11:03 PM

                                                      The McRib.- not even drowned in a gallon of bbq sauce.

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                                                        rockandroller1 RE: Vidute Aug 30, 2012 01:19 PM

                                                        the McRib gets my vote too

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                                                          Kat RE: rockandroller1 Aug 31, 2012 06:18 PM

                                                          YES! The McRib. My spouse once ordered one and I tried a bite - disgusting.

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                                                          gordeaux RE: Vidute Sep 4, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                          McRib for me too. You can go to any gas station refrigerated section, and get the same-ish faux pork patty style food product with a variant of Kraft bq sauce on it. It doesn't even have the texture of meat. Scary, imo.

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                                                            karynsig RE: Vidute Sep 16, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                            Ugh, mcribs are the WORST!

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                                                            toasts RE: Midknight Aug 28, 2012 11:19 PM

                                                            Definitely the soggy nuggets. Wel, unless they're drowned in a bunch of sweet and sour sauce, but by then it's practically Panda's sweet and sour chicken.

                                                            1. Tripeler RE: Midknight Aug 29, 2012 12:47 AM

                                                              The McGriddles. They taste REALLY creepy.

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                                                                UTgal RE: Tripeler Sep 16, 2012 10:06 AM

                                                                YES! I couldn't think of a single bad thing from McD's until you mentioned the McGriddle. *shudder*

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                                                                  cavandre RE: UTgal Sep 17, 2012 04:54 AM

                                                                  Another vote...ordered them once & threw away 3/4 of them.

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                                                                    MonMauler RE: cavandre Sep 18, 2012 10:34 PM

                                                                    I agree with everyone that says the McGriddles. It is probably the only item I've had at McDonalds that I actively dislike. I've only had one - ordered a sausage mcmuffin with egg one morning, and they gave me a sausage McGriddle instead. It was nasty!

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                                                                      Savour RE: MonMauler May 30, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                      The McGriddles are just foul in concept, let alone taste.

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                                                                lcool RE: Midknight Aug 29, 2012 04:10 AM

                                                                if either the pancakes or ? McGriddle things taste like they smell,I'll pass forever

                                                                tried a bagel thing once,thought it was awful

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                                                                  Clams047 RE: Midknight Aug 29, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                  My vote goes for either McNuggets or McChicken - both just seem like fried chicken fat to me (Do they actually contain any protein?). McGriddles would probably win over, but I've never been so desperate as to try them. Then again, I also find their hash browns to be mostly grease. Hmm - hard decision.

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                                                                    Boychucker RE: Midknight Aug 29, 2012 09:18 PM

                                                                    I know a lot of people like them, but I hate the hashbrowns. Just taste reallly really greasy to me.

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                                                                      crewsweeper RE: Midknight Aug 30, 2012 05:47 AM

                                                                      I never got the "love" for the fish filet. Most of the taste is the glob of tartar sauce they slap on. McGriddle cakes at breakfast aren't that good either.

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                                                                        JLBeans RE: Midknight Aug 30, 2012 06:01 AM

                                                                        I have to go with the Mc Rib. The mass of "rib meat" (I'll play along and call it rib meat) is pressed into a patty that is shaped to look like it has bones! I just can't bring myself to bite into it.

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                                                                          Midknight RE: JLBeans Aug 31, 2012 06:35 AM

                                                                          It's strange. The McRib falls under both catagories for me. It tastes SO good, but it's still a little disturbing for the exact same reasons you mention.
                                                                          But it tastes SOOOOOO good! lol

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                                                                            ipsedixit RE: Midknight Aug 31, 2012 07:45 AM

                                                                            It's the sauce. I could eat a baseball mitt if it was slathered in that sauce.

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                                                                              Veggo RE: ipsedixit Aug 31, 2012 07:52 AM


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                                                                              ErnieA RE: Midknight Aug 31, 2012 06:22 PM

                                                                              I agree. The McRib is one of the worst things that I have ever liked eating ;)


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                                                                              hill food RE: JLBeans Aug 31, 2012 05:41 PM

                                                                              "Think smaller, and more legs."

                                                                              - Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski (AKA Krusty)

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                                                                              borntolovefood RE: Midknight Aug 30, 2012 06:24 AM

                                                                              Any of their items could be bad if it's not a high-volume item being sold at the branch you visit.

                                                                              Done properly (e.g. frying oil hot enough) and served fresh, I find their lab-tested and time-tested food very agreeable. So the trick is finding a store that does great business and hit the store at the right time. Else I'd wait inside and watch the fries. When the stale ones are gone and new ones are just out of the fryer, I would then place my order.

                                                                              Happy is the time when they ask me to wait while they cook my sanwith. Can't be fresher than that.

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                                                                                laskiblue RE: borntolovefood Sep 3, 2012 07:05 PM

                                                                                You are so right that the McD's location and volume makes a huge difference. I am fond of their sugar free vanilla iced coffee which is mixed at the individual restaurants. The McD's I frequent on the way to work when I teach morning classes does the drink superbly; the McD's nearest to my house does a horrible job with it.

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                                                                                  rohirette RE: borntolovefood Sep 4, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                                                  Yes! There is a comment upthread about the buns for the premium chicken sandwiches. If you get a "fresh" bun and a grilled classic sandwich, it tastes good. But I haven't figured out the right time to order them, because I'm 50/50 on mouthsucking dry foamboard bun v moist multitextured yummy sandwich.

                                                                                  I eat at McD's about every 2 - 3 weeks. I'm sure if I went more often and paid close attention, I'd figure out when and where to order.

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                                                                                  Jelly71 RE: Midknight Aug 31, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                                                  I like a lot of the food at McDonald's, but the Quarter Pounder is just not good. I finally tried one for the first time last month and did not enjoy it at all. I will be sticking to the McNuggets and Big Macs.

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                                                                                    MysticYoYo RE: Jelly71 Sep 3, 2012 06:22 PM

                                                                                    The McRib. Had one recently for nostalgic reasons and it was nasty. And the pickle just added insult to injury.
                                                                                    Chicken McLugnuts - so very obviously processed and then formed into nuggets. Horrible.

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                                                                                      suzigirl RE: MysticYoYo Sep 22, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                                                      Chicken McLucnuts made me laugh and snort. And i agree 100% about the McRib. I love pickles alot but they are just nasty on a nasty sandwich. Although they were either really good when i was young or I just had no palate as they taste different now. There was a sandwich in the early ninties that had an herb sauce that was mayo based and delish. Came on chicken or a burger. That sauce was soooooo good but i cannot remember the name. Anyone remember that sandwich?

                                                                                  2. grampart RE: Midknight Sep 4, 2012 06:33 AM

                                                                                    A new offering from McDs here in NE Georgia is their version of chicken wings. In case you're thinking "McWing", forget it; these things have bones. No matter, they suck. Bigtime! And, you can't even get the kids to eat them because they are too spicy in a nasty sort of way. I think they'll be a very temporary menu item. They are, by far, the worst thing I've ever eaten at McDs.

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                                                                                      Boston_Otter RE: grampart Sep 4, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                      That's surprising, I've heard rave reviews of them, calling them the best thing they've added to the menu in years. I was hoping to try them soon if they went national.

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                                                                                        grampart RE: Boston_Otter Sep 4, 2012 08:45 AM

                                                                                        I guess if you like KFC style spicy wings, they might work for you. Around here, we have Zaxby's all over. If I want wings, that's where I go.

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                                                                                          legsdiamond12 RE: grampart Sep 14, 2012 07:11 AM

                                                                                          I haven't actually eaten McDonald's food or any "fast food" in years (although I'll still get their coffee at the drive-up window), but I was never a big fan of their hamburgers/cheeseburgers. If I remember right, they used to put ketchup and mustard both on their hamburgers, and I always found that an unsavory combination (although I like ketchup and mustard separately).

                                                                                          I traveled through Europe in the early 80's and my traveling companion and I used to live on McDonald's. I remember distinctly that the European McDonald's hamburgers always tasted different than the American version. Different type of beef? For the life of me, though, I can't remember whether the Europeans put that distasteful ketchup/mustard mixture on their burgers.

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                                                                                            Vidute RE: legsdiamond12 Sep 15, 2012 02:51 AM

                                                                                            Different type of beef? Yes. And, maybe the wine and beer as beverage choices?

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                                                                                              legsdiamond12 RE: Vidute Sep 15, 2012 09:35 AM

                                                                                              I don't remember wine and beer, although that certainly would have made the burgers more palatable. Which isn't to say we didn't do our share of drinking on that trip (as well as other things-- we ended up in Amsterdam, and based on what I can remember of that particular city, we had a GREAT time), but none of it occurred at the McDonald's. Too bad they don't introduce that here-- beer and wine with the burgers. Now that's REALLY what you call a "happy meal!"

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                                                                                                hill food RE: legsdiamond12 Sep 15, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                                                White Castle is proposing a beer and wine choice (served only within the store) and I say "why not?"

                                                                                                Euro McD's - if one is ever in Rome, the one in the Piazza d'Espagna has the best Filet O' Fish. it really is different. maybe it's the bread since god knows the meat etc. are flown from wherever is cost effective.

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                                                                                                  Vidute RE: hill food Sep 15, 2012 09:52 PM

                                                                                                  From what I've read, European McDonalds locally sources the food. Here's a passage from an NPR article.

                                                                                                  French cattle are all grass fed, which many argue makes them tastier. Growth hormones are illegal here and each animal has a passport showing where it was born, raised, and slaughtered, according to McDonald's France. That's called traceability, and we don't yet have such a national system in place.

                                                                                                  As for chicken nugget lovers, French chickens, unlike some of their American counterparts, are not rinsed in chlorine to disinfect them. The regular use of chlorine in the U.S. chicken industry is why poulet americain has long been interdit in the European Union


                                                                                                  Here's a link ot Mcd's report of how it sources beef in England.


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                                                                                                    hill food RE: Vidute Sep 15, 2012 10:33 PM

                                                                                                    I'll believe that.

                                                                                                    and to think we Americans are laughed at for eating McD's THERE.

                                                                                                    it's an unconsidered geographic maldistinction.

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                                                                                                      Vidute RE: hill food Sep 15, 2012 11:21 PM

                                                                                                      I think it's because Europeans aren't removed from their food and have a reverence for it, demand quality, are willing to pay for it, and are unwilling to accept less.

                                                                                                      It's sadly amusing that Europeans think about our food exports as we think about China's.

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                                                                                                      Mellicita RE: Vidute Feb 20, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                                                      Given the current fiasco of horsemeat in the beef products (including at Burger King in Britain)... I'm not so sure I would be totally trusting of lower quality fast food meat in Europe anymore.

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                                                                                                        Vidute RE: Mellicita Feb 20, 2013 10:55 PM

                                                                                                        I'm sorry to say that I agree with you, now, Mellicita. This situation has me reconsidering imported meat products. Although Nestle's states that its US products have nothing to do with its EU recalls, can we really be certain? And, what of the frozen/processed meals that are produced in and/or imported from countries involved in this scandal and are sold at retailers such as Aldis and Trader Joes? Have these retailers had DNA testing performed on their products to ascertain that the processor did not substitute/include horse meat? If they haven't, maybe they should, imho.

                                                                                                        Greed is NOT good.

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                                                                                                            Vidute RE: epfx Feb 20, 2013 11:52 PM

                                                                                                            It's good to see that someone in Canada has tested some fast-food burgers, frozen grocery burgers and fresh grocery ground beef and found it to be free of contamination. But, what about products such as lasagna, ravioli, meat pasta sauce, etc. that was manufactured in Europe and imported into the US and Canada? These are the products that were widely, fraudulently labeled as containing ground beef, but, instead, were made with horse meat. Call me paranoid, but I think that these products should be tested, too.

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                                                                                          Querencia RE: grampart Oct 20, 2012 09:10 PM

                                                                                          When I read your post my first thought was that these somehow are synthetic bones: McBones.

                                                                                        3. al b. darned RE: Midknight Sep 14, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                          Sweet Tea
                                                                                          McCoffee. The old stuff was bad enough, but the new Premium Roast is just vile!

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                                                                                            CuervoLinda RE: Midknight Oct 3, 2012 06:13 PM

                                                                                            My vote is for the current incarnations of two items I used to LOVE, McNuggets and the Filet O' Fish.

                                                                                            McNuggets were so much better when they contained dark meat as well as the "all white" meat they use currently, and when they were fried in beef tallow. They managed to keep those same three pre-formed shapes though, which are roughly oval, a rounded diamond shape and the one we refer to as "boot-shaped." They can't fool me though. They just aren't the same.

                                                                                            My other long lost love, the Filet O' Fish has such a scary assortment of fish parts that make their way into the patty now, I can no longer eat them. I love the soft bun, wad of tarter sauce and stingy cheese combo, but the last two or three times I have ordered one in the past few years they contained silvery veiny fish gunk along with the edible part of a fish. I weep for my lost FoF of yesterday.

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                                                                                              ipsedixit RE: CuervoLinda Oct 3, 2012 07:55 PM

                                                                                              My other long lost love, the Filet O' Fish has such a scary assortment of fish parts that make their way into the patty now, I can no longer eat them. I love the soft bun, wad of tarter sauce and stingy cheese combo, but the last two or three times I have ordered one in the past few years they contained silvery veiny fish gunk along with the edible part of a fish. I weep for my lost FoF of yesterday.

                                                                                              I don't think I've ever encountered that.

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                                                                                                CuervoLinda RE: ipsedixit Oct 4, 2012 05:12 PM

                                                                                                It seemed to begin happening 3 years ago or so. I don't know if that is just when I noticed it and in fact it had been going on longer. At first I chalked it up as just a glitch in the McDonald's supply chain, but then I got the scary bits a couple more times and swore off the FoF for good.

                                                                                                Your reply makes me want to give them another shot as I found them wonderful once upon a time. I think I shall venture away from my standard order of Big Mac (still absolute heaven after 30+ years) or double cheeseburgers.

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                                                                                                  fourunder RE: CuervoLinda Oct 10, 2012 09:08 AM

                                                                                                  I've never encountered what you have described as well....

                                                                                                  From the McD's website FAQ:

                                                                                                  What kind of fish is used in the Filet-O-Fish Sandwich?

                                                                                                  We use fresh white fish such as Pollock and Hoki from the cold, deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, Bering, Baltic and North Seas. Once caught, the fish is filleted, deboned and frozen on board the ship to assure quality.

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                                                                                              StrandedYankee RE: Midknight Oct 9, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                                              I am going to put forth a previously unthinkable idea.

                                                                                              The worst thing at McDonald's is...the French Fries.

                                                                                              *ducks and covers while rocks and rotten tomatoes are thrown*

                                                                                              Look, once upon a time, McDonald's had really yummy french fries, so long as they were fresh out of the oil. They were tender, a bit crispy, sometimes a few would be a bit soggy (but usually not unpleasantly so), they had a decent bit of potato flavor and they were pleasantly salty. All in all, they were a very tasty french fry experience. Even when I developed enough of a palate to stop caring for their burgers, I would cheerfully order a large fries. Since the fries were salty, the very sweet ketchup was...okay. It worked.

                                                                                              Somewhere along the line...it has to be at least a decade ago, the fries changed. First off, they no longer salt them enough, if at all. Since fast food quality fries exist solely as a vehicle for salt, I would call this a major problem. Incase you are wondering, I am not a major fan of salty foods. I rarely add salt to foods on my plate. However, unsalted french fries have almost no flavor, and of course they can only be salted properly within moments of coming out of the oil. So even if I add salt, all I end up doing is over-salting the outsides and somehow, they still never get properly salted.

                                                                                              Secondly, the fries are NEVER tender anymore. The outsides are leathery, the inside seems dessicated, almost mummified. Yes, you never get a soggy fry anymore. However, even if you watch them pull them out of the oil and are putting them into your mouth less than 90 seconds later...they are never tender anymore, the leathery quality of the outside has replaced any crispiness.

                                                                                              So, there is my contribution. The worst thing at McDonald's? The french fries. Once upon a time this wasn't the case. But it is now.

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                                                                                              1. re: StrandedYankee
                                                                                                hill food RE: StrandedYankee Oct 9, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                                                                I do wish their hash browns (which are better anyway) were available outside of breakfast. easier to eat on the go than french fries anyway. and then the FoF with hash browns fans wouldn't have to hover tap-dancing on the menu-change cusp.

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                                                                                                  ipsedixit RE: hill food Oct 9, 2012 07:49 PM


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                                                                                                    StrandedYankee RE: hill food Oct 10, 2012 08:37 AM

                                                                                                    I'm not a fan of their hash browns. They always seem to me like they soaked up too much oil somehow.

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                                                                                                      hill food RE: StrandedYankee Oct 10, 2012 10:25 PM

                                                                                                      ok. I'll agree the fries are at best hit-or-miss. I still think they're one of the best things there, except for that painful moment of disappointment and nostalgia when one remembers they're nothing like they once were and never will be again. that brief moment is the worst thing.

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                                                                                                        StrandedYankee RE: hill food Oct 11, 2012 07:46 AM

                                                                                                        I really don't think it's JUST nostalgia for the good-old-days of McDonald's fries. I'm not kidding when I describe them as having leathery outsides and dessicated insides. it's like they are using dried potatoes for french fries, so the insides never get steamy and tender. They aren't just not as good as they used to be. They are now bad french fries. I found this to be the case in both Tennessee and in Philadelphia, so it's not just the regional supplier.

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                                                                                                    monkeyrotica RE: StrandedYankee Oct 10, 2012 09:04 AM

                                                                                                    Second the fries. Never was a fan of shoestrings, but back when they used beef tallow, at least they were crisp and flavorful. Now, they seem to have a half-life of seconds before they coagulate into a congealed mass of cooled potato grease. The only thing I loathe more are coated fries.

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                                                                                                      flavrmeistr RE: monkeyrotica Apr 4, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                      Agreed. Coated fries are an abomination. Curly fries, waffle fries--all are a sin before God. Why do people feel compelled to mess with something as perfect and straightforward as French-fried potatoes?

                                                                                                    2. re: StrandedYankee
                                                                                                      jw615 RE: StrandedYankee Oct 20, 2012 10:46 PM

                                                                                                      For me, the french fries have always been the worst thing. Fair disclosure, I do not really like any french fries, though I will settle for a seasoned curly fry once in a while. I was the strangest kid - would not eat mcdonald's french fries. For me, it is something about the smell that I just can't take. It makes me ridiculously nauseous.

                                                                                                      When I was in high school, my mom was driving me home from the hospital. I had a concussion, we had strict instructions on reasons we would have to return. I tried to tell my brother that if he opened the bag with the french fries in the car and let the smell out, I would throw up. But it is hard to reason with a kindergartener. And so he ate the fries, mom had to pull over so I could throw up, and back to the ER I went. Not a fan.

                                                                                                    3. Tripeler RE: Midknight Oct 20, 2012 09:14 PM

                                                                                                      McDonalds Japan is now offering French Fries in all three sizes for the price of the smallest size (150 yen) until the end of October. Nothing wrong with that.

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                                                                                                        CatHairCondiment RE: Tripeler Oct 20, 2012 11:07 PM

                                                                                                        The Mc Rib.....makes me queasy to type it. The texture,ick.

                                                                                                        Used to enjoy the FOF but switched to Jack in the Box 20 years ago. When in Japan (yearly) I try the fruit flavored shakes, wish they were offered here.

                                                                                                      2. RetiredChef RE: Midknight Oct 25, 2012 10:56 AM

                                                                                                        I will probably get chastised but here it is:

                                                                                                        Egg McMuffin

                                                                                                        I have only had one but it ended up in the trash, stale english muffin that was hard on the edges, rubbery eggs, nasty yellow cheese, shriveled up canadian bacon that was burnt on the edges. To be honest it looked like it was cooked 24 hours ago and held all that time but I kind of doubt that. The MdDonald’s we ate at was super busy, full dining room, 10+ cars in the drive thru and they were waiting on these from the grill when I placed my order.

                                                                                                        To be honest I haven’t eaten many McD items but this was the only one that I have had that went into the trash.

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                                                                                                          monkeyrotica RE: RetiredChef Feb 19, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                          The Egg Mcmuffin is the only item on the menu that uses fresh eggs. Everything else uses that cryovaced premixed egg product that's the consistency of weatherstripping.

                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica
                                                                                                            hill food RE: monkeyrotica Feb 19, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                            and yet...

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                                                                                                              KaimukiMan RE: monkeyrotica Feb 19, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                              that must be why i can tolerate eating mcEggs but never order the Egg Mcmuffin.

                                                                                                            2. re: RetiredChef
                                                                                                              GraydonCarter RE: RetiredChef Apr 5, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                              It's the English Muffin part of the McMuffin that I don't like. I like a buttered crispy English Muffin any other day, but on this kind of sandwich, a biscuit or croissant is a better choice.

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                                                                                                                ferret RE: GraydonCarter Apr 5, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                Perhaps that's why they offer a choice. I had an egg & cheese McMuffin this morning and it was pretty darn good. I'm not a big fan of biscuit sandwiches, although I do enjoy a biscuit with butter, so the English muffin is ideal for me. To each their own.

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                                                                                                                  GraydonCarter RE: ferret Apr 7, 2013 12:35 AM

                                                                                                                  Today I had the Burger King muffin and it was much nicer, lots of eggs, very nice. Same English muffin, though.

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                                                                                                                    petek RE: ferret Apr 7, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                    <I'm not a big fan of biscuit sandwiches, although I do enjoy a biscuit with butter, so the English muffin is ideal for me. To each their own.>

                                                                                                                    Agreed..the biscuit sammy was very disappointing(too much biscuit) McMuffin all the way! :D

                                                                                                              2. MasterHungryPig RE: Midknight Feb 19, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                The Mc Ribs Sandwich kind of has a weird after taste. It's like I'm not eating meat, but Soy Bean Tofu!!!

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                                                                                                                  ALLIEBTX RE: Midknight Feb 20, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                  Their breakfast burritos - yuck! I don't what turned me off about these so much, but they just had a terrible flavor. My old carpool friend would always order these until I introduced her to Whataburger's breakfast taquitos. I have to admit, I recently hit McD's drive-thru on a road trip to California and the sausage mcmuffin with egg that was surprisingly good, very freshly made with a fresh tasting muffin, well cooked egg and melting cheese.
                                                                                                                  My husband says he will never again order the famous (or infamous, depending on your opinion) McRib, now that he knows how it's made.

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                                                                                                                    NVJims RE: ALLIEBTX May 30, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                    Biggest problem with the sausage burritos is that they have been shrinking... they are variable by location, but quite good when 2 packets of 'hot' salsa and a pac of pepper are added.

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                                                                                                                      rochfood RE: NVJims Jun 11, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                      I like the sausage burritos. Their size may vary but they are the only breakfast dollar menu item with sausage, egg, and cheese. And the picante sauce is tasty as well.

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                                                                                                                    madeliner RE: Midknight Feb 21, 2013 12:44 AM

                                                                                                                    We only buy $1 mcdoubles and I am not ashamed to say I love them - not every day of course but they fit the bill sometimes they are way cheap and not all fat and gooey like most mcd's stuff

                                                                                                                    from what I remember the fried apple pies were good but they are probably the size of a pea now

                                                                                                                    aside from the $1 mcdouble my favorite mcd's sandwich is the 1/4 pounder with cheese - classic

                                                                                                                    worse ever? the mcrib, it looked like bloody fingers with soft fake bones - i think i might have had one but thankfully don't remember it-gross

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                                                                                                                      DelishDi RE: Midknight Apr 3, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                      I love hash browns, but I just can't stand the hash brown patty that comes with the breakfast items. The greasy aftertaste always makes me feel ill.

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                                                                                                                        Mellicita RE: DelishDi Jun 12, 2013 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                        Agreed. There is probably something wrong with their cooking oil temperature to produce this problem.... but the hash browns are typically not adequately browned and loaded with grease that oozes out as you take a bite or press on it.

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                                                                                                                        CDouglas RE: Midknight Apr 4, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                        Worse (sic) than what?

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                                                                                                                          flavrmeistr RE: Midknight Apr 4, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                          The double cheeseburger. I can handle the regular cheeseburger, but the double gives me severe agada. Too much of a nasty thing, I suppose.

                                                                                                                          1. Lillipop RE: Midknight Apr 7, 2013 01:03 AM

                                                                                                                            My friend and I went to a McDonald's in our city and (we had coupons for buy one get one free) on their new at that time iced coffee drinks. We ordered the iced drinks as it was hot hot hot California summer weather.The employees were fumbling around and took a very long time to give us the drinks and even though they looked delicious and appetizing they were absolutely revolting:( Full of chocolate syrup and covered in a ton of thick pseudo whipped cream. We tried but after a sip or two in the garbage bin they went.Never again.

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                                                                                                                              1sweetpea RE: Lillipop May 30, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                              I think we're all just chasing the "high" of the best version we've ever had of whatever fast food item we typically order. I have had a few bacon and egg mcmuffins that were really good. Most are pretty poor. Too many have burnt bits on the muffin, cold cheese that was placed off-center on the muffin, egg not placed squarely on the cheese and the whole sandwich is a failure. If the cheese isn't melting and holding the egg and muffin top together, it's just a massive disappointment to me. The best emm I ever had was not only perfectly constructed, the yolk wasn't entirely set, so the first bite yielded a touch of runny yolk. Pretty much every other one I've had has a virtually hard-boiled yolk. Sigh. I'd give up and stop buying them, but I keep hoping I'll get that perfect one again. I have a very soft spot for the hash browns, too. They're often soggy and grease-laden, but those piping hot, nicely golden brown, crunchy ones are so good.

                                                                                                                              I can no longer eat any of the burger items. I find them super salty, gristly, greasy and just not good. The buns, though, put them over the edge. If they're fresh, they dissolve in my mouth and stick to my teeth. If they're not fresh, they're like styrofoam.

                                                                                                                              I recently tried one of the McBistro chicken sandwiches. It had Swiss and mushrooms, plus a messy sauce. It would have been quite good had the chicken itself not been so salty. It was shocking how salty this thing was. I'd love to know if they're always like this or whether someone screwed up and gave my chicken a salt bath, but I can't bear to order another one. They're not cheap.

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                                                                                                                                prima RE: 1sweetpea Jul 25, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                I also tried the Swiss and Mushroom Chicken McBistro recently. While it tasted pretty good, in retrospect, it was the saltiest sandwich I've had in a long time. I drank 3 glasses of water before bed, woke up in the middle of the night to drink more water, then woke up this morning thirsty. Won't order that one again. I would've been happier with the old school McChicken or a burger. I've got to stop falling for the promotional photos of the new sandwiches at the drive-thru! I try their new features maybe 3 times a year, and I've yet to order any of their feature sandwiches a 2nd time.

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                                                                                                                              Bunson RE: Midknight Jun 11, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                              The basic McWrap to me is horrid. Dry tortilla, dry chicken, dry lettuce. Just a mouthful of dry with no flavor. I also found the seasonal pumpkin shake to be quite vile.

                                                                                                                              1. Atomic76 RE: Midknight Jun 12, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                - Fish bites. Nothing like the fish in their filet-o-fish (which I like), different type of breading with an herb seasoning. They always tasted stale and loaded with MSG.

                                                                                                                                - Salad shakers. These things were impossible to eat and they were packed so tightly, the dressing would never get to the bottom. Not to mention the lettuce was all bruised and wilted.

                                                                                                                                - Angus burgers. Just an over-sized patty of their already heavily processed meat with fake flavor and smell additives. The larger buns always tasted loaded with preservatives and stale.

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                                                                                                                                  L2k RE: Atomic76 Jun 13, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                  Seems they listen to you as everything you listed has been discontinued already

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                                                                                                                                    Bunson RE: Atomic76 Jun 13, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                    (when I was still eating fast food) I really liked the Angus burgers! I found them quite tasty!

                                                                                                                                  2. monavano RE: Midknight Jun 13, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                    worse than what exactly?

                                                                                                                                    1. meatn3 RE: Midknight Aug 2, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                      I got a bit caught up in Monopoly daydreaming. I already had a bunch of game pieces from day trips with my nieces and nephews, and I only need ONE MORE game piece to win a million bucks!

                                                                                                                                      So I recently tried the chicken nuggets - no flavor, dry, cardboad texture and a chicken ranch wrap - grilled chicken still tasteless. The cucumber was the only redeeming aspect.
                                                                                                                                      The opportunity to win a million now seems much less appealing...

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                                                                                                                                        fara RE: Midknight Aug 5, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                        The dollar menu/simple items are the best. Kiss- keep it simple (stupid) :) in life and when you have to eat at mcd's. i would never order the fancy stuff there. i try to avoid it but if traveling/unprepared here's what I order, usually just one of hte following:
                                                                                                                                        small fries
                                                                                                                                        filet o'fish
                                                                                                                                        small sundae with hot fudge and nuts
                                                                                                                                        cheeseburger-plain (no ketchup, mustard,pickles, onions)
                                                                                                                                        egg mc muffin with cheese (no meat)

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                                                                                                                                          senorahb RE: Midknight Aug 5, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                          Anything with iceberg lettuce. I don't know what they do, but it's like eating rubbery cardboard. I had a sweet chili wrap and the lettuce was slimy and tough. The sweet chili sauce was overpowering. Blech.

                                                                                                                                          I hate their grilled chicken sandwiches. I keep hoping that the meat will taste good, but it never does. I now just stick to a 1/4 pounder or have a McDouble.

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