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

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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: Veggo

        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.

        1. re: Wahooty

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: fourunder

          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.

          1. re: fourunder

            Agreed - the steak bagel is awful.

            1. re: fourunder

              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".

              1. re: Dinermite

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

                1. re: James Cristinian

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

                2. re: Dinermite

                  No disrespect, by why on earth would your order something called "steak" at a McD's and expected to actually taste good??
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                  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.

                  1. re: Dinermite

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

                  2. re: fourunder

                    Add me to the list, it's probably the worst thing I've eaten at a McDonalds.

                  3. 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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                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                      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.

                      1. re: biondanonima

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

                      2. re: Boston_Otter

                        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. 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.