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Puffin3 Jan 3, 2014 06:03 AM

Remember the 'McRib'?
GOD those were tasty back in the eighties! I really did miss them. Now some 'Golden Arches' are serving them again but not around here.
Got me thinking about what fast foods I could go for.
The first comes to mind would be a 'McTurkey' burger. Same processed 'meat product' as the 'Mc Chicken'. They could offer it with mayo and cranberry sauce and some shredded ice berg lettuce.
How about a Wendy's 'Salmonator' burger? Salmon patty with iceberg lettuce/ lingonberry confit and a smear of cream cheese.
Any others you'd be willing to try if they were on offer?

  1. Cherylptw Jan 3, 2014 07:10 AM

    I would love to be able to get authentic tamales in a drive through in my area of NC (hell, I would love to be able to walk in a restaurant and buy them).

    And, I know this won't happen, but I would love to be able to drive through a White Castle and get burgers, fish sandwiches w/tartar sauce and onion rings like they had back in 60's-70's,,,all change is not always from the better!

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      James Cristinian Jan 4, 2014 02:12 PM

      Move to Houston and it's a done deal, tamales that is.

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      4X4 Jan 3, 2014 08:11 AM

      Egg Mcmuffins and hash browns all day long.

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        carolinadawg Jan 5, 2014 05:16 AM

        Your wish may soon become your reality:

        http://gawker.com/mcdonalds-is-consid...

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          ccbweb Jan 15, 2014 10:22 AM

          Already happening around here in Virginia.

      2. Boston_Otter Jan 3, 2014 08:17 AM

        A 'meaty' veggie burger. When I was in the UK, I had a really terrific Veggie Whopper at Burger King, and I dunno if it was Quorn or some other substance, but it was savory, juicy, and very satisfying -- a great burger. Back here in the states, the best you can hope for is the awful microwaved Gardenburgers at BK.

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          Ttrockwood Jan 4, 2014 02:02 PM

          If you're near a red robin their veggie burgers actually don't suck, and five napkin burgers is actually really good

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            enbell Jan 5, 2014 12:24 AM

            not drive-through though

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          ferret Jan 3, 2014 11:54 AM

          FYI, the McRib was around well past the eighties and it still makes an annual appearance, at least in the Chicago market.

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            Cherylptw Jan 3, 2014 05:38 PM

            McRib also made an appearance in NE North Carolina in the last three weeks...

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              jjjrfoodie Jan 4, 2014 11:50 AM

              McRib is still here in my part of the midwest.

              Starts after T'Giving and they run them until they run out.

              Usually about a week from now.

              I do one every other week which means it's McRib for 1pm NFL football game tomorrow.

              Yum for me.
              And I even own 2 smokers and did awesome smoked beef ribs over Xmas holiday.

              Time and place baybee. Time and place.

              :)

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            Raffles Jan 3, 2014 12:42 PM

            I would love to see hot dogs and all the fixins ....McDog!!!!

            I do not understand why hot dogs aren't offered at burger joints.....

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              bagelman01 Jan 3, 2014 04:45 PM

              McDs has tried and failed at serving hot dogs in the past.

              Hot dog likes and dislikes are too regional for a national chain. The all beef garlic spiced dog preferred in NY is not going to sell in the deep south, just as the bright red colored dog wouldn't sell in New England.
              Beef/Pork/Chicken/Blend? Too many varieties, not like a beef hamburger sold all over the country.

              And don't get me started with toppings: Kraut, onions, Cney Island onion/tomato sauce, Chicago salad, southern cole slaw, relish....the list goes on and on

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                RealMenJulienne Feb 11, 2014 06:24 AM

                You are probably right about this. Still, I'd like it if I could get a decent basic hot dog anywhere in the country. One of the first things I miss when I'm away from Chicago is the hot dog stands all over the place. A national chain could offer a basic beef dog in a steamed bun with optional mustard, onions and ketchup on the side.

                Actually, come to think of it Costco and Sam's Club have become the de facto national hot dog fast food chains.

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                  Firegoat Feb 14, 2014 08:04 PM

                  Dairy Queen offers hot dogs. Also some darn good onion rings.

              2. re: Raffles
                viperlush Jan 5, 2014 01:37 PM

                Sonic has hot dogs

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                  James Cristinian Jan 5, 2014 05:12 PM

                  ...and they are terrible.

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                    jeanmarieok Jan 10, 2014 07:43 AM

                    The Sonic Chili Dog will do for me in a pinch. I have really no other good option. I miss the Greek hotdog chili.

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                      jmckee Feb 11, 2014 12:21 PM

                      Oh come on. It's a hot dog, not beef Wellington. There's a pretty limited way in which a hotdog can be "terrible".

                      We've had pretty good luck overall with Sonic's offerings, including the various dogs.

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                    littleflower Jan 10, 2014 03:37 PM

                    Hardees offers a good chili dog.

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                      SilverlakeGirl Jan 13, 2014 08:54 AM

                      Isn't Hardee's Carls Jr. out here?

                      I got an email from Carl's Jr. yesterday advertising 2 Chili Dogs.

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                        littleflower Feb 11, 2014 07:17 AM

                        Yes, Hardees is called Carl's Jr on the west coast. Same company and food but they offer a couple of slightly different menu options at each due to regional taste preferences. Ex: Hardees here in in the Southern states offers country ham biscuits, and the Carls Jr's in CA does not.

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                      brucesw Jan 15, 2014 09:09 PM

                      James Coney Island, the dominant hot dog purveyor here, has had drive-thrus since the 1970s. Chili pies are great; their burgers and other sandwiches suck. Multiple locations.

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                      fleenshop Jan 3, 2014 01:18 PM

                      I'd line up if McDonald's offered 'classic fries,' fried in beef tallow like they used to be when Julia Child liked them.

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                        Tripeler Jan 3, 2014 05:53 PM

                        That's a wonderful suggestion. Likely they would outsell the modern McD fries, though, which would be a headache for Ronald.

                      2. mucho gordo Jan 3, 2014 05:28 PM

                        I've always wondered why McD's never made onion rings. Is there a reason?

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                          Firegoat Jan 7, 2014 11:01 AM

                          Apparently they do in some other markets, like the UK.
                          http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calo...

                          I'm still convinced the best fast food onion rings are at all places Dairy Queen

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                            RealMenJulienne Feb 11, 2014 06:25 AM

                            White Castle also does a very respectable onion ring/petal.

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                          jbsiegel Jan 3, 2014 05:44 PM

                          Drive through bakery would be my ideal! Other than that, how about some kind of choose-your-own-toppings-drive-through-salad place?

                          1. ipsedixit Jan 3, 2014 06:40 PM

                            I wish McDonald's would offer an extra-large (supersized?) Filet-O-Fish.

                            Short of that, I wish McDonald's would offer a "10:50 Filet-O-Fish" as a standard menu item.

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                              ferret Jan 3, 2014 06:47 PM

                              They occasionall offer the double filet but it's the wrong proportions.

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                                ipsedixit Jan 3, 2014 06:58 PM

                                I want double, or bigger, of everything. Fish, bun, tarter sauce, cheese etc.

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                                  ferret Jan 3, 2014 07:02 PM

                                  Buy 2.

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                                    ipsedixit Jan 3, 2014 07:41 PM

                                    I do.

                                    But that means unwrapping twice. Wasted movement.

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                                      melpy Jan 5, 2014 06:17 AM

                                      Are you a Therblig scholar? Frank Gilbreth would be proud.

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                                        ipsedixit Jan 5, 2014 10:48 AM

                                        No, I am just a devotee of Occam.

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                                    paprkutr Jan 7, 2014 09:11 AM

                                    Order it with double fish etc. I do that at JIB, I order a biscuit with two eggs and two slices of cheese. I get what I want without having to buy two and I don't want the meat and two biscuits. Custom order also makes sure its fresh.

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                                      ipsedixit Jan 10, 2014 06:25 PM

                                      Double fish throws off the ratio.

                                      It's all about the perfect confluence of squishy bread, breaded fish product, a cheese product and tartar sauce.

                                      Too much, or less, of any vis-a-vis to any other creates an in balance in the Force.

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                                        ccbweb Jan 15, 2014 10:21 AM

                                        One of the very few times I've complained about food at McDs (because, really, it's a low bar) was when they failed to steam the bun for the Filet o Fish. The manager professed not to get why it mattered. Honestly. There are the 4 elements you mentioned....any one missing and it's awful.

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                                  Beach Chick Jan 5, 2014 06:32 AM

                                  That would frigging kill it ipsy!
                                  Mine has to have a small fry squished with extra tartar sauce...yours with a hash brown.

                                  Devoted Filet O' Fish Chica

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                                  foodieX2 Jan 3, 2014 06:49 PM

                                  I haven't eaten McDonalds in years but back then I loved McDLT. I might consider revisiting if they brought it back.

                                  1. alarash Jan 3, 2014 07:59 PM

                                    fast-food?

                                    well, i guess i'm a sucker for five guys. glad the closest one is half hour away, for the sake of my waistline.

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                                      HeyImBack Jan 3, 2014 08:30 PM

                                      This isn't really responsive to your question, but I wish Five Guys would put in drive-thrus. Although maybe not, b/c then I'd probably get their fries a lot more often than I should!

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                                        bagelman01 Jan 4, 2014 07:26 AM

                                        The Five Guys in New Haven, CT had a drive thru for the first year after they opened (the location used to be a bank). It was closed down because customers grew impatient waiting for cooked to order food. Five Guys standards allow up to 6 minutes from order to delivery of burger and fries (compare to McD's under a minute goals). Couple this with state laws limiting idling your engine no more than 2 mi nutes and a Five Guys drive thru is a recipe for disaster.

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                                          mucho gordo Jan 4, 2014 10:46 AM

                                          A Burger King in the LA area tells you to park your car and someone will bring the food to you when it's ready. Rather than close down, that might have been a viable alternative for 5 guys.

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                                            bagelman01 Jan 5, 2014 05:20 AM

                                            The lot wasn't condusive to a holding area. The drive thru was a very large covered area (formerly 2 banking lanes) and now is a shaded area with picnic tables for al fresco dining, if you don't mind gasoline fumes or 6 dgree weather.

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                                              mucho gordo Jan 5, 2014 10:49 AM

                                              No thanks. I wouldn't want to dine al fresco there but then, I wouldn't go to BK either. Their slogan is a big lie; you can't 'have it your way'.

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                                            pedalfaster Jan 8, 2014 12:28 PM

                                            Too bad they didn't come up with a way to send the food via pneumatic tube. Now that would be cool!

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                                              bagelman01 Jan 8, 2014 02:10 PM

                                              Back in the early 80s they put a drivethru in the Wendy's location on Federal Rd in Danbury, CT. The kitchen was on the far side of the restaurant from the drive thru. They put in a conveyor system 12" wide. The kitchen put the completed bags with the order on the conveyor, it rode above the counters and walkway to the restroom and came down in an outdoor booth where there was an attendant with a cash register and a soda dispenser. The attendant pulled the bag off the conveyor and handed it to you thru the window.
                                              I remember an independent drivein in the early 60s in Westchester county, NY that tried a delivery system direct to the car, but it couldn't handle drinks without spilling.

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                                                mucho gordo Jan 8, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                That conveyor system doesn't sound too appealing. How did it work out for them?

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                                                  bagelman01 Jan 9, 2014 08:11 AM

                                                  worked fine for about 20 years until the tore down the restaurant and rebuild from ground up with drive thru right off the kitchen

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                                          malibumike Jan 4, 2014 08:36 AM

                                          I wish In-N-Out would offer a chili burger and a chicken burger.

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                                            ipsedixit Jan 4, 2014 10:47 AM

                                            The charm, and really the genius, of In N Out is its simplicity and its admirable, even stubborn, insistence on a basic menu that says, you get burgers, fries, soda and shakes. And nothing else.

                                            Sure, you can mix and match, do some funky things (secret menu, anyone?), but at the end of the day when you come to In N Out you're basically going to be eating some form or combo of burgers, fries and a sugary drink.

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                                              Kat Jan 13, 2014 08:43 AM

                                              I wish In n Out would come to New England.

                                            2. Antilope Jan 4, 2014 10:23 PM

                                              Bring back BellBeefer / BellBurger, Taco Bell!

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                                                venice4504 Jan 4, 2014 10:36 PM

                                                Jimmy Johns drive thru. Or some good sub sandwich drive thru.

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                                                  enbell Jan 5, 2014 12:30 AM

                                                  Huh, all the Jimmy Johns in Boise have drive throughs...

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                                                    jes7o Jan 5, 2014 03:38 AM

                                                    Our Jimmy John's has a drive thru and it's the BEST!

                                                  2. Tripeler Jan 5, 2014 04:44 AM

                                                    This may surprise some, but why can't the major fast-food chains offer a chicken burger. Just a patty of ground chicken (both dark and white meat) instead of a hunk of white meat breaded and deep fried. Just chicken meat instead of beef would be a pleasant change of pace.

                                                    1. melpy Jan 5, 2014 06:19 AM

                                                      Falafel or shrwarma

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                                                        Tara57 Jan 5, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                        I thought about falafel, too. Falafel, gyros, kebabs. I'd love the takeaway curry that is served in England.

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                                                          juliejulez Jan 8, 2014 12:12 PM

                                                          There's a drive-thru gyro place near my work (in metro Denver). It's awesome.

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                                                        Beach Chick Jan 5, 2014 06:35 AM

                                                        Veggie Burgers!

                                                        I'm not much of a fast food chica except an In and Out yearly run and a Filet O' Fish craving with fries squished inside and extra tartar.

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                                                        1. re: Beach Chick
                                                          bagelman01 Jan 5, 2014 08:42 AM

                                                          Here in southern Connecticut the Duchess fast food chain has Veggie Burgers on the menu and available at the drive thru

                                                          http://www.duchessrestaurants.com/fas...

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                                                            Beach Chick Jan 7, 2014 08:58 AM

                                                            Wow B-man..Duchess looks great and quite extensive for a drive-thru.

                                                            Being a So. Cal gal, I would love a place like this.
                                                            I have friends in Litchfield, CT, maybe I'll have to make a stop when I'm back in the area.

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                                                          HillJ Jan 5, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                          Far more choices, but in the hot dish category I'd love to get an eggplant parm or see a veggie burger on the kids menu or a broiled piece of fish instead of a fried patty. I'd be willing to pay for that.

                                                          1. Robin Joy Jan 5, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                            Cold water lobster, broiled with garlic butter, and a shaved fennel salad with lemon dressing.

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                                                              James Cristinian Jan 5, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                              Boiled crawfish and blue crabs, toss the shells out the window. Biodegradable, right? Your car, not mine and while we're at it a dozen oysters on the half shell.

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                                                                Tara57 Jan 6, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                Don't forget a drive-through daiquiri.

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                                                                  vttp926 Jan 8, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                  Already found in different places in New Orleans.

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                                                                  brucesw Jan 8, 2014 06:16 PM

                                                                  Crawfish City, Bellaire @ Sugar Land - Howell has a drive thru; not sure about the blue crabs or oysters.

                                                                  Eating them in the car is optional.

                                                                  And of course it's not a chain so I guess it doesn't count?

                                                              2. annagranfors Jan 6, 2014 11:02 PM

                                                                POUTINE.

                                                                I have NO idea which of the chains could pull it off, but they seem to do it easily in Canada. I suppose it's the cheese curds that'd be the hardest thing for a chain to do *well*.

                                                                Still haven't tried TJ's version, but it's getting good reviews. But it'd be nice to have SOME chain down here do it better than adequately, served hot and fresh.

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                                                                  ccbweb Jan 15, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                  KFC or Popeyes....places that already do fries and gravy....just have to add the cheese curds (which could also be sold separately, fried...)...

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                                                                    Boston_Otter Feb 15, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                    I had McPoutine in several Canadian McDonalds. They were... okay. Gravy on fries with respectable cheese curds.

                                                                  2. GraceW Jan 7, 2014 09:19 AM

                                                                    Eggplant or portobello mushroom-based entrees.

                                                                    1. Firegoat Jan 7, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                      I would like a pizza by the slice drive thru option.

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                                                                        Christine Jan 10, 2014 09:02 AM

                                                                        fwiw, Fazoli's has pizza by the slice in their drive through...limited selection though...only cheese and/or pepperoni

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                                                                          cornedhash Jan 14, 2014 08:32 PM

                                                                          Is Fazoli's still even around nowadays?

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                                                                            Firegoat Jan 15, 2014 05:14 AM

                                                                            I just read that Pizza Hut is trying pizza by the slice in two new locations. It's like they read mymind.

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                                                                              enbell Jan 22, 2014 01:01 AM

                                                                              http://www.fazolis.com/locations

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                                                                                littleflower Feb 11, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                                                Fazolis used to have halfway decent pizza slices..
                                                                                tried them about sixmonths ago I think tthey changed the way that they make them and it tasted awful. Blech.

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                                                                            brucesw Jan 15, 2014 09:06 PM

                                                                            There was a drive-thru pizza chain here about 30 years ago, Bambolino's. Most of the locations closed after a short time, one hung on for years but added an outdoor deck and eventually moved to a larger place with a dining room. I think there's still a drive thru but nobody uses it. The problem with the one near me was turnover - pies sat under a heat lamp too long - or had to be re-heated and sometimes badly burned.

                                                                            All the original locations were kiosks.

                                                                            There's a new place opening up near a busy intersection with virtually no parking and will offer a drive thru - remains to be seen if the pizza will be any good.

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                                                                            brucesw Jan 8, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                                            A couple of Mom and Pop's here are drive-thru boudin huts, but none close to me, unfortunately. Also boudin balls.

                                                                            1. Tripeler Jan 10, 2014 03:47 AM

                                                                              I wonder if Wendy's used Arnold to advertise the Salmonator burger...?

                                                                              1. rabaja Jan 10, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                Pho. Good pho, though, not some chain crap.

                                                                                I most often crave pho when I'm sick or tired, so drive through would be perfect.

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                                                                                  littleflower Jan 10, 2014 03:35 PM

                                                                                  I wish someone would carry buffalo burgers! I would happily pay a little extra for them.

                                                                                  1. Kat Jan 13, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                                                    McSushi

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                                                                                      Tripeler Jan 14, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                                                      There is a chain of low-cost sushi shops in San Francisco that was planning to change its name to McSushi, but apparently they received letters from McDonald's lawyers threatening action. So, they ended up calling themselves...
                                                                                      We Be Sushi

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                                                                                        ccbweb Jan 15, 2014 10:18 AM

                                                                                        And You See Sushi over by UCSF on Judah!

                                                                                    2. SilverlakeGirl Jan 13, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                                                      A good fast food Indian cooking. I'd even go for McDonalds serving their Indian food here.

                                                                                      An homage to my bro: Bagna Càuda. A place called " Bagna Càuda Delight" would suffice.

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                                                                                        rainey Jan 14, 2014 08:42 PM

                                                                                        Popcorn shrimp. Fried clams. Japanese pickles.

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                                                                                          Boston_Otter Jan 15, 2014 05:50 AM

                                                                                          Popeyes, Long John Silvers, and Captain D's have popcorn shrimp.

                                                                                          If you want fried clam strips, they're pretty easy to find at any seafood place (LJS has them, for sure). If you mean whole-belly clams, you'll need to go to a good New England clam shack :)

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                                                                                            rainey Jan 15, 2014 12:00 PM

                                                                                            Sorry. Have never heard of Captain D's and haven't seen a Popeye's or Long John Silver in my area of Los Angeles in decades.

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                                                                                              mucho gordo Jan 15, 2014 12:09 PM

                                                                                              I'm not sure where you are but there's a Long John Silver in the Pacoima/Sun Valley area

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                                                                                                Boston_Otter Jan 15, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                                                There used to be three big seafood chains: Captain D's, Long John Silvers, and Arthur Treachers. The latter's long gone, Captain D's has very few locations left (I found one in San Francisco, that's the closest) and LJS has slimmed way down, too. So around LA, you're right, your choices are probably pretty hard to find!

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                                                                                                  mucho gordo Jan 15, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                                                  You forgot about H Salt which is also almost nonexistant in the L. A. area. There used to be at least 3 of them and now I only know of 2

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                                                                                            marcyfitz Jan 15, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                            Thanks for asking .. this is something I think about way more than I probably should. I want a spicy grilled chicken sandwich...how hard can that be! All of the spicy chicken sandwiches I've ever found are deep fried and the only deep fried sandwich I eat is the deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwich when I'm in Iowa. Also, some chain should offer deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwiches like they make them in Iowa. Also, they should have Runza Huts in the Pacific Northwest and somebody needs to start offering Tuna and Cheese Frenchies.

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                                                                                              gfr1111 Jan 22, 2014 04:44 AM

                                                                                              I am generally antagonistic toward any recipe that sacrifices flavor for health. (Yeah, just so that's clear, I dislike recipes that taste less good than the original configuration so that the eater can enjoy the delusion that he/she is eating "healthy". Naturally healthy recipes that have not been manipulated by sacrificing flavor are another story.)

                                                                                              One exception, for me, however, was the McLean Burger from McDonald's. McDonald's burgers don't taste like anything anyways, so why not eat a burger that tasted like nothing but was delicious because all of the toppings put on it? That was the McLean Burger.

                                                                                              The patty was dry (due to the fat being removed from the hamburger meat with warm water before frying) and tasted like nothing, but if you put tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickles on it, you couldn't detect the difference from a regular McDonald's burger, unless you really, really thought about it. The McLean burger was a great "place holder" in the sense that you needed something with some texture to fool your mouth and the burger did a great job of doing that.

                                                                                              Just putting all the toppings on a hamburger bun was not satisfying, but McDonald's ersatz burger did the trick and the caloric savings were impressive.

                                                                                              On the opposite end of the spectrum, I loved the deep-fried apple and cherry "pies" which Mc Donald's offered in the 1970s (?). This consisted a of dough tube which had been deep fried. The dough was crunchy and salty, with a the filling being a sweet contrast to the dough. It must have been about a million calories, but, boy, was it good!

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                                                                                                Boston_Otter Jan 22, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                                                FYI, they aren't quite the same, but the fried apple pies from Popeyes are a great throwback to the 'good ol' days'.

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                                                                                                  Puffin3 Feb 11, 2014 05:12 AM

                                                                                                  Many years ago I used to pick up a 'Wendy's burger'. The one with the square patty. IMO back then I thought Wendy's was the best burger in town.
                                                                                                  Had one the other day on a whim in a nearby town. It was awful! Thin gray patty. Dry tasteless bun. Barely any condiments. There is a 'last time' for everything.

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                                                                                                    Boston_Otter Feb 15, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                    Er, okay! The ones I've had are much thicker than they used to be with lots of condiments; sounds like you had a strangely bad experience. But since I was talking about fried apple pies, I'm not sure how that relates anyway.

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                                                                                                    littleflower Feb 11, 2014 07:08 AM

                                                                                                    If you happen to live near a Rally's/Checkers, they sell hot apple pies coated with cinnamon sugar very similar to Hardees old apple pies. Hardees still sells apple pies but the ones now are crescent shaped and do not have that yummy cinnamon sugar coating. Come to think of it, the ones Hardees sells now may be pretty close in taste to the old McDonald's ones...worth a try!

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