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rkbabang

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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2018, 05:36:26 AM »
McDonalds had a great burger when I was 5.

It's all about the Egg McMuffin for me.
Coffee's not to bad either.

The new 1/4 pounders are pretty good.  But I agree with you about the egg McMuffin and the coffee.  I usually make my coffee at home, but in a pinch I like McDonalds coffee better than Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks and it's cheaper too.  And the Egg McMuffin and Sausage McMuffin w/ egg are far and away better than any gross microwaved egg sandwich you can get at Dunkin Donuts.

Maybe McDonalds has never had a great burger, but they have always had a good burger.   I just wish they'd go back to using tallow for their fries, because they used to have great fries.

Oh my God, and the pies, WhyTF did they ever quit frying them?
Who do they think they're fooling with a baked apple pie?

What? You don't like surgery apple filling wrapped in glazed cardboard?  I'm surprised they even keep those on the menu, they must throw out more of them than they sell.


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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2018, 05:44:52 AM »
"I think their coffee is usually pretty terrible."

I see a big difference between Canada and U.S. (at least Southern). Canadian Mc Cafe is pretty good IMO.

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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2018, 06:03:21 AM »
I liked the Arche Deluxe, the mustard mayo was really good. If I recall correctly they even hired a famous chef who created the sauce.

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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2018, 06:07:58 AM »
After years of not eating McDonalds I find myself there more now.

A few reasons:
1) For a family of six on the road it's cheap.  Most places have a basket of fries, or some bulk purchasing option.  Kids eat a LOT
2) Quality is consistent, it's a LOT better than it was in the past.
3) Facilities are clean, service is fast
4) There is something for everyone on the menu

When on road trips we used to stop at Wendy's and Burger King, but I can't begin to count how many nasty BK's we've been to, or Wendy's in disrepair.  Maybe the franchisees have more control, I don't know, but the quality has dropped.

The coffee at McD is fine, better than Dunkin.  I don't get the obsession with Dunkin, they serve extremely hot tasteless coffee.  Maybe that's it? People don't like their coffee to have flavor?

If I want a good burger I'll go to a local place.  But when traveling McD usually gets a visit.
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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2018, 06:11:41 AM »
The Egg McMuffin Meal and the occasional ice cream sunday (or that Oreo flurry thing) are pretty much the only things I ever get there. I think their coffee is usually pretty terrible, but I usually get it with the McMuffin meal.

It depends on where you live.  Their coffee is actually different regionally.  In New England McDonalds sources its coffee from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and it is pretty good.  In other parts of the country they source it from 3 other companies (S&D Coffee, Gavina Gourmet Coffee, & Distant Lands Coffee).  I'm not sure about outside the US.

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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2018, 06:23:52 AM »
Random story time.

I worked with a guy who's dad was an exec for Yum Foods for a while.  He was an exec at McD too I believe.  Anyways...

He said they had this tasting room.  It was a restaurant for employees where they had new creations to sample.  The idea was to get feedback, so if you ate this you had to rate it.  If something was rated highly from employees they'd move it forward.

He said they'd have a shelf full of variations of items.  Ranging from total nasty flops, to hits that they couldn't figure out how to mass produce.  Items in this cafeteria might only appear for a day or two.

It was a cool idea.

I remember around the same time reading an article about McD and their challenges with menu selections.  They debated making a shrimp item, but if they were to do it they'd deplete the world's stock of shrimp in less than a year.  That was mind-blowing.  So the challenging is sourcing so much and making it scalable. 
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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2018, 07:10:34 AM »
As someone who loves seafood, the thought of MCD depleting all the shrimp in the world scares the heck out of me.

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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2018, 09:52:20 AM »
Random story time.

I worked with a guy who's dad was an exec for Yum Foods for a while.  He was an exec at McD too I believe.  Anyways...

He said they had this tasting room.  It was a restaurant for employees where they had new creations to sample.  The idea was to get feedback, so if you ate this you had to rate it.  If something was rated highly from employees they'd move it forward.

He said they'd have a shelf full of variations of items.  Ranging from total nasty flops, to hits that they couldn't figure out how to mass produce.  Items in this cafeteria might only appear for a day or two.

It was a cool idea.

I remember around the same time reading an article about McD and their challenges with menu selections.  They debated making a shrimp item, but if they were to do it they'd deplete the world's stock of shrimp in less than a year.  That was mind-blowing.  So the challenging is sourcing so much and making it scalable.

Their chicken wings last year pushed the price up globally. 

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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2018, 11:44:14 AM »
Most places have a basket of fries, or some bulk purchasing option.

Wait, what? McDonald's offers a size of fries bigger than 'large'?  How much does it cost? How many fries compared to one large fry?

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Re: Did McDonalds Ever have a great burger?
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2018, 11:56:35 AM »
Most places have a basket of fries, or some bulk purchasing option.

Wait, what? McDonald's offers a size of fries bigger than 'large'?  How much does it cost? How many fries compared to one large fry?

In PA they had baskets.  It was cheap, a few dollars.  Imagine the 20 piece nugget box, it was like that but with higher walls filled to the brim with fries.  You could get that with two burgers for $5 OTD.  We'd get two of those, plus something for my wife and I and it'd be $14 for a family of six.
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