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God, McDonald’s is awful.
I mean, if you are on a budget, and just need FOOD (as opposed to anything remotely edible) its fine, and suprisingly cheap.
But thats the trap. It’s cheap for a reason. I worked at one when I first started going to college right outa high school, and I gotta say, after working there for awhile, I was tempted to never put fast food in me ever again.
(I do occasionally forget this and get a Carl’s Jr. burger)

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bunnyofdoom said on June 30th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Dude, try all of the ribs. Also, try the unbbq sauced ones, and add your own sauce. Delicious.

this is broguht to by local Loblaws wage slave.

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Yeah, the sizes on stuff down here are pretty much idiotic. It’s tough to get a “small” order of fries anymore (and by “small” I mean actually small – the kind that are served in a little bag with a reasonable portion size). You pretty much have to order “kiddie” sizes or search out something they call “value-sized” at various restaurants. (Wendy’s still gets me every time – I’ll order a Medium drink and get something that could hydrate a llama.)

And while most of McD’s large sandwiches taste like ass, I will say that their new “Southern Style Chicken Sandwich” is surprisingly edible. Nice and simple – a fried chicken filet with pickle on a bun. It’s clearly a Chik-fil-a knock-off, and it’s not quite as good as a Chik-fil-a, but it’s not bad, and it doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve just eaten something that’s more sauce than anything else.

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I buy happy meals, and off the dollar menu, when I can’t avoid it, (on car trips and such).

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Dave Silva said on June 30th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I’m hopelessly addicted to McDeath’s french fries.

Oh yeah, their southwestern chicken crap is, well crap. If the chicken itself were drier, it would be much more enjoyable, but it feels almost half-cooked for some reason.

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I’m a big fan of their $1 double cheeseburgers. The chicken sandwich? Buh. If I wanted only chicken, a miniscule bit of pickle, and a bun, I … no, I wouldn’t want it. I need CHEESE, dammit. Fries are good, though. And I am a sucker for their sausage biscuit, add a slice of cheese.

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Here’s the thing about McD’s–the food of their major burger joint competition around here is almost universally worse.

Take Wendy’s fries (please). If you don’t eat them immediately upon being served, if not sooner, they transform into foul-tasting lumps of mostly starch, whereas McD’s fries are still edible by the time you get home.

(I don’t know if they still do it, but McD’s used to dunk their fries in sugar syrup–in theory to get that golden-brown color, but more likely to get your sweet tooth thoroughly hooked.)

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I’ve worked at enough McDonalds to be able order anything with a load of many special instructions and then watch them like a hawk. I find my horrible experience index has gone down quite a bit that way.

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You would totally love the McAngus burger. Oh, yes. And I would love reading about it.

For the fries and drink portions, you have to remember that they just don’t care about the portion sizes from a cost perspective — they just have to make sure they’re competitively sized.

McDonald’s sells just about all of its “sandwiches” at cost, because it’s on the sandwiches that people comparaison shop. The drinks and the fries are just about pure profit. When I read up on it in high school, I found out that McDonald’s actually spends more money on cup, straw, lid and ice than they spend on the Coke itself[1].

[1] – Citation needed

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We don’t have sizes of burgers. Well, unless you specifically order sandwiches that have different sized patties.

But some of the portions are crazy – supersize and even large here are too big. But medium? I didn’t think those were much more than a bottle of soda.

And lastly, there’s not supposed to be hotsauce on the Southern Chicken

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Aardy R. DeVarque
If you don’t eat them immediately upon being served, if not sooner, they transform into foul-tasting lumps of mostly starch, whereas McD’s fries are still edible by the time you get home.

Ummmm, Aardy? McDonald’s fries are constructed of some unrottable, unkillable, unnatural compound that must not be named. When I was doing my art minor, one guy did a concept piece which involved a giant heap of old fries. We thought he’d sprayed them with acrylic or something.

Nope. I think the oldest ones were six weeks old, but you couldn’t tell. That shit is like Wonderbread.

*shudder* I don’t know how I could ever eat that stuff when I was a kid. It’s uniformly nasty.

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Zed:
And like I said, Wendys’ fries are WORSE. (And I’d rate BK’s fries closer to Wendys’ than McD’s.)

Ick-phooey.

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malakim2099 said on June 30th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

Describe this Loblaws to one ignorant of your crazy Canadian ways, if you please. :)

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malakim: Loblaws is a venerable and very large upper-scale supermarket chain here in Canada, known for its store-brand “President’s Choice” products, which tend to be either comparable or (usually) far better than name-brand food across the board. Some of the early PC products were adapted for sale in the American market (Wikipedia says the only chain carrying them right now is Jewel).

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Rob Brown said on June 30th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

If it’s that bad why do you eat the whole thing? I’d stop after one bite if it tasted that bad.

Or is it the kind of thing where it’s okay going down and then you get hit with the nausea and grossness afterward?

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Quinctia said on June 30th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

What I will eat at McDonald’s: Egg McMuffin (if you ever want to baffle an employee, try to order one without meat–apparently I’m the only one who’d be satisfied by egg and cheese) or a Premium Chicken Sandwich (but if I want to spend that much on a sandwich, why not go somewhere that has food I like?).

I avoid them at all costs. I’ve had one of their burgers once in recent memory, but I was extremely intoxicated. And by recent, I mean 8 years ago when I was a freshman in college.

And I agree wholeheartedly on American portion sizes, though it means I can generally nab a meal off BK’s cheapo menu for about $2.50 (I generally have a can or bottle of some beverage stashed in my purse, so no pop buckets for me).

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When I go to McDonald’s, all I order are the Chicken McNuggets and fries. Oh, and the orange pop, or occasionally a chocolate milkshake.

McDonald’s sandwiches and hamburgers aren’t that great, but I don’t have an issue with all of their food.

Oh, and those little cookies in the shape of McDonald’s characters? Yeah, those are good too.

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bleahk…

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I gave up on McDonalds when they introduced the McGriddle.

But you know what? I like Wendy’s fries. Especially when you dip them in your Frosty.

….yeah, I’m going to die at age 40.

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The only thing I actually LIKE from McD’s are the Chicken McNuggets. I know there probably isn’t much actual chicken meat, but I still love ’em…

Beyond that, I’ve been trying to curb fast food from my diet. Not easy with my nocturnal schedule. Why can’t you be open 24 Pete’s Fish & Chips? WHY?

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Zenrage said on July 1st, 2008 at 1:54 am

See, I don’t mind McDonalds when I’m on a road trip – usually I’ll get 2-3 chicken sandwiches off the dollar menu.

If I’m going for good fast food, I go to Wendy’s for a couple of their double stack cheeseburgers (sans onions, can’t stand the bitter bastards – go figure).

But my greatest joy is the Whopper or the Whopper Jr at Burger king. I remember living in Appleton and going to collect my comics every Wednesday. I’d pick them up and the shop owner knew me only by my box number – which was cool with me- and then I’d come back and stop by the local Burger king for the Whopper Wednesday – a Whopper for $1 – and pick up two or three for the road.

Fresh comics and greasy burgers. You just can’t beat that.

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malakim2099 said on July 1st, 2008 at 2:26 am

Well, I have to admit… I do like the McDonalds Chicken Wraps.

And thanks for the clarification MGK. You learn something new every day.

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supergp said on July 1st, 2008 at 3:07 am

The McFlurry is palatable. This mere earthling approves.

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supergp: The McFlurry is tolerable only when any other frozen ice cream product in a cup ™ is ignored. It’s not as good as a Frosty, or a Blizzard, or anything from an ice cream wagon.

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Do you ever go to a place where you can get a real burger? I know whenever I want one, I pass up the fast food places for Chili’s, a restaurant that actually doesn’t cook the burger until after you order it.

Of course, it’s an American restaurant and they call ’em “Big Mouth Burgers” on the menu, so you can get bacon on it* and the whole thing is about 3/4 the size of your head. But it’s a really good burger 3/4 the size of your head.

*My favorite bacon. I want to know how they do it so I can do it that way – nowhere else have I ever found such bacon.

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I must concur with 01d55 on disliking most fast burgers. Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr, and Red Robin are fine, and I’d recommend a small town called Moonshine, Illinois.

At McDonald’s I tend to get a McNugget meal. The only other things I like on the menu are apple pies and breakfast items.

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Funkula said on July 1st, 2008 at 4:03 am

Whataburger is the best. I pity all you non-Texas-inhabiting organisms.

Also, you wanna talk unhealthy? I once ordered a double from there with six orders of bacon. That is eighteen motherfucking slices. The bacon was approximately 120% the thickness of the two patties combined.

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No offence, but if you refer to the chipotle sauce on the new southwest chicken sandwich as ‘hot’ then you should just turn in your sack right now, because you are no longer a man.

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Chadhulhu said on July 1st, 2008 at 6:26 am

I really only crave one thing from Rotten Ronnie’s ( local term we use al the time) their sausage mcMuffin. Damn, they are addictive and at 1.39$ (cdn.) and/or the double chz burger (same price). they are the best.

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Whataburger is ok, but they use too much mustard. Good chicken basket, though Dairy Queen’s are better…

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Rob Brown said on July 1st, 2008 at 10:20 am

Back when I still ate burgers I never found any fault with the ones from Harvey’s. Go there, man!

It’s only in Canada as far as I know, so you Yanks will have to make do with Carl’s Jr. or White Castle or Jack in the Box or whatever other chains are down there and not here.

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Hold on now – Frostys are great. If you want chocolate. Their vanilla leaves something to be desired, particularly the ones with “mix ins”. That’s like charging me for a Blizzard or McFlurry and then making me mix it myself. I’ll pass.

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motteditor said on July 1st, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Canada has a place called Loblaw’s? I’m having flashbacks to Arrested Development (which is a good thing). Is it run by a guy named Bob?

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I always get the same thing too– only for me, it’s two McChickens off the dollar menu. I refuse to eat their “beef.”

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BlackBloc said on July 8th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

McD’s poutine is awful, so no self-respecting Quebecois would go there. It’s not like we don’t have a zillion mom & pop fast food joints that make much better food that we can go to instead.

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Mary Warner said on September 7th, 2009 at 3:36 am

Despite what Funkula said above, you don’t have to live in Texas to go to Whataburger. We have them in Oklahoma, too.
It’s best to avoid hamburgers at any fast-food place, I think. I always get McNuggets now that they use real white meat instead of bleached thigh like they used to do. (That’s not a joke. A lot of chains really do that.)
I’m surprised no one has mentioned Sonic. They tend to rank near the top on almost all their selections, and they have more choices than any other chain in the world, I think.

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