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(CNBC)   McDonald's: Eh, I'm sure the younger folks will get over their foodie trends and come back for a Big Mac. July sales data: How about no   (cnbc.com) divider line 57
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2014-08-08 11:35:31 AM  
Other than an occasional craving for an egg mcmuffin, I haven't stepped foot in a McDonalds for at least two years.

Fast food in general has become garbage, but MCD is the worst of all.  (not counting Rallys, as their menu doesn't even qualify as 'food product')
 
2014-08-08 11:42:33 AM  
Looks like they're all going to Wendy's.
 
2014-08-08 11:46:54 AM  
Hmmm... maybe the pretentious-yet-amateurish "foodie" movement will do some good after all...
 
2014-08-08 11:47:50 AM  

Bob Falfa: Looks like they're all going to Wendy's.


They've pretty much become one of the only reasonable/bright spots in the whole industry.  If I have to get fast food (road trip, etc), I look for a Wendys first.


/gotta say though Jack in the box breakfast tacos are great late-night snacking  ;)
 
2014-08-08 11:49:01 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Hmmm... maybe the pretentious-yet-amateurish "foodie" movement will do some good after all...


If nothing else, given the prices on most fast-food combos now, I can just as easily go to a local or regional place and get a much better burger for the same amount of money (and support smaller biz to boot)
 
2014-08-08 11:49:03 AM  
I rarely eat fast food and I haven't had McDs in years. I know too many older folks who ate that stuff ALL THE TIME. Now theyre having heart problems.

No thank you...
 
2014-08-08 11:55:45 AM  

Bob Falfa: Looks like they're all going to Wendy's.


Wedny's has a hotter red headed mascot.
 
2014-08-08 11:57:01 AM  

raerae1980: I rarely eat fast food and I haven't had McDs in years. I know too many older folks who ate that stuff ALL THE TIME. Now theyre having heart problems.

No thank you...


That's about all you ever see in MCDs (and many other such places) now:  Just a bunch of senior citizens who take 20 minutes to order, but can't wait for more than 30 seconds for their jelly biscuits, $1 burgers and coffee (coffee with burgers?  Blech!)

And don't you DARE get in their way on 'all you can eat biscuits and gravy' Sundays at Hardees!  I want my 4th biscuit now!
 
2014-08-08 12:16:06 PM  
I've never understood how anyone could eat a Big Mac, anyway

/I mean, all McD food is pretty bad, but those things taste like ass
 
2014-08-08 12:22:54 PM  
i1151.photobucket.com
`Here's your archaic "burger & fries", Gramps!'

`Chah! Like anyone under 50 would allow some much gluten & mechanically-separated meat in their bodies! DUH!'
 
2014-08-08 12:29:58 PM  

oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 480x484]
`Here's your archaic "burger & fries", Gramps!'

`Chah! Like anyone under 50 would allow some much gluten & mechanically-separated meat in their bodies! DUH!'


Is that Kevin Arnold's mom?
 
2014-08-08 12:54:55 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: (not counting Rallys


I think you mean Checkers.
 
2014-08-08 12:57:28 PM  
I strongly doubt MCD is saying "eh" about any of this. They are responsible for some tremendous improvements in supply chain, advertising, and management, so I expect they will find some innovative ways to pull back.

I'm a stockholder, but I think their food is shiate and I haven't eaten there since before Super Size Me.
 
2014-08-08 01:06:42 PM  

Bob Falfa: Is that Kevin Arnold's mom?


My lack of boner says no.
 
2014-08-08 01:06:49 PM  
MCD's "foodie" campaign was an incredibly stupid waste of money.
 
2014-08-08 01:07:50 PM  
The only time I go there is with a coupon for 2 for 1 Big Mac or ¼ lb. cheese burger.
 
2014-08-08 01:17:16 PM  
"We believe McDonald's U.S. is focusing hard on operations as a way to bolster growth during peak hours and set the table for future innovation. That said, sales are suffering in the interim with the lack of significant new product news and unsuccessful promotional activity..." analysts wrote in a note.

I hope these are different analysts than those that said earlier this year (and last year) that McDonalds was putting out too many new products.
 
2014-08-08 01:18:15 PM  
One of the local brew pubs has kids eat free on Sundays. It ends up being about the same cost minus tip as McDonalds, and the food is so much better.
 
2014-08-08 01:20:17 PM  

Copperbelly watersnake: One of the local brew pubs has kids eat free on Sundays. It ends up being about the same cost minus tip as McDonalds, and the food is so much better.


plus, beer!
 
2014-08-08 01:21:02 PM  
Well guess McDonald's is done. They'll be out of business next month probably.

Oh? They made billions last year despite what a cherry picked one month sales report said? That's weird, it's like what the headline is saying isn't actually true, and people do still eat at McDonalds.
 
2014-08-08 01:22:19 PM  

Copperbelly watersnake: One of the local brew pubs has kids eat free on Sundays. It ends up being about the same cost minus tip as McDonalds, and the food is so much better.


Two girls eating from one cup are doing better than McD's
 
2014-08-08 01:30:27 PM  
I eat McDonald's enough for a few people, probably.  I can't stand Big Macs, though.  Never could.
 
2014-08-08 01:31:57 PM  

Fonaibung: They are responsible for some tremendous improvements in supply chain, advertising, and management, so I expect they will find some innovative ways to pull back.


www.fangirlmag.com
 
2014-08-08 01:33:36 PM  

oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 480x484]
`Here's your archaic "burger & fries", Gramps!'


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burger_Chef

This is like some weird alternaverse fictional burger place I've never heard about. Second largest franchise in the states at one time? What?

How have I never heard of this? It's like it's been expunged from cultural memory. Somewhere a retired McDonald's corporate assassin is smoking a havana and sipping 40 year old whiskey and congratulating himself on so thoroughly destroying his parent company's rival.
 
2014-08-08 01:40:34 PM  

oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 480x484]
`Here's your archaic "burger & fries", Gramps!'

`Chah! Like anyone under 50 would allow some much gluten & mechanically-separated meat in their bodies! DUH!'


Ah, such nostalgia - when restaurant owners cared about customer service and quality over raw profit, and employees were paid enough and treated well enough to give a damn.  :(
 
2014-08-08 01:43:31 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Other than an occasional craving for an egg mcmuffin, I haven't stepped foot in a McDonalds for at least two years.

Fast food in general has become garbage, but MCD is the worst of all.  (not counting Rallys, as their menu doesn't even qualify as 'food product')


Unless their quality has gone up (quite a bit) Jack in the Box is worse than McD's.

/not saying McD's is good
 
2014-08-08 01:48:09 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Other than an occasional craving for an egg mcmuffin, I haven't stepped foot in a McDonalds for at least two years.

I'll eat at a McD's once or twice a year, usually when I'm on a roadtrip where there's not much around and I just need to stuff my face and keep moving. Aside from that, the only thing I actually liked was the Chicken Selects but they got rid of them.

It's never been good food, but at least you used to be able to get a 2 cheeseburger meal for $3-4. Now it's not even particularly cheap any more.
 
2014-08-08 01:54:44 PM  
I don't know why they even bother existing in Texas when we have Whataburger.
 
2014-08-08 01:55:30 PM  
I probably haven't been a McDonalds in 7 years.
 
2014-08-08 01:59:49 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: I don't know why they even bother existing in Texas when we have Whataburger.


This might brand me a heathen, but I lived in TX for 15 years, and never once did I even remotely like Whataburger.
 
2014-08-08 02:03:24 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Needlessly Complicated: I don't know why they even bother existing in Texas when we have Whataburger.

This might brand me a heathen, but I lived in TX for 15 years, and never once did I even remotely like Whataburger.


Heathen? No. It's just unfortunate that you were born without taste buds because that is the only logical explanation for a person not liking Whataburger.
 
2014-08-08 02:08:38 PM  
I still go there at least once a month, but not for a burger.

Their chicken wraps aren't that bad.

Plus I still get a craving every once in a while for Chicken McNuggets.

Mmmmmm deep fried breaded chicken sausage
 
2014-08-08 02:11:42 PM  

max_pooper: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Needlessly Complicated: I don't know why they even bother existing in Texas when we have Whataburger.

This might brand me a heathen, but I lived in TX for 15 years, and never once did I even remotely like Whataburger.

Heathen? No. It's just unfortunate that you were born without taste buds because that is the only logical explanation for a person not liking Whataburger.


I suppose I got spoiled by the many local BBQ joints around the area.  Most of them made some really mean burgers.  I can't say that the whataburgers that I did have were "gross bad" or anything...I just never got the hype, I guess.  :)
 
2014-08-08 02:16:06 PM  

inglixthemad: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Other than an occasional craving for an egg mcmuffin, I haven't stepped foot in a McDonalds for at least two years.

Fast food in general has become garbage, but MCD is the worst of all.  (not counting Rallys, as their menu doesn't even qualify as 'food product')

Unless their quality has gone up (quite a bit) Jack in the Box is worse than McD's.

/not saying McD's is good


It has gone up quite a bit, but I actually prefer Carl's Jr. if I'm hitting a fast food burger joint.  But, as others have said, with how much it costs for a meal theses days, I'm better off hitting a local place with the family.

I have a regular Chinese place we go to, the food is better, and cheaper.  A different Chinese place in town gives you so much food (and for less than McD's) we've got lunch, and dinner, and possibly leftovers for the next day depending on what we ordered.  They seriously give you way to much food.

Above all else, when I am on the road, I really, really try to eat somewhere not fast food, for dinner at least.  There are few things as depressing to me as sitting in my hotel room eating alone.
 
2014-08-08 02:33:15 PM  
Almost everything on a McDonald's menu is a reaction to another fast food company. I read an article when those McFlurries were introduced that McDonald's had basically admitted that they were to draw market share away from Dairy Queen. Since then, you can pretty much tell what the hottest fast-food place on the market is based on what McDonald's introduces to its menus.

Chicken Selects? It's KFC. Chicken McBites went after Popeye's. Snack wraps? Taco Bell. Premium wraps? Chipotle. Wiki says that the Big 'n Tasty is there to compete directly with the Whopper, and even the Happy Meal went after the Burger Chef Funmeal. They've become a deeply reactionary company, and have been for a long time, and they don't do anything as well as their competition.

(My state has no Jack in the Box, no White Castle, one Popeye's, and two Five Guys. That's...probably for the best.)
 
2014-08-08 03:35:39 PM  
McDonalds has become synonymous with garbage food.  It will be hard for them to reverse that image in the minds of future generations.  I have zero sympathy for them, but it isn't exactly fair that they are the "only" target for this image.  Yes to a degree, all fast food has this image, but McDonalds tends to be the poster child for it.  I suppose they have some of the lowest quality of the garbage food, but that isn't saying much.  Wendy's and the like might be a step up, but it is still garbage.

But it seems that people like garbage since they keep going back so I guess there is a market for it.  /I'm just hoping the reason is the price and not that they think it's good food.  Then again, people seem to love Olive Garden and Red Lobster so I guess it's not about the price...
 
2014-08-08 03:41:50 PM  
So, who does Fark hate more, hipster foodies, or McDonald's...

*scans thread*

I see.
 
2014-08-08 03:58:36 PM  
I was going in for the grilled chicken sweet chili wrap for the past year.  They have definitely cut costs on that item lately and it's no longer worth the price.
 
2014-08-08 05:02:26 PM  
If McD's wanted to boost US sales it would import some items from it's foreign franchises to America.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/mcdonalds-international-men u_ n_2507006.html

From Spain:
i.huffpost.com
Beef patty, Spanish cured ham, manchego cheese, lettuce, olive oil on a ciabatta roll.
 
2014-08-08 05:16:40 PM  

optikeye: If McD's wanted to boost US sales it would import some items from it's foreign franchises to America.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/mcdonalds-international-men u_ n_2507006.html

From Spain:
[i.huffpost.com image 850x480]
Beef patty, Spanish cured ham, manchego cheese, lettuce, olive oil on a ciabatta roll.


I can see the reactions already:

Franchisees: ZOMG, but the margins!  I can't sell thatwhargarbal
Senior citizens:  What's all this fancy stuff?  Can I get that with Oscar Meyer ham instead?  Manwhat cheese?  I want swiss!
Rednecks in the drive-thru:  I don't want no famcy Europeeing burger!  And Man cheese?  My pastor warned me about this!
 
2014-08-08 05:17:17 PM  

optikeye: If McD's wanted to boost US sales it would import some items from it's foreign franchises to America.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/mcdonalds-international-men u_ n_2507006.html

From Spain:
[i.huffpost.com image 850x480]
Beef patty, Spanish cured ham, manchego cheese, lettuce, olive oil on a ciabatta roll.


seriously though, that does look tasty.  :)
 
2014-08-08 05:28:54 PM  
McDonald's thinks people will voluntarily come back to the Big Mac?  Hoo boy, is that a whopper!
 
2014-08-08 05:50:44 PM  

natmar_76: oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 480x484]
`Here's your archaic "burger & fries", Gramps!'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burger_Chef

This is like some weird alternaverse fictional burger place I've never heard about. Second largest franchise in the states at one time? What?

How have I never heard of this? It's like it's been expunged from cultural memory. Somewhere a retired McDonald's corporate assassin is smoking a havana and sipping 40 year old whiskey and congratulating himself on so thoroughly destroying his parent company's rival.


Burger Chef was our go-to burger place back in the early 70's. Plus, they had these, which were awesome when you were in 2nd grade:

media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

Had a spot for your burger, fries, and drink; plus a cool toy!
 
2014-08-08 06:07:40 PM  
Fast food burgers where I live:  BK's Whopper, A&W's Teen Burger or Mozza Burger, or Wendy's Bacon Cheddar Burger are all far, far better than anything McDonalds can offer.

If I'm forced to eat at MickeyDs by my niece and nephew, the McChicken isn't bad.

/I loved their orange fountain pop as a kid.  It was uncarbonated if memory serves.
 
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2014-08-08 06:25:28 PM  
Make things not taste like that ubiquitous McDonalds grease and perhaps people will buy from you.
 
2014-08-08 07:00:35 PM  

optikeye: If McD's wanted to boost US sales it would import some items from it's foreign franchises to America.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/mcdonalds-international-men u_ n_2507006.html

From Spain:
[i.huffpost.com image 850x480]
Beef patty, Spanish cured ham, manchego cheese, lettuce, olive oil on a ciabatta roll.


I'd rather have a double cheeseburger.
 
2014-08-08 07:11:30 PM  
Now that I live in CA, I usually go to In-N-Out for cheap fast food, but if you're on the road and want a cheap iced coffee, McDonald's is pretty much the best choice.  I worked there for 4 years though, and know which foods are pretty consistently average, and which ones I will never touch again having seen them made (McRib and Filet-o-Fish) *shudders*
 
2014-08-08 07:13:12 PM  

zjbs14: Burger Chef was our go-to burger place back in the early 70's. Plus, they had these, which were awesome when you were in 2nd grade:

[media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 334x381]

Had a spot for your burger, fries, and drink; plus a cool toy!


Very neat. Thanks for sh aring
 
2014-08-08 08:48:03 PM  

Brokenseas: Fast food burgers where I live:  BK's Whopper, A&W's Teen Burger or Mozza Burger, or Wendy's Bacon Cheddar Burger are all far, far better than anything McDonalds can offer.

If I'm forced to eat at MickeyDs by my niece and nephew, the McChicken isn't bad.

/I loved their orange fountain pop as a kid.  It was uncarbonated if memory serves.


Orange Hi-C, they still have it.
 
2014-08-08 11:55:24 PM  

madanimalscientist: Now that I live in CA, I usually go to In-N-Out for cheap fast food, but if you're on the road and want a cheap iced coffee, McDonald's is pretty much the best choice.  I worked there for 4 years though, and know which foods are pretty consistently average, and which ones I will never touch again having seen them made (McRib and Filet-o-Fish) *shudders*


I fully understand the McRib, but isn't the Filet-o-Fish just a frozen fish patty with may and lettuce heaped on? I'm not expecting a lot out of fast food fish, but how do they "make" it in such a disgusting manner?
 
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