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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
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2014-08-09 12:07:28 AM  

skrame: 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?


They smell disgusting when they're being fried, but also if they're not fresh out of the fryer they get kinda disgusting.  They have a much shorter appetizing shelf life than the stores actually have the patties out for. But also the smell would get into your clothes... especially during Lent.
 
2014-08-09 12:51:24 AM  

meat0918: 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.


I'll stick to Culvers when I absolutely have to eat fast food. We have too many good restaurants around here to suffer fast food unless you absolutely have no other choice.
 
2014-08-09 02:43:31 AM  
As a few others have said, I only really go to McDonald's for the wraps, which are relatively tasty and cheap. Maybe once a year I'll get a Big Mac or something when I get coupons in the mail. But really, their burgers taste like crap. Stop coming out with new stupid ideas and improve the quality of your base product..it seems like common sense to me.

Really, all fast food has become insanely expensive. A combo meal at Wendy's costs about 8 bucks. You are better ordering 7 or 8 things off the value menu if you really want a big meal. For the same price, I can get a semi-fresh burrito and chips, and maybe a soda too from Moe's (which happens to be in the same shopping center).
 
2014-08-09 03:31:26 AM  

Fonaibung: 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.


How do you reconcile owning stock in a company you think has a terrible product? Are you evil or just a soulless oppurtunist?

Do you hold stocks in cigarette, alcohol and firearms companies as well?

Do you just worship money or is premature death of clients of your businesses none of your concern?
 
2014-08-09 09:22:09 AM  

skrame: 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?


Basically.  It has tartar sauce instead of mayo, and a piece of cheese.  I don't think there's any lettuce (been a long time since I've seen one, though).  There's nothing about it that's uniquely weird.  It's just fried frozen fish.  Back when I used to work there, they had a special machine to 'steam' the buns rather than toast them (given that these things are run by kids, you were rather likely to end up with a bun that was just microwaved for a few extra seconds, though), but that's really the only unusual thing.

I don't like them (or any fish really), but there's nothing about them that should be uniquely gross as compared to any other frozen fish unless they've been sitting around pre-cooked for a while (which, even when I worked there and TONS more stuff just sat around in bins than does now, was not usually the case).
 
2014-08-09 09:44:58 AM  

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')


If I'm running late to a weekend morning event, I'll hit the McDonald's breakfast drive thru. Maybe once every 6 months.

Tastes like butt, but it's calories, and the wait is short.
 
2014-08-09 02:26:21 PM  

zjbs14: 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 image 334x381]

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


Remember "Burger Chef and Jeff"? Jeff was an adolescent boy - think of a slightly older version of
Mr. Peabody's "pet boy" Sherman - who worked for Burger Chef (voice, I think, by Paul Winchell -
Burger Chef would take the envelope Jeff handed him, read the letter, and say, "Great news, Jeff!
They love our burgers!") - we never had BC here in Chicago, though; I saw these ads in Michigan.
BC died in the 1980s when Hardee's swallowed them up.
 
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