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(Gothamist)   McDonald's knows who to blame for its sagging burger sales: you "promiscuous" millennials are going to other fast food joints   (gothamist.com) divider line 138
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2014-08-25 05:32:51 PM
Bunch of food slups.

/Doing my part to obey the new rules.
 
2014-08-25 05:38:33 PM
McDonald's food tends to suffer the most from sitting around in my experience.  Eaten fresh off the line it's usually pretty good for fast food, but if you let it sit for even half an hour before you eat it takes on an unpleasant texture.
 
2014-08-25 05:39:00 PM
Whatever the reason I'm sure it has nothing to do with their sh*tty food.
 
2014-08-25 05:40:01 PM
Sometimes I pull up to a McDonald's parking lot and hang out until the light on my 3DS turns green, then I'll drive somewhere else.
 
2014-08-25 05:44:52 PM
I have this theory that this is a result of the Internet. Pre-Internet, if you were traveling and looking for something to eat, you would just go to McDonald's because you knew what you were getting. Now, you've got your Yelp and your Foursquare and your other apps and whatnot and you get to someplace and you check to see what's good and you go check it out. More information leads to a wider variety of choices.
 
2014-08-25 05:47:16 PM
I go there when I need to put something in my stomach for cheap. I'll pay a little more for our local fast food chain.
 
2014-08-25 05:51:23 PM
Or at least to their bathrooms
 
2014-08-25 05:51:27 PM
McDonald's in the U.S. is usually not good. Why go there? I'm not a millennial, and I haven't eaten at one in more years than I would care to count.
 
2014-08-25 05:57:32 PM
I'd attribute it more to the evolution of consumer's taste. With tastes shifting more and more towards "gourmet" burgers, it leaves less and less of the market-share for the bottom-of-the-barrel burger chains.
 
2014-08-25 05:58:09 PM
Maybe McDonalds executives need to try an In-N-Out single which costs a whopping $2.00 in my town vs a Mickey D's Double Cheeseburger for $1.50.

They have practically the same amount of meat, the In-N-Out burger looks *MUCH* more appetizing and is made with fresh vegetables.
 
2014-08-25 06:02:04 PM
The only time I eat McDonalds is when I'm traveling and the other options look sketchy to me. Not that McD's is guaranteed to be following the rules, but I think the odds are better there than at some hole in the wall burger joint.

I have had food poisoning too many times - I now have a fear of strange eateries. I like to travel but the eating part of it sucks.
 
2014-08-25 06:03:39 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Whatever the reason I'm sure it has nothing to do with their sh*tty food.


Yea.  No way it could be tied to their disgusting food.

I used to love their fries but these days they taste like the oil hasn't been changed since the mid-80's.  If I'm going to ingest that many calories, the food better taste worth it.
 
2014-08-25 06:05:21 PM

hb0mb: I used to love their fries but these days they taste like the oil hasn't been changed since the mid-80's.


The problem is that they did change the oil. It used to be beef fat. Now it's vegetable shortening.
 
2014-08-25 06:25:00 PM
As an Old Timer, I remember the McDonalds beef tallow days well.  The McD fries when I was a kid were a LOT better than today's stuff...
 
2014-08-25 06:29:21 PM
ammonia washed beef and beef byproducts and gym mats
 
2014-08-25 06:31:31 PM
Blame storming. The circular firing squad of the business world.
 
2014-08-25 06:38:26 PM

North_Central_Positronics: As an Old Timer, I remember the McDonalds beef tallow days well.  The McD fries when I was a kid were a LOT better than today's stuff...


On a tangential note, I discovered last night that Popeye's serves deep fried apple pies like McDonalds used to.
 
2014-08-25 06:40:41 PM
And this, I think, is the silver lining to the "foodie" cloud...
 
2014-08-25 06:46:28 PM
And they stopped serving their "Angus" burgers, which were not bad...
 
2014-08-25 06:47:50 PM

TuteTibiImperes: North_Central_Positronics: As an Old Timer, I remember the McDonalds beef tallow days well.  The McD fries when I was a kid were a LOT better than today's stuff...

On a tangential note, I discovered last night that Popeye's serves deep fried apple pies like McDonalds used to.


Those were awesome unless you ate them immediately.  If you didn't let them cool down, say goodbye to your taste buds for a while.
 
2014-08-25 06:55:09 PM
So what you're saying is McD's is the quintessential Baby Boomer business, and once they die off so will it.
 
2014-08-25 06:57:23 PM

North_Central_Positronics: As an Old Timer, I remember the McDonalds beef tallow days well.  The McD fries when I was a kid were a LOT better than today's stuff...


They reheated better, too. As with most things, beef fat made it better.
 
2014-08-25 07:02:46 PM
Well, it's because McDonald's food is so bad what it does to your digestive system is now against the Farq to joke about.
 
2014-08-25 07:09:27 PM
lunenburgregion.ca
they really look like that
 
2014-08-25 07:19:03 PM
Maybe because McDonald's is tasteless garbage and if I wanna spend $5 on lunch the taco truck actually tastes good and won't give me beetus foot
 
2014-08-25 07:24:23 PM

alexjoss: And they stopped serving their "Angus" burgers, which were not bad...


They had a good business model there.
Call it doubling down [see blackjack] on price comarisons between tipped joints and non tipped joints with a regular b=roll burger.
Call it bait and switch, but it worked.

Admit it, McDonald's executives. You farked up. You trusted yourselves.
 
2014-08-25 07:48:42 PM

some_beer_drinker: [lunenburgregion.ca image 850x339]
they really look like that


Harveys has been slowly disappearing from the western parts of Canada, and that's sad because I think they had some of the best chain burgers before 5 Guys and Fatburger showed up
 
2014-08-25 09:02:39 PM
McDonalds is no longer a cheaper option.  It might be cheaper than some places, but not by much.  Why would you buy McDonalds when you could get something better for roughly the same price.
 
2014-08-25 09:39:05 PM

JerseyTim: I have this theory that this is a result of the Internet. Pre-Internet, if you were traveling and looking for something to eat, you would just go to McDonald's because you knew what you were getting. Now, you've got your Yelp and your Foursquare and your other apps and whatnot and you get to someplace and you check to see what's good and you go check it out. More information leads to a wider variety of choices.


I think that's true. I am not a millennial (late boomer), and McD has become my "I am so desperate, I will eat the most familiar food at the next exit" place. But, as I said in the hotel fees thread, roadfood.com has meant I have more variety and actual local places that are and stay in business because of their quality.
 
2014-08-25 09:39:30 PM
No mention of the fact that there are now for our five times as many fast food options in most markets as there were a decade ago?
 
2014-08-25 09:45:17 PM

GreenAdder: Sometimes I pull up to a McDonald's parking lot and hang out until the light on my 3DS turns green, then I'll drive somewhere else.


Hahahaha. I'll stand outside Starbucks for the same effect
 
2014-08-25 09:46:52 PM

vudukungfu: ammonia washed beef and beef byproducts and gym mats


You trying to get me a hard on?  Because you are getting me a hard on.
 
2014-08-25 09:52:52 PM
Somehow, I renamed them (or picked it up) as MickeyGaks & it seems to have stuck w/my family.

Prob hasn't been "good" food since the 70's. So, after 40 years of cutting corners, what's left?

Sorry, melty looking gray lettuce doesn't help the 1/8 inch of "burger".
 
2014-08-25 09:56:36 PM

lostcat: No mention of the fact that there are now for our five times as many fast food options in most markets as there were a decade ago?


And most of them being significantly better for nominally higher price the same price.

/haha
//nominally
///nomnomnom
 
2014-08-25 09:57:24 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: Maybe because McDonald's is tasteless garbage and if I wanna spend $5 on lunch the taco truck actually tastes good and won't give me beetus foot


And now I have my new band name.
 
2014-08-25 10:08:36 PM
Useless article is useless. Read past the histrionics and it says what we all know: McDonald's is conceding that there are hundreds of options out there now, and the younger set aren't as brand-loyal as previous generations. This is news?
 
2014-08-25 10:11:27 PM
Jeez, the guy who wrote that must have to wipe the flecks of spittle off his monitor after he was finished.
 
2014-08-25 10:11:52 PM

TuteTibiImperes: North_Central_Positronics: As an Old Timer, I remember the McDonalds beef tallow days well.  The McD fries when I was a kid were a LOT better than today's stuff...

On a tangential note, I discovered last night that Popeye's serves deep fried apple pies like McDonalds used to.


En route to work this morning I heard some espn dildo try to use that word. It came out tangenital. I almost went off the road. Wish I could remember which idiot said it. It was around 9:30a EDT on the Mike and Mike show, but both Mikes were off, and it might have been a guest.
 
2014-08-25 10:12:48 PM
From where I live I can easily get to:
Five Guys
McDonalds (my wife gets the Big Mac cravings on occasion)
Burger King (deperation will drive me here)
Burger Dive (We stopped going here because it set me off to many times)
Wendy's (Meh)


For a reasonable stretch (and a ride on the T):
Four Burger (Reasonable)
UBurger
Tasty Burger (around the corner after a Red Sox game)
5 Napkin (it was okay, but not ecstatic, still better than McD)

The competition is fierce for dedicated burger places in the Boston area.

I will give Mcdonalds credit - they can mass produce a burger that always come out the same way no matter where you are in the country (and possibly the world). You just have to acknowledge that you lose a lot of the variation and flair that comes from a locally run burger shop.
 
2014-08-25 10:15:29 PM

alexjoss: And they stopped serving their "Angus" burgers, which were not bad...


They were actually damn good. The only thing I get there is Filet-O-Fish or fries. The Egg McMuffin and its ilk aren't bad but I'm not a breakfast person.
 
2014-08-25 10:19:20 PM

Unobtanium: JerseyTim: I have this theory that this is a result of the Internet. Pre-Internet, if you were traveling and looking for something to eat, you would just go to McDonald's because you knew what you were getting. Now, you've got your Yelp and your Foursquare and your other apps and whatnot and you get to someplace and you check to see what's good and you go check it out. More information leads to a wider variety of choices.

I think that's true. I am not a millennial (late boomer), and McD has become my "I am so desperate, I will eat the most familiar food at the next exit" place. But, as I said in the hotel fees thread, roadfood.com has meant I have more variety and actual local places that are and stay in business because of their quality.


I totally agree. McDonalds (for my family at least) was always a "we're in a random place and want food that we know hits a certain minimum quality level", and you know that regardless of how unexciting McDonalds is, you're not likely to get food poisoning or get something completely inedible from there. Now, I can just check Yelp, and if a place has 30+ reviews that aren't terrible I know that it's a) likely to be non-disasterous, and b) certainly healthier and better than McDonalds.

Now, in certain places that's not true (driving through the Midwest/Plains), but anywhere on the East/West coasts I'd be shocked if you can't find a better burger place that's reviewed reasonably enough to know that it's vaguely reliable.
 
2014-08-25 10:22:27 PM

John Buck 41: alexjoss: And they stopped serving their "Angus" burgers, which were not bad...

They were actually damn good. The only thing I get there is Filet-O-Fish or fries. The Egg McMuffin and its ilk aren't bad but I'm not a breakfast person.


It's probably good for my waistline that they don't serve breakfast all day, because if they did I'd eat there a lot more often.

I'll take an Egg McMuffin, Steak Egg and Cheese Bagel, or Sausage Burrito over a burger any day.
 
2014-08-25 10:22:34 PM

Elfich: From where I live I can easily get to:
Five Guys
McDonalds (my wife gets the Big Mac cravings on occasion)
Burger King (deperation will drive me here)
Burger Dive (We stopped going here because it set me off to many times)
Wendy's (Meh)


For a reasonable stretch (and a ride on the T):
Four Burger (Reasonable)
UBurger
Tasty Burger (around the corner after a Red Sox game)
5 Napkin (it was okay, but not ecstatic, still better than McD)

The competition is fierce for dedicated burger places in the Boston area.

I will give Mcdonalds credit - they can mass produce a burger that always come out the same way no matter where you are in the country (and possibly the world). You just have to acknowledge that you lose a lot of the variation and flair that comes from a locally run burger shop.


As a guilty confession, I actually prefer the Whopper to a Big Mac. Five Guys is better than either, though, and I like Twisted Root better than Five Guys (at least in Dallas, though Five Guys is great).
assets.dmagazine.com

Then again, I like Sonic's cherry limeade better than the drinks at most of these places (Twisted Root makes excellent rootbeer, though).
 
2014-08-25 10:23:25 PM
I went to a McDonalds yesterday, the first time in years. I had just finished a day of bicycling and picnics, so I was too tired to make anything and the only place within 10 miles of me was McDonalds. So I went there.

I got a Bacon Quarter Pounder. The bacon tasted like... not bacon. It was gross. The "beef" was this sickly gray color that I've never seen real beef display. The vegetables were wilted and gross, and the bun was squished.

The fries were alright. Not the best, but I may be spoiled by 5 Guys fries which actually taste like potatoes, instead of McDonalds which taste like starchy saltlicks. For $10 it was an incredibly sad meal, and I doubt I'll be back unless I'm desperate.

This is why McDonalds is having trouble. Their food is shiat, and there's lots of better options, especially for those of us who really appreciate good food.
 
2014-08-25 10:32:57 PM
Considering that McDonalds owned a sizable stake in Chipotle at one point, and subsequently sold it off, they've got no one to blame but themselves...
 
2014-08-25 10:37:50 PM

csi_yellowknife: Useless article is useless. Read past the histrionics and it says what we all know: McDonald's is conceding that there are hundreds of options out there now, and the younger set aren't as brand-loyal as previous generations. This is news?


No, this is Fark
 
2014-08-25 10:40:37 PM
Around DC, just the chains, there are so many options that are >>> McD's:
Elevation Burger
Shake Shack
Five Guys
BGR

Not to mention that Wendy's and Red Robin are also significantly better than McD's.

They are Burger King are now the bottom of the barrel.
 
2014-08-25 10:46:00 PM
I'm not a millennial and I haven't eaten at McD in years. I've just grown tired of fast food burgers, they've been around for years and I'm tired of eating them. The only fast food burger I can even tolerate anymore is Whataburger.

If I want a burger I make them at home, I buy the fresh 1/3 pound premade patties and cook them on my George Forman grill.

Like these, but not necessarily Angus:
i.walmartimages.com

They work out to about a dollar per burger, taste great and they're more filling than any fast food burger.
 
2014-08-25 10:50:17 PM
There was a time when McDonalds burgers and fries were good food and a good value

/that time is decades in the past
//many decades
 
2014-08-25 11:00:16 PM
When I eat my can of beans as dinner, I know it's closer to being "real food" then anything out of that deep-fried abomination to man.

Standing in the parking lot of a McDonald's for too long almost makes me want to throw up, from the smell.
 
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