Thinking about what the new Daily Double at McDonald's would taste like, I figured it would be similar to the Double Cheeseburger Deluxe at Wendy's. That is, a standard McD double cheeseburger plus lettuce, mayo and tomato. I quickly realized when they say "lettuce, tomato and mayo" in the posters, that is ALL you get.
Truth in advertising. I can't fault McDonald's for it. But what a plain, middle class, blah burger. The bottom-up construction, meat-cheese-meat-tomato-lettuce-mayo, left much to be desired. For starters, would it have killed them to include a pickle? I added ketchup, and that helped a lot. Perhaps McDonald's was worried about straying too far into Big N' Tasty territory, but since that sandwich is MIA, what harm would there be to include them? Nice that they used the Big Mac shredded lettuce for something new, but the sandwich itself was just nothing to write about (and look, I am doing it anyway.)
My wife, who prefers to tax the patience of the person at the register with the impossible-to-order "Big Mac without the center bread" had the great idea of subbing special sauce for mayo. Man, was her version better! She reported that the tomato neutralized some of the kick in the special sauce, though, which I found interesting.
Bottom line - this sandwich is not worth the hefty $1.99 price tag. For half that, I could stick with the McDouble and have my ketchup and pickles. A buck extra for shredded lettuce and a tomato is not worth it.
Hello, oh oh oh, Vienna (McDonald's) calling. Yep, it's time for another installment of McDonald's around the world. This time, the historic city of Vienna, Austria. Starting with the McMenu above, we have the
Not that exciting. The combo options are a salad or fries and a drink.
I had the #1, naturally, and here is what it looked like:
Beautiful, huh? Tasted familiar, although the sauce was a bit tangier and the meat was tough. Can't say whether the meat is always tough - sometimes I find this at my local McD as well. The fries tasted like they should, and all the Cokes in Austria have sugar, not high fructose corn syrup, so they taste slightly different. I'd kill for a Pepsi here, but they are nowhere to be found.
Working from left-to-right on the actual menu board, we encounter some additional combo options:
Next up, the Der M menu. This consists of three sandwiches, the Der M (regular cheeseburger on funky bread with Swiss cheese), another Der M with bacon, and a Chicken Sensation (the sensation probably being one of disappointment, same as all the other McDonald's chicken sandwiches). Sorry, that wasn't entirely fair, I didn't try it. Moving on.
They have the Chicken Select, plus some criss-cut fries. Then they have the Gebackener Camembert. Gebackener translates as "baked" so I am guessing these are baked versions of fried cheese.
Finally, the value menu, called the Ein Mal Eins, or One Times One, or the 1 Euro menu. They also had the Eins Plus menu for a few extra items. Hard to see in the pic, but the Plus items are a Snack Wrap, Veggie Burger, Chickenburger, Cheeseburger TS, and McDouble. Finally, a familiar mix of frozen desserts.
Always fun trying McD in other countries, but this one was not that strange.
OK, this seems to be a trend. First, I spot a Tyson Chicken logo on a Del Taco window poster. If that wasn't strange enough, the other day I came across this stand-up for Fatburger:
Yeah, that is the Turkeyburger "made with real Jennie-O ground turkey." Real, like there are a bunch of Jennie-O ground turkey imposters out there. Like the Tyson thing, I am not sure I need to know this. Maybe I should look at this as the reverse of fast food branded supermarket items, like those with the Taco Bell logo in the Mexican food section. And I just saw tortilla chips and jars of queso branded for the non-fast food On The Border chain.
It's hard not to order hot dogs at Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest hot dog chain. But recently, I had to try their good looking pastrami sandwich.
Wienerschnitzel brings back pastrami from time to time. They make pastrami dogs in several varieties (and they all look good) but I wanted to try a classic deli-style sandwich. I wasn't disappointed. The pastrami sandwich is served with thinly sliced meat, Swiss, pickles and mustard between two soft but sturdy pieces of rye bread.
It's a good looking sandwich, cut in half and all tucked into a paper wrapper inside its custom cardboard container. Actually, I believe the container is also used for chili cheese fries and burgers, but it seems to be perfectly sized for this sandwich. The meat was tasty, salty and juicy, the way pastrami should be. As you recall, Jack In The Box experimented with a pastrami sourdough sandwich last year which was tasty as well. But where their sandwich was light on the meat, the Wienerschnitzel version was comfortably stacked.
I'd say the pastrami sandwich is good enough to give the hot dog a run for its money.
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