Fast Food Blog

McDonald's is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Chicken McNugget with a bevy of promotional material, a dedicated media relations website and a "fan" site called NuggNuts.com.

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Check out the site and if you are a Nuggnut, take the Nuggnut pledge.  Personally, I have enjoyed McNuggets but they never seem to fill me up.  Oh, but dip them in hot mustard sauce!  Woo.  Mouth music!

I recently received an email from Jen O’Donnell who works in public relations on a McDonald’s program called the Moms’ Quality Correspondents. According to the website, this is a group of "real moms" from all over the country who "have unprecidented access to the Mcdonalds' system" and who "ask the kinds of questions that you yourself want answered." They appear to be mainly focused on areas such as nutrition and wellness, with a healthy dose (pardon the pun) of articles about the Ronald McDonald House and charities.

O'Donnell tells me that "these Moms have met with nutritionists, suppliers and menu developers, learning about the food they feed their families from the inside out." She goes on to say that, as an example, the Quality Correspondents "toured a potato farm, processing facility and Research and Development Center to see first-hand McDonald's and its supplier’s joint commitment to food quality, safety, nutrition and sustainable farming practices."

While not a fast food restaurant, Village Inn earns some recogintion on this site for not taking themselves too seriously. Check out this great TV add for their breakfast menu:

Kudos to Village Inn. This is the kind of stuff that gets people talking!

 

A lot of people ask me how I decide what restaurants to feature on this site. I can start by telling you the definition has some gray area, but generally here's the criteria that I consider:

  1. Quick Serve: The chain should specialize in quick turnaround from order to food delivery. Table service (wait staff) restaurants aren't excluded but are unlikely to be listed, even if they promote express lunch programs to lure more mid-day traffic.
  2. Drive-Thrus: If most of a chain's locations do not have drive-thrus then I have to look more closely at the next few questions. But having a drive-thru does not automatically grant a listing (e.g. Starbucks.)

What goes around, comes around.  Back in the late '80's and early '90's, the fast food chains made a big push into the salad business, complete with
salad bars and all the fixin's.  Then, mysteriously, salads took a back seat in the late '90's to yet another burger war.

Now, salads are making a comeback.  McDonald's, in particular, is leading the charge with an extensive array of deluxe salad choices.  But why?  According to McDonald's own press literature, the salads "offer customers wholesome, high-quality entrée salads with warm breast of chicken."  Well, if you believe in the dictionary definition of wholesome as being "conducive to sound health or well-being" you might think that the chains have finally hit upon the holy grail: fast food that's good for you.

Don't get me wrong.  As you know, I am a big fan of all things fast food.  But the well-informed fast food patron is one who looks beyond the hype.  For example, did you know that a Crispy Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Newman's Own® Ranch Dressing is higher in calories, fat and sodium than a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese?  Yes, the dressing is definitely the culprit in the fat and calorie department.  But the salad alone (sans dressing) still has 1040 grams of sodium.  A Big Mac has 1070.

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