Following my recent European vacation itinerary, I first encountered a foreign McDonald's in Barcelona, Spain. I shouldn't say "foreign" though, as I was the foreigner of course. Now first off, I have to say NO, I did not eat McDonald's in every city. But I did "bookend" my trip with a tasty fast food meal here in Spain and then at the end of my trip in Italy.
The main menu, or "McMenu", displayed some familiar favorites. The Big Mac and Quarter Pounder (or Quart de Lilliura) and a twist for you Pulp Fiction fans, a "McRoyal Deluxe". But also on the menu were some unique items:
What can you get for 1 euro? All the standard stuff. A burger, cheeseburger, small fries, and small soft serve are all standard American fare. But they also have a Chicken BBQ Burger and 6 Anelles de ceba, aka onion rings. Wow, onion rings at McDonald's. Come to think of it, they were very big on onions, what with the CBO and NY Crispy. I also like the "Con Kit Kat" which was a soft serve cone with a Kit Kat candy bar stuck in it.
The NY Crispy is a BBQ bacon cheeseburger with fried onion bits, lettuce, tomato and mayo. I ordered one, and here is what I got:
This was a tasty sandwich, as it should be with all the stuff on it. Still, I was not "wowed" by it and don't think it would become a regular staple should it be offered stateside.
And because no visit to McDonald's is complete without checking out the Happy Meals, here's the menu for little Spanish kids:
Hmm. Hey kids, don't want fries? How about Happy Cherritos? Those are cherry tomatoes. Or those Patates Deluxe, which seem to be some sort of wedge cut potato. I like the "Chicken Roll" too, it reminds me of a Hot Pocket.
Well, that's it for Spain. We gotta keep this tour movin'. Next stop, France. Check back next week for another post.
Beginning Monday, and over the next five weeks, Fast Food Source will run a five-part story about the McDonald's food I encountered during a recent trip to Europe.
Following my itinerary, we will stop in Spain, France, Greece, Croatia and Italy, comparing menu items (like those pictured above) in each country. What's on the 1 euro menu in Barcelona? What's "CBO" stand for? What's inside the "Il Mac"? These and many more questions will be answered! Come back Monday!
New menu added to Fast Food Source. The much requested Chipotle menu is now here. I got tired of wading through the Flash-intensive Chipotle website while enjoying a Burrito Bowl the other day thought, hey - let's just write this stuff down.
Jack In The Box's new fries are a step backwards - which in any other context would be an insult. However, in this case, it's a compliment. Gone are the heavy coating and potato-skin-left-on texture. What we are left with is a nicely seasoned, crisp and skinny fry that tastes great straight or when dipped in ketchup (or your favorite dipping sauce.)
I appreciate the effort Jack seems to be making to acknowledge its past. Even the new design of the placemat includes a cool retro pattern and a nifty logo timeline (hard to see on the left side of the pic above.) Anyway, back to the fry. This version is much closer to the original (although still not as good) and does away with that thick coating that was meant to either improve crispiness, flavor, or both. I still haven't figured that out, as I lamented in my Death of The Plain Old French Fry article last year. In any case, thank you Jack In The Box, for the effort.
Although not a fish eater, I'm proud to add Long John Silver's menu to the Fast Food Source restaurant menu family. It helped that I have a dual concept Taco Bell/LJS near my house!
We've updated the menu for Taco Bell and it's interesting what has and what hasn't changed since the last update 14 months ago (January 2009.) First, most of the base menu item prices saw no movement. However, many of the value menu items that were introduced a couple of years ago have been steadily increasing in price. My beloved Beef Combo Burrito, for example, was $1.69 and is now $1.99. The 1/2lb Cheesy Bean & Rice Burrito was $0.99 last year and has jumped a staggering 100% to $1.99, all without any meat. Wow.
Also telling is the fact that the new arrivals on the value menu are very cheap to make. The Crispy Potato Soft Taco (Crispy/Soft - huh?) and the Cheese Roll-up offer super-plain, meatless menu items at 79 cents apiece.
Finally, Taco Bell is one of those places where every restaurant seems to have a completely different lineup of menu items. So, while I am sure they still exist, I do not have updated prices for things like the basic Nachos or the Burrito Supreme because they were not listed on the menu board at my local store.
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