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Updated review with picture of Ted's Hot Dogs.

five guys

We've added Five Guys to our collection of over 80 fast food restaurants across the country.  We've even included the menu.

Five Guys' focus on a simple menu has delicious results.  Burgers, cheeseburgers, and a stray hot dog or two are the only entrees.  the service is fast and friendly.  You can nibble on shelled peanuts while you wait for your order.

five guys kitchen

Burgers and cheeseburgers are all served as doubles by default.  If you don't want that much meat, order a "Little" for a single patty.  The meat is juicy and fresh and always cooked "well done".  Combined with the extensive selection of free toppings it reminded me of a burger I would make on a backyard bbq.  The bun is sturdy enough to survive through to the last bite - quite a feat for a burger with so many toppings.

five guys burger

A generous portion of fries placed in your bag with more dumped on top is enough for two or three hungry people.  They are moist and delicious, and I appreciate the ability to coat them in vinegar (I'm old school).

five guys fries

All in all, a tasty treat, but not something I'd want to eat every day, or even every week.  And when you split the fries with a couple of friends, the overall cost is reasonable.

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In this, our fifth stop on the fast food European McDonald's tour, we visit scenic and inviting Italy.  Like Spain, France, Greece, and Croatia before, Italy offered a pleasing mix of new treats and familiar favorites.

It's funny to see the mix of English and local language and how sometimes they just make stuff "fit".  For instance, here's the "CBO" again.  But only the "B" for bacon actually matches the word in Italian.  But the locals still love it, after all, "E tornato il mix perfetto!"

Checking the main menu:

At this point there's nothing new for you seasoned travelers who have been on this journey with me.  But wait, what about the "Il Mac" advertised above?  My wife bought one, and here is what it looks like:

She reports the sandwich as bland and quite dry.  The heavy duty bun was interesting but did not add to the flavor or the experience.  I thought it was too funky looking so I got my old standby:

mcdonald's italy

Ahh, even thousands of miles from home this tasted like I hoped.  MMM.  And look at the careful assembly!  And while I am happy, let's check the Happy Meals:

It's a party for the Italian kids on this festive menu board.  Hey look!  It's "McToast" once more.  And the veggie of choice is baby carrots, which are so exciting they are jumping out of their container.

On the "whaaa?" menu, I present:

Fried shrimp living in harmony along side a plate of "McNuggets".  Wow, very progressive.  And speaking of progressive, lots of European cities had the full McCafe coffee houses inside, but none served up tea in real cups and saucers:

I hope you enjoyed touring with me through the McDonald's of Europe!

 

kfc so good food promo

KFC is running a social media ad campaign right now and is giving away free lunches at at least 50 U.S. restaurants on June 17.  To win, here's what KFC says you have to do:

"First, fan, friend, follow or synch up with one or all of KFC’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Then nominate your city by posting on one of KFC’s social media pages why your community is ‘So Good.’ If you prefer, you can also send your nomination via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. KFC will review all submissions and select at least one KFC in each state where 100 lucky customers will receive FREE $5 Big Crunch Boxes on June 17. On June 14, KFC will distribute a secret password through all of their social media channels that can be used to score a free lunch at the selected restaurants."

Check it out!

 

mcdonald's croatia

Up until now, my Eurpoean tour of McDonald's fast food restaurants has included Spain, France, and Greece, all countries that use the euro.  But don't panic, the sandwich advertised above isn't 37 euros.  For in this entry we find ourselves in Split, Croatia, where they use the kuna.  The rate of exchange is 1 kuna for about 14 cents euro, or about 17.5 US cents.  So that 37 kuna burger is about $6.46 in today's dollars.  Kinda pricey, but hey, at least it's a combo.

Checking out the McMenu, which at this time we are used to seeing as the main menu board, we see the trusty "Big Mac" and "Royal Cheese".  The "McCountry" is the same as Greece's "McFarm", that is, a pork sandwich.

This McDonald's was in a mall in downtown Split, and we had to walk quite a ways to get to it.  The mall was very Americanized, with most of the stores being cookie cutter to their US counterparts.  In fact, except for the prices, you would swear you were in a suburban mall in Anytown, USA.

Interestingly, Split was the only place where the manager actually tried to block me from taking pictures.  No other country seemed to be bothered by the pasty white shutterbug snapping pictures of the menus.  So the pics in this post are all a little off due to their clandestine nature.

Here are some fun unique items:

Now you know how to say "sticks" in Croatian:

And for dessert...

Finally, the Happy Meal offered the good old American standbys plus the mysterious "McToast" cheese sandwich we first came across in Greece:

Our next post will be the fifth and final installment in the European McDonald's tour - Italy.

corfu mcdonalds menu

There's that CBO again!  Yes, it's the third in a series of stories about McDonald's fast food restaurants in Europe.  We've already visited Spain and France, and our next stop is the island of Corfu in financially-challenged Greece.

The cool thing about touring Europe is the same thing that is currently driving Greece crazy: a common currency.  This allows for comparison of things like a 1 euro menu.

corfu 1 euro menu

Sorry about the cash register blocking part of this menu - it was the only posted chart of 1 euro food items.  But you can see some familiar items as well as the unique "McToast" sandwich.  Um, what is it?  Nobody there spoke English clearly enough for me to find out and I just ate so I didn't feel like ordering one.

Let's look at the main board, the McMenu, instead:

This menu should make any American feel at home.  In fact, except for the "McFarm" (pork) sandwich, everything is pretty normal.  Even the "Quarter Pounder" is called a "Quarter Pounder", not a Royal.  Ahh, consistency.

In the Happy Greek Children department, the Happy Meal board had a lot that was Greek to me.  But there's the trusty "McToast" and I am thinking this is a grilled cheese.  Someone please confirm.  And while cherry tomatoes are nowhere to be found, they do have the wedge fries and another American kids menu staple, apple slices.

Join us next time for our next stop - the decidedly non-Euro Croatia.

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