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!
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.
After Spain, our next stop on the European McDonald's fast food tour is France. Specifically, Nice. The French menu looked much like what I saw in Montreal, but Canada doesn't really count as a foreign country (the cows are all north Americans after all.)
Their main menu is a "Best of" menu where you order in steps (entree, side, beverage) instead of by the number, although someone had stuck tiny little numbers next to each picture. I know it's hard to read some of these pics, so I will list the selections in the above pic here:
They also had the Big 'N Tasty, although since they don't use the word "and" they would not understand the abbreviated "'N" so they just call it a Big Tasty. At first, I thought this sign below was homemade:
But then I saw another in the same style on the menu board:
So this winds the award for ugliest, most unappealing posters and advertising. Even the sandwich looks unappetizing. And no, I don't think that's swiss cheese in the upper pic - just sun faded.
What else is unique in France? Plenty!
What about the kids? Don't worry, they have Happy Meals too:
Hey look, they have cherry tomatoes too, just like in Barcelona. But here, they call them Les P'tites tomates. Everything sounds prettier in French.
Tune in next week as we move on to Corfu, a touristy island in Greece.
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