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.
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.
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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