At Lunch Yesterday: McDonald’s Angus Burger Edition
- Never eat at McDonald’s (implemented immediately after reading “Fast Food Nation“)
- Never turn down free food (implemented at birth, encoded in my DNA)
I was offered a chance to try the new Angus Burger, which was just introduced here in NYC at the two McDonald’s locations in Times Sq. The last time I ate food from McDonald’s was 3 1/2 years ago, when unemployed in L.A. I took $40 to participate in a McDonalds Focus Group (before reading FFN, obviously). I figure, if I can try their weirdo test hamburgers, I can deal with an Angus Burger, right?
Not so much. There’s no denying fast food like this tastes good… it’s engineered that way! But, it’s funny how easily my stomach of steel crumpled at the introduction of a burger from McDonalds. Although in fairness to the Golden Arches, I have always held the belief that the more you eat something, the more your stomach becomes accustomed to it. After 3+ years of no McDonalds, my stomach was clearly not ready for the Angus Burger onslaught.
An hour later, not feeling altogether right, my mouth was watering the same strange way it did 3 1/2 years ago during that Focus Group. I mentioned how much I didn’t like it on my comment card. I guess they didn’t listen.
The food at McDonald’s always tastes good going down, and I figured this would be a great excuse to break my rule #1, and give McDonalds a chance to redeem themselves. Unfortunately, one Angus Burger and 30 minutes with Mickey D’s version of Aaron Eckhart in “Thank You For
Not Smoking”, didn’t do the trick. Hopefully the next time I’m offered free McDonald’s, I will remember Rule #1. Of course it would help if they stopped advertising that amazing looking snack wrap!
If you are into McDonald’s, than True People’s Champion Adam Kuban from A Hamburger Today should be your new hero (he is definitely mine). Check out his comparison of the Angus Burger to the rest of their line-up…