I know what you’re thinking, but bear with me. I realize making a giant fast food restaurant my first review may strain my credibility with some people, but I promise there’s a rationale behind the decision: For most people, McDonald’s is a common denominator.
Have you ever eaten at McDonald’s? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is yes. Maybe you liked the food, maybe you didn’t, but the point is you (probably) know what it tastes like. With that in mind, McDonald’s makes an excellent choice for my first review, because it gives you, me, and everyone else reading this a touchstone for my tastes and how these reviews will work.
Since 1948, McDonald’s has been in the business of serving burgers. At the time of this writing, there are over 36,000 locations worldwide employing a workforce of over 1.9 million people, making McDonald’s the world’s second largest private employer. With such a large and widespread operation, it would be easy to understand if the food was less-than-stellar.
Considering the company’s annual profits measure in the billions, they must be doing something right, and after tasting the food, it’s easy to see why the chain has become ubiquitous.
If you’re in a hurry, or are looking for a burger and fries that will satisfy, and you don’t want to spend very much money, you could do a lot worse than a Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s.
As I expected going into it, this is a pretty “middle of the road” burger. It has been designed to appeal to the widest audience possible, and as a result it tastes good without being anything amazing. The biggest let down about this burger was that its flavor was eclipsed by the fantastic taste of the French fries.
By the way, if you want to make McDonald’s-style French fries at home, check out the pioneering work done by Kenji over at Serious Eats. He’s figured out exactly what to do to turn a potato into perfectly fried gold.
McDonald’s Restaurant #17337
4647 S Regal St. Spokane, WA 99203