Survivors Tale: I Conquered the Only McDonald’s Global Menu in the World, So You Don’t Have to!

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Survivors Tale:  I Conquered the Only McDonald’s Global Menu in the World, So You Don’t Have to!

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I had a strange childhood.  My parents never took me to McDonald’s (queue sad violin music).  They said the food was gross.  And this was before any scathing documentaries were released about the chain, so they were way ahead of their time.

But all the anti-McDs talk was confusing to me because the commercials made it look so good.  And those Happy Meal toys pulled on my heartstrings!  While I never rebelled and became a die-hard Big Mac fan, I do visit McDonald’s every time I find one outside of the US.  The menu varies by country and if there’s one thing I like to eat, it’s something I’ve never had before.

So when I heard there was a McDonald’s in Chicago with a global menu, I decided to dive in.  And if you’re gonna be in town for the Chicago seminars, you might want to check it out.

The Maestro Angus Burger Was Tasty But Didn’t Instantly Transport Me to the Netherlands

What Is the McDonald’s Global Menu?

McDonald’s recently moved their headquarters to Chicago (from the suburbs) on West Randolph street just west of The Loop.  They added a McDonald’s to their new campus and as far as I know, it’s the only McDs in the world with a global menu.

The menu rotates every 2 months and the more popular items can sell out.  It took me 2 visits to conquer the global menu.  And the first time I stopped in, several of the Canadian salads were sold out, eh?

If you’re planning a trip to Chicago to sample this menu, you’ll want to wait until November 2018 when the new menu comes out because the current options are a bit commonplace.

Everyone I talked to about it expected me to be stuffing Black Ink Squid burgers in my mouth (even though that’s a Burger King item), but it wasn’t nearly that exotic.

On a side note, as a teenager, my friends and I used to entertain ourselves by going to the McDonald’s drive-thru and ordering a Whopper or going to the Burger King drive-thru and ordering a Big Mac.  It was wild and crazy times back then in Amish country Pennsylvania!  Don’t worry, I’ve toned it down in my older years.

What’s On the Menu Now?

Here’s a rundown of what items & countries are on the global menu until November 2018.  Overall, I was disappointed at how ordinary the selection was for this round.

Even though the food wasn’t as exotic as I was hoping for, I did experience something at this McDonald’s I had never had at a fast food restaurant in the US before – real customer service!

The staff was friendly and attentive.  They even brought out the bulk of my food early so it wouldn’t go cold while my Flat White was being prepared.  And the restaurant itself was immaculate.  The trash cans and area above them where you return your trays was pristine.

Maestro Angus Burger

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Native Range:   The Netherlands (Holland)

The Maestro burger isn’t that different than other classic fast-food burgers.  It’s got a “special” sesame-seed and poppy seed bun, bacon (yay!), two Angus beef patties, red onion, cheddar cheese, mustard sauce, ketchup, and Batavia lettuce.

The mustard sauce gives it a nice zing, but I have no idea what Batavia lettuce is.  It didn’t seem that different from any other lettuce I’ve had on a McDonald’s sandwich.

The best part of this sandwich might be the promotional campaign behind it when it was first released.

Poutine

Canada, I’m Sorry About What McDonald’s Did to Your Legendary Comfort Food

Native Range:   Canada

Poutine is one of the best food combinations on the planet – cheese curds and fries drowned in gravy.  And McDonald’s doesn’t do it justice.

The gravy is the same fake beef-flavored sauce I used to get on my school cafeteria Salisbury steak.  The cheese curds look like globs of butter and don’t have any of the chewy cheesiness I like my curds to have.  And I’ve had comparable Poutine at a Dairy Queen in Canada, which isn’t saying much.

But I don’t eat at McDonald’s because I expect the food to be excellent – this met my expectations.

Other “Canadian” Treats

Delight Your Tastebuds With the Side Salad – a Canadian Delicacy!

The bakery menu included “Canadian” treats like, blueberry muffins, brownies, and croissants.  And several salads were listed as Canadian too, like the Keep Calm Caesar On, I’m Greek-ing Out, and the aptly named Side Salad.

Maybe it’s been too long since I’ve been in a regular US McDonald’s, but can you really not get a Side Salad anywhere but Canada?  Or is there something different about the Canadian version of the side salad?

Sadly, I’ll never know.  Shortly after taking this picture I accidentally knocked my Maple Leaf Side Salad (couldn’t they at least have named it that?) on the floor. 🙁

Hershey’s Cookies n’ Creme McFlurry

When I Think of Chile, Hershey’s Isn’t the First Thing That Comes to Mind

Native Range:   Chile?

What’s going on here?  I grew up 45 minutes from Hershey, Pennsylvania and a cookies n’ creme ice cream treat isn’t exactly foreign.  But it’s definitely listed on the menu next to the Chilean flag.

I’m guessing the corporate committee that selected this month’s menu must have needed to get out early for the weekend.  Is Chile the only place to get this flavor of McFlurry?  Or is it just the country with the best Cookies n’ Creme McFlurry sales?

Either way, this one’s delicious!

Ice Cream Sundaes

I Guess the Cookie Straws Make Them Global?

Native Range:   Brazil?

I didn’t think the Global Menu could get any more basic, and then I came across the “Brazilian” ice cream menu.  What foreign delights did McD’s bring over from Brazil?

Treats like a Vanilla Cone, Chocolate Cone, Strawberry Top Sundae, Caramel Top Sundae, and Hot Fudge Top Sundae.  Why didn’t they just add the Red Bean & Matcha McFlurry to the menu and be done with it?

Maybe Brazil has a different ice cream recipe?  If so, I couldn’t tell the difference.

Flat White

A Flat White Is a Small Latte

Native Range:   Australia?

McDonald’s serves the Flat White in quite a few different countries.  And now that Starbucks has added it to their menu, it’s lost its allure for me.

Not sure what a Flat White is?  I have a friend who owns a coffee shop and he says it’s basically a properly made Latte that’s small.

The rest of the “Australian” coffee drink menu had all of the standard coffee shop drinks:  espresso, chai latte, hot chocolate, hot mocha, cappuccino, etc.  Again, are these not available at US McDonald’s?  Or do Australian McDonald’s use different coffee?

Freedom Fries

If You Listen Closely, You Can Hear the Star Spangled Banner Playing in the Background as You Eat These

Native Range:   USA!

No visit to McDonald’s is complete without a hearty helping of fries.

Fun fact, if you grew up before 1990, you had the privilege of enjoying McDonald’s fries in their heyday.  Up until July that year, they were fried in beef tallow and that iteration of the fry is universally regarded as superior to what you’ll get today, which is fries cooked in vegetable oil.

They made the move in response to health advocates, but many argue it hasn’t actually made us any healthier.

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I’m in need of some trip-spiration, so what’s the strangest item you’ve ever ordered at McDonald’s and what country did you find it in?

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McBeer and McDonut in Brussels. McTexas Burger in Japan (a one off seasonal item that was surprisingly good).

Sounds interesting, thank you for sharing!

I assume that a McFlurry was the ‘food’ from Chile, is because ice cream is chilly! It’s probably as simple as that, a play on words that doesn’t do justice to the actual food one might expect from that country!

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Lol, I agree that it doesn’t do justice to what you could actually eat in Chile!

Huh? Anguss Burger in the Netherlands? As far as i know we have the McKroket 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-nyLOyjOeE

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The McKroket looks way more unique than the Maestro burger

When passing through Chicago, I usually stop at the McDonalds inside Union Station. Has plenty of outlets, unlike D.C. Union Station unit. But, no drink refills.

In regard to beef tallow, it came in a 50 lb. block when I worked fast food. Melting was done by placing the block in the gas fryer and turning the underneath flame on and off. It was a potential fire hazard.

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This McDonald’s isn’t too far from Union Station, you should check it out next time.

That’s interesting about beef tallow, never considered that!

The best thing I love about McDonalds in Spain. Is their Cappuccino and bakery bar . with Cappuccino being 1 Euro. and enjoying it at a beautiful out side café.

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It is interesting how McDonald’s in most places outside the US are typically way nicer.