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Secret off-the-menu items


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We would show you pictures, but we don’t think your delicate constitution could handle it. Plus we ordered wrong.

Franchise Times’ crack culinary investigative team (“crack” because sometimes we think that’s what we must be on to do it) decided to test the MSN.com news website’s report on ordering special items off the menu at various fast-food restaurants. Supposedly, if you order the hybrid items by name, workers will prepare such delicacies as the Land, Sea and Air Burger (one fish, one fried chicken and two beef patties). The idea is to appear an “insider.” Although we’re not sure who that would impress.

To test the theory, we went first to McDonald’s to order the so-called McGangBang, a fried chicken sandwich between a double cheeseburger. The woman manning the microphone didn’t know it by its charming moniker, but she was extremely helpful in figuring out the best way to get us what we’d ordered. Instead of the complete sandwich inside a double cheeseburger, we mistakenly asked for just the chicken patty, thus saving 150 calories (the second bun). We were amazed at the cost: $2.02. We didn’t get our second order, waffles and fried chicken, because it required a breakfast item, McGriddles.

At Burger King, our order for a Suicide Burger (four beef patties, four pieces of bacon and four pieces of cheese) was met with silence. When we repeated what comprised a Suicide Burger, we were asked to drive to the second window to order. The woman working the cash register became flustered and hunted down the manager who rang up our order: Whopper Jr., $1.59; three extra meat patties, $2.25; three extra slices of cheese, 90 cents; four slices of bacon, 50 cents. We were also able to get Frings, a half order of both fries and onion rings in one container.

The McGangBang wasn’t bad. Our version is definitely better than the original with two buns. The Suicide Burger was just OK; meaty, to be sure, but too much cheese and they forgot the bacon. 

If the Suicide Burger fails to live up to its name, tomorrow we’ll hit Long John Silver’s for the “fried bits,” the batter crumbs from the bottom of the fryer. Yum.

 

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