Fast Food and Chain Restaurants We Loved That Are Now History

Chain and fast food restaurants have come and gone across the American landscape. For many Americans, we grew up with these brands, their food and their commercials on television and radio. They were, at one point, a part of our lives. Now, they are nothing more than memories. These are the fast food and chain restaurants that we grew up with that are now history or could soon be entering the history books.
Howard Johnson’s
 Howard Johnson’s
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As the American highway system was completed there became a familiar site along those highways, a Howard Johnson’s. The company was started in the 1920s as a lunch counter/soda fountain. It continued to grow until it went public in 1961 with over 600 restaurants and 88 motels. It was one of America’s first major restaurant chains and it was hit hard by the emergence of fast food as Americans decided they didn’t want to wait for food service at a table. There are two Howard Johnson restaurants left, one in Bangor, Maine and one in Lake Placid, NY.
Sambo’s
 Sambo’s
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Opened in 1957 by Sam Battistone and Newell F. Bohnet in Santa Monica, Calif. The name was a combination of Sam and Bo from Bohnet but many people took offense to the name which was used as a derogatory term towards African-Americans. What made matters worse was the decision to do up the décor of the restaurant with scenes from the children’s book ‘Little Black Sambo.’ Still, Sambo’s had a lot of success early on. Eventually there were over 1,100 locations by the 1980s. The name controversy stuck around though and in the early 1980s they decided to rename 650 restaurants to Season’s Friendly Eating. It wasn’t long before they were sold to Denny’s while others shut down. There is still one remaining Sambo’s in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Kenny Rogers Roasters
 Kenny Rogers Roasters
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Country singer Kenny Rogers and KFC founder John Y. Brown got together in 1991 and launched Kenny Rogers Roasters. It didn’t last very long though, despite people liking the food. The market just didn’t have enough room for another rotisserie chicken chain and by 1998 it was bankrupt and sold to Nathan’s. There is one Kenny Rogers still open in Ontario, Calif. but the company, now owned by a Malaysian outfit, is doing well in Asia. At least there will always be that ‘Seinfeld’ episode so Kenny Rogers Roasters will live on.
Minnie Pearl’s
 Minnie Pearl’s
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Started by John Jay Hooker in 1966 and with Grand Ole Opry legend Minnie Pearl’s name, the fried chicken restaurant chain enjoyed early success. More than 500 locations were opened and even more franchised out, there seemed to be a Minnie Pearl’s ready to pop up everywhere. The problem was there was no structure, especially when it came to the chicken recipe. When it comes to fast food you absolutely need consistency and when you can’t even get the same recipe used in all of your stores you aren’t going to last long. There were also some issues with investors right out of the gate and the whole plan collapsed only a couple of years after opening.
The All-American Burger
 The All-American Burger
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This was a regional chain but the entire country got to know The All-American Burger in the 80s classic ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High.’ It was founded in 1968 in Los Angeles by Aaron Binder. The last restaurant was replaced by a Chipotle in Hollywood in 2010.
White Tower
 White Tower
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If this sounds like White Castle it is because it was designed to be just like White Castle, the country’s first fast-food burger chain which was founded in 1921. In 1926, John E. Saxe and his son, Thomas, opened a rival to White Castle in Milwaukee, Wisc. They copied everything from White Castle including the turrets, the burgers, advertising slogans. Eventually there were 130 White Towers in the country but White Castle brought the lawsuits. White Tower was forced to change its restaurant architecture and pay $82,000. There were eventually 230 White Towers in the 1950s before starting to fade. The last White Tower shut its doors in Toledo, Ohio in 2004.
Chi-Chi’s
 Chi-Chi’s
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Opened in 1976 by Marno McDermitt and former NFL star Max McGee, Chi-Chi’s brought Mexican cuisine to many towns in America that had no idea what they had been missing. You couldn’t resist their nachos and other delicious dishes that were cranked out in a highly modern kitchen that had food on your table in less than 10 minutes. Their success was also partly their undoing. Many other Mexican restaurants opened in its wake and dried up the cash flow. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and then the final door was shuttered after some food was tainted with Hepatitis A that resulted in over 650 diners getting sick and three dying. Chi-Chi’s now only exists on grocery store shelves as their salsa and other condiments were bought by Hormel.
Lum’s
 Lum’s
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Started in 1956 by two brothers, Clifford and Stuart Pearlman, they purchased a restaurant in Miami, put in clear glass doors and found success. They credit their clear glass doors, which made their restaurant more inviting, for their success. By 1971 there were 400 Lum’s serving hot dogs steamed in beer to the masses. The Pearlmans sold the chain to KFC owner John Y. Brown for a cool $4 million, a pleasant turnaround from their original $12,000 investment. The last Lum’s closed its doors in 2009 in Davie, Fla.
Steak and Ale
 Steak and Ale
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This was the creation of Norman Brinker, the man who brought us Jack in the Box and Chili’s. Steak and Ale began in 1966 in Dallas and thought it could give conventional full-service restaurants a run for their money by offering cheap steak, think $1.95 for filet mignon. Combine that with the first self-serve salad bar and the place was a hit. There were 109 restaurants across 24 states by the time Brinker sold the franchise. Tons of restaurants similar to Steak and Ale opened in the wake of its success and actually ended up beating it out. The last few restaurants closed in 2009.
Gino’s Hamburgers
 Gino’s Hamburgers
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Founded in 1957 by NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti, Gino’s Hamburgers merged sports and fast food in a way that no other had done previously. There were 330 restaurants in 1972. In 1982 Marriott purchased the chain and turned them into Roy Rogers’. However, Gino’s might be making a small comeback as Marchetti opened a new restaurant in 2010 with hopes of making it a chain. We shall see how well he does this time around.
Burger Chef
 Burger Chef
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If you grew up in the 1980s you might have caught this once formidable chain on the way out. However, it was, at one time, the rival to McDonald’s and had over 1,200 stores at one point. It helped revolutionize the way fast food was done. The kid’s meal with a toy? That was their idea, beating McDonald’s by six years. They had a conveyor belt that was able to roll out 800 burgers per hour. They were too quick to expand and ended up getting bought out by Hardee’s in 1981.
Bob’s Big Boy
 Bob’s Big Boy
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Bob’s Big Boy was a staple along the highways and byways of America. Today, there are just over 100 locations across just a handful of states, mostly in the Midwest. It probably won’t leave our life for good but for most of us the Big Boy statue is just a memory.
Bennigans
 Bennigans
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Established in 1976, Bennigans seemed to pop up in every town in America. The corporation went out of business and was bought by a few franchisees who are trying to bring Bennigans back. There are 23 left in 11 states.
Ponderosa/Bonanza
 Ponderosa/Bonanza
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Ponderosa and Bonanza steakhouses once numbered in the hundreds across the country. Today there are just 17 left across the United States.
Charlie Brown’s
 Charlie Brown’s
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Charlie Brown’s is a regional chain found mostly in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. The corporation went out of business but franchise owners kept their doors open. They might survive but they won’t get back to where they used to be, as one of the growing chains of the 1980s.

15 Most Annoying People You See At Starbucks

While Starbucks is simply a coffee place, some people just ruin it for the rest of us.

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15. THE ULTRA-REGULAR
The Ultra-Regular Yelp
There’s apparently local rules in this Starbucks, and he’s gonna enforce them. His self-proclaimed VIP status also includes his own reserved table. He breaks in line because “Janet already knows what my order is.” He is a monkey turd and we all hate him.

14. “I’M DOING WORK BUT I’M REALLY NOT”
“I’m Doing Work But I’m Really Not” Twitter
They plunk down with their laptop and commence with the charade. Conveniently, their screen doesn’t face anyone and they aren’t typing much. This is because they want to look like they’re working but they’re actually on Facebook. You’re not writing your ebook, Trevor — you’re looking at tumblr.

13. TEENAGE GIRLS. LITERALLY. ALL. OF. THEM.
Teenage Girls. Literally. All. Of. Them. Pinterest
“Ehmehgehd Peyton, I lurrrve Starbucks sooo much!” “Ehhh I know, Sawyer. I come here like… a million times a day.” “Ehhhughh, I know… I’m here like a jillion times a day.” “Euuuuhh!”

It’s practice for when they rush Delta Zeta and everything is the best thing EVERRR!!!

12. THE INSTAGRAMMER
The Instagrammer Instagram
Yes, you went to Starbucks. Why does this warrant announcing it to the world? Not only that, but when you’re posing with your drink — we all know what you’re doing. And you need to cut it out.

11. THE NEWBIE WITH ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS (AND AN ATTITUDE ABOUT IT)
The Newbie With Absolutely No Clue How Any Of This Works (And An Attitude About It) Pinterest
It breaks down like this: Moron walks into Starbucks, waits till he’s at the counter to even consider an order, can’t figure out the cup sizes, holds up the entire line, and then whines about it to anyone in earshot or on Facebook. He complains that Starbucks regulars are rude and pretentious when he’s the one who can’t figure out how to order coffee.

10. CONDIMENT STATION HOG
Condiment Station Hog Yelp
Chad’s been drinking coffee since he was 14, yet somehow still needs six or seven rough drafts before the cream and sugar is all set up. Without fail, Chad also will use the last of the half and half. Every time. Every. Single. Time.

9. STARBUCKS HATER WHO IS SOMEHOW STILL INSIDE A STARBUCKS
Starbucks Hater Who Is Somehow Still Inside A Starbucks Pinterest
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you think you’re funny because you act curmudgeonly and rant about the menu and what not. It’s soooo funny that you make fun of Frappuccino as a word. Ha ha.

Hey, moron. If Starbucks is dumb, what are you doing in a Starbucks?

8. GOLD CARD HOLDERS
Gold Card Holders Flickr
A Gold Card does not grant you “Be A Tool” privileges. You don’t get to strut around like the cock of the walk and throw weight around. You get to have a Gold Card. A Gold Card does not mean you’re a better person — it means you go to Starbucks too much.

7. PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY HOLD JOB INTERVIEWS — AT STARBUCKS
People Who Actually Hold Job Interviews — At Starbucks Twitter/illrecruit
If your job interview is being held at a Starbucks, Get out of there! Unless your “Objectives” section on your resume lists “Getting stuck in a pyramid scheme”, you need to run. We all are looking over at you wondering how bad your life has gotten that you’re applying for a job that interviews at Starbucks.

6. PEOPLE WHO SIT AT TABLES WITH PLUGS WHO AREN’T CHARGING ANYTHING AND REFUSE TO MOVE
People Who Sit At Tables With Plugs Who Aren’t Charging Anything And Refuse To Move Flickr
There’s maybe six power outlets in the place, only one has an open plug, your iPhone is at 5%, and this dung beetle refuses to switch seats. He also won’t move so you can plug in, and has committed himself to generally being a buttwad about the whole thing.

5. CAPTAIN COSTS TOO MUCH
Captain Costs Too Much Yelp
Sure, Starbucks can be a little pricey sometimes — but a lot of us think it’s good. We also think it’s worth it. We also really don’t care if you think it’s expensive or not, so maybe keep that to yourself and not announce it at top volume. You’re basically calling everyone else snobby, and that’s a jerk move. You want it cheap? McDonalds is around the corner.

4. SPELL CHECK WARRIORS
Spell Check Warriors Pinterest
If you think you’re the only person who has ever had their name misspelled on a Starbucks cup, you’re an idiot. It happens, and honestly at this point — they’re doing it on purpose. It’s become a thing and you’re just helping. There is a 100% chance you will get over it and be just fine.

3. THE GIRL WHO JUST “DISCOVERED” THE “SECRET MENU”
The Girl Who Just “Discovered” The “Secret Menu” Pinterest
It’s not a secret menu, it’s a collection of recipes that some baristas don’t mind making for you. A true secret menu would have booze and foie gras on it. Yet there’s always that one 20-something who just saw a Twix Frappuccino on Pinterest and decided that means she’s part of the Starbucks Branch of the NSA.

2. STUDY GROUPS
Study Groups Pinterest
Not only will they be there for the next three or four hours, but they’re going to take up no less than seven power outlets. On top of that, you’re going to have to listen to their insipid chatter about professors and dorm parking. We all are silently praying you get an F on your stupid project.

1. THE FOLKS WHO THINK THIS IS A PHONE BOOTH OR SOMETHING
The Folks Who Think This Is A Phone Booth Or Something YouTube
You talk on your phone in line, you stay on it while you’re giving the barista your order (which is rude), and you sit at your table talking loudly on it. Oddly, it’s never about anything important. We’re going to eavesdrop and you can’t get mad that we’re listening to a private conversation. Your private is invading our public.

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Fast Food Chains, As Ranked By American Consumers

The results are in, and Americans have spoken. They have ranked the best fast food restaurants in the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report. A total of 18 chains were ranked on a scale of 0-100, and the rating based on a combination of staff, courtesy, speed of checkout or delivery, quality of the food and order accuracy. As a whole, the fast food industry saw a drop in satisfaction, and the average score is actually four percent lower than it was last year. Here are the rankings of fast food restaurants in America.

18. MCDONALD’S – 67

McDonald’s – 67 Wikipedia
The fast food giant has seen profits slip each quarter over the last year. Americans are not loving it anymore when it comes to McDonald’s. The chain has tried to redefine itself as more than just a burger joint, but nothing has really taken hold. They have tried to introduce healthier options but still can’t shake the unhealthy label. In an effort to beef up their burger sales, they have rolled out new burgers with fresher ingredients, but Americans are shying away from burgers as a whole. This is not a good sign for the chain.

17. JACK IN THE BOX – 72

This really shouldn’t be a surprise. The competition for burger joints has increased dramatically in recent years. Places like Five Guys, SmashBurger and a few other growing chains are offering a better burger while the larger chains are losing appeal.

16. TACO BELL — 72

The large Mexican fast food chain has seen a lot of competition from large chains like Chipotle and even Moe’s, which offer fresher choices. Taco Bell has taken a hit over ingredients and customer satisfaction in recent years. Not long ago, the company took some heat for its beef, or lack thereof in its meat. Americans responded by staying away.

15. BURGER KING – 72

Surprise! Another burger joint near the bottom. Burger King has managed to stay ahead of their main competitor, McDonald’s, but that isn’t saying much at this point. Burger King finds itself in the same boat as McDonald’s with a shrinking market for fast food burgers. However, BK offers more choices and has been effective in marketing food choices other than burgers. It still isn’t enough to boost confidence though.

14. KFC — 73

KFC — 73 Wikipedia
KFC has battled negative stereotypes about its food. However, they are bringing back the Colonel and are trying to appeal to families rather than individuals. It has seen mixed results, and KFC is closing a few stores around the country as the bottom line is being affected. It has also seen an increase in competition in the chicken market and Americans love the new horse in the race.

13. WENDY’S – 73

Another major burger chain ranking near the bottom of the list. Wendy’s does have an edge over Burger King and McDonald’s in that people generally view its food as fresher and with healthier options. However, it seems as if America is in love with the newer burger chains and that has cut into profits of the major chains.

12. ARBY’S – 74

The sandwich restaurant is having a tough time keeping up with the larger sandwich chains like Subway. It is also having a tough time convincing the masses that its sandwich meats are fresh and healthy like Subway’s.

11. STARBUCKS – 74

People were turned off by the long waits, higher prices and middling quality. Sure, Starbucks still does a bustling business, but the coffee giant is seeing competition sneaking ahead. The chain also suffered from a bad PR move that asked baristas to discuss racial issues. People want coffee, not a racial discussion.

10. LITTLE CAESAR’S – 74

The first of the large pizza chains on this list, Little Caesar’s suffers from limited restaurants and a saturated market. Most Americans have their local pizza place and stick with it, usually ordering from the larger chains only out of convenience.

9. DOMINO’S – 75

It is expanding its menu to include much more than just pizza. The problem is that is is often not as good as the local pizza place. The market is saturated and the big chains have trouble keeping up. The consumer wants fresh ingredients, and the bigger chains have a hard time convincing folks they are fresh.

8. SUBWAY – 77

Eat fresh is Subway’s slogan and it has been a fast-growing chain for years. However, people are getting bored with the small sandwiches even if they are made with fresher ingredients than some other fast food restaurants. It looked like Subway was destined to take over the fast food industry only a little while ago, but some of the steam has been let out. That said, it is still going strong.

7. DUNKIN’ DONUTS – 78

Dunkin’ Donuts – 78 Wikipedia
Dunkin’ Donuts has undergone a massive overhaul. The coffee is cheaper than most and while the donuts aren’t the draw anymore, the chain does offer some solid food alternatives. Mostly it is their coffee that has the chain rising up the ranks.

6. PIZZA HUT – 78

Pizza Hut – 78 Wikipedia
This is a solid score for a pizza place that doesn’t deliver from all locations. However, it is familiar and some people depend on that at times. It hasn’t tried to reinvent itself, but has offered interesting takes on pizzas, especially with crusts.

5. PAPA JOHN’S – 78

The glut of pizza chains in the middle of the pack continues. Papa John’s is a pizza that people either love or hate. That goes with most pizza though. Papa John’s has grown since its partnerships with the NFL and other local sports teams.

4. PANERA BREAD – 80

Panera gets some pretty high marks because it represents a fresher sandwich choice and has hot soups along with other quick grabs. It does its baking on premises, which adds to the customers’ satisfaction.

3. ALL OTHERS – 81

This group contains a lot of different restaurants like Hardee’s, Boston Market and many others. Mostly they are regional chains, and they tend to do a little better because of that. There is something about local pride that actually does factor in to people’s decisions to eat there. It also draws people who are not from the area as they pass through. These businesses tend to be smaller so there is generally a better customer experience.

2. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL – 83

The service is quick and the food is good. It is kind of like an assembly line when you order, but it is effective and people get what they want. Even lines out the door go quickly. It is easy to see why fans of Mexican food make this a ritual stop.

1. CHICK-FIL-A – 86

It does one thing and it does it well. The chicken sandwich is why people go and the customer service is among the best when it comes to fast food. It is also one of the fastest-growing fast food chains these days, so more and more people are able to get chicken sandwiches.

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Beer lovers, especially those on the east coast, will be pleased to hear that Yuengling has stolen the honor of being top craft beer from previous title-holder Sam Adams.

For those not familiar with this delicious brew, I’ll give you the lowdown. Yuengling was established in 1829 and is (as stated above) America’s oldest brewery. They are based in Pennsylvania and if you’ve never heard of or tried their beers it is likely that you live on the other side of the country or in another country altogether.

While some east coast breweries have made the leap to selling on the west coast, Yuengling hasn’t expanded that far yet despite how long they have been around. They don’t seem too concerned with getting their name over to the west coast as they continue to dominate sales in the bars of Pennsylvania’s surrounding states and beyond. There are currently 18 states listed on their website as being distributor sites.

While visiting my home state of Maryland from California this past autumn I was sure to order a few Yeunglings while at the bar catching up with friends. Where beer is concerned, you don’t get more Maryland than Natty Boh and you don’t get more east coast than Yuengling.

So now you’re probably wondering how on earth a beer half the country doesn’t even know about has taken the honor of being top craft beer from the juggernaut we know as Sam Adams.

In spite of the fame and popularity Sam Adams has garnered throughout the country, Yuengling actually sold more beer last year.

Yuengling was previously discounted as a contender because their process uses corn as the main flavoring ingredient rather than malt. This had categorized Yuengling as “non-traditional” but recent changes made by the Brewer’s Association now allows corn-based brews to be considered among the other traditional craft beers.

As a fan of the brewery and the beer I wish them congratulations! I’ve had many a happy memory with a bottle of Yuengling in hand.

Still, these big dogs shouldn’t get too comfortable as there are many young breweries producing beers that will change the game in the coming years. I look forward to seeing if Sam Adams and Yuengling continue to lead the pack.

20 McDonalds Menu Items That Failed Horribly

20 McDonalds Menu Items That Failed Horribly

Sometimes you nail it, and sometimes you fail and fail hard. McDonalds is not immune to this and when you’ve been at it as long as they have and are as huge as they are — it’s going to happen. A lot.

Take a look at 20 McDonalds items that were spectacular failures.

20. McSoup

20. McSoup

20. McSoup

20. McSoup

It was literally Campbell’s Soup in a McDonalds cup, but they thought people would be into this.

It was focused on select markets and was only in the colder months, and was around way more recently than you think.

19. Son Of Mac

19. Son Of Mac

19. Son Of Mac

19. Son Of Mac

It was a Big Mac, just smaller. And without the bread in the middle. And only one patty. So… basically it was a hamburger.

It was sold here and there and reports say you can still find it in parts of Canada.

18. McPizza

18. McPizza

18. McPizza

18. McPizza

What is totally hysterical about this is that McDonalds actually tried it multiple times.

The snag with McPizza was two-fold. First, it took 11 minutes to cook, which is totally not fast food by any stretch of the term. Second, they came to find out the boxes didn’t fit through the drive-thru windows.

Whoops.

17. McJordan Special

17. McJordan Special

17. McJordan Special

17. McJordan Special

Michael Jordan will put his name on pretty much any product on Earth for enough money. This extends to burgers.

They took a regular burger, threw some bacon and BBQ sauce on there, and let His Airness sign off on it. The jugs of McJordan BBQ sauce have reportedly sold on the internet recently for upwards of 10 grand for some reason.

16. Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

16. Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

16. Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

16. Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

This was part of McDonald’s idiotic campaign to get people eating there for dinner. They took a burger, elongated it, threw it on a roll with some onions, and served packets of steak sauce with it. The whole campaign self-destructed, taking this sandwich with it.

Burger King has a horrible memory and recently introduced a nearly identical sandwich.

15. Onion Nuggets

Another part of the moronic dinner campaign, Onion Nuggets were exactly what they sound like.

Chopped onions, battered and deep fried. That’s it. Chunks of onions. This item is missed by nobody.

14. McSalad Shakers

14. McSalad Shakers

14. McSalad Shakers

14. McSalad Shakers

They give you a salad in a cup with some dressing. You go to your table, pour the dressing in, put the lid on (that part cannot be stressed enough), and shake vigorously.

How anyone thought this would end in anything but salad showers is a mystery.

13. Fajitas & Burritos

13. Fajitas & Burritos

13. Fajitas & Burritos

13. Fajitas & Burritos

McDonalds has taken a few swings at Mexican style food in their day — including trying to do Tortas in their California stores.

The Chicken Fajitas were the first in this ill-advised venture, and they just came up empty. Oddly enough, you can still get these in Canada. Again, what is with Canadian McDonalds?

12. McSpaghetti

12. McSpaghetti

12. McSpaghetti

12. McSpaghetti

This did not need to be a thing, yet it was. It got worse, since some areas had test markets of lasagna and fettuccine.

There are still some places where you can find McSpaghetti, but you don’t need to know where. You’ll just have to try to find it.

11. McHot Dog

11. McHot Dog

11. McHot Dog

11. McHot Dog

The founder of McDonald’s, Ray Kroc, specifically banned hot dogs because he felt they were unsanitary (he had a point).

After his death, some franchises gave ol’ Kroc the finger and started serving hot dogs. Since they’re technically still banned, it’s hard to say when and where they pop up, but when they do — they fail miserably. Some international markets have them because they don’t know any better, but in the U.S. they’re unicorns.

10. McLean Deluxe

10. McLean Deluxe

10. McLean Deluxe

10. McLean Deluxe

McDonalds has repeatedly tried to wrangle in the healthy crowd. Late in the 1990s, they forgot fast food isn’t health food and put this abomination out. Most of it was lean beef, but the rest of it was seaweed extract.

It may have been healthy, but it also tasted like death. People preferred to get their health kick elsewhere.

9. Spanish Omelet Bagel

9. Spanish Omelet Bagel

9. Spanish Omelet Bagel

9. Spanish Omelet Bagel

Chalk this up to the existential phase McDonald’s breakfast went through for a bit there.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but they forgot McDonalds didn’t know how to make bagels. Or omelets. They were nauseating.

8. McSpicy

 

This was not a bad idea in concept, but when it came out it just didn’t hit and most people said no thank you.

Except the Philippines who said, “Yeah, if you’re not gonna eat that, we’ll take it…” That’s all yours, Philippines.

7. Bacon Bacon McBacon

7. Bacon Bacon McBacon

7. Bacon Bacon McBacon

7. Bacon Bacon McBacon

Few photos of this exist, and you really just don’t need to see it.

In the 1990s, healthy food was the rage. Remember the McLean? Well, Australia said “screw that” and introduced a burger topped with with five slices of bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce. They then took the bun and dipped it in pork drippings. Yes, seriously.

It was pulled from the menu for Australia’s own good.

6. Eggs Benedict McMuffin

6. Eggs Benedict McMuffin

6. Eggs Benedict McMuffin

6. Eggs Benedict McMuffin

The failure of this should probably be self-explanatory.

It’s further proof of why we need to never trust McDonalds with actual food.

5. Angus Burgers

5. Angus Burgers

5. Angus Burgers

5. Angus Burgers

History shows that any time McDonalds tried to class up the joint, they fell on their face. The Angus burgers were the latest attempt. They figured burgers made from “pure Angus beef” would get people in the door. The snag was that most people couldn’t taste the difference and didn’t want to pay the jacked up price for what felt like the same thing.

The ones with horseradish sauce or swiss mushrooms failed even worse.

4. Mighty Wings

4. Mighty Wings

4. Mighty Wings

4. Mighty Wings

When McDonalds introduced chicken wings, the basic response was, “Why?”

For reasons unknown, they got mega popular in Spain, China, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. Yet in America, people were “meh” to the idea. It has recently been brought back for the uber-frightening purpose of “liquidating the remaining inventory.”

Umm, how old are those wings?

3. McDLT

3. McDLT

3. McDLT

3. McDLT

Apparently in the 1980s, they felt like lettuce got too soggy during the journey of nine feet from counter to table. Hence the some-assembly-required McDLT.

Bun and patty on one side, lettuce and tomato on the other. You then had to put it together yourself. People didn’t take to this since they were eating at McDonalds, not working there. Assembling the burger is not their job.

2. Hulaburger

2. Hulaburger

2. Hulaburger

2. Hulaburger

A franchise owner in the 1960s was having problems with sales, being in a primarily Roman Catholic area. He needed something to sell on Fridays when most customers couldn’t eat meat other than fish. Ray Kroc and the franchisee tried their ideas to see who bought more. Kroc came up with the Hulaburger that swapped the burger patty for grilled pineapple. The owner tried the Filet-O-Fish.

Guess who won.

1. McAfrica

1. McAfrica

1. McAfrica

1. McAfrica

In one of the most spectacularly offensive ideas in the history of ideas, McDonalds tried to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics in various markets by introducing this burger, “with an exotic African sauce.”

McDonald’s sort of forgot that much of Africa was in the grip of devastating famine and maybe let’s not name a burger after a region where people are literally starving to death.

Facts About American Eating Habits That Will Shock You

In America, we tend to do everything in excess, and that even includes eating. These are a few of the craziest truths about our eating habits. You will definitely lose your appetite after reading some of these!

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15. BY WEIGHT

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The average American consumes nearly 2,000 pounds of food every year.

14. PROCESSED MEALS

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In the US, we consume nearly 1/3 more packaged and processed foods than we do fresh ones.

13. DRIVE-THRU JUNKIES

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One in five meals are eaten within the confines of our vehicles, so you could say we’re fast food experts.

12. WASTE

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About 1/3 of all the food produced for consumption goes to waste. That’s 1.3 billion tonnes! Feeling guilty about not clearing your plate yet?

11. DOWNWARD SPIRAL

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As the day goes on, we’re likely to eat less and less healthy foods. This means our intentions at the start of the day are good, but we go for worse foods as the day progresses.

10. FAST FOOD EVERYWHERE

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We have about 50,000 fast food chain restaurants in the states, so there are plenty of options to choose from!

9. EATING ANIMALS

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The average American eats 110 pounds of red meat per year.

8. FRENCH FRY ADDICTS

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Americans consume the majority of our veggies by eating french fries, even though they’re not exactly the healthiest option.

7. OBESITY

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In the U.S. 60% of citizens are either obese or overweight. Maybe it’s time to cut back on the soda and grease.

6. DAIRY CONSUMPTION

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We consume most of our dairy in the form of cheese, more even than we get from drinking milk or eating ice cream.

5. GREASY AND DELICIOUS

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From the 1950’s to now, our usage of added fats and oils has gone up by two thirds.

4. USDA RECOMMENDATIONS

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Americans eat more meat, eggs and grains than recommended by the USDA, and not enough dairy, vegetables and fruits.

3. ORANGES ARE POPULAR

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Because of how much orange juice we drink, oranges are the most consumed fruit.

2. EATING DISORDERS

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As many as 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from some eating disorder, including binge eating, anorexia and bulimia.

1. WELFARE

The food stamps program in America helps nearly 50 million people annually to get access to the foods they need.

Food Facts that make you sick

Want to keep eating that conveniently easy and ready to go meal? Take a look at some interesting fast food facts before answering that.

NO. 19 FRIES

No. 19 Fries

Certain fast food chain fries are riddled with preservatives to prevent any sort of bacterial or mold growth. In this case it lasts for over three years.

NO. 18 AVERAGE CONSUMER

No. 18 Average Consumer

In a study it was found the average fast food consumer ingests around 12 pubic hairs a year.

NO. 17 CHEESE

No. 17 Cheese

Cheese products labeled as processed are actually loaded with additives, chemicals and flavoring that make up 49 percent of the product. Half the product isn’t even cheese.

NO. 16 EATING HEALTHY WITH A SALAD

No. 16 Eating Healthy With A Salad

The salads are actually loaded with propylene glycol to keep the leaves crisp. This ingredient can also be found in antifreeze and sexual lubricant.

NO. 15 NO. 1 PRODUCER OF MEAT

No. 15 No. 1 Producer Of Meat

One patty from a burger can contain meat from up to 100 different cattle.

NO. 14 INDESTRUCTIBLE BURGERS

No. 14 Indestructible Burgers

Some fast food chains’ burgers look identical after 14 years of aging. What are we really eating?

NO. 13 TACO MEAT

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The ground beef at one Mexican fast food chain is actually only 36 percent meat.

NO. 12 CHICKEN

No. 12 Chicken

The chicken is primarily fat mixed in with blood vessels and nerves. In fact 55 percent of the chicken is fat; the rest is feathers, skin and corn with chemicals, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and petroleum. Oh, and it is washed in ammonia.

NO. 11 MILKSHAKES

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The milkshakes from these fast food restaurants contain more chemicals than your conventional fertilizer.

NO. 10 WHAT’S IN THE MEAT

No. 10 What's In The Meat

The meat in certain fast food sandwiches is a restructured meat product containing pig innards, tripe, heart, scalded stomach and a whole lot of salt. It also contains a flour bleaching agent. Mmm.

NO. 9 SAND

No. 9 Sand

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Silicon dioxide (aka sand) is used as an anti-caking agent in multiple fast-food items like buffalo wings and chili. The sand helps it to be able to stay in a heater for days. Ew.

NO. 8 BEETLES

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If you eat something that is bright red at a fast food joint, chances are that it has Carmine. What’s carmine? It’s a bright red food dye. What is it made of? It’s made of the crushed abdomen of a female Dactylopius coccus aka an African beetle-like insect.

NO. 7 FOUNTAIN SODA

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NO. 7 FOUNTAIN SODA

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About 50% of fast food drink dispensers have fecal bacteria on them.

NO. 6 LEFTOVERS

No. 6 Leftovers

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In many fast food restaurants the food carries over. Leftovers, anyone?

NO. 5 BURGER GRILL MARKS

No. 5 Burger Grill Marks

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You know those awesome grill marks on fast food burgers? Well, those aren’t real… They’re actually put there during their factory phase. Gross.

NO. 4 AIRBRUSHED PHOTOS

No. 4 Airbrushed Photos

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You know those yummy burger pics that you see on billboards and at countless fast food restaurants? Well, those are airbrushed….

NO. 3 MILKSHAKE CHEMICALS

No. 3 Milkshake Chemicals

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Most fast food milkshakes contain over 50 chemicals.

NO. 2 FAT TACO SALAD

No. 2 Fat Taco Salad

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The average fast food taco salad has more grams of fat than 16 average Boston crème pies.

NO. 1 CHANGING BEHAVIOR

No. 1 Changing Behavior

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Food dyes are commonly found in fast food joints.

Did you know that food dyes can actually alter your kids’ behavior?

 

20 Food Inventions That You Need In Your Life Immediately

We love food … we love inventions. The two combined are absolutely phenomenal!
20. CORN KERNELER
20. Corn Kerneler https://www.pinterest.com/pin/541980136376862329/
Getting corn stuck in your teeth is a thing of the past! This invention is pure genius.
19. ICE CREAM SCOOP AND STACK
19. Ice Cream Scoop and Stack https://www.pinterest.com/pin/308918855663594071/
Finally! A symmetrical ice cream cone.
18. CERAMIC MICROWAVE BACON COOKER
18. Ceramic Microwave Bacon Cooker https://www.pinterest.com/pin/137500594847686939/
Not only does this cook the bacon perfectly crispy, it also lets you drip away the grease and avoid a messy microwave.
17. SOUP AND CRACKERS
17. Soup and Crackers https://www.pinterest.com/pin/560487116100152292/
This will forever change the way that you eat soup and crackers. It’s simply brilliant.
16. SECTIONED PAN
16. Sectioned Pan https://www.pinterest.com/pin/98023729365909318/
This gem will save you a ton of cleanup since you can cook your veggies, meats and anything else together.
15. TACO HOLDER
15. Taco Holder https://www.pinterest.com/pin/137500594846850544/
There’s nothing worse than a messy taco on your plate … this is a game changer.
14. PINEAPPLE SLICER
14. Pineapple Slicer https://www.pinterest.com/pin/237283474091602335/
In just seconds, your pineapple will be cored, sliced and peeled.
13. THE DIPPER
13. The Dipper https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26810560256439314/
Perfect for those of us who like things neat and orderly.
12. FONDUE MUG
12. Fondue Mug https://www.pinterest.com/pin/187040190748139326/
Perfect for date night.
11. BROWNIE PAN
11. Brownie Pan https://www.pinterest.com/pin/416794140489012311/
Because there is nothing worse than an un-square brownie.
10. TOMATO SLICER
10. Tomato Slicer https://www.pinterest.com/pin/319122323568202358/
One word: Genius.
9. PIZZA SCISSORS
9. Pizza Scissors https://www.pinterest.com/pin/11822017746804663/
Slice and serve pizza all in just one swoop.
8. PERSONAL PIE MAKER
8. Personal Pie Maker https://www.pinterest.com/pin/132504414006142358/
This really just makes my heart happy.
7. LITTLE RUBBER BRICK
7. Little Rubber Brick https://www.pinterest.com/pin/8796161746864572/
This groovy little gadget turns any utensils into tongs.
6. CAKE MOLD
6. Cake Mold https://www.pinterest.com/pin/114138171781036261/
You like chocolate and your man likes vanilla. This pan is the perfect compromise.
5. THE ICING SCULPTOR
5. The Icing Sculptor https://www.pinterest.com/pin/216665432045130256/
We caught you Martha Stewart … always knew you couldn’t make a perfect cake by hand!
4. THE BUTTER CHOPPER
4. The Butter Chopper https://www.pinterest.com/pin/5277724537515438/
The secret behind every Eggo waffle commercial.
3. THE BREAKFAST SANDWICH MAKER
3. The Breakfast Sandwich Maker https://www.pinterest.com/pin/330451691380373613/
Oh. Em. Gee.
2. THE BANANA SLICER
2. The Banana Slicer https://www.pinterest.com/pin/170222060885789296/
Perfectly identical banana slices for your cereal! Score!
1. TRANSPARENT TOASTER
1. Transparent Toaster https://www.pinterest.com/pin/503418064568578390/
Never burn a piece of toast again!