Takeaway Truth is a new occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald's Taste Of America Burgers.
Fast food restaurants have been known to gild the lily when it comes to accurate depictions of their menu items. Far too often, the mouth-watering feast on the poster turns out to be a limp and oily morsel. In a bid to keep the fry-jockey overlords honest, we've decided to document the reality of fast food — it was either that, or go postal like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.
McDonald's 'Taste Of America' range purports to take your taste buds on a road trip through the flavours of the USA. But hang on. Doesn't the vast majority of McDonald's menu already provide a 'taste' of America? It's all yank grub, from the Big Mac to the Quarter Pounder (pounds? Really?)
But we're not here to argue the geographical origin of fast food — perhaps we'll save that for another post. The only thing that matters is whether the new Taste Of America range actually matches the mouth-watering images on the company's posters. Below are the three burgers that make up the core of the new menu — the Smoky Texan, California Chicken and New York Classic.
The Smoky Texan
The California Chicken
The New York Classic
Well, the buns are pretty accurate, but everything else is sorely lacking. The lettuce is mostly white, the meat patties are unquestionably thinner and the cheese and sauce look like a dog's breakfast. You may claim to be American, but the results look shoddily outsourced to us. On the plane home!
Truth Rating: 5/10
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