No doubt the commercials were better in the past. (I only go back to the 70’s) Oh, I hate the ghetto inspired "I’m lovin it" campaign. And oh I miss the Hamburgler, Grimace and Mayor McCheese.
And you know why? "Drive Thru"s. The changes made in the preparation, cooking & shelf life on fast foods ruined them.
All the Fast Food restaurants were better before the 80s. They basically went haywire then on.
In 1960, McDonalds was the first fast food restaurant in Knoxville. It was a hit. I worked there for one night. I was a student at UT and I had to work until 3:00AM. I could not handle it. Everything was cooked fresh. I am sure the small burgers and fish sandwich was much larger and better tasting.
What amazed me at the time was the time they spent cleaning after closing. We spent hours cleaning everything including the pipes for the drain. When we left, everything was wiped and cleaned including underneath the refrigerators and freezers to get rid of dust.
Paul E. Smith
I ordered the first filet o’ fish I have had in years a couple of weeks ago and when I unwrapped it I was amazed at how tiny it was. It easily fit in the palm of my hand. I showed it to my wife and she just burst out laughing. I swear it was just slightly bigger than a white castle. Four bites later I was still hungry and a little sick at the same time.
McDonald’s was definitely better because I had little to compare it to back in the 60’s when I was a young lad. My palate had not yet been formed from a wide ranging search over the years for the world’s best burger.
I’m not sure the burgers were bigger when I first went to McD’s in ’64-’65. I seem to think they were about the same size, but they took a little more care with quantities of condiments. (The fries certainly were better, and the shakes weren’t loaded with salt.) But I do know that the burgers never tasted as good as they did sitting with my Gramma on that little tile bench set into one of the arches.
The burgers were all fried on site, they were at least twice the size, the fish sandwich was at least twice the size. Green shades tend to mess everything up.
Paul E. Smith
The beef tallow fries were way better than any fries available now. The fish fillets were great, now they are bland. Like many families in the 60s, we tailgated in the parking lot on our station wagon (in which the back folded down rather than lifting up) because McDonald’s was just a walk-up.
I know the Big Macs were better and I think they cost like 49 cents and the milk shakes wer better too.
Fries were originally cooked in beef tallow, which definitely enhanced the flavor. Burgers were fresh and flat grilled. When vegetable oil replaced beef tallow and microwaving replaced grilling, the public was introduced to McBurnt: http://www.thehumorarchives.com/joke/McBurnt
Is this true? I haven’t been inside a McDonald’s for some time and it’s not something I ever specifically looked for, but it seems like the griddle was always partially visible from the counter.
Like SGA, when I was growing up a trip to McDonald’s (or Geri’s) was something special since it didn’t happen very often.
The fries were better the burgers patties were thicker too. I remember when they 1st came out with the 1/4lb’er it really tasted like beef & was a 1/4lb burger.
I remember when the first McDonald’s opened in Niagara Falls, and my Dad took us there – all they had on the menu was hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, pop, shakes and coffee. You had to walk up to the window between the golden arches and order, and eat in your car or take it home – no dining rooms or playgrounds then. The food was great.
The Egg McMuffin was introduced in 1972. McDonald’s used a special metal ring to fry the eggs & give it the round shape.
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