There's a lot of hype surrounding this iteration of the return of McDonalds's McRib sandwich, which, it seems, comes and goes about every six months or so these days, and it got us thinking about the limited edition fast food items that have also come and gone over the years and how much we'd love to see them come back.
So, without further adieu, let us look at some of those delicious foodstuffs and wonder if we'll ever see them again.
1. McDonald's Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich - There were some excellent things about this oblong burger on a long bun with onions and barbecue sauce, which disappeared in the early 80's, not long after its debut. It was a sort of classy version of a McDonald's burger, and it was definitely thicker and meatier than the other burgers they had on offer at the time. The only bummer about this sandwich, aside from the fact that we'll likely never see it again, is that they absolutely would not put cheese on it, under any circumstances, which I couldn't figure out and still can't, but, then, I'm not a McDonalds executive, either.
2. Burger King's International Chicken Sandwiches - It's hard to determine the best thing about this trio of yardbird sammies. Is it the international flair with which they were promoted? The pedestrian toppings that made them 'international?' Or was it that they were clearly trying to get into the chicken game, fighting the fire that was McNuggets with not one, not two, but three large-ass chicken sandwiches that seems to scream, "Ok, McDonald's, you bring your little chicken bits, while we plot our multi-continent chicken assault!" Of course, in the end, McDonald's won...just like always.
3. Whataburger's A1 Thick and Hearty Burger - Now, I know that most of you probably don't have Whataburger where you are, which is a sad thing in itself, but missing out on this burger is sad for a number of reasons. First off, the thing itself was excellent, a double burger with bacon, caramelized onions, and A1 Thick and Hearty sauce, which really turned up the volume on the excellence of this burger. The second, and perhaps more awesome reason is that Whataburger actually set up a support group for people who will miss the burger when it's finally gone forever, which was the thrust of the advertising. Good times.
4. Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco - To be fair, this one hasn't had time to go away yet, but it's not available in a lot of places, as this commercial so adequately points out. We'd like to ask this, though...are we supposed to be inspired by the idea that Taco Bell didn't want to sell this product in either Los Angeles or San Francisco, but instead chose Fresno and Bakersfield to put it in? Even though we love the idea of a Taco Bell taco with a Doritos outer shell, it seems like there might be something wrong with it.
5. McDonald's Shamrock Shake - The eternal, the first, the best of all the limited edition fast food items, and one of the only things to look forward to about St. Patrick's Day when you're a kid, and are too young to drink. In reality, the Shamrock Shake is a quasi-mint flavored lactic bomb that induces naps faster than Seconal. Still, it tastes like a poorly spent childhood, and that's just fine with us.
Ok, kids. Pony up. Any fast food memories you have that we've forgotten? Let us know!