A day trip to Whistler with our relatives meant a stop for McDonald’s for lunch… in Squamish. The town was cheery on this sunny weekend with a farmers’ market and a local festival, with it lots of kids, races, and people enjoying some fun in the sun. The town was quite quaint, not exactly picturesque as the harbour was neither large enough or in top condition. However, the main street was still a lot of fun and I tried my first yellow plum jam and extremely spicy salsa at the market (separately, of course!). I also ran into a small and extremely cute dog that just happened to share my name… what’s life without coincidence.
By 11:30, we were in the McDonald’s just off the Sea to Sky Highway for a break but decided it was time for lunch. The first item our group got was the Smoky BBQ Bacon Angus Third Pounder. It included onion crisps with a smoky BBQ sauce, a lettuce leaf, tomatoes, a slice of American cheese, and a third-pound beef pattie, all on a bakery-style sesame seed bun. Despite the lighter, yellow colour of the sauce, the BBQ flavour was strong and had a decent smokiness. I would have liked a crispier lettuce leaf but the cheese went well with the burger. I have to say, after not having a McDonald’s beef burger in years, it was quite a nice change.
I ordered for Dad the McBistro Swiss Mushroom Melt with grilled chicken. The grilled, white chicken breast came on a healthier whole grain bun with lettuce, sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and rosemary mayo. I loved the mayo and the melted, gooey cheese, but the mushrooms were my favourite. The bun was soft, chewy, and slightly sweet, which was perfect for a sandwich in my opinion. The chicken was very tender but lacked flavour otherwise. At least there are healthier options at McDonald’s now, and the taste is just as good.
I chose a Tuscan Salad, without the chicken since there was not specific sauce on the chicken anyways, unlike the teriyaki and Thai ones. The dressing was Renee’s Roasted Garlic Dressing that had a very strong garlicky flavour. It accented the salad greens, grape tomatoes, shaved Parmesan cheese, red peppers, red onions, and cucumbers nicely. Sweetened dried cranberries and seasoned sunflower seeds also came in little packages. The vegetables were refreshing and the cheese added a nice richness. The cranberries provided some contrast with the sweet flavour but the sunflower seeds were disappointing. They had clearly gone bad, with that oily scent very strong. It was an average salad and not my favourite at McDonald’s.
Finally, the World Famous Fries came with our meal. I liked the fact they were very light in colour, meaning the oil is still in okay condition. I do not mind that they are skinny, but I do not really enjoy McDonald’s fries because they are not usually crisp enough and there is not enough of the soft and mushy inside to create that contrasting texture. Usually, they are just chewy, moist strands of potatoes, whereas I prefer the crunchy exterior with lots of the mushy interior. At least they were seasoned.
Finally, we were full and headed off further north. In small towns like this, there is just never enough to keep busy for a full day. However, it is nice just being able to drop by and relax for an hour or two before resuming the trip.