September 1, 2012
McDonald’s, New York NY
Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus Beef
Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
Premium Southweset Salad with Grilled Chicken
Tangy BarBeQue Sauce
Sweet & Sour Sauce
Wild Berry Real Fruit Smoothie
We were out of luck as we searched desperately for Yoshinoya, only to find it had permanently closed its Times Square location. Thus, we ended up at a nearby McDonald’s, deciding that due to the crowds, we would not go to the one right in Times Square. A few hours later, we went to the one on 5th Avenue for a snack and somewhere to cool off. McDonald’s in New York is always crowded.
I was excited to try the new item released for testing in this region: the Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus Beef. It is an Angus Third Pounder with caramelized onions, white cheddar cheese, hickory smoked bacon strips, and a mustard sauce. The flavours were great together, creating for quite a bold, smoky burger. I loved the onions and the gooey, melted slice of cheese. The beef patty was quite thick and juicy and the bacon had a nice chew and crispiness to them. It came with a sesame artisan bun, not just your plain old burger bun. I thought the ingredients blended well together and were very complimentary.
The Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken was simple and refreshing. I loved the crunch of the salad greens and the sweet juiciness of the cherry tomatoes. The grated parmesan cheese was okay but there was plenty. The butter garlic croutons were small but crunchy and nicely seasoned. The grilled chicken was overdone and thus, somewhat dry and tough on the outside. It was just a regular salad and nothing special.
The Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken was quite interesting with the fire-roasted corn, savoury black beans, poblano peppers, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, and cilantro lime tortilla strips. I could not find any oven-roasted tomatoes but perhaps they were mixed into the salsa-like mix with the peppers. The lime wedge added some acidity. The corn and beans went well together, especially when mixed with the cheese and Southwest dressing, which was relatively spicy. The tortilla strips not only added a sour zing but also a lovely crunch. The chicken was tenderer than the other one and had a nice cilantro lime glaze to make it more flavourful and not as bland. The blend of Southwest flavours was quite nice and it was definitely a salad with a kick!
From the first visit, I asked for a Tangy BarBeQue Sauce to eat my fries. It was quite flavourful and savoury but not the best barbeque sauce I have had. However, I was glad they did not charge extra for it. It was not watered down and quite good for a fast food restaurant. I would get this as a dip when I feel like something smoky and sweet.
For our second visit, Mom had another box of Spicy Chicken McBites so I got the Sweet & Sour Sauce. This is still by far one of my favourite sauces ever, classic, sweet, and tangy. The mix of sweet and sour is nicely done and the sauce has the slightest kick of spices. I am glad this has not changed much over the years.
Finally, we tried the Wild Berry Real Fruit Smoothie. The blend of berries had a generic flavour for a mix of berries but was neither too sweet nor too sour. It tasted fresh and refreshing, especially with the slush. I was glad it did not taste artificial, and it should not. I definitely liked this one more than the Blueberry Pomegranate one back in Canada.
I was surprised these McDonald’s did not offer something special and unique to the New York region or even just New York City. At least they had the new Cheddar Bacon Onion options, which was more of a regional item. Both restaurants were relatively clean and I loved the touch screen on the new beverage machines at the 5th Avenue location. It is really quite cool.