Ever wonder what happened to the McDLT? How about the McLean Deluxe? Anyone you remember the McJordan? You know, the quarter pounder with bacon and bbq sauce? Let’s take a look at these and others…
McLean Deluxe – The McLean Deluxe was marketed as a healthy alternative to McDonald’s regular menu. It was released in the United States in 1991. It had a reduced fat content compared to other McDonald’s hamburgers. This was achieved through use of 97% lean beef and the addition of carrageenan to the meat. The McLean Deluxe was originally designed as a replacement of the McDLT. Like the McDLT, and despite performing well in taste-tests, it did not sell well and was dropped from the menu in 1994. (from Wikipedia)
McDLT – The McDLT (McDonald’s Lettuce and Tomato) was sold in a novel form of packaging. The meat and bottom half of the bun was prepared separately from the lettuce, tomato, American cheese, pickles, sauces, and top half of the bun. Both were then packaged into a specially designed two-sided container. The consumer was then expected to finalize preparation of the sandwich by combining the hot and cool sides just prior to eating. The company discontinued the sandwich in 1990 due to the move away from the environmentally unsound styrofoam packaging which was integral to the McDLT “experience”. The McDLT is perhaps best remembered for its marketing, which focused on variations of the theme “Keep the hot side hot, and the cool side cool.” (from Wikipedia)
Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich – These actually weren’t that bad, the first time you tried one. After that, something just seemed off about them. The consisted of grilled chicken strips, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pepper jack cheese, and a creamy herb sauce served wrapped in a heated flatbread.
Pizza – Yep, McDonalds had pizza. I remember seeing it a few places, but don’t remember if it was around here or not. Here is an article from the NY Times back in 1989 talking about the bold, yet unsuccessful, idea.
McDonalds Crabcake – As far as I know, this was only in Maryland and maybe southern Delaware down by the beaches. Was anyone brave enough to try one? Was it real crab? Seems like this person said it didn’t taste too bad, but not very good coming back up.
Any others that you can remember? I left the McRib off the list, because it still comes back from time to time, and it’s flat-out awesome.
McRib is gross as well as so many of the above items. I do remember the McLean Deluxe- it was in a Styrofoam container and had two sides- one hot and one cool. I have no idea wt the McJordan was though??? Obviously I did not frequent the old McD’s as often as you.
no no no, the McDLT had the two sides. The McLean had some soy in it or something. It didn’t taste any different. Wonder how it would do now?
You are right… nasty either way!!!!!! I need a turkey burger- but has to be white meat. Red Robin???
The Baltimore Babe says
Anyone remember the old recipe for the apple pie? How the crust used to be flaky with a hint of grease, and yet it tasted oh-so-good?
Sure do, back before they were “baked”. The outside was crispy, and the inside would burn your mouth. The cherry pies were pretty good too.
Remember the breakfast danishes they used to have? I think they had cheese or apple, maybe a cinnamon?
Tim Impallaria says
Yes, they were great and they changed for a healthy choice of baked. I for one don’t go for healthy food at McDonald’s. Good news is if you want the deep fried crunchy taste of a hot Apple pie just visit Popeyes Chicken.
The Baltimore Babe says
I don’t remember the danishes. Oh what did I miss? I loved the pancakes though…they were so spongy!
Yes, they were cheese danishes… My hubby will only eat McDonalds pancakes- funny huh? I try not to take it personal!
Deputy Dog says
The best was Burger King’s veal parm sandwich!
A box of C-rats beats the crap outta McDonald’s any day. 1 can of eggs…1 can of peaches…a peace of cake (also in a can)…and a package with 2 sheets of toilet paper, a book of matches, and a plastic fork. No need for (sissy) chemical heating…just simmer it for 1 hour in the exhaust of a gun or deuce and a half. Than a nice nap with your steel pot as a comfy pillow.
Go Dagger !
How about the Beefsteak Sandwich that came with the steak sauce packets? Better yet, though a very, very rare item wa the Hot Dog that I got at a McDonalds at the Skydome back in 95 when I went up for an Orioles trip. It was actually an Oscar Myer hot dog but McDonalds found a way to make it taste slightly different, well, it tasted strange to be honest.
BTW, Chiken McNuggets are not chicken. You can eat chicken cold (midnight fridge raid) but you cannot eat McNuggets cold because they taste like chilled plastic.
Richie: How about those peaches when you had pound cake, that was the hook-up. You forgot the 5 pack of Pall Malls that came with the ratpacks.
Yup…the peaches made it all happen. Nothing worse than fruit cake instead of peaches.
Go Dagger !
Oh yea…the comic !
The chicklets were a treet and the chocolate was great…wouldnt melt even if you carried it aroun d in your pocket. Actually the turkey roll was better than the food at the High School
Now I have McDonalds nightmares stuck in my head. Does anyone remember the pocket sandwiches called McStuffins? Fake pita pockets that made you think that you were eating healthy. Didn’t last long.
Now I have to go watch Pulp Fiction just to hear the Royale with Cheese line.
You would somtimes get fruit cake and a can of ritz crackers…..dry dry dry.
And of course who can forget a mermite of black coffee to keep you awake for 48 hours of rabbits (shoot and moves in gunnbunniese) every 15 or 20 minutes.
Go Dagger !
Yea…sometimes you got the small can of mixed fruit…what a tease.
Go Dagger !
Ps..its a wonder we didn’t die of tomane or gangrene of the mouth…with that filthy P 38 can opener…Mabey Lock Jaw !
Still have a P38 but nothing beat a KA-BAR!
vietnam vet says
The heat tab’s were a joke. we starting useing C-4 plastic explosive to heat the -C- rat’s. did a fantastic job. the heat was tremendous. just pull off a small chunk light it with your genuine water proof match’s, provided by C- ration pack (which seldom worked)
And don’t forget the Ham & egg’s . nothing short of nasty’
Concerned Teacher says
My favorite missing items are the old fashioned deep fried apple pies and the Cheddar Melt (1/4 burger on a rye bun with fried onions and melted cheese sauce).
im getting real pissed says
the fries now days taste like Crap, why do they got to change the oil, if i want to die with high cholestrol thats my problem i paid for it
Food Critic says
The fries taste like crap because they are either under cooked or over cooked. You would never know there are timers and buzzers to tell these minimum wage kids what to do. The problem starts when some manager who is to busy talking on the phone doesn’t notice that they are out of fries, so the kid puts them down and then takes them out to early because customers are waiting or ignores the buzzer and they are burned. Even worse, they are supposed to clean the fry vats every day and filter the liquids. You can tell when it hasn’t been done when your fries don’t look very good and or taste bad.
We regularly get the “McLobster”. I wish I could get that Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich back though, that was always my favorite.
The McDLT needs to be brought back. This was my most favorite god when I was growing up!!!!!
I wish the flatbread would come back. I loved it
Food Critic says
McDonald’s food went to crap when they started steaming burgers and chicken. This move was the kiss of death, second only to Burger King using microwaves. McDonald’s food was outstanding when they had a grill guy cooking everything within a few minutes of your purchase. Now everything at least in the McDonald’s in Harford County are either burned, dried out or rubber when purchased. There is absolutely no quality in fast food. Wendy’s used to be good, but the quality of the food has gone down hill especially when they started messing with the menu. The grill people at Wendy’s love to cook the burgers and then let them just sit off to the side on the grill until someone buys them. By then they are over cooked and usually burned. For whatever reason, fries at the Bel Air area Wendy’s are always cold.
The lone exception is Chick – Fil – A. I don’t know how they do it, but the place is always spot less, the kids are very well mannered and the food is cooked perfect at the Abingdon or Forest Hill stores.
Health critic, and not fat says
No quality in fast food, you don’t say? Maybe you should start your own business amd fix that. Oh wait, nah, its the internet and much easier to act like you know what you are talking about, especially on 5 year old news article.