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.