Four Menu Items McDonald’s Staff Refuse to Eat

Four Menu Items McDonald’s Staff Refuse to Eat
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There’s no doubt in our mind that McDonald’s employees are more familiar with the company’s food than anyone else. After all, they spend all day cooking and handling the food we order and as a result have a pretty good idea of which menu items are great and which ones are best avoided. There are four things McDonald’s employees will happily serve you, but they would never eat it themselves.

Our friends at Business Insider quizzed several McDonald’s US staff members (both former and current) to find out which menu items they personally avoided. Most of their preferences came down to personal taste, although nutrition also played a part.

While the survey was conducted in the US — and was entirely subjective — it’s still interesting to see which products Macca’s staff aren’t crazy about. Here are four examples that your local fry jockey probably won’t be scoffing on her lunch break:


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Fish often raises alarm bells in restaurants, but the main reason for this product’s unpopularity is actually generational: It just isn’t ‘cool’ enough for Macca’s younger staff.

One former crew member said they viewed the filet-o-fish as a meal popular with older customers. “I assume it’s easy for them to chew,” they added. Nobody in Business Insider‘s survey was a fan of the Fillet-O-Fish. (Life hack: they taste much better if you eschew the tartar sauce and add Nando’s Peri Peri instead.)

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McDonald’s Salads

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Some McDonald’s staff members said they steer clear of the chain’s salad options due to the drab taste and “astronomical” calories. While McDonald’s Australia does not sell the exact same salads, the caveat definitely still applies: Adding crispy chicken and/or noodles to your salad ramps up the kilojoule count considerably – and that’s before you add any dressing.

Sugary drinks

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One McDonald’s employee said the chain’s sweet tea was too sugary for their taste. Again, the sweet tea options in Australia are quite different to the US, but the advice still holds: If you care about your waistline, go for a sugar-free soft drink (or better yet, water.) Adding a scoop of ice cream to your frozen Coke is an indulgence you don’t need.

Limited-edition menu items

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Curiously, many of the McDonald’s staff that Business Insider spoke to weren’t fans of the company’s fabled limited-edition McRib sandwich.

“The way it looks before we put the sauce on it is absolutely revolting,” one former crew member said. “It doesn’t look like meat at all, it looks like a scab.”

We’d argue that its faddish, overrated nature applies to many of McDonald’s limited-edition items. If it’s not on the regular menu, maybe it’s not that great, eh?

[Via Business Insider]

This story has been updated since its original publication.



  • It quite possibly is generational, since we didn’t have any nearby McDonalds when I was young, and Penrith only got one at the plaza when I was in later high school. Fillet o’ Fish was the cheap go-to snack burger, since I preferred it to the McChicken. Curiously enough, while fish in general often makes me ill, Fillet o’ Fish never does. Like fish fingers.

  • Why is this repost that used to be reposted every few months on lifehacker, now making its way to Kotaku?

  • I barely go to Maccas anymore but when I do the one and only thing I ever buy is fillet o’ fish! I stopped seeing McDonald’s as food well over 15 years ago but I actually relish the artificial taste and texture of the fish burg.

    It’s just a weird brain wiring thing, I guess. I used to get them as a little kid and they are still the hold out item for my relationship with Maccas.

    (And yeah they’re easy to chew.)

  • I didn’t feel like chips the last time I went to Macca’s so got the garden salad to go with the “two cheeseburgers meal for $5” deal. It was bland and boring but the tomato, lettuce and onion went onto the cheeseburgers nicely. There was no option for any dressing.

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