Eh. You don’t have to avoid all meat in order to avoid garbage. A pot roast is still a pot roast and a steak is still a steak. You can still (other than at Wal-Mart) ask your butcher to grind a roast of your choosing (chuck = ideal) if you want a hamburger made out of recognizable cuts instead of scraps.
Oh, and no, I’d never eat anything but whole cuts at any restaurant.
McNuggets are disgusting anyway, and McD’s is the only chain left that still serves that crap instead of breast meat. Cheap bastards. Guess their $0.03/lb potatoes aren’t making enough profit for them, they’ve got to cheap out and use extruded chicken scrap normally reserved for “potted meat” and pet food instead of premium cuts of chicken to serve to children.
A humorous anecdote, but I took my sister’s family out for pizza and wings and my 3 year old niece grabbed a chicken drummie and chopped down on it right at the end where the bone was because she thought all chicken was boneless like McNuggets. Once she learned to eat around the bones, she liked it better than McNuggets, but she had a shock on her first bite of real chicken.
I haven’t like McDonald’s since I was about 8, that was about the time that I grew outta Happy Meals. I used to really like Burger King but after a few incidents with the Shroom and Swiss I’m taking a break from them. What beats both hands down is an establishment founded here in Texas (actually founded in my hometown) called Whataburger. No other fast food joint can touch this place! If you ever find yourself in Texas or certain parts of New Mexico and you’re craving a burger that DOESN’T suck, stop by Whataburger.
I rarely eat a burger at a restaurant, but when I do, it’s 5 Guys up in Charlottesville. They put a couple in here in Lynchburg, but they sucked (like every chain that comes here, because the locals here are such incompetent assholes), and they closed right back down.
Hardee’s burgers are legitimately good (and not just by fast food standards). Five Guys burgers are flavorful, but they are also greasy as hell. On the other hand, I’m a sucker for Arby’s, grease be damned. About the only thing I’ll eat at McDonald’s, aside from the occasional shake, is the McRib when it is available, and even then, I try not to think about what’s in it.
I managed a Hardee’s about 8 years ago. If those Angus patties were actually cooked fresh, they’d be pretty good. Unfortunately, they come in pre-cooked and frozen, are thawed to 40 degrees during the breakfast rush, and held there for reheating on what is essentially a micro version of the huge “flame broilers” Burger King uses - except this thing has a total heating surface of about 14 inches wide by 3 deep (wide enough for two patties side by side) and a total chain surface of about 36 inches. It’s a fascinating little propane powered device that gives a “charred” appearance to the patties in the process of reheating.
Nope, the only fresh-cooked burger you’ll ever get at a Hardee’s is the cheapest thing on the menu - the 2 ounce cheeseburgers they routinely sell for $0.99 on special or stack up for the 2/$3 double cheeseburger deal they run.
I swore off fast-food places except the occasional local chain like Swenson’s in the Akron area. Those burgers kick ass and I will admit my big weakness since they opened last year- Five Guys. I swore off McDonald’s and their ilk a few years ago. Its not worth the extra pounds and money for a notorious weakness I have.
I will go to Subway even though I preferred a good local sub joint til they closed for good last year, which upset me as I had a huge weakness for the place.
I also think working at a fine-foods restaurant for six years spoiled me of fast food. Plus, I have worked in the fast food industry and now, I’m losing the weight I gained from constantly eating that shit.
My only problem with the Five Guys near me is that everyone who works there always looks pissed. The guy working the register glares at you as you walk up. I honestly don’t think I have a leg to stand on though, not with the thoughts I have about MY customers.