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McDonald’s Dollar Menu: A Closer Look

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Well, I wasn’t planning on writing about McDonald’s again but you never know what you stumble across that makes for a good post. If you eat much at McDonald’s or have just been following the food biz news much, you likely heard that McDonald’s revamped their dollar menu and are now calling it the Dollar Menu and More. This revamp includes not just more offerings, but also higher prices. I’m not really going to get on McDonald’s case for increasing the prices of some of their dollar menu offerings, it has been over 11 years since the dollar menu debuted and prices for all kinds of food items have climbed a lot since then, but I am going to point out some of the interesting things they have done, and also point out some things that they may not want you to notice:

  • All the new items are sandwiches. Three of them are chicken and two of them are burgers, two of them are $1.00 and three of them are $2.00.
  • Those new $2.00 sandwiches, what do they all have in common? Bacon! Bacon has always been considered a premium style ingredient and to have bacon on these sandwiches (as well as cheese on two of them) makes it easier to be willing to pay the $2.00
  • The McDouble went up 19 cents and was likely the most popular dollar menu item over the years.
  • What is the difference between the McDouble and the Double Cheeseburger? The Double Cheeseburger has a second slice of cheese. You pay 30 cents more for that extra slice of cheese and tack on an extra 50 calories to your meal.
  • So about that $5.00 20 piece Chicken McNugget selection on the dollar menu? In my opinion, it is not there as a legitimate offering on the dollar and more menu but it is actually a menu decoy. What’s that? A menu decoy is a higher priced item on a menu used mainly to make the other surrounding offerings look more reasonably priced in comparison. It is not just the most expensive item on the dollar menu but it is three dollars more than the next highest set of items.
  • Did you notice what is missing now? Would you like fries with that dollar menu burger? Go ahead and order some, but you’re not going to get them from the dollar menu anymore, you will have to pay a bit more for some small fries off the regular menu.
  • Same deal with the beverage offering, you used to be able to get a small soft drink off of the dollar menu, but now your only choice is a large sweet tea.
  • That’s 32 ounces of sweet tea in a large, the tea mix must be even cheaper than the soda mix and soda has a reputation for being one of the highest profit margin items for any restaurant, not just fast food.
  • The two pies for a $1.00 have hit the road as well, but you can still have your cookies or an ice cream cone. The fruit and yogurt parfait is still on the menu as well which has a reputation for being a steal at just $1.00 considering what you get in it (fruit) and it’s fresher quality compared to some of the other dessert selections.

I will have to get out and do some field research to see how good these new dollar menu sandwiches actually are.

Dinner: Glory Days Grill

The Glory Burger

As the Hungry Man approaches his late 30’s it’s not every day that he has a chance to stumble across something he has not consumed before. Fugu? No. Haggis, don’t think so… Durian? I doubt you have enough money on you to even pay me to try that.

Now let’s digress briefly, I bet you that 99% of the time, the next food or meal that you are about to eat, you have had before, possibly hundreds of times before. That bowl of cereal you just poured yourself, how old were you when you first poured yourself a bowl of it, or were so young that you had it poured for you? Only once in your life can you learn that Grape Nuts contain neither grapes nor nuts, and that filling the bowl to the top with Grape Nuts will leave you with a full stomach and a half eaten bowl of Grape Nuts.

Perhaps it’s Tuesday, so it must be pork chops, as it has been for the past 30 years of your life since you married the lady whose mom always cooked pork chops on Tuesday, whose mom always cooked pork chops on Tuesday…

Sooooooo how does that relate to the Glory Days Grill and that delicious picture at the top? Well per their website, that is what they call The Glory Burger: “Our fresh seasoned and grilled burger, zesty BBQ sauce, fried onion straws, bacon and cheddar cheese. Topped with a fried egg.” So here’s something new…I’ve had lots of burgers, but this one was the first one with a fried egg as one of the ingredients.

Besides the novelty of the burger, the restaurant was a new one for me as well, it is a 20 restaurant chain with locations in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. They are a casual dining sports bar restaurant. Think of a cross between Applebees and Buffalo Wild Wings, with a focus on the sports aspects of both. It struck me as a surprisingly affordable place to eat with entrees priced from $6.99-$17.99 with lots of good looking dishes on the lower end of that range.

My friends and I decided to order a batch of 12 wings for an appetizer, half with the hot buffalo wing sauce and half with the medium wing sauce. Both were good, the medium wing sauce was very traditional and rather buttery tasting, the hot wing sauce had some real bite, with pickled jalapeno slices draped menacingly over the wings just daring you to eat them.

My friends split a Caesar side salad and a half rack or ribs, which is usually 6 ribs, but their rack had just 5. Must have been short ribs… (oh I kid, they were baby back ribs) The salad and cornbread on the side were reported as delicious, but the sauce on the ribs was not that flavorful.

My burger? Even without the fried egg it would have been delicious, but somehow the egg added a whole extra level of unexpected deliciousness. It was a well behaved egg, it was cooked well enough that the yolk was firm with no undesired runniness. The cheddar cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, onion and egg all came together really well with their flavors cooperating in a way I would not have expected. This burger made it into my top 5 restaurant burgers on its first attempt.

Would the Hungry Man come here again? Very much so, the prices were right and the food was good, and for a sports bar kind of restaurant it was not too noisy.

Hungry Man Eats Score: 80/100

http://www.glorydaysgrill.com/

The Glory Burger Assembled

 

Homemade Grilled Hamburgers

Homemade Burgers on the Grill

I am visiting my parents this weekend and we decided to have our first round of grilled hamburgers of the season. These hamburgers are not your plain old hunks of ground beef flattened into patties, these burgers are freshly made from an old family recipe that my mom has used for a long as I can remember eating hamburgers.

Back in the day, every other Friday night was burger night, the opposite Friday was always hot dogs up until I was about 14 or so. This recipe was one of the very first recipes I would make once I was tall enough to work the stove. As good as they were back then when they were pan fried, the burgers are even more awesome now when cooked on a grill.

The beautiful burger pictured below is garnished with BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and a Vidalia onion.

Homemade Burger Ready to Eat

 

Mom's Homemade Burgers
Serves 8
A homemade burger recipe courtesy of my mom.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2.5 lbs 90% lean ground beef
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1/3 cup 1% milk
  4. 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  5. 2 1/2 t Lawry's seasoned salt
  6. 1/2 t black pepper
  7. 2 T dehydrated minced onion
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, pepper and minced onion until well blended.
  2. Add all the ground beef stirring until well mixed and all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Divide evenly into 8 burger patties.
  4. Grill or pan fry until cooked to your desired rareness.
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