Restaurant Review: McDonald’s Worldwide Favorites Menu

By Anna Breuer on 30 July 2019
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It was bound to happen, although I didn’t see this one coming: my editor assigned me to review McDonald’s.

He wasn’t having a Big Mac attack nor telling me to review a Quarter Pounder; rather, he asked me to check out the new Worldwide Favorites Menu, which features four items from McDonald’s restaurants around the world, namely in Australia, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.

There are many menu items from McDonald’s outside the U.S. that Americans have never heard of and the reverse is also true. Curly fries, the Big Southern California, and the Hawaii Burger are all popular in Germany and you can order beer with your meal to boot.


McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant chain, first opened its doors in 1940 as a restaurant by the brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald. They converted the restaurant into a hamburger stand, began to franchise the concept, and introduced the Golden Arches in 1953. McDonald’s took off when Ray Kroc, a milkshake mixer salesman, became involved in the company and eventually purchased it.

Proceeding to a local McDonald’s – one that was remarkably different from the last McDonald’s I had visited perhaps a decade ago, with ordering kiosks and table delivery, not to mention cash registers that accepted Apple Pay – I ordered (in the name of keeping my job) two of the special menu items, saving the other two for a return visit.

I took a seat and the efficient staff brought a tray with a Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger (minus the onions) from Spain and a Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands.

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