McDonald’s is testing a new “English Pub Burger” right now. It’s unknown how many locations it’s being tested at, but there are several early reports of stores in Illinois. Within The Empier got one at a McDonald’s in Algonquin, Ill and snapped this photo of the box:
The burger is described as a 1/3lb Angus Beef Burger with hickory-smoked bacon, white cheddar, American cheese, steak sauce, Dijon mustard, grilled onions. It’s also touted as being on an “artisan roll”, which is different than the regular Angus burger bun. One reader of GrubGrade tried it and exclaimed:
it works and tastes unlike anything I’ve ever had from McDonald’s
First off, how unoriginal are McDonald’s and American fast food places in general with their cheese selections? Is it possible for a fast food place to EVER use a cheese that isn’t American or Cheddar? Yeah, you OCCASIONALLY get Swiss, but only in the context of a mushrooms & Swiss burger. Why are these chains so unimaginative? Also, American cheese on an English Pub Burger? Sure, makes sense (*punches self in face*).
I also got a kick out of the placemat advertisement for it, which gives a one-paragraph description of the burger including popular English buzz words like “fancy”, “smashing”, and “gobsmacked.” For the average McDonald’s customer, who may not be cultured enough to know these terms, McDonald’s provides a handy glossary at the bottom of the placemat:
Awesome. A GrubGrade reader also snapped this picture of a bus stop ad for the new burger, just in case there were still any doubters out there:
Are there any So Good readers in Illinois or elsewhere who have seen or tried the English Pub Burger? If so, what did you think?