8 discontinued fast food menu items that need to come back
Would you take a bite of Onion Nuggets, Peg-Legs and the Bell Beefer again?
Fast food is as American as McDonald's fried Apple Pies. We are constantly innovating, finding ways to turn chicken fingers into Chicken Fries and Chicken Rings.
Yet for every smash success like the McRib, the menu board is littered with fast food failures like McSpaghetti, McLobster and the Hula Burger, a pineapple ring covered in cheese. (Really! McDonald's once tried to sell this sandwich.)
Some items just come and go with the times. The following are sandwiches and snacks that fell out of fashion. We would probably eat all of them right now, against our better judgement. What do you do miss most?
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1. The Bell Beefer at Taco Bell
The Bell got into the sandwich game in the mid-'70s with this, essentially a Sloppy Joe made from taco meat. The chain has always been clever with finding new ways to rearrange it's five core ingredients. Perhaps they just wanted to stop buying buns?
Image: The Daily Meal
2. Burger Bundles at Burger King
Awww, little tiny baby hamburgers! Sure, this 1987 launch was not the most original idea — just ask White Castle and Krystal — but we feel less guiltly eating one than a Whopper. Until we eat three of them.
3. McDLT at McDonald's
The hot stayed hot, and the cool stayed cool. Just ask Jason Alexander, who sings and dances down the street in this vintage 1980s commercial. This was more a packaging invention than a new item, honestly, with a two-chambers styrofoam box separating hamburger halves.
4. Onion Nuggets at McDonald's
In the mid-'70s, McD's experimented with a new way of slicing the onion — chunks instead of rings. At least we know what's in them.
5. Peg-Legs at Long John Silver's
Why get a chicken drumstick from a seafood joint? Because they fried the legs in the fluffier fish batter.
Image: Flickr / Waffle Whiffer
6. The Superbar at Wendy's
The redhead offered up a sprawling salad and hot bar with taco-building tools, a pasta station, fruit and more. All you can eat. For $2.99. The 1980s nirvana did not last, perhaps because people ate into profits.
7. The Whaler at Burger King
Burger King took to the seas in 1975 with the Whaler, its first fish sandwich. They still have a fish sandwich, of course, but we miss this logo, much like the beloved Hartford Whalers of the NHL. Same color scheme, too! The Whaler made a return in 1983.
8. The Yumbo at Burger King
Bk brought back this ham and cheese sandwich a year ago, though it was doubled in size (naturally). All brown, pink and yellow, he Yumbo was the early-'70s on a sesame seed bun.
9. Bonus: McDonald's Fries fried in beef tallow
They will never taste the same. Alas. Stupid health.