Fast food..The epitome of today’s society. We all share a love hate relationship with these multinational food chains. Here is a list of some of the worst menu items for you or your family members to order.
While some menu items aren’t terrible, there are a few particularly bad offenders that are worth mentioning. Former employees of certain fast food joints, as well as food industry insiders, have dished about which meals you should never, not even with a 10-foot fork, get near.
1.) McDonald’s McNuggets
Question: How long does a chicken nugget at McDonald’s sit around until it’s deemed too old to be sold to a customer?
Answer: Infinity, it seems. The nuggets will sit around for an indefinite amount of time until they’re sold to a customer. If you don’t want a nugget that’s been sitting under a heating lamp for who-knows-how-long, always specify that you would like a “fresh order of McNuggets.” Even then, we can’t promise you’ll get what you asked for.
2.) Wendy’s chili
The meat in the chili is whatever scraps have been scraped up and collected from the grill throughout the day. The unused, sometimes expired beef will sit in a container until there’s enough material to make a batch of chili by mixing the leftovers with rehydrated beans and water. Yum…
3.) Anything “Eggs” at Einstein Bros Bagels
Sure, the bagels are delicious, but you might want to steer clear of their egg sandwiches. That fluffy yellow stuff isn’t real eggs. Plus, if it’s a slow day, the yellow scramble might sit in a warmer for a long time after they’ve been microwaved.
4.) McDonald’s McCafé drinks
Sure they’re cheap and easy when you’re late to work and need that caffeine boost, but think again the next time you’re considering stopping at McDonald’s for your morning cup of joe. The McCafe machine is the least attended-to machine in the whole restaurant, and not all employees are trained on how to clean it properly. It’s not unusual for it to go untended to for longer than any of us would care to know.
5.) Random restaurant lemons
Who doesn’t like a little flavor in that boring old water? Well, the lemons that go into your water aren’t always handled as up-to-code as the rest of the food at a restaurant. They could end up introducing a whole slew of bacteria into that otherwise refreshing glass of ice water. Actually, the ice might also have come from a dirty ice machine. Bottom line: pass on the lemon and ice next time.
6.) Panera pastries
Yep, those delicious bear claws and danishes arrive at the store frozen. They’re just heated up at the store. Best to stick with their fresh salads and sandwiches if you take a trip to Panera.
7.) Panera pasta
8.) Anything “Steak” or “Beans” from Taco Bell
How does chowing down on a sandwich of hair gel sound? Not good? When Taco Bell’s steak sits around for too long, it starts to take on the consistency of hair gel. This leads me to wonder what exactly is keeping it in its steak-like form before it reaches the breaking point?
Oh, and the beans? They’re made of an undisclosed rehydrated mix of ingredients.
9.) Starbucks secret menu items
If you’re a control freak, you’ll probably want to stick to the written menu items, because if you order from the “secret menu,” you’re pretty much giving that individual barista complete freedom with what goes into your drink. Even if you ordered the same thing last week and loved it, it will probably be completely different when you order it the second time.