McDonald’s will open its new, highly anticipated, West Loop global headquarters restaurant at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
But you may want to wait for the food and drink items from around the world, available after 10:30 a.m. The first featured items at the one-of-a-kind restaurant include:
The Mighty Angus burger from Canada with a 1/3-pound Angus beef burger, bacon, cheese, onion, lettuce and Angus sauce on a poppy- and sesame-seed bun.
The McSpicy chicken sandwich from Hong Kong with spicy fried chicken thigh (though the official press release says chicken breast, which it is not, I confirmed) and lettuce on a classic bun (the release says sesame seed, which it may be eventually).
Cheese and bacon-loaded fries from Australia with classic McDonald’s fries, warm melted cheese sauce and bacon bits.
Two salads from France, the Mozza with balsamic-dressed rotini pasta, mozzarella balls, roasted tomato and arugula; and the Manhattan with mixed lettuces, baby kale, apple wedges, grape tomatoes and dried cranberries. Both salads come with your choice of crispy breaded or grilled chicken breast and a soft breadstick.
The McFlurry Prestigio from Brazil with vanilla soft serve ice cream, strawberry sauce and mini chocolate coconut candy bars (think Mounds bars).
But how do they taste? I tried every global food item to find out at a preview Tuesday.
While we heard the rumors months ago and were excited by the possibilities, this is not so much an international menu as an “international incident” menu. The Mozza salad alone could be considered a hostile act. The mushy pasta, simulated balsamic, flavorless cheese and scant greens are at once overpowered by the chicken and neutralized by the flabby breadstick.
The Mighty Angus burger looks photogenic and will no doubt Instagram well, but somehow seems devoid of flavor. Canada is also to be blamed for a sorry side salad, apparently, which is nothing more than lettuce, cucumber and sweet pepper slices.
The least offensive item was perhaps the McSpicy chicken sandwich, with its hint of heat.
The global items available for breakfast include McCafe drinks from Australia (chai lattes and flat whites) and from Canada, allegedly, croissants, blueberry muffins and brownies (several employees said the brownie was gluten-free but none of the signage claimed that status, plus they were displayed alongside other pastry items).
The opening items were chosen to appeal to local customers, said Ann Wahlgren, vice president of global menu strategy. The international menu will rotate every couple of months, so there’s hope.
McDonald’s, 110 N. Carpenter St., www.mcdonalds.com