McDonald’s is world-famous for its extensive menu, from hamburgers and cheeseburgers to fries, sundaes and floats. But the fast-food giant has slashed its regular menu in response to the current corona virus pandemic.
Don’t worry, McDonald’s fans, because many of your favorites are still available for your enjoyment! The foods that have been removed will likely be offered when we’re out of the woods. (The removal of these items was McDonald’s way of simplifying its kitchen operations) McDonald’s prices have stayed steady throughout this pandemic, so that should not be affected.
All Day Breakfast
Are you the type of eats breakfast while in the car or on the way to work and, as such, order from the all-day breakfast at McDonald’s? Well, you should know by now that the chain has announced its suspension of its all-day breakfast for the time being. Instead of offering breakfast items the entire day, McDonald’s restaurants will only offer breakfast items in the morning
Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
The McDonald’s chicken sandwiches are among the most popular items on its regular menu. But some are more popular than others so when the time came to simplify the menu, the less popular items were the first ones to go.
Among these items was the Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich, a decision that the Golden Arches management announced in late March. While it’s meaty, marvelous and yummy, it isn’t exactly a hit with the McDonald’s crowd and so it went. But that’s just temporary since it may well come back when the times are better.
Of course, not all chicken sandwiches have been removed. You still have the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich and the McChicken to satisfy your cravings for chicken sandwiches like only McDonald’s can do them.
Sadly, the chicken tenders have been removed from the menu, too. These crispy chicken tenders with juicy, meaty and succulent meat have always been popular with the kids and kids-at-heart. But we can surmise that these aren’t as easy to prepare as they seem, thus, their removal from the regular menu.
This isn’t the first time; however, that McDonald’s has removed chicken nuggets from its menu! In 2013, it removed its Chicken Selects nearly 10 years after these were successfully launched. Then in 2017, it launched its Buttermilk Crispy Tenders.
The good news: There’s still Chicken McNuggets available, plus the Big Mac. With these two fast-food powerhouses, your fast-food cravings will always be met.
If you’re the type who goes to McDonald’s for its salads, you will be disappointed since these have been removed from the menu, too. All of the salads have, in fact, been temporarily removed: Bacon Ranch with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken, Southwest Grilled Chicken, Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken, Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken, and the side salad.
This wasn’t about the supply chain being limited says the company. It’s about making it easier for the crew to prepare the food based on the new health and safety standards.
And if we’re being honest here, the salads at McDonald’s aren’t exactly the most popular! You don’t go to the Golden Arches because of their salads – you go there for the burgers and cheeseburgers, the sundaes and floats, and the French fries. If you wanted salads, you’re more likely to go to Chipotle.
For clarification, McGriddles aren’t available in Canada but most McDonald’s restaurants in the United States still offer them.
McDonald’s isn’t the only fast-food, quick service and fast casual chain that has limited its menu! Wendy’s, for example, has instructed about 20% of its locations to stop serving meat-based food including hamburgers. Many of its locations are still serving hamburgers but only the single-patty kind.
Such decision was based partly on the closures of meatpacking plants as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, health experts say that meatpacking plants should be considered as the new corona virus hotspots.
It should be noted, however, that McDonald’s doesn’t have these meat shortage concerns. According to CEO Chris Kempczinski, the company hasn’t experienced a “supply chain break” in any of its more than 40,000 restaurants worldwide. He asserted that they are also monitoring the meat situation on a day-to-day manner, particularly when it comes to beef.
But many more suppliers are coming to the fore in meeting the demand for meat in restaurants! Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, for example, are offering plant-based meat substitutes that can be used in hamburgers. The Impossible Whopper by Burger King is an early example of vegetarian-friendly fast-food items.
For now, we have to say that we’re thankful that the fast-food industry has continued its operations albeit with certain changes. These changes are necessary to reduce the risk of corona virus infections in both customers and crew members.