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How much?!

Afternoon at Mickey D’s. £16.47 is $20.45. Ow. I can remember when we both ate for £5.

What’s a meal at the golden arches set you back in America these days?

I was the pig who had the Big Tasty which, I have to admit, was both big and tasty. For a McDonald’s, anyhow.

This is the second time we’ve eaten at this one in the last year. The man who drifts around wiping tables and greeting customers looks like Mike from Breaking Bad.

Older. Grizzled. Tattoo’d. Unfailingly polite. Looks like he won’t take no shit.

The thought occurred to me that he was, in fact, hired muscle. I wonder if it gets spicy at McDonald’s sometimes…?

p.s. Kitty was much better today, but went out this afternoon and has been gone for an unusually long time now. Still we worry.

p.p.s. Kitty is back. Seems fine. Hail Bast.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: May 23, 2023, 8:19 pm

$20.45… the exchange rate has leapt up to 1.2414.

I have developed an aversion to fast food and restaurants because I never know what’s going into the meals.

I feel much safer eating at home and I don’t get any odd chemicals or hidden mRNA poison. In addition, the fact that fast cheap, filling food has become too expensive to fulfill the “cheap” part of the equation puts me off.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 23, 2023, 8:35 pm

“I have developed an aversion to fast food and restaurants because I never know what’s going into the meals.”

Same here…talking about edible plastics, sawdust, ground up crickets and crap like that. With all the woke coming out of corporations you can tell that they hold their customers in utter contempt and see us as cattle.

Comment from Pupster
Time: May 23, 2023, 9:34 pm

I’ve seen some shady at McD’s before. Not Waffle House spicy but yeah could happen. $5 is a value meal at most fast-food places these days, I’m spending more to get what I like.

Comment from BJM
Time: May 23, 2023, 11:07 pm

In-N-Out and Five Guys are the only burger joints I frequent. Double patties & double cheese no bun…wrap them in iceberg lettuce leaves they do. In-N-Out calls them protein burgers. Both cut their fries from fresh taters too.

We have a local steak house, an old school, non-hoity-toity kind of place that has been there for three-four generations: The House of Beef.

Kinda says it all, don’t it? They also run a butchery/processing bidness for local hunters/farmers/ranchers and rent lockers. Their beef is sooo good. Their tri-tip and prime rib are legendary.

Yesterday a friend and I stopped for the lunch special a juicy 12 oz ribeye steak perfectly cooked to our liking. We get it without the usual sides (which are pretty durned good in of themselves)…just the steak topped with butter pats. That’s good eatin’…and the tab was a shade under $30.

Then we went home and took a nap, like God intended carnivores to do.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 23, 2023, 11:27 pm

Meh. Hubby and I recently headed to the east coast to catch a Falcon Heavy rocket launch. We drove thru McDonalds and ordered 2 Quarter Pounder meals, medium size drinks and fries. I’m pretty sure it was ~$20 so you’re not far off (considering your VAT and all).

And BTW, that’s the first time in about 3 years we’ve had “fast food.” I don’t drink soda so that bit was a waste.

And if you ever make it back to your home country, I highly recommend a trip to FL east coast for a launch. The Falcon heavy actually had a rumble that you could feel and hear. Worth the drive and the $20 to McDonalds.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 23, 2023, 11:38 pm

We don’t do a lot of fast food. I cheat going back and forth to Napsalot out in East Texas, stopping in Sulphur Springs at ChicFilA, which is about $14.00 after the governor gets his cut.

The few times we DO grab a burger meal it can easily run. $30.00 for 3 of us.

McDonalds can put good food in you family and change back from your dollar. Remember? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

But I’m amazed by the number of things the old foggy generation have forgotten, like the daily score from Vietnam, or Nixon freezing wages and prices, so remembering when a burger, fries and a Coke cost under a buck is probably not that big a deal.

And thank you for that PPS entry! 😊

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 24, 2023, 12:01 am

Oh, good! Thanks for the cat news! Dixie and Killer say, “Mrrrp!”

If any of you patronize fast food places frequently, you should check out their fondle-slab apps. Especially McDonald’s. If you go all the way and sign up with a credit card, you can order your food before you get there, they’ll bring it out to you in your car (no need to do the drive-through), and (here’s the good part) you get a 30% discount. I do this because twice a week I take lunch to my Alzheimer’s afflicted brother-in-law and we spend the afternoon watching movies while my sister enjoys being off duty for a while. He sure does love his burger, fries, and Coke lunches.

I still find that 30% discount remarkably generous.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 24, 2023, 12:39 am

@Uncle Al…you are a stand-up guy

Comment from Veeshir
Time: May 24, 2023, 1:09 am

Fast food is $10-$15 in the Valley of the Sun.
I haven’t been in most of a year though.
I refuse to spend that much on near-food.
I’ll eat at home or get actual food for a little more.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 24, 2023, 2:33 am

Was that American-style bacon or English bacon on that quarter-pounder? 🙂

Comment from PatAZ
Time: May 24, 2023, 4:50 am

Back in the last century when I worked in Miami, the first Burger King opened in downtown. We would line up and walk alongside windows where the long broiler was cooking the whoppers. It smelled heavenly. Whopper, fries and coke were less than a dollar. Gone are those days for sure.
I don’t eat McD hamburgers so no idea what a big tasty is.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 24, 2023, 6:52 am

We’re not fast food types, either (the occasional fish and chips doesn’t count – -it may be fast but it’s real food if only because fish is, er, fish)- McDonald’s is a rare event “A taste of home” for The Weasel.

As for the evils of large corporations, I suspect that McDonald’s is so paranoid of its reputation that it wouldn’t dare risk playing too fast and loose. The places to avoid here are the endless chicken, curry and/or kebab dives run but devotees of the ‘religion of peace’ and with hygiene standards that would probably get them hanged back home.

Ah… Stoaty has just come in with an armful of cat. Order has been restored.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 24, 2023, 1:59 pm

The only reason I can commend fast food here in the US is that, except for the McDonald’s off I30 in Mt Pleasant Texas, the meal you’ll get is generally consistent regardless of where you are. From Dallas Texas to Detroit Michigan. Edible and no surprises, like paying your mom $12 for a peanut butter only sandwich on American factory sliced foam white bread.

I suppose the MT Pleasant Mickey D’s IS consistent but not in a way anyone would appreciate. Four for four in failure.

Comment from Jon
Time: May 24, 2023, 4:00 pm

Panera has gone downhill in the fast food wars. Pretty sure I picked up Noravirus from one last year, it was not fun.
Five Guys is best.
Chipotle is kind of ok but their service has also been decreasing. Online order recently was not on “the shelf” and had to ask for it. Defeats the purpose of a self serve shelf?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 24, 2023, 4:46 pm

There’s a new Mexican restaurant in town (run by Turks). I ordered a takeout burrito the other day to try them out. First off, a beef burrito was, like, £14. And they gave it to me in three packages: one for the cold ingredients, one for the hot ingredients and one for the salsa and sour cream.

I appreciate what they were trying to do – get me home with all the bits the right temperature – but it was like an Ikea burrito. And the tortilla was already folded up in the hot package.

In the end, I just dumped it all together in a pile and ate it. It was pretty good, but it wasn’t a burrito.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: May 24, 2023, 8:56 pm

So, armybrat, you didn’t even try their sweet tea?
Sure, they make it with instant, but it still towers over Coke.

Comment from blake
Time: May 24, 2023, 9:40 pm

Yeah, it’s about the same here in Los Angeles. (City included as data point. I hope it’s cheaper elsewhere in the U.S. w/o the 10% sales tax and the dumb, pricey regulations and the fight-for-$15, etc. etc. etc.)

We don’t do McD and stay away from most of the chains. There are good local places that aren’t much more and are WAY better.

Comment from ruralcounsel
Time: June 12, 2023, 5:08 pm

Basic McD burger meal (QP w/cheese or Big Mac), large sized, will run around $11-$13 once tax is added, here in northern Virginia. Same for Burger King.

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