That's right, McDonald's opened up a headquarters here in Chicago and made their store that's attached an international one meaning they have a few items from their global markets. We walk by it quite often when we look for food after climbing but the other day I noticed some of the screens inside displaying international flags and realized that my managers at work were talking about this specific McDonald's having international pieces on their menu. I mentioned it to Christel so of course we had to go and try it and today was that day.
LOCATION: 36 W RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60601
I'm not gonna lie, there weren't as many international items as I expected but there was enough to make up a pretty good meal and Christel and I were pretty happy and full in the end. The introverts that we are just hogged the self-order kiosks gawking at the menu unable to make a decision for 5minutes. I actually really like these screens and while I have no problem walking up to the counter to order being able to just pick whatever I want and customize it without having to repeat myself over and over again to a person is nice. Also, since some of these items were international I had no idea what they had inside and it was way more relaxing to just order from the screen and make whatever modifications I wanted without looking dumb and asking what each thing was. We each got a McSpicy Chicken sandwich from Hong Kong which just comes with lettuce and mayo (I went light) and I got us a Cheese and Bacon Loaded Fries from Australia to share. I also ordered one of their new mix sprite tropic berry which wasn't bad or overly sweet. The McSpicy chicken was exactly what I wanted. It's a great burger and the chicken was moist but crispy on the outside and the spice totally hit you the more you ate it but wasn't too spicy or hot in the end. The mayo and lettuce were a great balance for it and I actually would order this more if this was an American choice I think. The cheese and bacon fries were also pretty good but I think I'm just a lover of plain fries. The cheese got to be a little too overpowering and Christel and I were both digging around to find plain fries to balance the super cheesy ones. The bacon came as bits so they didn't stick super well but it was all good in the end. Cheese fries are just not for me when I could have nice salty plain fries.
We also decided we would get dessert and Christel contemplated more fries with her vanilla soft serve but we were totally full after the sandwich and cheese fries that we each went for plain ice cream. I decided to get a McFlurry Prestigio from Brazil which is the classic vanilla soft serve with strawberry sauce and mini chocolate coconut candies (think mounds). It actually wasn't super special and I ended up wishing I got the strawberry top sundae which is pretty much the same thing but with two cookie straws instead of the mini chocolate which I found to be too sweet and hard to wrap my head around with the extra coconut flavor on top of everything else.
All in all it was a fun adventure but I don't think I'm going to miss this stuff too much. I'm always just gonna want fries and some chicken nuggets when I come to McDonalds' and I'm happy with that.