Much has been made in the past few weeks about the McRib, McDonald's exalted ground pork and barbecue sauce wonder. You may remember it first hitting America's mouths in the early '80s, not selling extremely well, and only coming back every now and then. It returned briefly in 1994 as the "Brontosaurus Burger" when the chain was backing The Flintstones live-action film.
Let's take a second to drool over Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma Flintstone. Damn, yo.
Now the McRib is back and social media has taken to it like the next Keanu Reeves meme. There is a fake Twitter for the sandwich and even a website set up to locate where you can find it. It's funny how the smallest pop culture item can now be blown up exponentially just by a bunch of hash-tags and snark.
But fans of the McRib only get their sandwich back every few years, unlike us devotees of Whataburger's A-1 Thick & Hearty burger, who can look forward to our love affair continuing every six months or so.
Then there are the fallen fast food menu items that will never come back, and if they do, they will never be the same as we remember them. Like war veterans returning to our mouths, they have been harmed by the changes of corporate combat.
Chicken Littles from KFC came back as Snackers about three years ago, but were piss-poor compared to the ones we remember in the late '80s. They added lettuce, cheese and a sesame seed bun, when back in the day all we needed was a handful of mayo and a buttery dinner roll. For shame.
Personally, what we miss the most are the onion rings from Popeye's, which to us is the Jenna Jameson circa-1999 of fast food fried chicken. We uncovered ten of fast food's fallen items, including some you may not remember at all. Yes, they existed, and more than likely we ate too many of them. What are your favorite lost items?
Ours, after the jump.
10. Chicken Littles (KFC)
9. The Arch Deluxe (McDonald's)
8. Big King (Burger King)
7. McDLT (McDonald's)
6. Wendy's Salad Bar (Wendy's)
5. Super Size (McDonald's)
4. Domino's Brownies (Domino's Pizza)
3. Cheesy Tots (Burger King)
2. McLean (McDonald's)
1. Double Decker Tacos (Taco Bell)
Frings (Jack In the Box)
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