5 Items You Should Never Order off the McDonald’s Menu

Fast food restaurants are working hard to keep up with the growing number of fast casual options out there, so they introduce new menu items to attract customers. McDonald’s just added new cold brew coffee drinks, as well as making their Quarter Pounder burgers now with fresh beef instead of frozen patties.

How do you know when something on a fast food menu is worth ordering? Check to see if the crew that makes the food also eats it. While the discount McDonald’s employees get on their meals might encourage them to eat at the restaurant, they don’t have to eat everything on the menu. There are some items on the McDonald’s menu that employees say they never eat and you shouldn’t either, and we’ve got the reasons why.

1. No Fish

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According to Business Insider, who spoke to some McDonald’s employees, the Filet-O-Fish sandwich is definitely a least favorite menu item. Part of it is a matter of taste, but other current and former employees have a problem with the freshness. Several Reddit commenters who said they were either current or former McDonald’s employees noted that the fish sandwiches at their restaurants were so rarely ordered that they tend sit around in a heated cabinet for a long time after being cooked. If you must order one, their advice was to order it “cooked to order.”

2. “Healthy” Options

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Some of the so-called healthy options aren’t necessarily all that healthy, according to employees. Several employees mentioned the high calorie count to Business Insider and a quick check of the chain’s website backs that up. Salads might seem like a healthier choice, but as an example, the Bacon Ranch Salad with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken has 490 calories. If that doesn’t seem like a lot to you (especially when you’re considering it an entire meal), then look at the rest of the nutritional information. It has 28 grams of fat, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1120 milligrams of sodium (that’s almost half the salt you should have in one day).

Other employees on a Reddit thread also noted that some food items like salads aren’t ordered much and so they also tend to sit around.

McDonald’s restaurants also offer grilled chicken sandwiches, but their Artisan Grilled Chicken still isn’t really what you might consider “healthy.” One employee noted that they used to be grilled in margarine; the chain has since started using clarified butter to grill the chicken.

3. Sweet Drinks

Dreams of #WhippedCream. #McCafe #Shake

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You know the issues with drinking too much soda (just like you know that Coke tastes better at McDonald’s), but sweet tea isn’t really any better. A McDonald’s medium sweet tea has 29 grams of sugar in it; the American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day for women and 36 grams for men.

Other Reddit users say that they never order McCafé coffee drinks because the machines are often not cleaned well. Of course, it varies from location to location, but one employee’s point was that the machines are difficult to clean and so they don’t receive a lot of attention in many of the fast food chain’s locations.

4. Everyone Else’s Favorite Sandwich

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We know the McRib is a fan favorite. Anytime it shows up, people can’t wait to dig in. But don’t expect your local McDonald’s employees to be as excited — some of them can’t stand the appearance of the sandwich, saying:”The way it looks before we put the sauce on it is absolutely revolting. It doesn’t look like meat at all, it looks like a scab.”

5. Chicken Nuggets

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These little nuggets are a staple on the McDonald’s menu and espically the happy meal menu. The nuggets have been all white meat since 2003, however people are still convinced that there’s more to these chicken nuggets than what meets the eye. Or should I say meats the eye.

During an AskReddit session user Dfunkatron shared that when he worked at McDonald’s and accidentally left a bag of frozen nuggets on the counter all day. When he checked back later the entire thing was a puddle of liquid.

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