Wanted to share some quick breakfast meals I've had over the course of the year at the fast food mega chain we all know as McDonald's. For whatever it's worth I have to say I enjoy their hash browns.. Eating one is like devouring a giant Tater Tot.
Sometimes I would even order two but this particular morning I indulged in the strange practice of actually being charged less for more food. The advertised special price of the Deluxe Breakfast ($3.59) was cheaper than the Big Breakfast.
I knew I wanted to focus on the hash browns when I finally got around to work on this post but I didn't know I would be encountering a small twist along the way. My photo at top is McDonald's Hash Brown Exhibit-A taken early in the year, aka "the way I like it" with a hot golden crunchy outer, rough chopped texture and nice potatoey flavor.
I never were a big fan of pancakes but as far as I can tell this is the main difference between the Deluxe vs. the Big Breakfast. In any case to me essentially deconstructed versions of one of their breakfast sandwiches. The container is kinda cute though (and the butter with the "M" logo as well).
The pancake and English muffin double carb whammy of the DB proved too much for me so I stuck with a classic Sausage McMuffin with Egg (combo) on my next visit a couple months back.
I never cared to give one a lot of attention but I now realize that I enjoy the strong sage flavor of these sausage patties. They are also not too sodium laden.
And here on this momentous day I was given a special Hash Brown Survey to fill out. How excited and special I felt. ;)
So naturally it made me take a closer look at my hash browns to wonder why. Below is Hash Brown Exhibit-B from that day..
It may be hard to tell visually but it was noticeably different. The outer was still done a nice golden crisp but it was a finer/mashier texture. Not quite as good as the original for me, falling way short on the devouring a giant tater tot experience. Dutifully stated my preference in the form (where the questions were mostly of circling A, B, C, or D, which included preferences in cooking temperature and seasoning strength) and sent it out in the accompanied self-addressed, stamped envelope. Anxiously waited for my gift coupons which turned out to take another eight weeks.
So in the meantime I had a Sausage Egg and Cheese McGriddle.
You gotta love the pancake buns with crystallized maple syrup.
Pure genius. And the protein vs. carb ratio is just right Imho.
The hash browns were unfortunately the newer mashy version and also too light in color and therefore too greasy. A double bummer.
I mean, they were ok....., just not as good as the original. And I had even purchased two this day. So make that a quadruple bummer. :(
Couple more weeks pass and still nothing in the mail.. So in the meantime I had a Sausage Biscuit and Egg combo.
The same tasty sage spiked sausage patty and scrambled eggs between a starchy biscuit. What's not to like. If I had to rank these breakfast sandwiches though, the McGriddle would be top, the Sausage Biscuit second, and the McMuffin last. Though I really like the unscrambled (hockey puck) whole egg of the McMuffin.
I had asked for a regular Iced Coffee (black) but I got an iced latte instead. Oh well. These are quite watered down btw so you kinda get what you pay for. Latest news is that the gift certificates had finally come but I've yet to use them..
And the Hash Browns has returned back to the original! Yay.
The guilty pleasure to start my day devouring a giant Tater Tot may once again commence. Yippie! Christmas has come early for me this year..? :)
McDonald's, 4260 Nobel Dr, San Diego, CA