If you live in the Chicago area and you haven’t been to the McDonald’s headquarters yet, please get there stat — because inside is a restaurant open to the public with some truly unique items on its international menu.
The menu rotates every few months, and we spy an item we’re dying to try that was recently added to its second wave of fan-favorite global menu items: Wasabi Shake Shake Fries, a popular menu item from Hong Kong. And this is quite the hands-on experience too: This order of McDonald’s fries is served with a wasabi seasoning packet, which customers sprinkle into the bag of fries before shaking it up to coat.
Also on the menu is the blue cheese and bacon burger from France, the spicy Buffalo chicken sandwich from Australia, the Sausage McMuffin TS from Germany (a breakfast menu item that has the McDeluxe sauce, a tangy brown mustard-mayo) and the Baci McFlurry from Italy (a vanilla soft serve swirled with a Baci candy sauce of creamy chocolate and hazelnut bits).
And then we have Canada. Two popular menu items there are salads. Sa-lads. At a McDonald’s! Ugh, could y’all be more perfect? The salads are the Keep Calm, Caesar On Salad and the I’m Greeking Out Salad.
“Customers’ enthusiasm for our first global menu exceeded our expectations and we look forward to showcasing these new flavors from around the world in this exciting, one-of-a-kind restaurant,” said McDonald’s owner/operator Nick Karavites in a press release.
The first wave of menu items included the McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, a mozza salad from France and cheese- and bacon-loaded fries from Australia.
It’s not just the menu that’s out of this world. The more than 6,000-square-foot restaurant has self-order kiosks, table service, mobile order and payment, an Australian McCafé serving brewed coffee and “enhanced hospitality.”
According to the press release, “The restaurant also features outdoor seating and an ever-changing wall map with Golden Arches that illuminate when an item from a specific country is featured on the menu.”
Of course, the menu also includes McDonald’s staple menu items, like the Big Mac, the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, McDonald’s world-famous fries and Chicken McNuggets.
You can check out the restaurant for yourself at 1035 W. Randolph St. in Chicago. It’s open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.