15 Fast Food Failures

From the Arch Deluxe to the Wendy's buffet and beyond
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2010 7:34 AM CDT

Taco Bell is debuting its new shrimp tacos, a decision that seems destined to go down in the annals of fast food failures. But it won’t be alone. Marcus Leshock recalls the 15 biggest fast food product disasters at Chicago Now. Here's a sampling:

  • McLobster: For some reason, McDonald’s—at least in select northeastern cities—sees itself as the kind of classy place that should serve lobster, on a bun.
  • Burger King table service: BK also tried to make itself classier in the early ‘90s when the chain introduced table service—“you know, like a real restaurant!”
  • Wendy’s Superbar: Instead of going for the “fancy” vibe, Wendy’s introduced a buffet—and it had everything from salad to Mexican food to pizza.

  • McSpaghetti: Though it’s supposedly bland and not popular, McDonald’s still serves it in certain places.
  • McLean Deluxe: In an effort to be healthier, McDonald’s added seaweed to its burgers. Enough said.
  • Bell Beefer: Taco Bell tried its hand at burgers—sort of—with this sloppy-joe-like creation.
  • Hula Burger: Another inspired McDonald’s alterna-burger featured a pineapple slice instead of meat.
  • Arch Deluxe: “The crown jewel of McFailure,” this burger for sophisticated adults even used “grown-up mustard.” The only problem? “It just didn’t taste very good.”
For the complete list, click here.
(Read more McDonald's stories.)

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