I have no business writing about it, but McDonald’s is giving away Southern Style Chicken Sandwiches today (May 15), free with purchase of a medium or large drink. They are doing this because they want to gouge the business model of a smaller, Atlanta-based fast-food franchise, Chick-fil-A. I only mention this because…
I tried McDonald’s chicken sandwich last week. Twice. It’s not as good as Chik-fil-A’s, but I really liked it.
(Oh, the shame.)
I’m like everybody else, only worse. I saw "Super Size Me." I was appropriately grossed out. I lost my inexplicable childhood taste for their hamburgers. McDonald’s destroys rainforests and clogs arteries; the waste produced by a single franchise could and probably does build landfills the size of Manhattan.
And then the bastards, with their infinite number of locations, had to go rip off an even more cherished childhood taste, the Chik-fil-A. And with my closest Chik-fil-A somewhere in Redondo Beach, I was vulnerable.
Brief history: I grew up in Fort Worth, TX, where mecca was Hulen Mall and Chik-fil-A was the caterer. It was fast food built around an absurdly simple chicken sandwich: a whole chicken breast, deep-fried in a seasoned batter but somehow still juicy and pliable. No ketchup, sauce, lettuce or tomato — just the bun and two slices of pickle.
I don’t know their frying secrets (although it appears McDonald’s might), but if they had somehow been able to trademark those two pickle slices, neither Chik-fil-A nor I would be in this position now. They added just the right note of tart against the junk-food flavor trifecta of salt, pepper and sugar (no processed food dodges corn syrup). The fact that McDonald’s recognized this stroke of genius and had the cojones to produce such a blatant duplication because they knew perfection when they saw it — well, I guess they deserve some credit, too.
They probably don’t. I’m just telling myself that because I liked their ripoff wannabe Chik-fil-A sandwich.