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Retro Fast Food That is No More 2: I'm Lovin' It Edition

When it comes to fast food failures, none have more of a history than McDonald's. While there are some more notorious entries, there are more than just those more talked about. This look at retro fast food will look at McDonald's exclusively due to what were at the time thought to be good ideas, but in the end became flops. 


Arch Deluxe (1996-2000)


The Arch Deluxe hasn't been much talked about and would be nearly forgotten if it wasn't so recent. The Arch Deluxe was basically a Quarter Pounder with cheese topped with Bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato, ketchup, and a mix of mustard and mayo. While it was part of the Deluxe Menu, this was one of the more popular items from that menu. However the menu as a whole was a massive failure. The menu and Arch Deluxe were discontinued in 2000. However the Arch Deluxe does have a recent spiritual successor, with McDonald's adding a deluxe option to their burgers as well as bacon to their sandwiches recently. So while there isn't a Deluxe Menu officially, you can get an Arch Deluxe in an unofficial way.

Triple Double Burger (1995 - early 2000s)


When it comes to movie promotions, some companies are willing to go the extra mile. In 1995, Batman Forever did just that with McDonald's and created the Triple-Double Burger, or as it was marketed as, The Superhero Burger. It's three patties laid on a McRib styled bun with cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, and ketchup and mustard. However it didn't end there as the sandwich continued on under different names of sports players until the early 2000s where it was discontinued. Popular enough to last longer than the promotion, but not popular enough to stand the test of time. 

McD.L.T (1984 -1991)


When it comes to sandwiches, a BLT is easily the most recognizable sandwich. Bacon, lettuce, and tomato. So what can McDonald's do to make it their own? Replace the Bacon with a beef patty of course, and add cheese and sauce. What makes it more memorable however is how it was packaged. The packaging was two sides, one for the cold, the other, the hot, which many say was the downfall of the sandwich. the packaging wasn't cheap and while it did what it was supposed to do, it also meant that customers had to make the sandwich themselves and in fast food, people want it fast and now. So putting a sandwich together wasn't the best thing. The sandwich was discontinued in 1991. While there has been a movement by fans to bring this sandwich back, it is unlikely that it will ever return in the same capacity as it originally came. 

While McDonald's has had a string of successes, it has had many failures and limited items along the way. While this is just scratching the surface, there is much more to find. So until next time, Live Life and live nostalgic.


                     



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Pittsburghgirl Posted on Aug 05, 2019 at 05:42 PM

I remember I did not like the McDLT. The whole thing was always cold. And you’re right, no one wants to assemble their sandwich at a fast food place. I have never tried any of the other special sandwiches, except the McRib. It was good years ago. I had one last year and it was awful.

Benjanime Posted on Jul 28, 2019 at 01:17 AM

it sucks when exclusive fast food meals just come and go like that, even taco bell has had some great stuff to this day that seems like it's only around for a short time. great history here, and another great article :)

Vaporman87 Posted on Jul 28, 2019 at 01:09 AM

I wish I could have tried a McDLT now that I'm an adult who could appreciate such things. Maybe one day they'll bring that back.

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