There is some apparent law in the universe that states that, if you grow attached to a quirky fast food item, it will someday just disappear without warning, without fanfare of any sort. Just gone. You unexpectedly pull into the drive-thru and your eyes scan the menu, from top to bottom, frantically searching for that one item that got you out of the house in the first place. Thinking there must be some mistake, you make inquiries with the helpful voice from the speaker, only to hear those maddening words – “nah, we don’t make those anymore.” Thoroughly dejected, often in state of shock, you order some crap sandwich in its place and curse the higher-ups for taking away something dear to your heart, or at least your stomach. Yes, today we are talking about extinct fast foods.
Sure, if your preferred entrée is an iconic Big Mac, you may not have ever experienced this travesty, but if you always thought the McDLT was the better McDonald’s burger, you know exactly what we are talking about:
Can you spot the extinct fast food item in this video?
The list of extinct fast foods is an extensive one. Perhaps you remember the California Roast Beef at Carl’s Jr., or maybe your taste buds yearn for a Bellbeefer or Beefy Tostada (yep, that’s that tasty number at the end of the above commercial) from Taco Bell. Maybe it’s the Philly Cheesesteak from Jack in the Box, or the Polar Swirl from Dairy Queen.
We want to hear which discontinued fast food item you miss the most, which one have you cursed your local restaurant for removing from the menu. In quiet desperation, have you learned to make a reasonably good representation of your favorites in your own kitchen? Share your most-missed menu items as we bow our heads in tribute to all of the extinct fast foods from yesteryear, here at Retroland.