During these crazy COVID-19 times, fast food chains have been adding new items and quietly removing old ones. Like me, you like to check out the giant signage when driving by your local fast food joints to see what’s new.
But what about dishes that have seen their last days publicly? I’ve compiled a few from each column for you.
New & Removed Fast Food Table of Contents
- Fast Food Item Removals
- Interesting New Fast Food Menu Item Additions
- Burger King Pandemic Menu Additions
- Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s Pandemic Menu Additions
- Checkers & Rally’s Pandemic Menu Additions
- Kentucky Fried Chicken Pandemic Menu Additions
- SONIC Drive-In Pandemic Menu Additions
- Wendy’s Pandemic Menu Additions
- Fast Food Menu Pandemic Thoughts?
Fast Food Item Removals
I’m sure you could rattle off a bunch of favorite things missing from the fast-food restaurants you frequent but can’t quite pinpoint exactly when they disappeared.
I’m pouring out a little bit of my super-sized drink in the memory of Checkers (& Rally’s) Fried Apple Pie, KFC’s Potato Wedges, and McDonald’s Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel.
Checkers & Rally’s Removed During Pandemic
I’m not sure why I was so shocked about the removal of Apple Pies from the Checkers & Rally’s Menus. It could be cause I’m still reeling all these years later from McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie’s replacement for baked ones.
At least one other national chain still has fried pies, Popeyes.
Kentucky Fried Chicken Removed During Pandemic
I thought Kentucky Fried Chicken was moving in the right direction with some of the more recent menu additions like those Nashville Hot Tenders.
Then I hear that they are adding some Secret Recipe Fries dusted with their 11 herbs and spices, which didn’t sound like too bad of an idea.
It didn’t sound too bad until the casualty of this addition was the revered KFC Potato Wedges.
Goodbye, delicious friend.
McDonald’s Removed During Pandemic
My favorite McDonald’s item, the Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel, isn’t the only loss on their new so-called limited menu. The Big Breakfast is gone along with all-day breakfast, and McGriddles.
We can be thankful that at least the Sausage Egg & Cheese McMuffin made the cut!
“Our temporary limited menu has helped us provide the best possible customer experience while simplifying operations in our kitchens and for our crew during the pandemic,” the company said in a statement to Fox News. “We are partnering closely with our franchisees to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on restaurant operations and evaluate the best path forward for our national menu.”Official word from McDonald’s
Interesting New Fast Food Menu Item Additions
Some of our old favorites are gone temporarily or permanently, depending on who you believe. But, on the other hand, the fast fooders have been working overtime with new dishes to tempt us.
I listed a few of them below. Unfortunately, the KFC Chicken Sandwich is currently testing only in the Orlando, Florida market. Since I’ve only tried Wendy’s breakfast, and you can read my thoughts near the bottom of this post.
Burger King Pandemic Menu Additions
|Features an Impossible sausage patty, fluffy eggs, and American cheese on either a buttermilk biscuit or a croissant.
Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s Pandemic Menu Additions
|Carl Jr’s & Hardee’s
|Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger
|A charbroiled beef patty, topped with BBQ sauce, jalapeños, onion rings & pepper jack cheese on a sesame seed bun
|$5.19 for a single and $7.79 for a combo
Checkers & Rally’s Pandemic Menu Additions
|Checkers & Rally’s
|Mother Cruncher Chicken Sandwiches available in Bacon BBQ & Classic
|Features a chicken breast coated in mega crunch breading, topped with pickles, iceberg lettuce, and a slice of tomato on a toasted bun with the Squawk Sauce®
|$3.99 for the Classic, & Bacon BBQ is $4.99
Kentucky Fried Chicken Pandemic Menu Additions
|Kentucky Fried Chicken
|KFC Chicken Sandwich
|Extra-crispy Chicken filet topped with pickles & spicy or classic Mayonnaise on a buttered brioche bun
|$3.99 for a sandwich, $6.99 for a Medium Combo Meal
Wendy’s Pandemic Menu Additions
Pringles Baconator Chips
Pringles Baconator chips are out at select markets like Walmart, Target and some supermarkets like Publix in Florida.
These sound like a great idea, and I’ll be buying one in the next few days, but a few friends of mine have told me I’m better off sticking to the regular Pringles.
When you’re craving all the flavors of a Wendy’s® Baconator in a one bite Pringles crisp. Each Pringles Baconator crisp tastes like a half-pound of fresh, never frozen beef, American cheese, six strips of crispy Applewood smoked bacon, ketchup, and mayo. The only thing missing is the Frosty®. Look under the lid to unwrap an exclusive Wendy’s® offer!Pringles Baconator description from their site
When I noticed that Wendy’s had breakfast, I decided to go through the drive-thru and check it out.
- You can get your sandwiches on a croissant, a biscuit, or a “breakfast” roll.
- Protein-wise, there is bacon, a fried chicken patty, or a square sausage patty.
- All come with egg and cheese, typically American but Swiss on the croissants.
- I went with the Classic Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich with seasoned potato wedges.
☑️My verdict? For a quick breakfast option, it was good. McDonald’s is still king in the fast-food breakfast space, but Wendy’’ breakfast easily tops Burger King and Taco Bell.
Fast Food Menu Pandemic Thoughts?
How do you feel about these changes? Let me know in the comments area.