3. McSpaghetti from McDonald’s
Well, we have arrived at the worst of the worst, and going for the Bronze is the famously terrible McSpaghetti.
There are certain food items that don’t belong in a fast food restaurant, and spaghetti is one of them. It is a classic dish that should only be served at home or in a casual restaurant setting, not ordered through a drive-thru window.
In the late-80s, McDonald’s broke this tradition, and they should have known better.
Around this time, McDonald’s was trying to add more variety to their menu, giving those who didn’t want a burger more options to choose from. Somehow, someone in the McDonald’s meeting room decided that introducing Italian food would be the trick, and, surprisingly, those folks agreed to break the long-held tradition of keeping casual food off fast food menu boards.
The chain’s first into the “fast Italian” world was the McSpaghetti, which was a mess of spaghetti noodles and tomato sauce. It was unappealing and looked downright messy, and those two combinations will tank any product. No one was interested in trying the
McSpaghetti. They wanted Big Macs and Quarter Pounders, not some lazy attempt at a dish they had no business selling in the first place.
As quickly as the McSpaghetti was put on the menu, it was taken right off in the early 90s; but that wouldn’t be McDonald’s only path into the fast Italian world. In the mid-90s, they introduced the McPizza, which was equally horrible. Today, the only place you can find spaghetti at McDonald’s is at their location in Orlando, Florida in the International Drive tourism corridor.