Reluctant? Yup. And I’ll tell you why. I made a late night run to McD’s, and saw that the local store finally has the new Angus Third Pounder burgers available! I’m a sucker for new products, so of course I decided to partake. The Angus Bacon and Cheese burger looked like a potential winner, so I ordered it. The girl at the drive-thru window was particularly friendly, and we chatted for a bit while I waited for my heart attack in a bag to be prepared. Five minutes later, I was staring at the wrong burger. Those dirty bastards had given me the Mushroom and Swiss burger! I’m not a mushroom and swiss person usually. The last time I had one was the portobello and swiss burger from Steak ‘n Shake, and that was a horrible experience I won’t ever go through again. I can still taste that awful turdburger, and it’s been months. Anyway, I’m a little reluctant to go ahead with this review, since it’s not what I intended. BUT…
Rather than piss and moan over the wrong burger, I decided to just go for it. Lemonade from lemons and all that, you know. Here’s a photo of my non-bacon and cheese burger, after one bite:
Before I delve into the actual review of the sandwich, I should mention that I’ll NEVER pat McDonald’s on the back unless they really deserve it. There are a few fast food joints that I favor, and McDonald’s isn’t one of them. They just don’t often impress me. So when they do try something new, it had better be pretty damned good.
And…..it was! This burger is surprisingly excellent for something from McDonald’s. The bun was nothing to rave about, but it did it’s job just fine. No complaints at all there. The mushrooms were not smothered in brown gravy, which was a very welcome change from many fast food ‘shroom and swiss offerings. I don’t enjoy flavorless mushrooms swimming in salty brown goo. No sir, I don’t like it. These mushrooms were all on their own, and quite tasty. The swiss cheese was the real deal, too. It really pisses me off when a fast food restaurant claims to have swiss cheese on a sandwich, and it’s pretty much the equivalent of white american cheese. No texture, no flavor. That is B.S., and I won’t stand for it. I’ve seen Wendy’s do that crap, and I expect more from them. McD’s actually sprung for REAL swiss cheese on this burger, and it made all the difference in the world. I can’t stress how pleased I am to see actual swiss on a fast food burger. Big bonus points there. In addition to the cheese and mushrooms, there was also a decent touch of mayonnaise. Now, on to one of the most important points…the meat. Was it dry? Was it too greasy? Did it have any flavor at all? The anticipation was killing me. Considering this burger came from McDonald’s, I was really impressed. It had a good beef flavor, and it was well seasoned. A little salt and pepper, but not too much. The burger was juicy, but not greasy. I’m sure the amount of grease and seasoning will vary a bit from burger to burger, but this one was an all-out winner. I couldn’t have imagined this thing turning out as well as it did. My expectations were fairly low, though. Considering that I’m not a mushroom ‘n swiss fan at all, I’m surprised at how much I liked this sandwich. I could see myself ordering another one, and that’s saying a lot. I don’t know if this burger beats out the Steakhouse XT from BK, but it’s a contender for sure.
My midnight trip to McDonald’s was mostly a success. I’ve worked in the food service industry before, so I understand that mistakes are made from time to time. I’m not going to be a bitch about getting the wrong burger. If I’d noticed the mistake before I got home, I may have turned around and taken care of it. The service was fast and friendly, and the food was good. My fries were about an 8, with a 10 being the best McDonald’s fries I’ve had. I’m going to have to give McDonald’s a gold star this time. I wish I’d gotten the right sandwich, but their mistake turned out to be a nice surprise.