Pop quiz time! What is the best selling item from McDonald’s? It’s not a Big Mac, McNuggets, or Quarter Pounder with cheese. It is, of course, fried potatoes. French fries have been a hit at McDonald’s for generations, and there’s no sign of that changing anytime soon. By the way, the Big Mac is No. 2, according to Reader’s Digest. And it’s funny that French fries are number 2 in Burger King, where the dominion wafer rules.
There are many sides to choose from when ordering from the fast food menu, and many are a staple like burgers, burritos, or sandwiches that round out the meal. After all, despite the food being ‘anchored’, it’s the sides that make it a meal. Only none of the parties are shown here – not anymore, anyway – because these were once popular The discontinued fast food sides are gone forever.
Want to make your breakfast more awesome and not worry about extra fat and calories? Then Cini-Minis from Burger King was your jam. We say it was because those little rolls of delicious pastry that come with ice-dipping are gone. But that’s probably for the best, as the four-piece serving packs 410 calories and 14 grams of fat, including six grams of saturated fat, by Brand Eating.
A small meal to themselves or an entirely lighter alternative to french fries when you’re getting a Big Mac or chicken sandwich, McDonald’s McShakers salads only existed in the early 2000s, according to interested in trade. They were replaced by the larger “Premium Salads” in 2003. These were later dropped as well, and have not been replaced.
Taco Bell’s cinnamon chips were delicious on their own, but were a bit difficult to match with the rest of the meal you’re getting. The cinnamon chips were sweet and, as the name suggests, spiced and crunchy, more like a biscuit than a side. So they just didn’t work alongside a beefy burrito or a cheesy gordetta. or taco.
It probably makes sense that Kentucky Fried Chicken got rid of potato wedges: after all, they were basically French fries, and KFC is a chicken chain. Besides, according to Fox BusinessThe chain replaced the potato wedges with the proven “Secret Recipe Fries,” so it’s not as if it left customers choked and dry.
Rice is not a fast food in the technical sense of things. In other words, it takes some time to cook it properly. Which is why it was so impressive that Popeyes rice has always been so good. But what about that, it’s over now, according to excitement. The chain ditched this tasty spiced starchy side last year, around the same time they also ditched green beans as a side option, too.
Onion chops came from McDonald’s and back in the ’70s, so your chance to try them is a good four decades in the back view, and then some, according to BuzzFeed. And it’s not really surprising that they didn’t work, not with a name like “Cut Onion”. We’re willing to guess that with a better brand, this aspect may still be around because we all know fried onions are a treat.
According to the Jack in the Box Fandom page, Cheesy Macaroni Bites were a “short-lived” menu item consisting, as you can imagine, of fried triangles filled with macaroni and cheese. Which sounds equal parts amazing and unhealthy. They were a hit in 2008 but were gone by 2009, with some lamenting Twitterbut forgotten most of the day.
Sonic Drive-In’s Pickle-O’s is another item on the list that might have survived with a better naming and marketing. (Looking at you, Onion Nuggets.) In fact, according to Hack the Menu, you can still order these fried pickles at some Sonic locations, all you have to do is have staff members willing to go off the menu and prep them from scratch. But as an official side, Pickle-Os rolled into their last window.
Stephen John is a freelance writer at Eat this, not that! Based out of New York City. Read more