Reality Check

Reviews of fast food burgers and a look at how the real life version compares to the advertised beauty shot.

Reality Check: McDonald's Angus Third Pounder

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[Photograph: angusthirdpounders.com]

Robyn's post about McDonald's McItaly line of burgers got me thinking about the old Golden Arches. Of course, you won't find doing a full-blown review of a McDonald's burger any time soon (unless it's April Fools' Day), but I thought there might be some interest in what those McBurgers look like in real life.

I headed over to an outlet on Wilshire Boulevard and ordered the Angus Third Pounder, which was added to the McDonald's menu last summer as their first new burger in eight years. When I saw the real thing, I must admit, I was more than a little surprised.

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[Photographs: Damon Gambuto]

I opted for the "Deluxe" version of the Angus burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, cheese, and lots of mayo. I opened the box expecting a mess of toppings atop a messy burger. Instead what I found was the single most attractive fast food burger I've ever seen. If I didn't know the origin, I might well have been excited for the eating portion of the test.

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As it turned out, the familiar, overcooked, wan patty undermined some fresh and totally redeemable toppings. Looks, as we know, aren't everything.

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