Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

McDonald’s Chicago features a global menu with popular dishes from around the world

20/04/2022

Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman

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Remember when we told you about the chunks of parmesan they were selling in Italy’s McDonald’s? Or the Carbonara fries that were once sold in Japan?

At the time, you were quick to tell us how keen you were to try some of the burger chain’s global delicacies for yourselves.

Well, what if we told you that you could?

You see, with 36,000 locations around the world, and a bunch of different cultures and palates to cater for, McDonald’s sells hundreds of unique and exciting menu items globally – and until now, we’d resigned ourselves to the fact we’d simply never get to try the majority. But we thought wrong.

Little did we know that Maccies’ Chicago HQ boasts a global menu where you can try a whole bunch of the chain’s most popular dishes in one place. It’s a worldwide McDonald’s. A one of a kind concept. The literal answer to our prayers.

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McDonald’s Chicago flagship offers dishes from around the world (Credit: Alamy)

The ‘around the world’ Maccies restaurant isn’t new – it’s actually been around since 2018 – but it has flown under the radar for many fans, who have been crying out for a branch just like it for years.

Based at the chain’s headquarters in Illinois, its menu changes monthly, but currently offers up the likes of the McSpicy Chicken Burger (sold in Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines, Indonesia and briefly in the UK), the Bacon Big Mac (which found fame in Canada), Tako Shaker Fries (from Finland) and a Matcha Green Tea McFlurry (which originated in Japan).

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The McSpicy Chicken Burger (left) and the Tako Shaker Fries (right) (Credit: McDonad’s)

In the past, lucky Maccies punters have been able to get their hands on “Twister” curly fries, which have previously been touted in Malysia and Singapore, Cheese & Bacon Loaded Fries from Down Under and Chocolate McPops from Spain – which are basically dinky little filled dough balls.

Plus, The Netherlands’ Sweet Potato Fries have made an appearance, as well as South Korea’s rather epic Triple Onion Burger. The list really is never ending.

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Twister Curly Fries (left) and Matcha Green Tea McFlurry (right) (Credit: McDonald’s)

Not only is the global McDonald’s huge at more than 6,000-square-foot, it’s fitted with modern decor and offers table service, so you can feel a little fancy as you’re tucking into your international feast.

As well as global dishes, the branch has a regular American menu, too, for those who are feeling a little less adventurous.

Of course, this restaurant is all well and good for Chicago based McDonald’s fanatics, but it’s still a little far away for those of us who live outside of the US.

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The global menu changes monthly (Credit: Alamy)

McDonald’s is yet to offer up international food at any other branches around the world, but Twisted has asked them if they have plans to bring a similar concept over to the UK in the future. You’ll be the first to know when we hear back on that one!

In the meantime, we might have to start saving for flights to Chicago. Still cheaper than jetting to each and every Maccies branch around the globe, ey?

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