“I worked at McDonald’s, and my advice is against the breakfast food. Namely the Hotcakes and the Breakfast Burritos. Both of these are among the most frequently-ordered items on the menu, from how much of the bloody things we would serve during any given breakfast period. Both have pretty unappetizing preparation.
The hotcakes are shipped to the restaurant frozen. Some are pulled out of the box and left to thaw in the fridge overnight, then when you order it, it is put on a tray, nuked for thirty seconds per order, and then served.
Then you have the burritos. They are usually prepared in advance by the night crew. Tortillas are unthawed (yes, they arrive frozen as well), as well as a ‘burrito mix,’ which is basically a mix of peppers and bits of sausage and egg. Tortillas are spread out six at a time, you get a single slice of cheese (which is supposed to be cut in half and covering the length of the burrito, but this step is often skipped), a scoop of the mix, and then it gets wrapped up, first in the tortilla, then in the paper. All put together by a single employee like a factory. It’s put in the fridge for the actual breakfast time.
Then during breakfast, six burritos are crammed into a plastic container with a lid to ‘steam’ it (i.e. get them soggy), then set to warm for a minute and thirty seconds. Then it’s served, right? Wrong. It sits in a heat chute and waits for someone to order it. When they run low in the heat chute, more are nuked to take their place. Does that all sound appetizing to you? Yet people eat these in droves.
Ironically, McDonald’s doesn’t even use a microwave that much, but the microwaves are put through quite a workout at breakfast. Do yourself a favor, stick to the sandwiches. At least those have some potential of being fresh. Neither the Hotcakes nor the Burritos have any hope of ever being fresh.”