What Did We Try At McDonald’s France?

McDonalds FranceMcDonald’s isn’t a restaurant that we frequent while at home but it’s a must when we’re visiting international destinations.

We like to visit McD’s for a variety of reasons while traveling. I love trying out the local McDonald’s menu items available. The kids LOVE McD’s due to the toys. (The food is definitely secondary.) It’s also nice to eat something (relatively) familiar while away.

During our recent winter break trip, we made stops at McDonalds France a few times. From what I recall, one time was just to grab a quick dessert.

I hoped to see some traditional French items like crepes, paninis, croissants and other things along those lines but in general, I was a bit disappointed. The area McDonalds France excelled in were the dessert options.

Here is a rundown of what we tried during our visits to McDonalds France.

280 Original:a burger in a boxThe first item I tried was a burger called the  280 Original.

The sandwich looked interesting. The burger comes on ciabatta bread and is topped with melted cheddar & Emmental cheese and onions. a burger in a containerI removed the slices of tomato and then gave the 280 a try.

From the first bite, this burger was disappointing. The ciabatta was hard to bite into and chew, setting the tone for a bad burger. The burger patty itself was pretty nasty. The cheese was barely noticeable, too.

Overall, this might just be one of the worst McDonald’s burgers I’ve ever had.

P’Tit Bagel Cheese:a bagel with a yellow centerWhen I saw the P’Tit Bagel Cheese, I had to give it a try. I can’t recall ever having a burger on a bagel before so this definitely looked interesting.

I had a chance to order it while in Nice when we stopped into a McD’s for dessert.a burger with cheese and lettuce on top of a bagelThe lightly toasted bagel had sesame and poppy seeds on it. Inside, the burger was topped with lettuce, sauce and cheddar cheese. (When I looked up the sandwich online, I found out what I thought was mayo was actually American sauce!)

Overall, I was really impressed with the P’Tit Bagel Cheese. The main reason for this was the tasty, soft bagel. I’m pretty sure that I mentioned to Kim that it was probably similar to a frozen Lender’s Bagel, but it was totally enjoyable.

The burger on the P’Tit Bagel was like typical McD’s but it wasn’t really awful like the patty on the 280. As for the toppings, I liked the lettuce with this burger and the sauce was good too, although I thought it was mayo.

I’d order this again if I wanted a small burger from Mc’Ds.

P’Tit Wrap Crispy Mozza:a burrito on a paperI find that most international McDonald’s tend to offer a fried cheese item. In France, I only saw this in the form of the P’Tit Wrap Crispy Mozza. (Later on, I noticed the mozzarella available in a box with chicken.)a tortilla with a piece of food on itThe wrap comes with one piece of fried mozzarella which has small pieces of tomato inside. There was also some lettuce and a sauce which I found out was tomato & oregano flavor.a hand holding a tacoThe fried mozzarella itself was OK, not that I expected it to be great. What made the wrap enjoyable was the item as a whole, thanks in part to the tasty sauce.

Deluxe Potatoes:a bag of french friesWhen I saw the Deluxe Potatoes on the menu,  I wondered why they weren’t just called potato wedges! a hand holding a piece of foodI’ve had this item in other international McD’s so I expected them to be good.

The wedges have the skin on them which is a nice touch. The outside is lightly crispy while the inside was soft and almost creamy. These potatoes are definitely a nice substitute for fries.

Pommes-Frites-Sauce:a green packet with text on itFrom what I can recall, this was the first time ever coming across Pommes- Frites- Sauce aka French Fries sauce.

I was definitely excited to give it a try.a white substance on a black surfaceThe sauce is a thick white, mayonnaise like texture. There are noticeable flecks of seasoning in it, too.

The best way to describe the Pommes Frites Sauce would be as a tangy mayo. I really enjoyed it with the potato wedges and Lucas liked it on his fries.

Part De Flan Nature:a slice of pie on a plateWhile looking at the dessert case, Lucas was really interested in this flan dessert. Kim and I thought it looked pretty gross but figured we’d let Lucas get a slice (and we’re glad that we did)!a piece of pie on a plateLucas dug in and loved the flan. I gave it a try and was surprised by how good it was. It didn’t look appetizing but the flan was fresh and creamy and not overly sweet. I’m shocked to say that it would hold up to desserts we had in bakeries in France!

If we come across this again at a McD’s, we’d definitely order it again!

Canele:a small round object on a white napkinThe Canele is a tiny cupcake- like pastry. It’s has a carmelized sugar outer- crust and vanilla/ flan- like inside.a piece of food on a paperThe canele isn’t an easy dessert to share since it’s so small. I cut in half (which was no easy feat) to see what was doing inside.

Based on how hard it was to cut, the canele was a bit tough to chew. The flavor wasn’t bad, something like a mild vanilla but the texture ruined it for us.

I’d give the canele one more try if we came across it again.

Boite Gourmande 6 Macarons:a box of cookies in a boxThe McDonalds’s Gourmet Macarons were the dessert I most wanted to try.

During our trip, we had macarons at a couple of the best shops (Pierre Herme 2X & Laduree) as well as one other bakery. As a dessert, the macarons were one that the Michael W Travels family all really enjoy!

How would the McD’s version compare?a hand holding a brown macaroonIn fancier bakeries, one macaron costs around 2.50€. At McDonald’s they cost 1.20€ each. A box of six go for a very reasonable 5.50€.

Here are the flavors we tried:

  1. Chocolat Saveur Orange (Chocolate Orange Flavor)
  2. Caramel Beurre Sale (Salted Butter Caramel)
  3. Chocolat (Chocolate)
  4. Framboise (Raspberry)
  5. Pistache (pistachio)
  6. Vanille (Vanilla)

The McD’s macarons looked pretty good compared to those from regular bakeries. a hand holding a piece of foodWe ate these on our flight home and really enjoyed them. The texture was excellent as were the flavors. A generous layer of filling was inside, quite similar to what those fancy macarons looked like.

My hands down favorite flavor was chocolate. The pistachio and salted butter sea salt were other top picks. Kim and I weren’t fans of the chocolate orange and I found the raspberry to be a bit too sweet.

Overall, for the price, the McDonald’s macarons are a great deal and offer an enjoyable cheaper version of a fancy French dessert!

Final Thoughts:

McDonald’s France disappointed with their food options but the dessert options picked up the slack. (There were other desserts we didn’t get to try.)

It would be nice to see the chain add a bit more of a local feel to the food menu. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the next time we visit the country!

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4 thoughts on “What Did We Try At McDonald’s France?

  1. The comment on 280 burger is funny. Ciabatta bread is supposed to have a real crust, that is the whole point. 280 has been on mcdo menu for more than 20 years in France and nowadays also in Italy on and off. Tells that people in those countries prefer it. I guess it ‘s simplicity and ingredients are just not to American taste.

  2. I love this! I have tried the same thing in China and Japan and Taiwan and really enjoyed their take on sandwiches and sides. Thanks for the fun article!

  3. We head to McDonald’s for the ice cold drinks and WIFI. I once had a very tasty bearnaise burger in the south of France at McDonald’s. I was actually disappointed to hear that it was a regional menu item when I tried to order it again in Paris.

    I also dressed up a McDonald’s salad with some fresh goats cheese from the local open-air market in a small town in Burgundy and used the olive oil provided by McD’s.

    And their macarons are quite good as you mentioned!

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