Sunday, April 1, 2012

McD's - Downtown

Address: 1200 Douglas St.
Phone: (250) 952-3600
Price: ~$10 for a main.
Notes: Cheap and cheerful wins the war.

Only McD's in the world with a crystal chandelier

I have to say, there is a soft spot in my heart for this restaurant, and especially this location. Something about it speaks to happier days gone by, in the 90s when the NDP was in power and things looked somehow rosier in BC. Despite the downturn in the economy, or perhaps because of it, this location still draws a busy crowd, and expect long lines - especially at peak hours.

A recent reconfiguration in the menu seems to be trying to switch things up a bit, although I have heard some complaints that their old classics have become harder to find and confused customers are leading to an increase in wait times while ordering.  Still, the menu has something for everyone, young or old.

The decor in this establishment is what really stands out. A crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling, sending little rainbows over the diners. It certainly adds a touch of class to what would otherwise be purely fast food. In its prime, they boasted two floors, but the second seating area is now closed and sits vacant reminding diners of better days gone by. The tables could be called sedentary, but I prefer to think of them as being what defines the style.

April 1, 2012
Angus Burger
After a long night of drinking, there is nothing that satisfies quite as much as the moment when you bite into a combination of meat-cheese-bun. There is nothing that can be added to the depth of information that has already been discussed to death about the quality of the ingredients that go in to this burger. I particularly enjoy the slice of onion on top, as this is one of my favourite burger toppings.

The packaging is really the highlight of any meal here. Each dish comes with its own branded, earmarked piece of packaging with bright colours and beautiful pictures of food pornography that make your mouth water just looking at them. This burger is no exception.

April 1, 2012
The service at this location is especially interesting. Although the lines seem long, they move quickly and the managers certainly pride themselves on efficiency. This morning, we greeted our server with only a slight slur and asked her state of health. When she responded with 'I have a head ache and I suspect it will only get worse' I promotly offered her an advil which she gratefully accepted. Our order was taken promptly, and delivered with an extra smile for free.

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