When travelling around the country and even around the world the familiar golden arches of McDonald’s fast food restaurants can easily be seen. But what they are selling inside may not be quite so familiar.
Dick and Mac McDonald opened their first burger bar in California in 1940. By 1959 there were 100 McDonald drive through restaurants with seating introduced four years later. Nowadays McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 31,000 local restaurants serving more than 58 million people in 118 countries each day. But entering into, for example, an Indian McDonalds and expecting to see a Big Mac on the menu would instead have you confronted with a Chicken Maharaja Mac.
Have their very own McOz which consists of beetroot, ketchup, mustard, onion, McChicken sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheese and a Quarter Pounder beef burger.
Here and in France the Croque McDo is available which is emmental cheese and ham toasted and served in a bun.
Has the Cheddar McMelt which is a hamburger, grilled onions and melted cheddar cheese.
McLobster is seasonally available here. (Also in Maine).
Offers the McPalta which is essentially Spanish for McAvocado and is a pork and avocado dish.
Finland and Sweden
Have the Grande El Maco with added barbecue sauce.
Greece and Cyprus
Here a Greek Mac is a Big Mac as we know it but served in pita bread.
Here the Shogun Burger - a pork bun served with Japanese Teriyaki sauce and lettuce.
Is home to the McKebab, a kebab served on a flat bread.
Has the Teriyaki McBurger of ground pork burger with mayo, lettuce and teriyaki sauce.
The McArabia is made up of two grilled chicken burgers, Arabic bread, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and garlic sauce.
Has the McLaks which is salmon in a roll with dill sauce.
Here the Kiwiburger is made up from beef patty, egg, tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion, cooked beetroot, sauce and mustard in a toasted bun.
The McSpaghetti surprisingly makes an appearance here, consists of spaghetti served in sweet tomato-based sauce, hot dogs and grated pasteurized cheese. Also offered is the McRiceburger of fried rice cakes enclosing a beef, pork or chicken filling served with a special sauce.
An interesting feature across Europe from Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland to Italy all of these countries have the added attraction of offering beer alongside their burgers.
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