6. Artisan grilled chicken sandwich
> Chain: McDonald’s
A good example of the extent to which the term “artisan” has been co-opted into meaningless marketing jargon, this was a grilled chicken breast filet with lettuce, tomato, and vinaigrette dressing on a “delectable artisan roll,” most likely not fashioned by hand by some craftsman baker. Nonetheless, it all added up to something at least a little better than the chain’s standard chicken sandwich offerings. It made its debut in 2015 and was discontinued last year, at least for now.
7. Double Down
> Chain: KFC
A creation that gave nutritionists apoplexy, this is a hefty bacon and cheese sandwich with barbecue sauce in which the bread is replaced with two flat pieces of fried chicken filet. After test marketing in Rhode Island and Nebraska, it was introduced nationwide in April 2010. It has been off and on the menu ever since, both here and internationally (you can find it right now in Italy, for instance), but is currently not available in the U.S.
8. XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito
> Chain: Taco Bell
A substantially sized burrito filled with meat, cheese, beans, rice, guacamole, sour cream, and avocado ranch sauce, then crisped up on the flat-top grill, this offering was once described by the chain’s chief marketing officer as one of “the most popular and portable menu items Taco Bell has to offer.” Nonetheless, it got edited out in 2019 as part of a “menu simplification.” One lover of the specialty promptly established a Change.org petition asking for it to be brought back, but so far that hasn’t happened.
9. Bacon and Blue burger
> Chain: Wendy’s
Wendy’s originally introduced a bacon and blue cheese burger in 2010, then relaunched it in 2015 for a limited time. This was a seriously good burger, a patty enhanced with crumbled Wisconsin blue cheese, blue cheese herb aÃ¯oli, applewood-smoked bacon, and mixed greens and served on a toasted brioche bun. It soon lost out, however, apparently at least in part because it was difficult to eat, falling apart after the first bite.
10. Potato wedges
> Chain: KFC
KFC does a great job with fried chicken, but frankly their fries aren’t the best around. What they used to serve instead of fries, though, were wedges of potato, deep-fried in a light seasoned coating — unusual in the fast food world and pretty tasty.