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McDonald's: Serving Burgers and Families For 50 Years

McDonald's: Serving Burgers and Families For 50 Years

Many children have gazed up at Mickey D's famous golden arches on their way in to grab a burger, chicken nuggets, french fries or a sundae with their parents. Today the company celebrates its 50th anniversary. Who doesn't remember sitting on the swivel chairs with school friends and biting into the crunchy sliced pickle that was always perfectly centered in the sandwich? McDonald's aptly titled Happy Meals put a smile on tots' faces while their moms and pops noshed on a Big Mac or Filet-O-Fish. Sometimes even Ronald McDonald or the Hamburgler made an appearance and then it was time to hit the brightly colored playground that was attached to the establishment. Children were so smitten with the fast food joint that they threw their birthday parties there but is the love affair with drive through and paper wrapped entrees a thing of the past? To see why I ask,


As a parent raising two youngsters in a foodie city, I've never taken them to McDonald's. Fast food isn't really in the cards when we consider our meal options. For about the same price we would dole out at a pull up window, we can pick up burritos made with fresh ingredients from a local taqueria, Middle Eastern pita sandwiches or Thai noodles. I wouldn't pitch a fit if a friend or family member took my children to a fast food joint, but for reasons of nutrition and taste — it isn't my preference.

What are your thoughts on feeding kids fast food?


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care0531 care0531 8 years
McDonald's has grown so much over the last 50 years! I love how they are redesigning some of them to look old school- love that! Brings you back to your youth and its nice to share the same things with my daughter.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Just read "fast food nation" and "food fight" and "Dont eat this book" and you will know the real mcdonalds and what it has done to the american family.
mbrown81 mbrown81 8 years
I don't care what anyone says, I love McDonalds. I was a McDonalds baby, loved it then, and still love it now. I take my kids there and they have do healtier options, hence the apple dippers and white meat chicken nuggets, with milk. We don't go as much as I did as a kid, but about once a month we try and go play and get a happy meal.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
These days, McDonald offers a relatively healthy fare of food. Recently, I ordered a simple, grilled chicken sandwich, a side of green salad (no dressing, as I don't like it), and a milk. When I got the sandwich, I scraped the mayo off (I don't like mayo either). Everything was delicious, and it was fairly healthy (in my opinion). McDonald's is responding to the times. It's not all greasy food.
bqangy bqangy 8 years
Is that the one in Chicago?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I hate McDonald's it's gross and greasy, I'm not a fried food type of person and I prefer real meat.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I remember going to Mickey D's with my parents and playing with the Happy Meal toys when I was younger. My favorite thing was the Filet o' Fish. These days I haven't been to one in 4 years, just because I'm put off by their food. It may be cheap food, but down the road it could cost me my health.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
My kids love it when we go to McDonald's, which is maybe like 4 times a year. It's a special treat.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I don't know, maybe as a treat? I know my mom as already told me she looks forward to the day she can take her future grandkids to McD's because she has such fond memories of taking me and my brothers when we were little. We only went very very rarely (like once every few months) but it was always special for her. I kinda like that she has those memories and wants to do that iwht my kids someday. A Happy Meal and some grandma time,lol.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i appreciate this post: people think mickie D's is soooo cheap compared to other options but it's really not...i mean, even a $2 slice of plain or veggie pizza and a side salad is way better for you than mcdonalds...and don't get me wrong, i like mcdonalds but i dont want to be the kind of mom who feeds her 3 year old french fries to shut her up!
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