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McDonald’s Burritos and Fajitas..1991

From 1990 to 1993, I was employed by McDonald’s doing everything from working the grill to taking orders at the front counter. Sometimes, thanks to the internet, it reminds of things I completely forgot about, for example, the introduction of the Breakfast Burritos and the now long gone Chicken Fajita. For whatever reason, McDonald’s went into the burritos biz and despite the fact that the breakfast option may still be around, it just seemed strange. Anyway, I found this picture of a tray liner plugging the new items and it did take me back to 1991.

From what I remember, the breakfast burrito was pretty popular but the chicken fajita had a pretty quick death. And I had a major problem learning to wrap a burrito correctly. I hated making those things.  If I remember correctly, all the fajita option came in a little plastic bag that we would cut open and fry on the grill before dumping it into a tortilla shell. Oh man, I just found a commercial…

It seemed like everyone was pretty excited about these burritos things but, like I said, the fajita died off pretty quickly. I never even bothered to eat one of them. Makes me wish I did but that’s the way it goes…

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The McDonald’s Riverboat

I grew up in the 1980’s, living in Southern Illinois and we would visit St. Louis on a pretty regular basis, often to either take in Cardinals baseball game, visit the zoo or spend a day at Grant’s Farm. But I have to admit, one of my favorite attractions in that wonderful town was the McDonald’s Riverboat.  After all, I was probably eight years old, I was legally required to love McDonald’s and what eight year old kid could pass up a floating McDonald’s? I don’t know the numbers but I would bet it would be zero.

Though it is sad to admit, I am pretty sure I only had the chance to eat their twice, somewhere around 1983 or 1984. I do remember vividly dropping the Astronik from my Happy Meal into the Mississippi River below. I didn’t cry, I didn’t even get sad. It just seemed kind of cool. While it was the same food served at every other McDonald’s in United States,  it just seemed better eating it while sitting on the deck of a floating McDonald’s. After all, most fast food is pretty much the same – there are only so many things you can do with hamburger patties and ketchup, but you have to admit, McDonald’s really stepped it up by serving it on a damn riverboat.

The St. Louis McDonald’s Riverboat was a landmark but finally time caught up to it and the world no longer needed a floating McDonald’s. And a little other known fact – it really wasn’t a riverboat. It was just a barge that had a riverbaot shaped McDonald’s built on top of it. But For reasons I am not sure of, and probably wouldn’t agree with anyway, the powers that be decided it was time to shut the place down. I have no real idea of what happened to the place but chances are it was dismantled and sold for scrap. A sad ending for a place that made a lot of kids excited but a victory for parents who couldn’t stand the though of eating one more Big Mac. I miss the place but I still continue on…

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