When I left Lansing this afternoon, I had no intention of eating fast food. I knew when I left for Champaign, IL at about 1:30, I would have to stop somewhere for lunch before I got to my parents house. Just to their house, it’s about a four hour drive and Champaign is another hour after that. I got just passed Kalamazoo and got really, really hungry. I pulled off in Paw Paw. Being a county seat, I assumed there would have to be sandwich places near the courthouse. There were a lot of restaurants, bars, and pubs, but not a whole lot of quick sandwich shops. The one I did find in the main business district was already closed for the day as it was almost 3:00.
After striking out downtown, I drove back out towards the Interstate where chains dominate the landscape. There used to be a place called the Chicken Coop (review HERE) close to I-94, but since the last time I was in town (May), it has been torn down and a Walgreens is being built. So, my choices were all chains. I contemplated Taco Bell, but realized that would be hard to eat in the car. I ended up choosing McDonald’s mostly because it was next to a stop light and it’d be easy to cross traffic to get back to the Interstate.
The last few times I’ve been to McDonald’s (not counting a late not stop on my way home from Indy I didn’t blog about), I’ve gotten the Southwestern Salad. I couldn’t eat a salad while driving and honestly, I just wanted a greasy cheeseburger and fries. I get what I usually get. A double quarter pounder with cheese plain and fries. I order fast food cheeseburgers plain so it’s at least heated up before I get it and the toppings they put on aren’t fresh or anything, so it’s pointless. I’d rather just have the meat.
This was an interesting McDonald’s. I know they’re trying to change their image to stay fresh, but I’ve never seen this design before. The dining room is a little more interesting than the usual two rows of booths. I don’t know if I’d call it an art deco design, but there is a lot more color and design put into the seating areas. I had to weave around tables just to find a the bathroom which was another reason I stopped where I did.
I grabbed my meal to go then jumped back in the truck to continue my five hour drive. That burger really hit the spot. I was somewhat good and only got a medium fry and Coke so it didn’t quite fill me up, but it held me over until I got to my parents where my dad and brother were working on cooking T-Bones on the grill.
McDonald’s is pretty much a treat for me. I don’t want to eat there everyday…or hell, even once a week, but every now and then, it really does something for me. I’ll get a craving about once a month and that’s about it. I’m not a fast food guy, but it’s one of those things that I just get a hankering for.