I have now eaten at McDonald’s more this week than in the previous year combined. I left Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL (review HERE) after the IRL without eating lunch. After searching for our car for a half hour then getting caught in traffic trying to get back to I-80, I was starving, but really wanted to get back on the road. I had been gone since Thursday afternoon and hadn’t seen J since then. It was already 7:30 back in Lansing, so I passed on going to dinner with my family and hit the road. I decided to drive for a while hoping my options would get better if I could get to a bigger city. I don’t like stopping in Indiana because there is so much construction on I-94 it’s hard to get on and off, so I just kept moving.
I got to Benton Harbor around 9:00 EST. I knew there was a mall just off the Interstate, so I figured there would be some food options around there. I got off the Interstate and everything was dark. The only places still lit up were McDonald’s and Steak ‘N Shake. Neither was an ideal choice, but McDonald’s is more filling, so I drove to the golden arches to grab something to go.
I really should have gotten a salad, but I can’t eat that in the car. I had a long weekend of eating out, so there was a lot of deep fried food and meat. I got my usual sandwich for the ride home. I always order the double quarter pounder with cheese meal plain. That way, it gets nuked before I get it because they need to warm the hamburgers back up and it’s easy to eat in the car. With the meal, I got a medium fry and a medium Diet Coke that I added just a splash of Coke to in an attempt to drown out the Diet taste.
The best thing about McDonald’s is that it’s fairly cheap. My meal was under $6 and I was back on the road in five minutes. Had I chose Steak ‘N Shake, I would still be waiting and would have paid closer to $10. Like I’ve said in previous McDonald’s posts, I’m not a huge fan of fast food, but you always know you can count on McDonald’s being there, being cheap, and being quick.