I took the easy way out. I was at Jenison Field House for MSU wrestling and I had an hour lunch/breakfast break at about ten AM. I thought about going out for an actual breakfast, but really wasn’t in the mood. We didn’t get back to Lansing until midnight the night before and I had to be at the Field House at seven AM. I was tired. I was cranky and I just wanted something quick. I had always been intrigued by the McDonald’s on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing. I had never seen a two story McD’s before.
The only McDonald’s in East Lansing is on Grand River Avenue a few blocks from the campus of Michigan State University. You can’t really tell from the road, but it’s kind of squeezed into a small space. There’s not much of a parking lot and if there’s someone in the drive thru line behind you, you’re going to have a hard time getting out of a spot.
When I got inside, I realized why it was a two story McDonald’s. The interior of the restaurant is just as packed in there as the outside. Downstairs is the kitchen, order counter and just a couple booths. Most of the restaurant seating is actually upstairs. I was just going to grab a couple sandwiches to go so I never even made it to the second level. Whenever I have ordered breakfast at McDonald’s in the past, I ordered the bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit. It’s been a long time since I’ve stopped in the morning and the menu had changed some. Now they have bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle’s, so that’s what I ordered. I just thought it was a fancier English muffin. I was off by just a little.
I got two of the McGriddle’s for a little over five bucks. Didn’t have to wait too long before I was back on my way. I passed on hash browns and a drink. I was really in the mood for a Pepsi, so I figured I’d go somewhere else.
The bacon, egg, and cheese part of my sandwich was the same as I remembered. The bacon was really thin and the egg was really thick. The McGriddle part of the sandwich really surprised me when I took that first bite. It was a miniature pancake that was infused with maple syrup. Honestly, the idea sounds great, but I would have rather had a biscuit. It was fine, but not what I was expecting at all. I don’t think I’ll order it again.
Well, now my curiosity is cured. I know why there is a two story McDonald’s in East Lansing. It’s one of those questions that have been bothering me since we moved here, but there was so many other places I wanted to eat at in East Lansing I didn’t want to waste a meal at a fast food chain I’ve had a million times in the past.