Spotted in the Wild: Ketchup on Tap and Shamrock Shakes at Hi-Fi Mickey D’s

Please tell me that I’m not the only one that finds the Alvarado/Temple McDonald’s ketchup delivery system to be a little strange. I can’t help but imagine that feeding tube meandering snake-like down through the floor and pipes and plumbing to some huge pressurized vat of McKetchup that gets refilled once a month via tanker truck. I suppose that’s what I get for hitting McDonald’s instead of an LA-owned spot like In-N-Out (to whom I would offer my firstborn for a lifetime supply of food) or Tommy’s (who I don’t really like, but aren’t any worse than McDonald’s and are local) or my beloved WeHo Astro Burger (who still have the good sense to serve you ketchup in a bottle). In better news, somebody in charge at the Golden Arches HQ must’ve learned a lesson from last year’s Shamrock Shake debacle because this location also bore a large sign proudly proclaiming the availability of “Triple Thick Shamrock Shakes.” I didn’t partake, but knowing that the large variety of their other shakes weigh in at a whopping 1100+ calories, I’d advise any of you that plan to partake of the green devil to stick to the 16 oz.

10 Replies to “Spotted in the Wild: Ketchup on Tap and Shamrock Shakes at Hi-Fi Mickey D’s”

  1. I am so glad my kids have grown up and McD’s isn’t a food option anymore. Though I must admit I do miss the McRib sandwich.

  2. I used to L O V E McDonalds. But then I read Fast Food Nation and didn’t have the stomach to frequent any fast food places anymore. Except In-N-Out based on how they run their company compared to the big guys.

    It’s been 7 years since I’ve had any of those french fries. What I am amazed at is that I’ve only missed/craved the food their twice in all that time.

  3. I can’t help but imagine that feeding tube meandering snake-like down through the floor and pipes and plumbing to some huge pressurized vat of McKetchup that gets refilled once a month via tanker truck

    Actually, it probably just goes below the counter-top to a large laminated-foil bag like the Heinz “Vol-Pac” seen here.

    These are similar to the laminated foil bags that live inside the boxes of inexpensive boxed wine.

    The bags generally hold 1-3 gallons, so they’re not likely to be a month’s supply. :-) (The month’s supply would the pallet full of bulk packs stashed in the back room.)

    A number of fast food places are using these systems, though some of them, like the Fatburger I went to the other day, have counter-top dispensers disguised to look a pump-top jar. McDonald’s is just being more upfront about what’s happening.

  4. Sorry, didn’t spellcheck:

    “…there twice in all that time.”

    And by the way I concur with Jason about the brilliance of the ketchup tap!

  5. Actually, it probably just goes below the counter-top to a large laminated-foil bag like the Heinz “Vol-Pac” seen here.

    Well, that’s not nearly as fun but that “Vol-Pac” looks like it would make a swell pillow.

  6. As someone with beer taps at home, what I’ve learned is that they can get dirty quick. Taps flowing with the catsup must get really dirty, and I have a hard time believing anyone that works at McD would care enough to have the lines regularly cleaned. I’d suggest asking for those little plastic packs.

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