Fast Food Review: McBistro Chicken Sandwich from McDonald’s
I was out and about the other day and decided to stop by McDonald’s for dinner. I usually go for something off of their dollar menu, but sometimes I’ll get a grilled chicken snack wrap or the Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich. While sitting in the drive-thru scanning the menu, I noticed something new: The McBistro Chicken Sandwich.
I was surprised that McDonald’s came out with yet another chicken sandwich and thought to myself, “What could be so different between the McBistro Chicken Sandwich and the Premium Chicken Sandwiches?”. There isn’t much information out there on this new sandwich, but it was reported by the Baltimore Sun back in March, that McDonald’s is only testing out this new McBistro Chicken Sandwich in three markets nationwide. They are Omaha, Albuquerque and Greater Baltimore. I guess I was fortunate to stumble upon a McDonald’s that is in the test market.
What apparently makes the McBistro special is the fact that the sandwich comes “customized” with the price depending upon what is ordered. The McBistro comes on a whole-grain roll and the chicken comes either grilled or crispy. The sandwich can also be ordered with or without white cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce or tomato and the choice of sauce. Your sauce options include buttermilk ranch, chipotle barbeque or honey mustard. I have actually had the McBistro twice now, both times with the grilled chicken, lettuce and tomato, however, the first time with buttermilk ranch and the second with honey mustard dressing. I don’t know if I should compare, but my first impression is that this sandwich is a little smaller than the Premium Chicken Sandwich. The good thing is that the fresh “bakery-style whole-wheat roll” is smaller and fits the chicken better. The grilled chicken is moist and tender, but the white cheddar cheese isn’t really that noticable. The lettuce and tomato have a bit to be desired since the lettuce is a little wilted and the tomato is too thin of a slice. Also it’s worth mentioning that the tomato doesn’t appear to be fresh, but soft and overripe. The buttermilk ranch sauce works more effectively with the combo of ingredients over the honey mustard sauce. The McBistro was also very messy to eat. I have to give McDonald’s kudos for the roll. It is a vast improvement over the bun on the Premium Chicken Sandwiches and was honestly the best part of the sandwich for me.
In conclusion, the McBistro is just your typical fast food chicken sandwich. I guess the appeal is that the price depends on the custom ordering, but can’t you custom order any of the sandwiches at most fast food establishments anyway? I don’t understand the logic that McDonald’s has with this one. I think it would be better if they just stuck with their line of Premium Chicken Sandwiches, and changed the bun to the roll that comes with the McBistro. Has anyone out there tried this sandwich?
Pros: Fresh "bakery-style" roll. Option of customization.
Cons: Produce was weak. Too messy for grubbing on the go.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: 3.39 (price varies by customization)
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50 (Average)
More Info: McDonalds.com
McBistro Chicken Sandwich
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