McDonald’s employees share the 4 menu items they’d never eat

What's a McDonald's order that you steer clear of?

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What’s a McDonald’s order that you steer clear of?
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The McDonald’s menu has plenty of offerings for fast-food fans and casual customers alike.

But, when it comes to consuming McDonald’s food, the restaurant’s crew members are probably the most insightful of the bunch. They don’t just cook the meals; many of them take advantage of their employee discounts and chow down on the food while on break, according to Quora users who previously worked at the chain.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll just eat anything at McDonald’s.

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Business Insider spoke with several current and former crew members to find out what orders they tended to pass on and why. Most of the preferences came down to nutrition and personal taste.

Here’s a look at some of McDonald’s employees’ least favorite orders:


The chain’s famous, fishy sandwich

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The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich has a storied history. It was the first new non-hamburger item added to the fast-food giant’s nation-wide menu in 1965.

The sandwich has since become iconic, and it’s responsible for a whole bunch of piscine imitators. Business Insider’s Mary Hanbury reported that the Filet-O-Fish is a massive hit during Lent, when many Catholics fast from meat on Fridays.

It’s one of President Donald Trump’s favorites, too. He’s known to put away two of the fish sandwiches at a time, along with two Big Macs and a large chocolate shake.

But that doesn’t matter much to two crew members who spoke with Business Insider.

One former crew member from Virginia described viewing the Filet-O-Fish as a meal popular with older customers “because I assume it’s easy for them to chew,” but the crew member personally didn’t like the taste of the sandwich.

Another crew member told Business Insider that they found the fish sandwich “generally gross” according to their personal taste.


Some of the greener options on the menu

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A crew member from Minnesota told Business Insider that they steered clear of a batch of the chain’s ostensibly healthier options: the salads.

“I’m not a fan of tons of vegetables, and the caloric count in the items is astronomical,” the crew member told Business Insider.

The Southwest buttermilk crispy chicken salad comes in at 520 calories, the bacon ranch salad with buttermilk crispy chicken boasts 490 calories, and the bacon ranch grilled chicken salad has 320 calories.

For comparison, a Big Mac sandwich is 540 calories.

The chain’s side salad is only 50 calories, however, for customers looking for a leaner, leafy option.


The menu’s ostensibly healthier chicken sandwich

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Two McDonald’s crew members told Business Insider they steered clear of the chain’s grilled chicken sandwiches because they were slathered in margarine at the time and therefore less healthy than they appeared.


Anything new on the menu

A former general manager told Business Insider that they always avoided “new menu items,” as they preferred to “stick to the basics” at McDonald’s.

Are you a current or former McDonald’s crew member with a story to share? Email acain@businessinsider.com.