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Fast food experience used to be better than this
Member Name: anonbg
Advantages: Burger quality ok
Disadvantages: Long queues at peak times, feeling dirty going in there, condoning dubious farming practice
Burger King was once seen as a fast food outlet with a bit more kudos than McDonalds. They used their marketing skills pretty wel,l advertising the fact their burgers were flame grilled. Some years ago they replaced their original soggy fries with a new crispy fry that tasted better than McDonalds... They managed to 'eat' into McD's market share in those glorious 90's.
Fast forward, I am no longer a regular customer at Burger King, in fact I only go in if I haven't had time to eat something. My recent experience suggests that the chain has gone downhill. Firstly, as in all fast food outlets these days, there is no point looking up at the pictures as there is no menu there, it usually in muh smaller print at desk level.
In BK as in McD you are penalised if you deviate from one of their set menus by paying a higher price. The only exception is if you buy a double cheeseburger (with or without bacon) which is quite cheap. But even then you can't get away with it if you want to buy a drink, the drink alone will be overpriced. The prices in BK I notice have gone up beyond inflation in the last few years - I'm not certain as I have only been in McD a couple of times in recent years, but I think BK is more expensive by a fair amount now.
There are certain times at BK that non schoolkids should avoid, basically schootimes and Saturdays. Personally I can't bear standing in a queue for 20 minutes listening to kids discuss what was on ITV last night. No, if there are queues I won't even bother. Fast food outlets that don't serve food in under 10 minutes should have their right to call themselves fast food taken away from them.
The burgers in BK are the same as they ever were, but its a bit more hit and miss now. It seems to depend on which outlet you eat in or what time of day. The meat is the same though. Generally its pretty tasty in that fast food kind of way. The BK outlets don't seem to be as clean as they used to be either, although I don't go often enough to be certain whether I've been on a bad day. However, the toilets aren't too bad and as usual you can nip into them from outside without some jobsworth trying to stop you - as they do in some McD's.
Being older and more conscious of responsible farming, quality food and having a low tolerance of annoying kids, I actually feel pretty dirty going in there. In fact to be completely honest with you, I'll only go there again if I'm starving!
To sum up either I've changed, or BK has gone downhill big time. I think its a bit of both.
Summary: Not recommended unless you really have to