In the past, the sign outside was updated with how many burgers have been served, but now it reads, "billions and billions."
The two locations in Milford near the highway at 1376 Boston Post Road and 439 Bridgeport Ave. make it a popular choice for commuters and travelers having a need for a quick bite to eat.
I tend to go to the McDonald's on Bridgeport Avenue because it's near my home. The restaurant has been open since 1960 and I have been going there ever since I can remember.
Yes, McDonald's is fast food, but has made much effort to be more health conscious.
I sometimes feel guilty after my kids and I eat a burger and fries at Mickey D's when clips of the movie, "Super Size Me" replay in my head.
I remind myself that fast food is all right in proportion and in reality. It is what is is: fast food. If you want an array of healthy options and organic meat, then you must wait longer and pay more.
You can get a lot for a dollar at McDonald's. Presently, there are 12 options on the dollar menu, including the McDouble burger.
The McDouble, which I enjoyed one recent evening, consists of two very thin beef patties with a slice of yellow American cheese, minced onion, two pickles, ketchup and mustard on a slightly toasted bun.
I have never been a fan of how the beef itself tastes, but somehow any burger you order keeps you eating more. It's like an addiction.
Mickey D's has the topping formula down pat. The toppings are perfectly portioned and go together well with the slightly sweet bun. The end result is a satisfying meal.
I believe there are 13 varieties of burgers on the menu, but anything other than the double cheeseburger is just too filling for me and my kids.
I know this through the trial and error of sampling everything on McDonald's menu over the years.
My favorite menu item is their tasty fish filet, but seeing we are reviewing burgers, I would have to narrow my choice down to the Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon sandwich. This burger has smoky barbecue sauce, with sliced red onions and pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun.
The Angus Third Pounders are available in different varieties -- and are 5.33 ounces before cooking. Either way, the burger and bun are bigger and taste better than the regular burgers.
The fries are thinly cut, slightly crispy throughout and salted to perfection, in my opinion.
A plus is that McDonald's has used trans fat-free oil to fry since 2008.
My son ordered a Happy Meal as usual. I find the Happy Meal to be a bargain. It comes with your choice of meat, drink (milk, apple juice or soda fountain), fries or apple dippers. It also comes with a pretty nice toy (for a Happy Meal!).
Everything in our meals each time is the same. McDonald's has a system and sticks to it.
I probably wouldn't go as often if it weren't for the fact my son begs to go McDonald's and play, but it is always worth our while. I am sure I will be hearing,"Can I go to Mickey Donald's" for years to come.
Both of my kids enjoy the food and think of it as a treat. Plus, my son has a blast playing on the indoor playscape on Bridgeport Avenue and the video games.
The restaurant does a great job keeping up with cleanliness considering how many people they serve throughout the day.
On top of that, the service is ALWAYS efficient, including the drive-thru. The managers on duty are always friendly and truly set the customer service standard of The Golden Arches.
McDonald's Report Card:
Restaurant Cleanliness: A-
Customer Service: A+
Family Friendly: A+
Value For your $: A
Tab: Happy Meal $4.59
McDouble burger $1
Total: $6.59 (excluding taxes)
The location on Bridgeport Avenue offers free miniature cones to children when in stock. This location also offers all inclusive, inexpensive birthday parties.
McDonald's also offers opportunities for fundraising. Please see the store for details.