When an ancient grain like quinoa becomes so popular that it’s featured on the menu of a new McDonald’s concept restaurant, you know it’s entered the mainstream consciousness in a big way. The new restaurant, called McDonald’s Next, which opened in Hong Kong last month, is the company’s attempt at a more progressive vision of its fast food chain.
News Drill Down
- According to CNN, McDonald’s Next features a “salad bar filled with 19 ingredients including that all-important super food, quinoa.” The new restaurant still offers Big Macs and fries, but allows customers to “customize their burgers via touch screen.”
- Mashable notes that McDonald’s has tried out healthy offerings like quinoa at some of their restaurants in the past, notable “super food kale, and the chain has vowed to use entirely cage free eggs in the next 10 years.”
- In addition to quinoa, says The Daily Meal, McDonald’s next offers an asparagus topping for their burgers, as well as “mood lighting and built-in phone chargers, and an exposed kitchen, so that customers can see their food being made.”
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The Daily Meal: Futuristic ‘McDonald’s Next’ Has Mood Lighting, Plus Asparagus and Quinoa
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