Food of the Eighties, Mc DLT
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McDonald's answer to a burger with everything. The burger came separated into the cold side (lettuce, tomato & sauce) and the hot side (the meat). This was before they eliminated the use of Styrofoam.
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Jim in Chicago - May 10, 2007 - Report this comment
Probably the best sandwich McD's ever made -- including the Big Mac. If it weren't for the ozone layer, perhaps we'd still be keeping the hot side hot and the cool side cool...
MARTY IN NEW MEXICO - August 07, 2007 - Report this comment
THIS WAS MY FAVORITE BURGER OF ALL TIME AT MC DONALDS. I REMEMBER THE FRESH COLD CRISP TASTE OF THE VEGETABLES AND THE HOT BEEF PATTY...MMM...THE GOOD OLD DAYS. WISHED IT WAS STILL HERE I WOULD FREQUENT MC D'S MORE OFTEN.
Greg - August 16, 2007 - Report this comment
I agree with Jim and Marty -- the McDLT was very tasty. Very similar to what my grandma would cook at home, and the cold vs/ hot thing really was awesome.
wcsu2001 - September 09, 2007 - Report this comment
I will forever, I think, have the commercial song in my head. My dad "taped" rudolph the red nosed reindeer on our vcr (with a remote that had a cord - at least it was vhs and not beta) and he left the commercials on the tape, so every christmas, we would watch rudolph and hear the old commercials. Still have it - "Get a quarter pound of beef on the hot hot side - and the hot, stays hot - McD! Crisp lettuce and tomato on the cool cool side - and the cool, stays cool - LT!"
redherkey - September 24, 2007 - Report this comment
What a great fast food burger. I was fortunate enough make McDonalds band in 1985 and snarfed many a McDLT on our trips. In its era, most fast food burgers sat under a hot lamp waiting for a customer, while the lettuce got wilted and the tomatoes melted. The mustard, catsup and mayo soaked into the bun and the final combination was a soggy, dreadful mess. The McDLT was a remarkably crisp alternative and was a blast to eat.
Celeste - October 06, 2007 - Report this comment
This was my favourite staple of going to McDonald's until some environmentally consious kill joys had to ruin it by telling everybody that toxins from the styrofoam packages could leech into the food. Sheesh just when you can have fun putting your own burger together and some spoilsport has to go and ruin it for everybody.
guitarjona - December 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I used to love the MCDLT, but I always thought it would be better to put the cheese on the hot side so it would be nice and melty. I requested it this way at my local McDonalds and they refused to make it. The General Manager said McD's corporate wouldn't allow them to alter the way the sandwich was made at it. That was a bummer, and I told them that Burger King would let me have it my way. Oh well, that same McDonalds will now make my new fave which is a double Quarter Pounder dressed like a Big Mac. Now that's a good burger!
ACJ - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I would get one of these every Wednesday between dance class and church choir practice. It was such a novelty to have the two-sided container and put the sandwich together myself. I remember Jason Alexander did the commercial in a Miami-Vice white blazer, pre-Seinfeld and hair loss, of course!
Gretchen - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
You'd think they could bring it back with less or more eco-friendly packaging. This sandwich was truly the best. My second favorite was Burger King Burger Buddies!
Keith - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Damn that was a great burger. Worked at Mcdonalds as a teenager and had one every day.One day they just told us no mor MCDLT.What a bummer.
Vicki - March 18, 2008 - Report this comment
The McDLT WAS THE BEST. I WONDER WHY MCDONALDS CAN'T MAKE A 2 SIDED CARDBOARD BOX FOR THE DLT?? WOULDN'T THAT WORK???
REAGANOMICS - April 19, 2008 - Report this comment
BEST sandwich Mcdonald's ever made. Especially nice with extra mayo. Mind you, this was back when people were free to eat what they wanted, not worry about the government or some lawyer whining about fat content.
Texas 80's craver - April 22, 2008 - Report this comment
People say that the Big N Tasty was formerly know as the MCDLT back in 1985.
chef j milwaukee wi - April 24, 2008 - Report this comment
it ruled
Mick - April 28, 2008 - Report this comment
This is the only burger I would order when it came out. Something about the sandwich's contrasting heat, packaging, and marketing, sold me hard. Was saddened when it bit the dust.
abeed the thrasher - May 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved the Mcdlt. Was wondering why they got rid of it. but i see it's because of the styrofoam. but now they have recyclable styro. can't they bring it back? Or put it in cardboard like the big mac. I remember the Mcrefrigerator side for the cold and the Mchot side for the patty.
Eric in NYC - May 05, 2008 - Report this comment
The closest Mickey Deez ever came to representing the yin and the yang of the cosmos in a single packaged burger. Obama '08!!!
Vinman Buffalo, NY - May 17, 2008 - Report this comment
brings back some great memories of Mc Donalds, and how I used to stop there with friends after the nightclub closed and pig out on Mc DLT's !! The only quality sandwich Mc Donalds ever produced, IMO.....time to bring it back !!
Thom - May 20, 2008 - Report this comment
For the person asking why they can't being it back, McDLT was from the day when the sandwiches were made up in advance. Now that every one is made fresh, there is no reason to separate the halves while they sit on the queue. It was also my favourite back then. When they got rid of it but kept the queue then I'd usually order a double quarter pounder because they usually didn't have any and they'd have to make it fresh. May I recommend the MacDLT?
Vern - June 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I was making these things when I was a kid - the best sandwich on the menu! Now it's Burger Kings Steakhouse Loaded - it's addicting...
Judd Nelson's Nostrils - September 26, 2008 - Report this comment
every one is made fresh?! What McDonalds are you eatin at Thom? Last biscuit I got from there was like a massive cookie that instantly fell apart. Why seperate the cold side from the hot side and then close it up in a styrofoam box...didnt it just end up steaming the whole thing?
Wyndhawk - September 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes, loved the McDLT! If they still made this, I'd probably would still go to McDonalds. The only time I ever go there now is if Big Macs are on special (and they're not all that big anymore; one Big Mac fits in the palm of my hand).
Brad Woods - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
PLEASSSSSE bring back the mcdlt......Pleasssssse.........even if for only a day........
Staci Autumns - November 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I have to agree, that was the best burger ever. I hate hot lettuce:(
Leslie I - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I would have to agree that it was the best tasting fast food hamburger ever! Even if it could be brought back for a special promotion only would be GRRRRRRRRRREAT!!!
JP - January 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Best McDonalds sandwich ever,and one of the best fastfood burgers ever. Freakin' tree huggers.
court - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
oh, i loved this hamburger. still haven't loved a fast food burger as much as i loved this one. why do they get rid of everything i love?
Shelly - March 06, 2009 - Report this comment
OZONE BE DAMNED!!!! I want the McDLT back!!!
bernard - May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
the mc dlt was the best hamburger they ever had bercause burgerking is a piece of crap PLEASE BRING IT BACK PLEASE ..................
Tony - May 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Plain and simply the best fast food burger ever made. Why would a chain cancel such a delicious item is beyond me. Marketing people were stupid on this decision.
Tony - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a McDLT, uneaten, from 1985. It's hard as a rock but still looks 'fresh' - even the vegetables and lettuce.
Marcus - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Such a delicous burger ! I'm not ashamed to I got a job at Mcdonald's just to be that close to it. I would eat at any restaurant perfecting that taste using a similar serving method
Corey - June 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked at McDonalds when they launched this product. It's the best burger McD's ever came out with, in my opinion. We used to suggestive sell them by pulling one from the bin, opening it up in front of the customer and just showing them the product. They usually bought it. When made correctly it truly was a beautiful burger. In the beginning of their launch, it was strongly suggested to us by Corp. that we keep only the best tomatoe slices.
expat - July 07, 2009 - Report this comment
The hot stays hot and the cold stays cold! The Jason Alexander commercial is up on Youtube.
Marcus from Chicago - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Correct me if I'm wrong but don't they still use styrofoam for Big Breakfast and pancake orders ? Was the Mc DLT selling more styrofoam than those 2 back then and up to now ? What gives ??? Breakfast is only a few hours but still, that's some B.S.
Millie Pabon - October 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED this Burger BRING IT BACK... hot side hot cold side cold..
Ricky - November 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Bring back the McDlt...Cleveland
Patrick Kidwell - November 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Lately I have noticed that McDonalds is serving Iced Tea in styrofoam cups. This means that styrofoam is still available to be used as a product by McDonalds, which means they could start manufacturing containers and roll the MCDLT back out!! It was the greatest sinlge burger in the history of fast food!!! Hopefully someone from McDonalds will read this and get the idea and move ahead with it!! And while your out at it, bring back the Mac Tonight commercials that ran in the fall for a couple years in the late 80's, the ones with a Mac tonight character playing a piano wearing a 50's style leather jacket and signing Frank Sinatra. Talk about classic!! They were great!!
poo pie - December 29, 2009 - Report this comment
This is totally the big extra for canadians and the bigntasty for americans just all on one bun! In one one box.
bobby d - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the MCDLT. I was young so the memory is vague. I used to think it was just a beautiful dream until I googled it and found out it was real.
Jaret - December 31, 2009 - Report this comment
When they discontinued the McDLT, I stopped going to Mcdonalds. I haven't so much as had a fry from there since.
Jeff - December 31, 2009 - Report this comment
For some reason I started craving a McDLT recently, even after 20 years!
Schteffi - January 05, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG I loved the McDLT. This was the only fast-food hamburger that ever made me happy.
Jeffrey L. Bennett - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
The McDLT was my favorite sandwich from McDonald's. I miss it to this day.
Huerillo - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
"UNFORGETTABLE" After 20yrs I still dream about eating a delicious McDLT for those who didn't have the privilege of trying it you missed out! BRING IT BACK PLSSSSSSSS!!!! if anyone know where they still make it, please post!
Realistic - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
McDLT is no longer needed as McDonalds make burgers to order. They get assembled and then wrapped and then handed to you within couple of seconds, they don't leave it under any hot lamp for heaps long as they used to. Made to order burger makes McDLT last minute customer assemble themselves concept pointless.
newengland - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
yes, bring it back. And it still has it's place (Realistic)!
Big n' Tasty - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
The burger was GREAT! What's not so great is the blame on its loss some schmuck's lay at the feet of govt. and environmentalists. The truth is the sandwich didn't sell nationally. So if you want the sandwich back, like I do, stop with the right-wing radio rants and sign a petition to bring it back . . . in a 2-sided cardboard box, ya whinging, middle-aged chubbies!
Rob - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
This was my favorite burger of all time :)
never - May 11, 2010 - Report this comment
had one :P
Florida Govenah Crist - May 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I too had a job at MickeyD's, and when this came out, I would make them for myself before I clocked on, for breaks, and/or before I left for the day (teenage boys can eat just about anything in large quantities, and still be skinny, especially after working at a place like McDonald's). I would make them at home too (since I knew the secret to making them--not that it was rocket science or anything). Extra mayo was the way to go! It was a sad and confusing day when I was told they were no longer going to serve them. McDonald's, please bring the DLT back!
Noah - May 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Double quarter pounder all the way hommie
Ashley Hedges - July 10, 2010 - Report this comment
God, those were the days when fast food actually tasted good. I miss those days.
Chris in Weber City VA - July 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED the McDLT! It was my favorite in the day. However, you had to watch, some MCD's would leave them setting too long and the cold side would get hot. They were best fresh!
MCDLT-less in Regina SK - July 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to eat a lot of these, they were awesome. When they stopped making them, I stopped eathing there. After a few years of not eating at McDonalds, I decided to see if I could make it through my life without going back. Been 21 years or so!! Now, if they brought the MCDLT back, I'd go and eat a few for sure.
syn41 - September 28, 2010 - Report this comment
the best sandwich ever made.bring it back!!!!!!!!
edistoplaya - October 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Please, please please bring it back....it was the best sandwish micky D's ever made.
juan - October 14, 2010 - Report this comment
bring it back! bring it back! bring it back!!!!!
brenda - October 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I Loved this sandwich it was my faveret and it broke my lil heart when they stopped making them I would eat one and my dad would say who wants desert my brother would be all like me me me and I would say can I have anouther mcdlt instead of desert I would be so happy if they brought this sandwich back and I know so many others who would as well and what of the boys and girls of today who have never had the joy that only a mcdlt can give saddly they will never know the pleasure of chomping into the crisp lettec and tomatos so nice and cool on top of a hot burger patty at mc donalds.MC donalds I use to love going to eat there but now I would rather go to burger king
edisjuanbrenda - October 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Please it back i loved sandwich. but it was pretty good as it most of michy D'a products. Total craap as far as your health is concerned, but what the hey, you can't live forever. Low brow food, no doubt, but I actually eat it and remember this food.
vegaman - November 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember these even though I was only about 10. I had an appetite like a grown man. My grandmom would buy me two at a time. I have been asking for this burger to come back since then. I'm 32 now!!! PPPPPlllllSSSSSS BRING THE MC DLT BACK!!!
Michael C-JAX FL - November 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Pleeeeeeeeeeese Micy D!!! Please bring back the McDLT. I'm in my 40's now and do not eat at McDonalds anymore---but bringing back the McDLT would keep me there
Lynda - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
That burger sounds so stupid !
Conrad - February 22, 2011 - Report this comment
if you had a McDLT it would not be stupid. it was the best.
Corey- Naples, FL - March 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Was also my favorite burger of all time. Good memories from eating them when I was a teenager. Wish it would come back. They bring that damn McRib back every year... and it's the worst tasting rib sandwich I have ever had.
Kevin - April 16, 2011 - Report this comment
That was so yummy & Lynda, 2/8/11 is so stupid (she loves the food police). And she is is the type of person that has taking away anything that was good, free and fun in this formerly free country....
JenM - May 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I've missed it for forever! With all of the 80's retro food being brought back (Doritos taco flavor with retro packaging, throwback Pepsi and Dew)...they could really capitalize on the nostalgia factor alone. It's not as though the technology doesn't exist to make a proper container.
McDLT Craver - June 10, 2011 - Report this comment
God I can almost taste one right now.....Pleasssssse bring The McDLT back :'(
hippiejfux - August 04, 2011 - Report this comment
best thing to ever come out of mc. donalds or any other fast food joint. warm mushy vegetables are gross and thats what you get when you have the hot and cold wrapped tightly together it sucks. all burgers should be with the all of hot stuff on one side and the cold on the other until its ready to eat!!!
juko - September 12, 2011 - Report this comment
apparently the secret ingredient is styrofoam. lmao at people that dead serious quit a fast food place bc they put it together for you. how dramatic
dbcg - October 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Best Burger McDonalds ever rolled out ! Please bring it Back!!!
Thom - November 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Even after all this time I still crave McDLT's! Even if they make stuff to order now they can't replicate it. They just had such a fresh taste about them there has never been anything like it. I thought about it tonight and here I am! PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!! THE BEST!!
Bince - November 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I was in my late teens, a starving college student, when the McDLT hit the scene...and although I was never a big fast food eater, these were pretty good, and fairly cheap. I liked them , and during the short time they were offered, ate a few. If you had a selection of the "best fast food burgers" lined up to be judged, then quickly assembled a McDLT and set it up there with the others , I bet it would get high marks. This coming from a guy who basically avoids fast food, and almost never eats it.
Marie - November 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes please bring back the McDLT. I still remember the taste and I was only in elementary school (now in my thirties). It was indeed the best burger I have ever tasted. If not anywhere else, please at least bring it to Toronto! :-)
punk900 - December 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Wish I had one now,BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!
Eddie Graham - January 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I haved lived here in Georgia for 35 years. The greatest sandwich I have eaten during that period was the MCDLT. All sandwiches at all other fast food places fall short. I would love for the MCDLT to return, I know that the materials now used for tea, etc. would work. Mcdonald's would blow the rest of their competition even farther away and we would again be able to eat the best sandwich ever made. Forget the paper wrapped Big and Tasyy cause it wasn't. Long live the MCDLT.
manny - February 25, 2012 - Report this comment
please bring back the MCDLT
JLB - April 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the McDLT "the hot stays hot" and "the cool stays cool" take a 15 year old kid like me enjoying the sandwich and seeing it gone at 41. Booooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Randy - July 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I was talking about this the other day at work and my coworker thought I was crazy and didn't believe me. Look who crazy now!
JR - August 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved these. Best burger by any fast food joint. The few that say there's no need cause they assemble them now as you order? Well they are doing something wrong to the point I do not eat there. I figured they quit making MCDLT cause it's special order. I always had to pull to the front and wait. Worth it! and it wasn't work putting it together. You are just throwing one side on another.
Old Mcd better - August 30, 2012 - Report this comment
I miss the McDLT also.Something about the old heating bins made the Quarter Pounder with cheese wonderful,(not now by any means).Guess it was the old style grills before clam shell type,anyway it used to be delicious and is very much missed.
Crew Chief - September 14, 2012 - Report this comment
First job at 15 yr old was at McD--learned a lot of customer service and business skills I still use today as a physician...(LOL, no really) I remember the McDLTs needed a special longer bag to fit them in...Best burger ever...we used to squirt secret sauce on the warm side and stack fries on it before putting the burger together...aahhhh, good times...I think they should make a Mini-Mac: seeded bun top and bottom, no middle bread, one patty with lettuce cheese pickles and secret sauce. Fewer fat calories, nice juicy taste...
Paul - September 18, 2012 - Report this comment
Loved the McDLT.. please bring it back
crisco - September 19, 2012 - Report this comment
PLZZZZZZZZ!!! BRING IT BACK!!!!!
holmes - September 26, 2012 - Report this comment
Bring it back!!!!....old apple pie too
golden arches guru - December 19, 2012 - Report this comment
The McDLT was the greatest fast food burger of all time. I just heard from a colleague that they didn't have these at New Zealand McD's. That's like growing up without Santa.
Raven o - December 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Hey "golden arches guru: Check out my post under "McRib." I ask you this, sir. In what year did the McRib first come out? A) 1977/78 B) 1981/82 C) 1990/91 D) 2000/01 E) It never came out, it's just an imagination And, you're correct, the McDLT is a great sandwich
Lore Apted - December 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I sure do miss the McDLT. It tasted so much better with the lettuce and tomato nice and fresh and the patty hot. They should figure out a way to make it again and be "environmentally" correct
Raven o - December 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Here's the dirty little secret ... the "enviomental" thing is a farce! Man/Woman does not have any inpact dumbasss. Live, Love and enjoy. And, yes, the McDLT was great.
Tom G - January 29, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to eat these every week. Please bring them back. As others have said even after 20 years I still crave this burger.
Duane E. - February 01, 2013 - Report this comment
This new "Daily Double" sandwich that McD's has is kind of a mini version of the McDLT. It has two of the small beef patties instead of the big one, but the toppings are the same; I immediately thought "Hey, McDLT!" the first time I had one. And no assembly required.
Miss.It - February 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Come on Ronald, 'get it' together. So we can 'get it' separate.
Darrel - March 28, 2013 - Report this comment
This was an awesome burger very fresh and crispy lettuce, tomato, and cheese on one side and a good lean tasting patty. Slapping the two sides together for some strange reason was fun maybe because it was different but beat the microwaved whopper. Their lettuce and tomato is soggy but not the MCDLT. The best burger did not get the support it needed to survive and it makes no sense at all. Their McBistro is a great chicken sandwich now in the market.
Rob Parsons - July 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember eating these as a teenager. My dad would get a little irritated because it took a while to make for some reason and we would have to pullover after ordering at drive thru. I think McDonalds should find a way to bring them back. I know I don't go to McDonalds as often because the MCDLT no longer exists. I get tired of quarter pounders all the time and Big Macs just are not that big. Thank God they got rid of the Angus Burgers. Totally Disgusting! Bad experiences on three occasions.
McBB Ray - August 06, 2013 - Report this comment
The Big n Tasty is the McDLT.
the80's were sweet - November 14, 2013 - Report this comment
My mom ordered these everytime she would talke me for my weekly Happy Meal :) Awwwww memories...
Brian - November 18, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember when they first came out; I was working at McDonalds. These were awesome burgers and should be brought back for a limited time just as the McRibs. Anyone else agree?
Kenneth House - January 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Remember the McDLT, BK delivers in Spokane WA we ordered the W burger without bun, received in plastic container with the meat, onions and pickles and catsup in one part with a separator between the top part that contained lettuce and tomatoes.
Charlie - February 05, 2014 - Report this comment
Despite a lot of sites saying that it came out in 84, I believe it came out in 85 and was discontinued in 90. It was $1.95 at inception
Eugol Dlareg - February 17, 2014 - Report this comment
The McDLT was the bomb-diggity, I wish they would bring it back, at least as a limited time item, ike the McRib.
Robert - May 06, 2014 - Report this comment
The MCDLT was called the LTS in it's testing stage, then later changed to MCDLT for national rollout
Dex - August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved it! So good! It wasn't just the styrofoam issue that caused its demise, though. Sometime between '88-'90 there was a major weather-related tomato shortage in parts of the U.S. and tomatoes, when they were available at all, suddenly tripled or quadrupled in price. I remember the summer of the shortage there were "sorry, due to shortage we have no tomatoes on our menu items" signs posted at restaurants and fast food places everywhere on the West Coast and in other Western states we traveled through. I also remember my dad being grumpy about it because he loved sliced tomatoes as a side dish during the summer. Our local supermarket had to rearrange their produce section to hide the big, gaping empty tomato section because when the tomatoes did come in, they could only get one small box at a time, and what were available were poor quality and small and strange looking at quadruple the usual price. I remember my mom looking them over and grumbling, "Not buying them this week! You're dad's just going to have to get over it." LOL Tomatoes were an important part of the McDLT and it was the only menu item requiring them at that time, so add that to the needed package redesign due to styrofoam and add that the McDLT had to be made fresh, and it was doomed due to bad timing. Now it could have a side by side cardboard and would be more cost effective because it's not the only tomato-needing item on the menu. Bring it back please!

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