Atlantic Flavour

Atlantic Canada can offer more than McLobster to the fast-food universe

THIS SUMMER, for the first time ever, McDonald’s Canada sold McLobster sandwiches at its restaurants from coast-to-coast.

The McLobster has only been available during the summer months in its Atlantic Canada restaurants in the past. So why offer it throughout Canada this year? Well, the company evidently decided there were enough displaced Atlantic Canadians across the country craving a lobster sandwich that it was time to roll out this popular seasonal product nationwide.

But the McLobster isn’t the only regional dish we think could be a hit at Golden Arches in Canada. Here are three suggestions the fast-food goliath should consider to liven up its menu and get more East Coasters through its doors.

The McRabbit pie
rabbitpieLong a staple of Acadian families during the December- January holiday season, this tasty concoction usually includes a variety of meat – pork, beef, and chicken, as well as chunks of Bugs Bunny’s descendants. The pie would definitely be a vegetarian’s nightmare, but if you’re a vegetarian, why are you eating at McDonald’s anyway?

seaweadThe Dulsinator salad
Speaking of people who don’t eat meat, here is a traditional Atlantic Canadian favourite that should tickle their fancy. This redish purple-to-black seaweed – known as dulse – is a bit on the salty side. However, combined with some nuts and the right (low calorie) dressing, it could provide a unique Maritime twist to the typical garden salad.

jiggsdinnerThe Jiggs-is-up dinner
Our bet is the Newfoundland and Labrador diaspora would drool over this item landing on the McDonald’s menu. This boiled dinner featuring (extremely) salty beef, cabbage, turnips, carrots and potatoes has been keeping bellies full on The Rock for decades. Now it’s the nation’s turn to see what all the fuss is about.

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