Five discontinued fast-food items I want back

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Taco Bell's menu, circa 1970s.
It never fails: Just when I become emotionally -- and occasionally physically -- attached to a certain fast-food item, the corporate overlords snatch it away like fiendish villains in a Joss Whedon movie (or one of his TV shows that hasn't been cancelled prematurely). Okay, so some items don't sell as well as others, but what's that compared to the disheartened inconvenience that we faithful fast-foodies are forced to endure when we all have to learn to love new things? What about the delicious cheesy, beefy, crunchy, oniony and frozen-yogurty old things?

Here's my list of five discontinued fast-food items that I want back. And why not bring them back? The chains can just market them as "retro," which will make them very hip.

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The Yumbo from Burger King.
5. Burger King's Yumbo.

Back in the 1970s (when I was a zygote), and the early 1980s, when I was mostly sentient, Burger King had the Yumbo: a hot ham-and-cheese sandwich that was a godsend for latchkey kids whose parents couldn't fry a f*cking egg to save their lives even when they were home. The aptly named Yumbo filled a white, seeded hamburger bun with sliced ham and two slices of perfectly melted American cheese. The result was hammy, cheesy and delicious, and if anyone ever digs a Yumbo out of a time capsule, even in its degraded state it would still be better than anything similar that Arby's slops out now.

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Why would McDonald's get rid of the McOnion Nuggets?
4. McOnion Nuggets from McDonald's.

McDonald's had some genius food ideas in the 1980s. McD's deep-fried its pies, used beef-flavored oil to cook its fries, and as more proof that its corporate bigs didn't even pretend to give a fat sh*t about health or nutrition, it offered its own take on onion rings: McOnion Nuggets. They were breaded and deep-fried onion chunks, kinda like the bastard children of hush puppies and onion rings. Things fried in nugget form are déclassé these days, but I guarantee if McDoo brought these back as a special item -- alongside the McRib sandwich, maybe? -- people would drop their bowls of hummus and celery sticks and stuff those McOnion Nuggets down like they were fueled on pure fryer grease, which would then be true.



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Mark Prager
Mark Prager

The tomatoes were for the McDLT. I forgot to add that..

Donald Wagner
Donald Wagner

YUMBO early 1970 neat sandwich but packaging too pricey back then plus choice of product was not big yet , a cheap neat bigger burger was

B-rad K. Evans
B-rad K. Evans

Well, the bottom line is that I probably haven't been there since they discontinued it ;_)

Jason Amos
Jason Amos

They actually still have it :) I had one like a month ago

Mark Prager
Mark Prager

They still have the encharito at Taco Bell. You just have to ask for it..

Mark Prager
Mark Prager

They still sell the enchirito at Taco Bell. You just have to ask for it..

Mark Prager
Mark Prager

I worked for a company in Houston back in the early 90's that supplied all of the tomatoes to McDonald's in the southwest..

Abigail Barnes
Abigail Barnes

What about KFC's original Chicken Littles. Not the crap they try to pass off today as their Chicken Little, but the ones from the 80's? YUM

Kelly Flynn
Kelly Flynn

Enchirito Taco Bell. My childhood fav

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

So gross. I hope that someday fast food is just a distant memory for everyone.

Chris Winkler
Chris Winkler

This is offensive. Please Don't post shit like this.

Sean Gray
Sean Gray

Damn, look at that taco bell menu!!1 Old school! Forgot all about the bell beefer! Look at the pop prices, too!

Cary J Palacio
Cary J Palacio

Awww hell yea. Some pickle o's would hit the spot right now.

Scott Brackney
Scott Brackney

I wouldn't be surprised if the bellbeefer makes a come one day, I can't believe McOnions were ever a thing

Travis Gann
Travis Gann

Now if only they'd get rid of the rest of their menu too...

Jeremy Espinoza
Jeremy Espinoza

Scott Brackney holy Jesus. The bellbeefer hahahahahha barf

Ty Link
Ty Link

I loved the bellbeefers

Marcia Hunsaker
Marcia Hunsaker

Westword has now sunk to a new media low. What happened to the old paper? Trash media

Chris Cook
Chris Cook

Not really the same but does anyone remember the blue pepsi?

Kevin Markis
Kevin Markis

I miss the Grande soft tacos and code red at taco bell. They took both of them away at the same time, and that was my go-to! Ahhh, regrets.

Renee Moreno
Renee Moreno

What was the big taco with the crispy white shell called from taco bell?

Qwiz Fury
Qwiz Fury

Those throw backs here! The Mc BLT would be one is like to see.

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

Bellbeefer was my dad's favorite only thing he ever ate at TB Leslie Anderson McCarville

jlwhite68
jlwhite68

If you're bringing back the Bell-Beefer, to make it really authentic how about bringing back the original ground beef recipe as well?  Sometime about 20 or so years ago they went to this soy/filler ground beef recipe that pretty much turned me off from Taco Bell altogether.  And bring back the Encharito, too!  What was that?

Stephen Fraser
Stephen Fraser

Tahiti treat soda, ketchup chips (Canadian) ,poutine (canadian) , lime crush soda, I miss my canadian snacks. I'm sure a lot of Americans would enjoy them.

Jim Linser
Jim Linser

At least we still have the McRib

Sean Pazier
Sean Pazier

The bell beefed was my absolute favorite food. I was so sad when they discontinued it.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

hard to believe it, but in the late 1970's and early 1980's taco bell was actually pretty yummy.

Morbs
Morbs

I look forward to the day that you're a distant memory.

Morbs
Morbs

Aww, and it was soooo important for you to let everyone know that, wasn't it you poor little child?

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