Your favorite "discontinued" fast food items still exist and here's where to find them
No one knows why, but we humans love to cling on to nostalgia. There's plenty of things we wish would make a return but some things are better left in the past. Discontinued fast food, for me, falls in the former category.
Not every single fast food that's been deep-sixed by a chain was removed from all of their menus. One, two or a handful of locations in the United States may still have them somewhere. We've tracked down where a few of those are, so if you are craving a bite of nostalgia, you have an idea of where to start looking.
Some of these items' availabilities depend on who's running the stores in that area, so you may not find them in every spot. When you do find one, though, hang on to that location in your memory, because they truly are a bastion of fast food history.
1. Popeyes - Onion rings
Onion rings used to be more commonplace at Popeyes locations, but today, finding one with one is a needle in a haystack. They're rumored to be more likely to find in the South, including New Orleans, where the above photo was taken.
2. Chick-fil-A - Spicy Chicken Biscuit
This crowd favorite rolled off of menus in 2016, much to the chagrin of fans nationwide. Chick-fil-A didn't take it off everywhere, though, and keeps a list of the cities you can still find it in on their website. Currently, there are 60 cities nationwide that the Spicy Chicken Biscuit is still available.
3. McDonald's - Biscuits and gravy
McDonald's still has a listing for "Big Breakfast - Country Sausage Biscuit and Gravy" on its website. But the predominantly regional breakfast food was given the axe a while back, although some locations in the South still offer it up for breakfast. Exactly where in the US varies, as the biscuits have been spotted everywhere from Tennessee to Michigan.
4. Wendy's - Spicy chicken nuggets
Wendy's outraged its customers (present company included) when they quietly yanked Spicy Nuggets from their menus. There's still seven cities nationwide that have them, though, although their range is relegated to the central US. But if you're somewhere like Austin, Texas or Chicago, Illinois, keep an eye out for those spicy nuggets.
5. Taco Bell - Verde salsa
Taco Bell's green salsa was removed to make room for the arrival of Diablo Salsa in 2016. That was just in-house, though, as you can still find bottles of it today on Walmart's website for just under two bucks.
6. Wendy's - Breakfast
Wendy's once trialed a nationwide breakfast menu to compete with McDonald's. That didn't turn out so well, but if you're road tripping, you may still find a location attached to a gas station that serves up breakfast. The above photo was taken at a Pilot gas station, so try checking out Wendy's that are at those locations first.
7. McDonald's - Fried apple pies
McDonald's made a major shift over from fried to baked pies in the US to be healthier. Well, everywhere except Hawaii, that is. On Oahu and Maui, you can find fried apple and pineapple pies still available.
If that didn't get old the stomach revving, you are a stronger human being than I. I'm planning my cross-country food tour right now.