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World's Most Unusual McDonald's  
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4904 times:

So I was browsing the web yesterday and came to this, I find it very amusing! McD's Drive Thru on a horse! It's called a Calesa (I think that's how you spell it) A horse with a wooden cart in its back for passengers. This particular McDs is located in Vigan, Philippines, it's a historic Spanish city in Northern Luzon.

Do you know other unusual McDonald's? I heard there's a McDs somewhere in Scandinavia that customers use snowmobiles on the drive thru.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2348/5826642836_ed706df97c_b.jpg


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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7276 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

Not too bizarre, but here in Peachtree City golf carts go through drive thrus. I thought nothing of it because I grew up with it but it entertains my out-of-town friends.


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User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

There's one I saw in London ON I think (might have been in Toronto) with a 'Walkthru' on the sidewalk, don't even think it had a drivethru... not sure how common these are, but I've only ever seen the one!


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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 2929 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4689 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
Do you know other unusual McDonald's? I heard there's a McDs somewhere in Scandinavia that customers use snowmobiles on the drive thru.

Quick Google Search.



Pitea, Sweden.

Also saw this pic.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3285/2978793692_ddf08a2d2d_o.jpg

-CXfirst



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User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4685 times:

The McDonald's near Wall Street in New York has a person playing a grand piano above the front door.

User currently offlineHSVXJ From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 228 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

Not a McDonald's, but I just read about a Jack's near Gadsden, Alabama that has a boat dock and serves directly to boaters on the river. Not sure how unusual that is, but it's the first I've ever heard of something like that.

I'm going to try and visit Vigan (not just to see the McDonald's, though it would be novel to ride a Kalesa through a drive-thru) before I move back to the states. There's some really beautiful Spanish colonial architecture there.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
Calesa (I think that's how you spell it

You were correct. The letter C doesn't exist in traditional Tagalog, but in modern terms, Cs and Ks are interchangeable (i.e. one of the major cities here you will see spelled Caloocan or Kalookan.)

Chris



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User currently offlineGAIsweetGAI From Norway, joined Jul 2006, 933 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4539 times:

Quoting YXD172 (Reply 2):
There's one I saw in London ON I think (might have been in Toronto) with a 'Walkthru' on the sidewalk, don't even think it had a drivethru... not sure how common these are, but I've only ever seen the one!

There's one of those right here in Toulouse as well. It never occurred to my that walkthrus might be uncommon...

  



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3050 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4528 times:

Quoting HSVXJ (Reply 5):
Not a McDonald's, but I just read about a Jack's near Gadsden, Alabama that has a boat dock and serves directly to boaters on the river. Not sure how unusual that is, but it's the first I've ever heard of something like that.

I've seen various combinations of bait & tackle shop / package store (a convenience store that sells distilled spirits in addition to beer and wine) / restaurant (usually just barbecue and burgers) with both land-side and water-side access, but I've never heard of a chain hamburger restaurant with a boat dock before now. Interesting.



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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4524 times:

I can't find any photos of it right now. But I'm sure there is a MCdrive to be used by subway trains somewhere in Russia.

User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4516 times:

This location is now closed, but it was EXTREMELY unique. It was the only McD's in the world with a pnuematic drive-thru.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/benfrantzdale/5022239480/in/photostream/

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/W...Pneumatic_Air_Drive_Thru_McDonalds



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4514 times:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 8):
I can't find any photos of it right now. But I'm sure there is a MCdrive to be used by subway trains somewhere in Russia.

I don't think so.



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User currently offlineipodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4495 times:

There is a gorgeous McDonalds near the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy that has real marble all over the inside, real frescos, and even fountains and a gelato bar.


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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4399 times:

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 10):
I don't think so.

I think you're right. The only photo I can find of it make it look like a prank. I originally found the picture on Englishrussia some years ago. Since it was on Englishrussia I thought it was true.


User currently offlinepoz2brs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4393 times:

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 10):
I don't think so.

It was an April Fool's joke that was in the news I think two years ago. Motifake still carry a photo of it:-



User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2357 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4388 times:
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The McDonald's in Sedona, Arizona is the only branch that has the turquoise arches. The reason? Apparently yellow didn't match well with the surrounding landscape/buildings.

http://www.pictureninja.com/pages/united-states/arizona/mcdonalds-sedona.jpg

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 3):
Also saw this pic.

There's also one of those at Singapore's East Coast Park.

[Edited 2011-06-13 05:31:17]

User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11129 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4273 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 9):
It was the only McD's in the world with a pnuematic drive-thru.

There is a McDonalds on King George Highway (IIRC) in Vancouver that had a conveyer belt system. They took all that out and made a regular drive-thru some time ago.

There is a Taco Bell in Santa Cruz California that has a walk-up window facing the beach for all the surfers. And, in Mill Valley, there is the only In-N-Out with no drive-thru lane.



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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4201 times:

I went to an odd McD's back in 98 with a school trip. The only thing I can say it was near DCA. I've never seen or been to a McD's since then that looks remotely similar.


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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4105 times:
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Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 9):
This location is now closed, but it was EXTREMELY unique. It was the only McD's in the world with a pnuematic drive-thru.

It's closed? Damn. I remember going there.



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User currently offlineflyTPA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4021 times:

Quoting ipodguy7 (Reply 11):
There is a gorgeous McDonalds near the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy that has real marble all over the inside, real frescos, and even fountains and a gelato bar.

I was just there last month and I was telling my friends who were in Rome for the first time that this was going to be the most beautiful McDonald's they've ever seen. We were in and out in less than a minute and didn't even bother with pictures. Sadly, they covered all that beautiful marble up with brown formica paneling so it looks like any other McDonald's in the world! No fountains-no frescoes. No awesome salad/dessert bar upstairs across from the main cashier line. I believe they still had some gelato at the street entrance, but more prominent were the McCafe signs!

It is sad because you can see the original marble at the very top and bottom of all the "simulated wood grain" wall paneling-they just covered it up and made it uniform with the rest of the franchise. I think they even replaced part of the floor because at the main entrance, the cobblestone design used to continue right inside the restaurant. Not anymore.



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User currently offlinevhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3963 times:




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User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 802 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3938 times:

I have seen that Sedona one in real life, so can confirm that is true.

There is one in the Royal Children's Hospital here down in Melbourne.


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12883 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

There is one on 42nd Street between 7th & 8th Avenues in NY City that has a theater theme in side, and a large movie theater 'marquee' outside it. I think it was where an old porn theater was.

User currently offlineHSVXJ From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 228 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 7):
but I've never heard of a chain hamburger restaurant with a boat dock before now

Here's the link.

Again, not a McDonald's, but I remember when going to Montevallo in the mid 90's that there was a Taco Bell on 31 in either Alabaster or Pelham where the drive thru window was on the right side, so the money and orders were given to the drivers by way of a pulley/conveyor system that went over the cars. Looking up at the overhang, you could see where several customers' burritos unfortunately didn't survive the trip. It was a long time ago, so I doubt it's still configured that way. You have any recollections of that, TSS?

Chris



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User currently offlineMCOGVADCA From China, joined Oct 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

The McDo down the street from where I lived when i was younger in Megeve, France is styled in the mold of an Alpine chalet. I believe the one in Zermatt is like this also.

(Not my pic)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23819997@N03/4422832407/



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User currently offlineblrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

I believe the McDonalds in India has a unique menu that is different from other McDs. You won't find a big mac there, but a maharaja mac  

25 Post contains images NZ107 : From the A.Net db! Ok, it's not so 'unusual' like the snowmobile drive thru, but at least you can eat in the plane!
26 Post contains images KBUF : There's one near me that has a Playplace designed to to look like a giant Happy Meal box: [Edited 2011-06-13 21:56:42][Edited 2011-06-13 21:57:30]
27 Post contains links and images je89_w : Forgot about this one (Orchard Road, Singapore): There's also a McDonald's with a conveyor belt at Manoa Valley in Honolulu, HI. Found this video of a
28 ltbewr : I have been inside that one during a trip to NZ in 1994!
29 Post contains images Super80DFW : Hmmm mine wins. Located in Dallas, TX at 635 and Montfort, near the Dallas Galleria.
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