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World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:52 pm

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:53 am

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:45 am

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:51 am

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

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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:52 am

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

Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:22 am

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.)

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Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:24 am

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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Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:49 am

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:56 am

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.
 
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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:10 am

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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Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:14 am

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:27 am

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:23 pm

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:-

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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:29 pm

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.

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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:21 pm

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:54 pm

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:33 pm

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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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:07 pm

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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Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:01 am

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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:46 am

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.
 
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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:23 am

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.
 
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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:54 am

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?

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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:03 am

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.

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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:33 am

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  
 
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Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:45 am

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Ok, it's not so 'unusual' like the snowmobile drive thru, but at least you can eat in the plane!
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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:56 am

There's one near me that has a Playplace designed to to look like a giant Happy Meal box:

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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:01 am

Forgot about this one (Orchard Road, Singapore):

Quoting seb146 (Reply 15):
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's also a McDonald's with a conveyor belt at Manoa Valley in Honolulu, HI. Found this video of an order being sent on the belt to the drive through building. Pretty cool . . . if your order doesn't get stuck or spills out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8XurJjVkWs
 
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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:03 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 25):
From the A.Net db!

I have been inside that one during a trip to NZ in 1994!
 
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RE: World's Most Unusual McDonald's

Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:46 pm

Quoting KBUF (Reply 26):


Hmmm mine wins.   

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