My Two Cents: McDonald's pulls a fast one on me

So, I went to a McDonald’s in downtown Tacoma several days ago to – not surprisingly – get something to eat.

As I’m trying to eat healthier these days, I don’t dine at Mickey D’s nearly as often as I used to.

However, when I do decide to eat at McDonald’s, I usually order a grilled chicken sandwich, one of the healthier items on the menu that actually tastes good.

(Okay, every once in a great while I have a Quarter Pounder with cheese. Eating greasy junk food on occasion is one of those things that makes life worth living. Eating Quarter Pounders for every meal, it should be noted, would make that life a lot shorter.)

Actually, the healthiest item offered at McDonald’s would probably have to be those salads in a cup, although I find there’s something slightly sinister about eating a salad out of a cup, but perhaps that’s just me.

Anyway, my point is – and you knew I had to get to it eventually – I never got to enjoy a McDonald’s grilled chicken sandwich because they don’t offer the grilled chicken sandwich anymore.

It has been replaced by some sort of grilled chicken in pita bread monstrosity that doesn’t taste nearly as good as the grilled chicken sandwich.

I find this a strange move by a company that was just in the news recently for deciding to cook its oh-so-tasty french fries in a less fattening oil.

It makes no sense to me that they would then go ahead and get rid of one of their more healthful sandwiches.

Then again, maybe I’m just bitter, because I’m a big fan of the grilled chicken sandwich.

Still, why couldn’t they get rid of one of their less popular sandwiches, like that filet o’ fish that I haven’t seen anybody order in a really long time?

Well, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, as McDonald’s has a history of getting rid of the food I enjoy.

I’m referring specifically to the cherry pies McDonald’s used to serve several years ago.

You know the ones – those mostly hollow, rectangular pies that on average contained only two cherries, but tasted delicious anyway.

Well, I guess I’ll be eating even healthier from now on, as I won’t be visiting McDonald’s as often.

“My Two Cents” is a weekly column where the author – who now has a craving for a McDonald’s grilled chicken sandwich and cherry pie – gets in his two cents worth in spite of the old saying that you only get a penny for your thoughts.