Give a Moment to Mourn the Fallen Arch Deluxe

The McRib and the Shamrock Shake will always have their adherents. Chicken McNuggets and Egg McMuffins will be the go-to McItem for many. But since the debut of the McDLT and its egregious use of Styrofoam, I’ve always had a soft spot for the “other burger” on the McDonald’s menu. For a brief time in the late 90s, that role was filled by the Arch Deluxe, McDonald’s attempt at a “grown-up burger.”

It failed. Miserably.

Illustration by Eliot Wyatt for Eater

Jeremy Glass, over at an article for Eater last year, looks back at the Arch Deluxe’s origin story, and I have to say, it makes me miss that bona fide flop. Chef Selvaggio, the creator of the doomed Deluxe, is evidently now at Jollibee, adding another reason I really need to check that place out.

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