[Ed. – Well, if you believe the reviewer anyway. I’m not sure someone who complains about the drive-through line on Santa Monica Boulevard has the best perspective. Seriously: how long you been living in SoCal, dude?]
Luckily, the staff at TakePart’s office in Beverly Hills just happen to be in that rare minority of people within a reasonable distance from a McKale breakfast bowl. I decided to go try it out myself, and I asked some of my coworkers to dig in with me.
At 7:30 a.m., the drive-through line at the McDonald’s in Santa Monica was so long that it wrapped onto Santa Monica Boulevard, causing through traffic to honk obnoxiously before swerving out of the way. There were zero spots in the parking lot, so I had to park on the street. When I got to the front of the line, I asked the cashier if it was normally this crowded. She said it wasn’t. I asked if it was because of the new breakfast bowls. She said it was—which is probably why she wasn’t surprised when I ordered five.
It was weird seeing a McDonald’s breakfast item with so many different colors. Normally, it’s all beiges and browns and yellows—with the occasional pink from the nitrate-cured Canadian bacon—but between the wilted greens, chopped tomatoes, and shaved Parmesan cheese, this is a vibrant bowl of food. And, yeah, it’s legit Parm on there. Trust me, I’m as shocked as you are.
It tasted good too. More important, it tasted like—and I don’t mean to insult McDonald’s previous breakfast attempts—real food.