Even though we might not want to admit it, many of us get a small feeling of comfort when we see a McDonald’s while traveling in a foreign country. The notion that even thousands of miles away from home, a double quarter pounder with cheese is not that far away can be reassuring.
As might be expected, though, McDonald's units in other countries have menus that are tailored to the local clientele. These foreign McDonald's menus include items that might seem surprising to us, but that make perfect sense to the demographic in a given location.
We’ve taken a look at McDonald's menus around the world to collect some of the more unusual offerings. For example, in India (where cows often considered sacred) the two all-beef patties typically found in a Big Mac were replaced with two chicken patties to create the Maharaja Mac. And in France, you can order a McBaguette, which comes with a variety of different options like fried chicken or beef on the classic French bread.
But classic McDonald's lovers needn't worry: No matter where you go, any given McDonald’s combo can be ordered with the option of french fries and a Coca-Cola. The differences around the world did surprise us, though, so check out our slideshow to see how the menus change in different parts of the world.
Argentina: The McFiesta Burger
The McFiesta Burger is essentially just a regular McDonald’s quarter pounder, but with mayonnaise instead of ketchup. Sides and desserts are standard here, too, with french fries and Coca-Cola, but dessert gets a little fancier with the option of an Oreo cone to hold your ice cream.
Austria: Chocolate Coconut Bag
You can find this little McDonald’s treat in Austria. The chocolate coconut bag is a pastry pocket filled with chocolate and coconut filling.
Alexandra E. Petri is the travel editor at The Daily Meal. Additional reporting by Emily Rothkrug.