McDonald’s Baguio Eat-All-You-Can
A few weeks back a picture of a banner for an Eat-All-You-Can at McDonald’s was posted on 9gag.com and everyone thought it was a hoax, including me. Which is why when I recognized the McDonald’s as our very own McDonald’s Session Road branch, I couldn’t wait to check it out.
I wasn’t able to take a photo of the banner myself, well, because I was just too excited to find out it was true. I quickly inquired about it and got 2 tickets for B and myself.
I was super excited and was already thinking about what McDonald’s food I was going to go for during the eat-all-you-can night. I thought about all the chicken nuggets I can have smothered in barbecue sauce and all the caramel sundae I could eat. There are 2 stubs that you can buy, one for the food and one for drinks (pineapple juice or iced tea), I only bought tickets for the food and decided to just buy a large soda each for B and I.
I came hungry and a little bit cranky (because I was hungry), I’ve decided to skip lunch because I wanted to make the most out of the eat-all-you-can buffet spread, which turned out to not be such a great idea because there were a lot of people! The entire second floor of McDonald’s Session was packed and there was a really, really, really long line. We were in line for 45 minutes before we finally got to the buffet table.
the line starts from the left side of the stairs (left) and then goes on to the right side of the stairs (right), the buffet table was at the right corner of the room.
I only bought 2 tickets, for B and myself, I didn’t bother buying tickets for the kids because for one thing, I wouldn’t be getting my money’s worth because a Happy Meal is enough to satisfy them and really, who buys an eat-all-you-can stub for children aged 10 and 4? That seems silly to me. So when we got there, we bought the kids a Happy Meal each. However, when we were about to go upstairs to where the eat-all-you-can was taking place, we were told the kids weren’t allowed in without a ticket. I literally almost lost it when the lady suggested we leave our kids downstairs. I was looking at her like, “Are you crazy? Do you have kids? Would you leave them anywhere unattended?!”, I didn’t say it out loud of course, I wasn’t that cranky. Instead, I asked her politely if there was any way for them to sit down near the stairs so that they will remain within our sights while we stand in line for the buffet, they made it happen and even asked an old lady who worked there to keep an eye on the kids while we were in line, which made me really happy.
So, finally after 45 minutes, we were at the buffet table.
And then my heart dropped. Sundaes were not included in the buffet.
The eat-all-you-can buffet spread included Spaghetti, Fries, Chicken with Gravy, Cheeseburger, Burger McDo, Chicken Nuggets and Apple Pie.
Left: Mine, Burger McDo, Cheeseburger, Fries, Chicken McDo and Apple Pie
Right: B’s, Burger McDo, Cheeseburge and Chicken with Gravy
Left: Mine, Cheeseburger, Fries and Chicken McDo
Right: B’s, Cheeseburger, Fries and Chicken McDo
We were only able to go back twice. Burgers and Fries are quite filling! If you put it all together, I only managed to eat 4 cheeseburgers, a half of a Burger McDo, 4 pieces of Chicken with gravy, 4 pieces of Apple Pie and a large serving of fries. I really thought I could eat more than that, but no, I wasn’t able to. In as much as I love chicken nuggets, I skipped it because it did not come with barbecue sauce, I also skipped the spaghetti. I have no idea how much B ate, he came back a third time but by that time, the camera’s battery was totally drained, I know, I forgot to charge it.
At the end of the meal and you have no left overs, you get 50Php back and since B and I finished our all our food, we were able to get our 100Php back.
So anyway, perhaps you are wondering if this sort of thing happens in ALL branches of McDonald’s across the planet, and unfortunately, the answer is NO. It only happens here in Baguio City. I spoke to one of the managers of McDonald’s and asked her why and what this is all about. Can you believe she was not aware that this was a big issue online, I told her about the trending topic on Twitter and the photo on 9Gag.com and she said, “Wow, I had no idea.”. And then she told me about the reason behind the eat-all-you-can promo and why they did it. It turns out that March 26, 2012, marks the 20th year of McDonald’s Session Road and the owner of the franchise here in Baguio City, decided to give the residents as well as tourists currently in the city a treat as a sort of thank you for supporting their branch. And because McDonald’s Session Road Branch is 10 years old, this is also the reason why it was held in the Session Road Branch and not in the Insular-City Hall branch, even though the latter is a lot spacious and can hold twice as many people.
with Ms. Lyn Lapitan of McDonald’s Session Road, Baguio City
I was disappointed that Sundaes weren’t included in the buffet, but over all, it was a good dining experience. I felt I was 10 pounds heavier when I left. B and I felt sooo full, it was so hard to walk back to the car and since we were parked near LA Azotea, it was a loooong walk uphill.
I was only 9 years old when McDonald’s came to Baguio and when I was in high school, every after school and weekend afternoons was spent there with one of my best friends, Jay-Anne. But, that’s another post for another time.