Fast food and chain restaurant employees see how our food is prepared.
A recent Reddit thread asked them “what item on the menu would you absolutely not eat and why?”
Thousands of supposed former employees responded.
Some named menu items that were too unhealthy, while others felt squeamish about how the food was prepared.
NOTE: Reddit sources are anonymous, and can’t be independently verified by Business Insider.
Subway’s crab meat
“It was made by taking imitation crab meat and mixing it in with a giant tub of mayo. When making the sandwich the thing would come out slathered in mayo. Might as well just have ordered a mayonnaise sandwich,” writes statisicalhornist.
“The way it looks before we put the sauce on it is absolutely revolting. It doesn’t look like meat at all, it looks like a scab,” writes lioninacoma.
Oreo Madness at TGI Friday’s
“Costs something like $6.50, for literally just one relatively small Klondike Oreo ice cream sandwich, taken out of its individual packaging, and slapped on a plate with some powdered sugar and chocolate sauce,” according to a post by somethingboring.
Fish sandwiches at Burger King
“You had four vats of oil that you cooked fries in. After about two days, the oil got too dark for fries. So we switched it over to the ones for chicken. Since it was darker, it was ok. Then that goes on for a week. After a week of massive frying. The oil is black as motor oil. At that point, it’s switched to the Fish Filet vat. That’s the only thing you cook in that vat,” writes JohnnyDollar.
McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich
“These are a scam for how much you pay. You get the same bun as a cheeseburger, a tiny amount of dirt cheap sauce, a deep-fried fish square and you don’t even get a full slice of cheese,” writes Mortaris.
Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta
“It’s seriously just cream, butter, parmesan, and fried shrimp. They toss in mushrooms and spinach in an attempt to disguise it as something other than a heart attack in a bowl. It doesn’t work for me,” writes serosanguinous.
With 3,000 calories, the dish was ranked as one of the unhealthiest in America.
McDonald’s Big Macs
“Same amount of meat as a double cheeseburger, one less slice of cheese than a double cheeseburger. And three times as expensive as a double cheeseburger. Just ask for a double cheeseburger made like a Mac,” writes iBuzzKill.
Arby’s Roast Beef
“I can’t eat the roast beef after working at Arby’s. If you touch it while it’s raw you’ll never get it off your fingers,” writes 45scienceandreason.
Papa John’s garlic sauce
“It’s a tub of trans fat,” says mathee-us.
“Having to prep it completely ruined it for me. It’s essentially a frozen meat log that you have to break apart with your bare hands,” says equestribitch.
“The Wendy’s flatbread chicken sandwiches are the same price as their normal menu chicken sandwiches, but you literally only get half the chicken. The flatbread is not even that good,” advises kitfyre.
“The meat comes from hamburger patties that sat on the grill too long to serve to customers. They take them and put them in a bin and then throw them in the fridge,” writes Cozmo23. “When the chili is made they take it out, boil it, chop it up, and dump them in the chili. It’s all safe, but a lot of people seemed upset when I told them about it.”
Burger King’s veggie burger
“The Veggie burger at Burger King is delicious, but they are often cooked on the same section of the grill that meat products are cooked,” says Nohbudy. “It’s company policy to split the grill, so non-meat products can be separated but not everyone follows it, especially during a lunch rush.”
Chicken lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s
“Costs under a buck to make and we sell it for $8,” says tengonoidea.
KFC Pot Pies
“82 different ingredients. Can’t complain otherwise though. Manager runs a very clean restaurant,” writes user Qp1029384756.
“There are 300 calories in a tortilla ALONE. That, plus all the calories in everything else, you could easily have a burrito with 1500 calories or more,” And there’s a ton of sodium in everything. Pretty much the only purely healthy thing there is the brown rice,” writes RoneTone.