J.R. Crickets, you better watch your back. Yesterday McDonald brought back Mighty Wings, bone-in chicken wings that were served in the early 90's. And Atlanta has gotten the honor of being the only city in the U.S. to try them—again.
The "newer" Mighty Wings are a part of McDonald's national menu test. The wings are actually bone-in chicken wings, not nuggets, that offer three different dipping sauces like ranch, buffalo, and barbecue.
So seriously, why the hell is McDonald's serving chicken wings again? It could be attempt to attract sales after seeing their lowest sales since 2003. Or it could be because, according to the president of the Greater Atlanta McDonald's Operator's Association, Donavan Groen, "[R}esearch shows that...guests today want more, meaty, bone-in chicken options. McDonald's is excited to bring chicken lovers across Atlanta a great-tasting wing that delivers a new, unexpected flavor experience that is bold and delicious."
Apparently Atlanta's chirps for grass-fed poultry have yet to reach the ears of McDonald's researchers.
There has been an out pouring of support for pastured poultry this past year. Case and point: The first annual Pastured Poultry Week presented by Georgians for Pastured Poultry, which had 30 Atlanta restaurants featuring pastured poultry dishes on their menus.
Georgians for Pastured Poultry report that chefs have a desire to support local farming, and believe pastured poultry is better for animal welfare and the environment, in addition to having superior taste.
There is obvious support for this movement, but it seems McDonald's has chosen to ignore this food trend in Atlanta's food culture.
On another note, here's a little commercial from the 90's to jog your memory about the "new" addition to Atlanta McDonald's menus:
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