Would you like garlic fries with that?
In an effort to offer more regional items in its restaurants, McDonald’s has been testing garlic fries at four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fast-food chain confirmed the new menu item – called “Gilroy Garlic Fries” – in a press release.
The company said: “The new fries are made-to-order in McDonald’s kitchens where restaurant employees toss French fries in stainless steel bowls with a purée mix that includes ingredients, such as chopped Gilroy garlic and olive oil, parmesan cheese, parsley and a pinch of salt. The garlic fries are part of a trend at McDonald’s to experiment with regional flavors and food on its menu.”
The name refers to Gilroy, California – located 80 miles south of San Francisco – where the garlic is grown, and the city is known as “The Garlic Capital of the World.” Michael Haracz, manager of culinary innovation at McDonald’s USA, added: “We’re proud of the work done by local franchisees and the regional team to create this menu item with locally-sourced garlic and we look forward to introducing Gilroy Garlic Fries to our customers in the Bay Area.”
If the trial is successful, McDonald’s will offer its latest menu item in nearly 250 restaurants across the San Francisco Bay Area in August.