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Test Drive: Sriracha Big Mac

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Test Drive: Sriracha Big Mac
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It has to start here: TWO ALL BEEF PATTIES SPECIAL (SPICY) SAUCE LETTUCE CHEESE PICKLES ONIONS ON A SESAME SEED BUN.

Okay then, today is the first day that the Sriracha Big Mac made its appearance at local McDonald’s. As is now the custom, Columbus eaters are helping the company test market its newest offering.

True, the hot n’ spicy Sriracha sauce itself might have hit peak trendiness a couple of years ago, but the hunger for fiery foods thrives eternally. Now you can get a spiked Big Mac that meets the universal need for heat.

The sandwich inside the box is more attractive than expected. True, expectations were not high. However, the sesame seed bun was pert and poofy, with fringes of burger, lettuce and sauce peeking attractively out the sides. A familiar smell wafts up, it’s the traditional dressing aroma associated with the burger: nothing too unusual or scary.

All the regular Big Mac components seems to be present and accounted for (see opening list). The generous supply of special Sriracha sauce clots the lettuce in a bright orange hue that matches the processed cheese slices. Symmetry.

The taste is familiar too. That is, unless you’re one of the special people on the planet who has never deigned to consume a Big Mac. Big Mac burgers are always briny, hearty, heavy and messy. The new sauce adds a pleasant heat: nothing painful. Within the sauce itself, there is a stronger vinegar-dressing accent, actually. The heat sits in the back and builds as you work through the meal. The heat also stays with you, once the burger is done.

For less than five bucks, its a fun new thing to try. It’s all the old-fashioned joys of a junk food burger, enhanced with a little heat. What’s not to like?

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