It’s always a sad day when a chain restaurant decides to remove an item from the menu. Whether it’s done in secret Where you have had time to place these last orders before you have to say goodbye forever never really lessens the blow of losing a beloved meal option. But over time you then add new menu items to your favorites list and pretty quickly these abandoned restaurant dishes become distant memories.
Well, who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia? We took it upon ourselves to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the abandoned restaurant and fast food dishes you’ve probably completely forgotten by now. Let’s take a moment to think about those long-lost menu options. And for more, check out these 15 Old-Fashioned American Desserts Worth a Comeback.
olive garden went ahead and decided to present his Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Pie to the world in 2016. This decadent dish consisted of spaghetti, seven cheeses and bacon topped with grilled chicken and Alfredo sauce. Talk about an overload! It’s safe to say that this is a dish that may be best forgotten…
Taco Bell created the Waffle Taco in 2014, as the chain entered the fast food breakfast game. This menu item is exactly what you would expect: a sausage patty or bacon, scrambled eggs and cheese were all wrapped in a hot waffle, with syrup as well. His stay was brief since it only lasted a year and was removed in 2015, making way for the debut of the Biscuit Taco.
Oh, Snack Wraps. Back in 2007these mini wraps have made their way onto McDonald’s menus. They were pretty simple: just a piece of crispy or grilled chicken, cheddar jack cheese, lettuce, and ranch or honey mustard wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. McDonald’s wraps would then have taken on different styles over the years, but now they’re a different victim of Mickey D items you can no longer order. These original Snack Wraps, however, are the menu items that started this trend.
The IHOP menu is constantly updated, as the pancake chain is known for its seasonal dishes. You will still be able to find classic dishes such as French toast, waffles and of course pancakes. That’s why you may have forgotten the fact that stuffed French toast is no longer available.
Denny’s introduced the Fried Cheese Melt on its value menu in 2010, and it made quite an impression. This sandwich had over 800 calories, as it consisted of four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese that were toasted between two slices of sourdough bread. Not necessarily the best for you, nutritionally speaking! Denny quietly got rid of this sandwich but still offers the Mega Philly Cheese Melt.
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The Whole Hog Burger at UNO made waves when it debuted, and it’s still talked about sometimes, as if it were a piece of restaurant folklore. “Is this burger really ‘Well, yes. The burger was made with four types of meat – bacon, burger patty, pepperoni, prosciutto and sausage – and four types of cheese – American, cheddar, mozzarella and Swiss – plus lemon mayonnaise. garlic, pickles, fries and onion rings. It’s no wonder it seems to be leaving as quickly as it arrived!
Chilli’s introduced flatbreads on its menu in 2013. Diners were able to choose from Margherita, Chipotle Chicken, and California Grilled Chicken flatbreads, and who doesn’t love a thin, crispy pizza? Well that magic didn’t last forever and Chili deleted those flatbreads, much to the surprise of customers. Let’s not forget them.
IHOP has struck again. The chain went ahead and reduced its menu in 2020, by discreetly removing Banana Nutella Crêpes.
This menu item from Applebee was another cause of the big menu shrinkage of 2020. Tons of restaurant chains reduced menus during the pandemic, so you might not have realized that the chicken wonton tacos are no longer available. Currently, it’s unclear if the long-running menu staple will ever return. We will remember it fondly.
Jennifer Maldonado is an editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Learn more about Jennifer