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15 Discontinued Fast-Food Sides We Want Back

How many of these have you tried?
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Conventional wisdom says that it's better to have loved and lost, but is that true? When it comes to discontinued fast-food menu items, sometimes the loss is so painful I wish I never knew how good something like Taco Bell's caramel apple empanada was. You make room for something in your heart, only to have it torn away before you get the chance to say goodbye.

With that in mind, it's a bittersweet feeling as we reminisce upon these discontinued fast-food sides. McDonald's fries were indisputably better before the '90s, and Taco Bell has sent way too many tasty foods to the graveyard.

And while you're reminiscing, don't miss these 15 Beloved McDonald's Menu Items That Deserve a Comeback.


KFC Potato Wedges

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Courtesy of KFC

KFC stood out from the fast-food pack by offering potato wedges instead of fries. But this summer, the chain discontinued potato wedges and started offering fries instead.

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McDonald's Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait

McDonald's parfait
Courtesy of McDonald's

During the pandemic, McDonald's has cut multiple items from its menu, including the yogurt parfait. It remains to be seen whether this side dish will ever return to the menu.

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Taco Bell Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes

Taco bell cheesy fiesta potatoes
Courtesy of Taco Bell

Bad news, spud lovers: Taco Bell cut potatoes from its menu last month. Yep, we're still sad about it.

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McDonald's Salads

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Courtesy of McDonald's

McDonald's salads were another coronavirus casualty. It's not clear whether they'll ever return to the menu at the Golden Arches.


McDonald's Beef Tallow Fries

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Yes, McDonald's still serves fries. But they're no longer made with beef tallow, which many fans say gave them an extra edge.

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Popeyes Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese has disappeared from the menu at my local Popeyes, but you may be able to find it at other locations of this chicken chain. Just check with the restaurant first to be sure you're not disappointed!


Burger King Mac n' Cheetos

Mac and Cheetos
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Burger King took mac and cheese to the next level with this Cheetos-infused side dish. The crispy bites of macaroni were covered in Cheetos dust. Why? We don't know.

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McDonald's Onion Nuggets

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Think of these as onion chunks, rather than onion rings. If a huge bite of onion doesn't appeal to you, you aren't alone, which might be why you won't find these on the McDonald's menu today.


Jack in the Box Cheesy Macaroni Bites

Jack In The Box's Cheesy Macaroni Bites
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Fried mac and cheese bites sound like a dream come true. And you could get them at Jack in the Box in 2008. Sadly, they're nowhere to be found these days.

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Taco Bell Cinnamon Crispas

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True Taco Bell fans know that the Cinnamon Crispas were far superior to the cinnamon twists that are currently on the menu. Cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips? Say no more.


McDonald's Fruit and Walnut Salad

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Apple slices served with candied nuts aren't exactly a salad, but that's what McDonald's called this side dish before it was discontinued.


McDonald's Cinnamon Melts

cinnamon rolls

These break-apart cinnamon bites were the perfect side dish for a savory McDonald's breakfast sandwich. We'd be thrilled if they were back on the menu.


Burger King Cini-Minis

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Once upon a time, Burger King also offered a cinnamon treat on its menu. These Cini-Minis were almost as good as a trip to Cinnabon. Almost.


Taco Bell Nacho Fries

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Nacho fries have come and gone multiple times from Taco Bell. We wish the chain would listen to the Backstreet Boys and quit playing games with our hearts by adding these fries to the menu for good.


Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Nachos

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If you remember the Naco from Kim Possible, Taco Bell brought it to life in 2013 with this creation. Our inner naked mole rats long to see the day it returns to the menu.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more