17 Fast Food Favorites That Returned Due to Customer Demand

Many items on fast food restaurants’ menus routinely come and go. Even seasonal menu items are subject to change, with things like pumpkin spice saying hello to autumn and then saying goodbye to the holiday season. However, there are fast food items that have been eliminated forever that are barely missed. Included here are such abominations as the McDonald’s Arch Deluxe burger, the Taco Bell Waffle Taco, and the KFC Double Down, which used fried chicken slabs in place of bread and was a massive commercial failure.

Fast food menu items that were set to be permanently removed from the menu but were reinstated due to customer demand are a third distinct group. Here are 17 fast food items that had been taken off the menu but were brought back after public demand brought them back. Then, after you’ve seen what’s been brought back, peruse our list of 10 Weird Fast Food Items That Have Been Removed from the Menu.

Wendys Fast Food The Pub Line for Pretzel Bacon

Fast food chain Wendy’s pretzel burger has been a customer favorite ever since it debuted as a seasonal item in 2013. Wendy’s brought back their popular Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger in 2020 along with three new chicken sandwich options in response to customer demand for the menu item. But just as quickly as it came back. It went away again in 2021 when the chain dropped it to make room for two new autumn sandwiches. Fans of the Pretzel Burger were understandably dismayed, but things turned around in September when Wendys coupons brought it back a second time.

Fast Food Bagel from McDonald’s

Fans of McDonald’s food were devastated when the fast food giant discontinued its all-day breakfast offerings, and in 2020, the chain took another hit when it eliminated bagels from its breakfast selection. Still, McDonald’s breakfast patrons can take heart: bagels have been spotted at multiple restaurants (but not all as of yet). To what extent these spherical treats will spread to other areas remains to be seen, but this is a promising beginning.

Pickles, Fried, at Zaxby’s Fast Food

They were a huge hit with Zaxby’s customers when they were introduced in 2016, but they were only there for a short time before being taken off the menu. At last, the debate is settled once and for all! Now that Zaxby’s has permanently added its fried pickle to the menu, you can indulge in an endless supply of the crunchy golden finger food.

A Taco Bell: It’s Like Pizza From Mexico Fast Food

According to popular culture, Taco Bell removed Mexican Pizza from its menu in the fall of 2020, prompting a widespread public outcry. Fans of this stacked tortilla were so vocal about wanting it brought back that it made a comeback on the menu in under a year. Even better, on September 15 Taco Bell announced that Mexican Pizza would be staying on the menu.

French Toast Sandwich from Burger King

After being absent from the menu in 2019, much to the dismay of its devotees, Burger King’s French Toast Sandwich (yes, it’s a breakfast sandwich where the bread is French toast, you guessed correctly) returned in early spring of 2021. It’s unclear whether or not the sandwiches will be permanently reinstated, but they’ve been available for over a year now, and business is good.

Detroit-Style Pizza from Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut’s Detroit-Style Pizza, a rectangular pie with a deep dish and toppings that extend to the crust’s edges, was only ever meant to be a temporary offering. Due to overwhelming demand, the pizzas were made a permanent addition to the menu after selling out at stores across the country.

The Hot and Spicy Chicken Nuggets from Wendy’s

According to Mashed, Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets were a best-seller and fan favorite, making its 2017 decision to remove them from sale puzzling. Disappointed followers organized a petition with over 10,000 signatures and public statements from Chance the Rapper calling for the nuggets’ return. The nuggets returned to stores a few years ago and are still for sale today.

The Taco Bell Breakfast Burrito, Toasted

Once Mexican Pizza was back on the menu, Taco Bell was able to mend fences with many of its regular customers. As of late summer 2021, most Taco Bell locations once again offered the Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito, the Hash Brown Toasted Breakfast Burrito, and the Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito. Breakfast burritos stuffed with potatoes have replaced hash browns on some menus.

Roast beef Sandwich from Hardee’s Fast Food

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Hardee’s Roast Beef Sandwich was a staple on the menu. However, at some point in the 2000s, it was removed from the menu at virtually every location of the chain. Business Wire reports that the company reinstated the sandwich in April 2019 after receiving customer requests for it over a lengthy period of time.

Fast Food Hi-C at McDonald’s

Despite the fact that McDonald’s had not sold Hi-C Orange, a sweet and vibrant orange drink, in over four years, customers never stopped asking for it, as reported by STL Today. After replacing Hi-C with a fruity soda from Sprite, the company eventually caved in 2021 and brought back the noncarbonated sweet orange drink known as Hi-C Orange Lavaburst, which is still available today.

Introducing Wendy’s Baconator Fries

According to Mashed, Wendy’s Baconator Fries were an instant hit when they were introduced as a limited-time promotional item in 2015. Fans voiced their displeasure when they were taken off the menu as planned, leaving only the Baconator burger. Baconator Fries first appeared on the menu in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2016 that they became a staple item.

Cheese Fiesta Potatoes, Available only at Taco Bell

Cheese Fiesta Potatoes were removed from the menu by Taco Bell in the early days of the pandemic as the company attempted to streamline operations. However, Yahoo! reports that they were reinstated in early March of 2021. There is still a vegetarian option on an otherwise meat-heavy menu thanks to them.

Fast Food Chicken Littles of KFC

One of the selling points of the original KFC Chicken Little sandwiches, introduced in the late 1980s, was their low price of under 40 cents. Many KFC customers’ hearts were broken when they were taken off the menu in the early 1990s, as reported by Serious Eats. In 2005, the KFC Snacker was introduced as a response to customer demand for a product that was similar to the original sandwich. Fans, however, were not satisfied and kept demanding the Littles’ return; they finally arrived in 2012, though many still hold that the 1980s series was superior.

Taco Salad, from Wendy’s Fast Food

Almost forty years ago is when Wendy’s Taco Salad first appeared on the menu. In 1982, they added it to the menu with the slogan “It’s more than a salad, it’s a meal,” according to Mashed. The “meal” salad remained on the menu for 28 years before being eliminated in 2010, which many diners found disappointing. After being absent from the menu for six years, the Taco Salad made a triumphant return to Wendy’s in 2016 and has stayed there ever since.

Chicken Fries, from Burger King

Fans adored them, despite the fact that the concept of eating chicken in the form of fries, which consists of chicken meat sliced (or extruded?) into long, thin slivers and then battered and deep-fried, may be disconcerting to some. They loved them so much that they were shocked when the company stopped making the “fries” in 2012, per TIME. By 2014, BK had given in, and Chicken Fries were once again available.

Eggnog Latte from Starbucks

What started out as a sad tale ended up being a happy one. In 1986, Starbucks introduced the Eggnog Latte, which quickly became a customer favorite. Extremely so, in fact, that when the company announced plans to discontinue the drink in 2014, the public outcry caused company executives to backtrack and bring it back, as reported by Eater. The second run of the Eggnog Latte was short-lived, and Starbucks won’t be offering it again until 2021.

The Roast Beef Sandwich from Subway Fast Food

Franchisees and customers alike were taken aback by 2020 when a directive from above mandated the elimination of the roast beef sandwich. The decision to offer a more expensive sandwich was driven entirely by numbers, not customer feedback. Happily, the suits listened when the customers rioted, and the sandwiches returned within a year. Subway’s roast beef sandwich is now listed among the “Classic Subs (not to be confused with their new line of sandwiches called the “Subway Series”). The Angus roast beef sandwich of your sub shop fantasies is still within your reach, as is the option to add any and all of your favorite condiments.

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