Perhaps in an attempt to ride that locally sourced bandwagon, McDonald's this week announced it will begin selling "Gilroy Garlic Fries" in select Bay Area franchise locations. The chain confirmed the news to Time, which excitedly published an excerpt of the company's press release.
"The new fries are made-to-order in McDonald’s kitchens," the release breathlessly reads, "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."
CNBC reports that the dive into garlic is, at present, a temporary one — like the company has done before with other test products, McDonald's will presumably use this as an experiment to gauge customer interest before potentially rolling out the garlic fries on a more permanent basis.
But, let's get down to brass tacks here: Just where, exactly, can one find and purchase these monstrous appropriations of a Bay Area classic? According to a tweet from the company, you'll have to head outside of the city down to the South Bay. One shopper found the fries at the San Jose McDonald's on West San Carlos Street (one and a half stars on Yelp), and various sources are reporting they cost $2.50.
Eater reports you can also find them currently in Santa Clara, and that they'll roll out to 250 McDonald's locations around the Bay Area by August.
And just exactly how do these things taste? An early review of McDonald's foray into the hand-tossed gave the ringing endorsement of "not bad."
What the hell, Gilroy garlic fries from McDonald's?...they're not bad pic.twitter.com/GZLznt5Mst— nii-san (@ecchisukecchi) April 21, 2016