This is kind of an offshoot of the Arby’s thread. In my life, there have been a number of foods that I remember loving as a kid, but whose current incarnation just doesn’t do it for me. I’m thinking mostly of fast foods in the framing of this question, but I don’t necessarily want to limit it to that. I don’t particularly care if the difference is a change in your tastes or a change in the actual product. But what don’t you enjoy now that you may have enjoyed a decade or two or more ago?
For me, I remember loving these three:
Mr. Submarine. Every so often, my dad would come from work and stop by the Mr. Sub’s down the street and bring home one of their Italian style subs. I remember loving those. Good bread, nice and oniony with peppery Italian meats and all that. I’ve gone back several times in the last decade, and every single time, at various locations, I have gotten bread that is so gummy/dense that it actually made my jaw sore from chewing it. The only way I could eat it was by throwing it in a microwave.
Wendy’s. The Big Classic was a favorite of mine. Their burgers always tasted fresher and more “real” to me than McDonald’s and Burger King. But the last few years I’ve been there, despite the fresh meat ads and all that, I’ve gotten what to me is a sad, bland product. I still like it better than Burger King, but I prefer McDonald’s of the Big Three.
Arby’s. Loved it as a kid, and I remember being entranced by those big, beautiful Arby’s neon signs. These days it tastes like reheated Oscar Meyer deli meat to me. Even in the 90s, when I was a ravenously hungry teenager and lived literally less than 100 yards from one, I almost never went there. And if I did, it was the chicken cordon bleu I liked.