At The Takeout, we’re always approaching fast food with a curious eye, an eager stomach, and open arms. Fast food is a fascinating business, after all: by the time a new menu item lands in your to-go bag, it has already undergone a process of R&D you wouldn’t believe. The flavors, the ingredients, the name, and the price point of a given sandwich might have changed a dozen times leading up to its release, and as consumers, we get to reap the tasty benefits of all that trial and error for just a couple bucks.
Sometimes, of course, these fast food and fast casual chains miss the mark. Not every new release is a winner, and some highly anticipated menu items turn out to be downright disappointing. We never want to yuck anyone’s yum, but when these businesses let us down, we’re not afraid to say so. Here are five items in 2021 that just didn’t live up to the hype.