30 Nostalgic Fast Food Items from the 80s and 90s That We'll Never Forget

By Jack Ripley | November 9, 2023

McDonald's Onion Nuggets

If you grew up in the 1980s or 1990s, you may have fond memories of fast-food items that are no longer available. These menu items had cult followings and loyal fans who still reminisce about their favorite bites. Whether it was the McDLT, the McArch, the Taco Bell Enchirito, Pizza Hut's Triple Decker Pizza, the McLobster, Onion Nuggets, or the Burger King Dinner Baskets, these discontinued items were often ahead of their time or just plain irresistible. In this gallery, we will take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the most beloved fast-food items of the past. So, sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy the nostalgia trip. Keep reading to see if your favorite fast-food item made the list.

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McDonald's introduced deep-fried onion bits, known as Onion Nuggets, in the late 1970s as part of their dollar menu. However, the item was short-lived and discontinued shortly after its release. The reason for its discontinuation is unknown, but some speculate that it may have been due to the name, which, you know, is incredibly unappealing.

Long John Silver’s Peg Leg Chicken

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(Long John Silver's)

Ah, the humble drumstick - a delicacy revered by kids and adults alike for its crispy skin and succulent meat. Long John Silver's saw fit to capitalize on this love affair by offering their own fried chicken legs, complete with a side of fries and an inexplicable array of crispy batter chunks.

While the chicken legs enjoyed a long run from the 1970s through the 1980s, it seems that the rise of other chicken joints and Long John Silver's reputation as a fish-focused establishment may have ultimately sealed their fate. Alas, the chicken legs now stand as a quirky relic of a bygone era, a testament to the curious culinary innovations of fast-food chains.