Too Late for a Brat Haüs Pig Mac? Head to McDonald's for the Midnight Mac
JK Grence Think it's your average Big Mac? Take a closer look.
The Guilty Pleasure: Midnight Mac (the DIY Pig Mac)
Where To Get It: McDonald's, locations everywhere
The Price: About $6
What It Really Costs: About 900 calories, but in the middle of the night, who cares?
Last week, I got to sing the praises of the Pig Mac at Brat Haüs in Scottsdale. It's an outstanding take on McDonald's iconic Big Mac. While the Pig Mac is one of my favorite burgers in town, it has a serious problem. It's exactly the kind of burger you want when you're in the mood for extra-late-night food, and the Brat Haüs kitchen is open until only 10 p.m. on weekends.
Dedicated fast-food fans may be familiar with a DIY option at McDonald's, the Mc10:35. To get one, you show up at McDonald's right when it's switching from the breakfast menu to the lunch menu. They usually have a couple of eggs left over, so they'll still make you an Egg McMuffin if you order one. So, order an Egg McMuffin, and then get a McDouble because the lunch menu is now available. Take the contents of the McDouble, and insert into the Egg McMuffin. (You can do vice versa, but a burger on an English Muffin is a pleasure to behold.) Voilà, you have a Mc10:35.
The Mc10:35 is all well and good, but we're going to do one better. You see, McDonald's recently rolled out a late-night menu, offering selected breakfast and lunch/dinner items together from midnight to 4 a.m. After that too-late encounter at Brat Haüs, a light went on in my head. I could head to McDonald's and cobble together a version of the Pig Mac myself.