The oldest McDonalds in USA – what’s it like?

Oldest McDonad's in America (Los Alamos Daily)

This wonderful story just came out over on the Los Alamos Daily – looking at the oldest McDonald’s in the USA.

LA Daily report that the oldest remaining McDonald’s in America is located in Downey, California. The restaurant first opened their doors to a hungry public more than 60 years ago in 1953. The restaurant is apparently the third location the nascent brand build out.

The mid-century design aesthetic of the store is striking in its 1950s ‘space age’ kinda vibe – all swooping edges and sharp lines. Who wouldn’t love to see some McDonald’s bring back this look and feel to modern locations? I know I would.

What I also found interesting in the story from LA Daily was the picture comparing a variety of costs in 1955 with today. A sign at the Downey location shows the price of bread, beef and gas way back when, contrasted with prices today. The surprise fact therein? The budget McDonald’s sandwich is actually a better value today than it was back in 1955 – who knew!

Image credit, Los Alamos Daily.

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Hi there, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you. I'm a food writer of more than 15+ years experience writing about food and drink in all its forms, fine dining through the to the grocery store. I've also got a secret obsession with fast food too. You can find my writing at places like Gastronomic SLC, Visit Salt Lake, The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Stories, Utah Now Online and many others.