Food·Posted on 25 May 202017 Reasons Why The Australian McDonald's Is Better Than The American VersionJust add it to the list of things Aussies do better.by Isha BassiEntertainment ProducerFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. First off, McDonald's in Australia is known as Macca's — a local term that's become so popular, they've even changed the signs to match it. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Alright, not for every store — but how good does it look?! And it's a much better nickname than Mickey D's. 2. And going on your first "Macca's run" is a rite of passage for every Aussie teenager. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com For those that don't know, a Macca's run is done when someone earns their "P-plates" or provisional licence (it's a step up from a learner's permit). You basically rustle up your friends (usually late at night) and go to your local Macca's drive-thru and feast on a bunch of food. 3. Now, onto the ingredients — the beef used in our burgers tastes WAY better. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Australia is one of the largest beef exporters in the world and it's gained a reputation for being delicious, tasty and full of flavour. So with access to premo ingredients like that, it's natural for our Big Macs and Cheeseburgers to taste superior. Plus, one of my BF Oz colleagues — who has sampled Sausage McMuffins in the US and the Phillipines — has confirmed that we do it much better here. 4. And we don't add unnecessary amounts of sugar to our buns, which would undoubtedly ruin the taste. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Turns out that bread in America is a heck of a lot sweeter than what we eat in Australia. That's because of the added sugar, which I'm still very confused about. I can't imagine anything worse than chowing down into a savoury burger, which is also sweet?! 5. Speaking of burgers, there's a much wider variety to choose from in Australia that you can't get anywhere else in the world. McDonald's Australia / Via mcdonalds.com.au It's no secret that McDonald's adapts its menu to suit local interests and flavours, which means that there's a whole bunch of Aussie ~exclusives~ that the rest of the world is missing out on. Take the Spicy Chicken Clubhouse. It's got chicken, bacon, caramelised onions, tomato, lettuce AND a combination of spicy Sriracha and Big Mac sauce — which absolutely slaps. There's also the classic Angus range, made using Angus beef (a breed of cattle known for its high level of marbling), the McOz and a vegetarian range, featuring a potato, cheese and veggie patty. 6. And that extends to drinks, like the Frozen Coke — which is, hands down, one of the best beverages you can get on a hot summer's day. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com You can even get a McSpider, which is Frozen Coke topped with that iconic Macca's soft serve. Deliiiiicious. 7. As well as custom McFlurry flavours — like apple pie and Cadbury Creme Egg — which taste a whole lot better than your usual Oreo and M&Ms. @odelia0503 / Via instagram.com, @applinna / Via instagram.com They were only available for a limited time, but god damnit Macca's — BRING THEM BACK. 8. Oh, and gravy loaded fries on the snacks menu, which quite frankly speaks for itself. McDonald's Australia / Via mcdonalds.com.au You haven't experienced real happiness until you've eaten a box of these while you're half drunk. 9. Although McCafé is something that's now available to the rest of the world, you can thank us Aussies for inventing it. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The first McCafé was conceptualised and launched in Melbourne in 1993. 10. But in saying that, you can only get a warm slice of raisin toast and a ham and cheese toastie at an Australian McCafé. Wendy @WendyBirdOZ Why is McDonald's Australia coffee always so good? Enjoyed with a cheese, ham and tomato toastie on sourdough. 😊 @McCafe @maccas 12:54 AM - 23 Nov 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @WendyBirdOZ And that's in addition to their usual, mouth-watering display of macarons, muffins, scones, donuts and hot cross buns. 11. The portion sizes are a lot better — which basically means that when you order a "large", you won't be drowning in soft drink. @kabas / Via reddit.com The American "small" is bigger than Australia's "large", which is bonkers. 12. Some of our McDonald's are next level — just take a look at the one at Sydney International Airport, which looks like something straight out of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The kitchen is located above the counters and food is brought down via conveyor belt. 13. And check out this one in Thornleigh, Sydney — just as schmick as a regular cafe, right? McDonald's Australia / Architecture And Design / Via architectureanddesign.com.au 14. You can even get ~table service~, if you want to roll that way. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 15. If we're talking about Happy Meals, the Pasta Zoo option blows the rest of the competition anyway. McDonald's Australia Look, I know I'll get dragged for this because it's no longer on the menu — but Pasta Zoo was the absolute shit. It was basically animal-shaped, cheese and veg ravioli that was served with "Zoo Goo" (a tomato-based dipping sauce), these tweezer-like contraptions and a Sipahh milk flavouring straw. Also, it came in this adorable Hippo-shaped box. 16. We may not have a "Dollar Menu", but our "Loose Change" one is heaps better anyway. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Helloooooooooo, hashbrowns and chicken and cheese burgers. 17. And lastly, there's a now iconic Macca's sign located in Yass, NSW — which is just about the best thing ever. @pepemcgee / Via Twitter: @pepemcgee Nothing can top this, surely.