Now, it’s McDonald’s turn to get the Hagerty treatment. Most food reviews tend to feature the hottest new spot in town, so it’s a pretty novel experience to see McDonald’s in a food critic’s spotlight.
“I hadn’t written about McDonald’s for a while,” Hagerty told ABC News. "So I decided to go to all of the McDonald’s in greater Grand Forks and just kind of write a report on who goes there, what they eat, what’s good and what’s not good.”
Hagerty admits she loves McDonald’s and goes quite often for their latte -- despite the machine sometimes being broken.
“The lattes cost less than those I enjoy at Starbucks. But they are worthy,” she wrote in the review. “The only problem is occasionally, one of the restaurants will tell you their machine is not working. ‘Not working?'’ I think. I almost foam at the mouth in disgust, but I try to be pleasant.”
“It’s kind of crazy really. It’s very amusing to me and it just amazes me,” she said of the notoriety. “It’s what I’ve been doing for so long and all of a sudden after 30-some years, people find something – I don’t know what – they find it amusing, they find it ridiculous, whatever they find it. I don’t care just so they read it.”
In the midst of all the press – good and bad – Hagerty keeps plugging away on her reviews.
“My column next week will be quite a switch. It will be the Grand Forks Country Club and it’s south of town,” she revealed. “They serve very nice dinners and they have opened it up to the general public until golf season opens. So I went out there and had dinner on a Saturday evening, and it was a very fine meal. Quite a switch from McDonald’s.”
But she was sipping on one of her beloved Mickey D's lattes as she said it.