A $456 McRib & 24 other ‘fancy’ fast foods that may (or may not!) be worth it

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Would you spend over $400 to make a fancy McRib? Well, the YouTube Channel Mythical Kitchen did for their series “Fancy Fast Food!”

Chef Josh Scherer and his team at Mythical Kitchen take popular fast food items and recreate them using fancy and, of course, rather pricey ingredients. At the end of the episode, they determine if the price was worth the “fancier” taste. Spoiler: Sometimes, it’s not!

So if you’re wondering if you should splurge on making your own $374 version of Panda Express’s orange chicken, look no further than this list of all the Mythical Kitchen’s fancy fast food experiments they’ve posted on their channel as of January 2022.

We’ll start with their oldest concoction, the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, and work up to their newest, the KFC pot pie.

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Filet-O-Fish fancy fast food comparison
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McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

Original Price: $3.79

Filet-O-Fish fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Panda Express orange chicken fancy fast food comparison
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Panda Express Orange Chicken

Original Price: $7.50 (medium)

Panda Express orange chicken fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Wendy's Baconator fancy fast food comparison
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Wendy’s Baconator

Original Price: $6.09

Wendys Baconator fancy fast food comparison receipt
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The Fancy Price

Arby's Meat Mountain fancy fast food comparison
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Arby’s Meat Mountain

Original Price: $10

Arby's Meat Mountain fancy fast food comparison receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $364.21
  • Was it worth it? Eh, maybe not. Chef Josh did admit there was a pretty big flaw in the fancy version: You can’t taste the entire sandwich all at once because it’s just so massive!
  • Watch the video
Dunkin' donuts fancy fast food comparison
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Dunkin’ Boston Kreme Donut

Original Price: $8.46 (6-pack)

Dunkin' donuts fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte fancy fast food comparison
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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Original Price: $5.25 (venti)

Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $214.89
  • Was it worth it?: Yes … although, to be fair, they did add 10-year-old Bourbon…
  • Watch the video
In-N-Out burger fancy fast food comparison
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In-N-Out Animal Style Burger and Fries

Original Price: $6.99

In-N-Out burger fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $314.81
  • Was it worth it?: Not at all!  The dry-aged burger meat was, as they put it, “funky” and not for everyone.
  • Watch the video
Pizza Hut stuffed crust fancy fast food comparison
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Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza

Original Price: $11.99

Pizza Hut stuffed crust fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $420.17
  • Was it worth it?: Eh, depends. There wasn’t a clear winner on this one, with the Mythical Kitchen deciding they were just too different to compare. But Mythical art director, Lucas Strader, who guest starred on the episode, hated the truffles on the fancy pizza, so maybe there was a non-official winner, after all …
  • Watch the video
Taco Bell Mexican pizza fancy fast food comparison
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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Original Price: $3.49

Taco Bell Mexican pizza fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $298.64
  • Was it worth it?: Yes, although, as Josh says of the original Mexican pizza, “I mean, it is still pretty good…” So maybe just stick to the original, anyways.
  • Watch the video
KFC famous bowl fancy fast food comparison
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KFC Famous Bowl

Original Price: $3

KFC famous bowl fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

McDonald's McRib fancy fast food comparison
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McDonald’s McRib

Original Price: $3.69

Note: For this episode, the McRib was not available at the time of production, so the Mythical Kitchen team made a more realistic version of the McRib to compare to the “fancy” McRib.

McDonald's McRib fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

McDonald's McNugget fancy fast food comparison
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McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets

Original Price: $4.49

McDonald's McNugget fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Burger King breakfast sandwich fancy fast food comparison
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Burger King Breakfast Sandwich

Original Price: $4.79

Burger King breakfast sandwich fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Jack-in-the-Box munchie box fancy fast food comparison
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Jack in the Box Munchie Meal

Original Price: $4.20

Jack-in-the-Box munchie box fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Popeyes chicken sandwich fancy fast food comparison
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Popeye’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Original Price: $3.99

Popeyes chicken sandwich fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $207.51
  • Was it worth it?: Not at all! As Chef Josh said, “I feel a deep sense of shame about it.” Yikes.
  • Watch the video
Domino's BBQ pizza fancy fast food comparison
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Domino’s BBQ Pizza

Original Price: $15.99

(original is on the right)

Domino's BBQ pizza fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Five Guys bacon cheeseburger fancy fast food comparison
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Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger

Original Price: $8.69

Five Guys bacon cheeseburger fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Taco Bell Doritos Locos fancy fast food comparison
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Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos

Original Price: $11.19 (for eight tacos)

(original on the left)

Taco Bell Doritos Locos fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $239.21
  • Was it worth it?: Yes, even though, for the first time on the show, the original food was larger than the fancy version!
  • Watch the video
Raising Cane's chicken tenders fancy fast food comparison
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Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders (The Caniac Combo)

Original Price: $9.98

Raising Cane's chicken tenders fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Jollibee spaghetti fancy fast food comparison
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Jollibee Spaghetti

Original Price: $36.34 (family pack)

Jollibee spaghetti fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $840.75 (or just about $200, sans giant cheese wheel)
  • Was it worth it?: Yes! As Josh said, “Wow, that was fire!” I did have quite a bit of rum in it … plus, who says no to eating spaghetti out of a bowl made of a giant cheese wheel?
  • Watch the video
Burger King Whopper fancy fast food comparison
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Burger King Whopper

Original Price: $6.99

Burger King Whopper fancy fast food comparison
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $219.21
  • Was it worth it?: Yes, although, as Josh Chef notes, it really is a “new take” on the burger, so don’t expect to get that original Whopper taste if, for whatever reason, you ever decide to recreate the fancy version …
  • Watch the video
Jersey Mike's cheesesteak fancy fast food comparison
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Jersey Mike’s cheesesteak

Original Price: $12.95

Jersey Mike's cheesesteak fancy fast food comparison receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $409.09
  • Was it worth it?: It’s American and A5 Wagyu: I mean, of course it’s worth it compared to Jersey Mike’s!
  • Watch the video
Shake Shack burger fancy fast food comparison
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Shake Shack Smashburger

Original Price: $5.49

Shake Shack burger fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

Wetzel's Pretzels pepperoni pretzel fancy fast food comparison
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Wetzel’s Pretzels Pizza Pretzel

Original Price: $6.99

Wetzel's Pretzels pepperoni pretzel fancy fast food receipt
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The Fancy Price

  • Fancy Price: $569.12
  • Was it worth it?: Yes! As Chef Josh said, “You can’t put a price on art…” Which this truffle-ized version of the pizza pretzel apparently is.
  • Watch the video
KFC pot pie fancy fast food comparison
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KFC Pot Pie

Original Price: $3.99

KFC pot pie fancy fast food receipt
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