we were cruisin' down 270 on a weekend adventure and needed a snack, saw the golden arches on the highway sign and took the exit. What followed was a confusing series of traffic circles and u-turns to actually get to the promised mcdonald's - i'm really not sure how that traffic pattern is supposed to work, but it's like the neighborhood's developers were actively trying to prevent you from taking advantage of your god-given right to two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.
Once we'd finished circling the building like confused vultures, we parked and entered. This is a very new mcdonald's, with their latest look and feel - rich decor and warm lighting that bear no resemblance to the plasticky red-and-yellow restaurants my family patronized when i was growing up. I was also pleased to see that this mcd's displays calories next to each item - sometimes it's a little vague or confusing, but it does help you understand the dietary horrors of any choice on the menu.
While the drive-thru was fairly mobbed, there was no line inside and we quickly ordered our snack. Unlike many of the stores closer to dc, this one has a pretty extensive soda and condiments bar - which includes two dispensers of sweet tea and one of unsweetened. Everything was clean and neat, and our food was ready in no time flat.
I was disappointed to see signs advising that spending any longer than 30 minutes consuming your food in this mcd's is considered loitering - while i understand that they don't want people to sit around all day using the wi-fi, that seems ridiculously short (have you seen a large family with children attempt to get everyone fed in 30 minutes?). I can't imagine that they have such a huge problem with actual loitering that they need to make people feel unwelcome with these signs.