I got drunk at a
for years! You see, they served wine
(red and white) with their hamburgers there (Well, they served it if you
ordered it, nobody forced it on me). I sat outside on their patio and
enjoyed some rather good French wine (all things considered) as I watched
people come and go from the beach. Working a two week engagement left my
weekend fairly open and I thought, “It’s not every day than an American
has the opportunity to enjoy a waiter and some nice wine at a
McDonald’s!” So I sat there people-watching and re-refreshing myself
for a little more than an hour. The French fries were exactly the same
(Pommes de terre sautees), it was rather eery. They offer mayonaise for
dipping when it comes to your fries. The 1/4 pounder (Royal Frommage) was
“ok” but somehow different. Hands down, the wine on the outdoor
cafe experience was the best. I wonder if they would serve the wine
through the drive-through? Mais Non!!
Fast food is a guilty
pleasure. The interesting thing about it
is; one city’s favorite chain may not even exist in another city so… I’ve made
it a personal goal to try them all!
poor,” so don’t even think about trying anything new there. KFC, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, BK, and Wendy’s makeup 99% of their staples. They do have
which a lot of cities don’t have. If
you’ve never had a “slider” from
7) at least once.
Down south they have
Popeye’s Chicken. YUM! They have better Red Beans & Rice at
Popeye’s than they serve at many sit-down restaurants, and their spicy chicken
is the “bomb!” There seem to be a lot of
fast food chicken joints in the south, Grandy’s, Ron’s, Church’s, and
others. The fried okra stops appearing
on the menu when you get north of
though, and that’s sad.
I try to avoid fast food
places that try to do it all. Hardee’s
is like that. They have burgers,
chicken, fish, steak sandwiches… it’s like they can’t make up their mind. As a result, none of their offerings are
really that great. One exception is
Culver’s. If you bump into a Culver’s
while on the road, GO! They make their
own frozen custard and their fish sandwiches and butter-burgers are top notch.
I know what you’re thinking,
“Fast food is disgusting, fat, bad for you,” etc. but traveling all the time is
hard work! Fewer guilty pleasures offer
the kind of satisfaction that a sneaky, personal solo-trip to a burger joint
can give you!
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