Advantages No strict dress code, cheap food, always open.
Disadvantages Not the healthiest or cleanest places to eat.
It isn't often I venture into MacDonald's, but on a damp and grey Bank Holiday Monday, this I where I ended up. I really detest sitting there on yellow chairs watching my kids munching synthetic food, so please be assured this was a rare visit.Don't get me wrong, when I was my children's age and Macy D's first introduced itself into this country, I couldn't get enough of the place and nagged my poor mother into oblivion every weekend just to take me there. Now I have grown older and hopefully wiser, my sensible head has kicked in and all I see is just how nutrionally bad the food really is, even though they try to come across as if this is healthy eating.
For those of you who are unaware of what a MacDonald's "restaurant" is, all I can say is that this is the home of instant food, not the healthiest but by far one of the quickest. The restaurants are worldwide and are un missable with their large yellow capital M logo.
Mac's came to the UK in 1974 and then were nothing but walk in diners. Now they have introduced drive in's almost everywhere. There are now over 1000 diners in the UK with many more worldwide.
If you choose the drive in method to collect your food, then depending on where you are, either give your order into a loud speaker from your car window or to an assistant usually standing there with a PDA. Drive to the next window where the cashier takes your money and gives you the straws, dips and napkins.
Unlike Pizza Hut or the local Tandori, Mac's do not offer a home delivery service. However, quite a lot of restaurants are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. If not 24 hour, then the doors are open at 7 am in time for a Mc Muffin and hot coffee. Check on the website for the exact times of the branch you wish to visit.
The last window is where your food is handed over , hopefully. If you have selected one of the healthier options such as a chicken sandwich toasted deli, then usually you have to park up in one of three nominated parking bays where an assistant will bring your food over. The reason being is that this is cooked fresh and not kept on the heated shelf.The diner has non-automatic doors, which is almighty pain with a buggy or if you have a wheelchair. The double doors are heavy and cumbersome where push and pull are a contradiction of terms and if you have entered a Macdonalds you know exactly what I mean.
Once inside, its straight up to the till points and to the cashiers. There are menus on the wall above them but for some reason they all seem to think you know what you want there and then, without having a chance to scan the menu properly.
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