The world has changed in major ways since we last reported here at Fast Food Week. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of social interaction, work, school and leisure as we know it. And among the aspects of life most changed is how we feed ourselves if we rely heavily on take-out…
Most Fast Food joins have closed down their dining rooms, either by prudent
choice or by order of their city or state authorities. But most
are keeping their drive thru windows open…
… Life goes on. To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum’s Jurassic Park character, Dr. Ian Malcom, “Takeout always finds a way!” Many quick service restaurants are staying open, albeit restricting their services to take-out and delivery, and upgrading their cleaning and sanitizing routines considerably.
Virtually all the big chains have posted public statements along the lines of Subway’s Facebook advisory:
“We know that COVID-19 is a concern for many people in our community and around the globe, including our loyal guests like you. We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure we are doing our part to keep you, our staff, and our community safe. While our store currently remains open, we are strongly encouraging our customers to use remote ordering and our friendly staff can deliver to your car.”
Most Fast Food outlets have instituted glove protocol, and some have also mandated masks for their employees.
There are still some pretty good deals…
Many Fast Food chains are offering really attractive food deals to keep you ordering during the pandemic, when you can’t or would prefer not to come in and sit down. The following are just a few:
Buffalo Wild Wings is offering a Buy One, Get One Wings deal Tuesday’s and Thursdays til further notice. You have to order remotely by phone or internet, for take-out or delivery only.
KFC is bringing back its Mix and Match 2 for $6 Meal Deal f0or a limited time at participating outlets. You can order any two of the following main menu items for just $6: the Famous Bowl; the Crispy Colonel Sandwich, the Pot Pie; or the 3-Piece Extra Crispy Tenders.
Panda Express is offering a $20 Family Meal Deal for as limited time, when your order online or via their app. You get three large entrées and two sides, premium entrées extra.
Taco Bell is rolling out $1 Grande Burritos. It’s another limited time offer. The Chipotle Chicken Grande Burrito starts with Shredded Chicken, then adds Creamy Chipotle Sauce, and Seasoned Rice. The Loaded Taco Grande Burrito features the Bell’s signature Seasoned Beef, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Crispy Red Tortilla Strips, and Sour Cream.
Free delivery deals abound*
Boston Market offers free delivery on orders of $7 or more placed on their or via their app, for an unspecified limited time.
Burger King is featuring ‘Zero delivery fees’ on orders of $10 or more via Grubhub through March 29.
Chipotle offers free delivery on orders of $10 or more through the end of March.
Chili’s has free delivery for My Chili’s Reward members through March 31.
Denny’s – is waiving delivery fees on orders of $5 or more until April 12 at participating locations.
Five Guys offers free delivery at participating locations for a limited time. Check your local outlet for details.
Little Caesars offer blanket free delivery until March 22.
Outback Steakhouse – offers free delivery on orders placed via outback.com until April 30.
Popeyes – offers free delivery on orders placed via the Popeyes website or app, for a limited time.
Red Lobster offers free delivery on orders of $30 or more placed via redlobster.com until March 29.
Uber Eats is waiving delivery fees on orders placed with independent restos in the US and Canada, for a limited time.
Wendy’s offers free delivery on orders of $10 or more expedited via Grubhub or Postmates until April 6.
* Check with your favourite local restaurants to confirm what delivery deals, exactly they are offering.
And that’s the skinny…
… On life in Fast Food City in the time of COVID-19. We’ll be back with an update in 7, right here at the Fabulous Food Blog!
~ Maggie J.