“Patience is a virtue.” Sure, but why wait when you don’t have to? We at Split aren't the only ones out there trying to fight waiting. Here are 5 ways I’m not waiting as long as I used to while living in Atlanta, GA.
I spend most of my time ITP (Inside the Perimeter). But there are great restaurants and fun activities OTP (Outside the Perimeter) along I-85. The traffic on this stretch of highway is terribly unpredictable. They’ve recently converted the HOV lane to a toll lane called Peach Pass which automatically withdraws small amounts of money along the way. I use the lane every time I go to Lake Lanier, Duluth, or friends’ houses out in the various ‘burbs further north. It is usually no more than $.20 both ways on a weekend day.
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to wait for a server to greet you, offer you a drink, and tell you about the specials before taking your order for a go-to burger, street noodles, or burrito bowl. We are all very busy and don’t have a ton of time to make the perfect burger patty, concoct the best street noodles recipe, or prep the gazillion ingredients that go into the burrito bowl at home. This is why I love fast casual - you order, get your food to-go or find a comfy seat to eat in peace - all in less than 30 minutes. Save the money and time for more elaborate meals.
Double Drive-Thru Lanes
I don’t normally hit up the many fast food joints around town, but when I crave a Chik-fil-a spicy chicken biscuit, I get tunnel vision. Also, those waffle fries are on pointe. Mm… Somehow Chik-fil-a has managed to become the exception to the “No Fast Food” rule for many of us. So when the breakfast or lunch rush is in full speed, it’s nice to have the double drive-thru lanes.
Sure I get charged each year for the Prime membership, but I’ve become so spoiled with free 2-day shipping that I have a permanent blind spot for the always increasing charge on my statement each year. I don’t even use the video streaming or ebook lending library. The assurance that whatever I order will be here in no time is the best benefit.
Service Call Button
If you haven’t been to a Korean restaurant with a built-in call button at each table, you’re missing out. If you see it for the first time, don’t be shy. Press it if you need anything. The thing is, Korean waitstaff are strictly about business, but they’ve mastered a relentlessly friendly demeanor that I find to be quite lovely. They may not like me or their job, yet they (most but not all) will be polite if it kills them.
There you have it. The 5 ways, besides Split, I personally get to wait a little less in my life. Feel free to share where you’d like to wait less by commenting below or tagging us, @split, on Instagram with the hashtag #fwaiting to win cool shit.
Written by Jessie Kiehm