Moral Dilemma: What constitutes fast food

Readers who’ve been around for more than a couple of weeks will know that I swore off Fast Food as a new financial year resolution.

This presents me with an interesting dilemma. For years I have had a not so secret fixation with Nandos. Their Peri Peri spice is delicious.

Sadly, it has been an unrequited affair of the palate – there has not been a Nandos in Townsville. Until now. It opened pretty soon after I took my vow to forswear “fast food” – by which I meant the major chains – Maccas, KFC, Hungry Jacks and Red Rooster.

And so it comes to pass… I must decide whether Nandos is fast food, in the sense ruled out by the spirit of my self imposed ban.

What say you noble readers?


Kelly says:

Surely it depends on the Nando’s itself? There are some that are quite fast, and others that take forever!

Aha, the wit!

… The burgers have more vegetable content, in that they have tomato as well as lettuce, and not just a token pickle. And they seem to use genuine cheese. So… not fast food?

Nathan says:

I think also that not having drive through is a factor.

Leah says:

I don’t think Nandos uses any more vegetables than Hungry Jacks.

They both use lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.

Not saying Nando’s is fast food. I could go one way or the other.

For a long time Subway didn’t have drive-thru either (in Tville at any rate)… would that have made it not fast food?

Izaac says:

I think perhaps more important than the absence of drive-thru is if you have to go up to the counter to order. Generally if they wait on you at the table it is not fast-food.

Formerly I would have suggested made fresh vs pre-cooked, but they all seem to be making burgers and the like to order.