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?

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the pastor of City South Presbyterian Church, a church in Brisbane, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus. If you'd like to support his writing financially you can do that by giving to his church.

4 thoughts on “Moral Dilemma: What constitutes fast food”

  1. 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?

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

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