Originally Posted by gdl203
1) I don't know what a drive-through is and don't want to know. Certainly having one has nothing to do with being a fast food place - considering all the urban fast food places.
2) You wait a few minutes at 5 Guys but you also wait a few minutes at In n Out, or any place where the burgers are made to order.
If 5G is not fast food, what exactly is it? There's no table service and you eat a burger wrapped in paper along with fries in a paper cup...
In-n-Out was founded on drive-through service, so if you've been to In-n-Out you would have seen the drive-through lane and the focus on, well, getting "in and out" quickly. In fact, I believe that the relatively recent San Francisco location was the first In-n-Out burger not
to feature a drive-through lane, but that may be urban legend.
Like others, I haven't considered 5 Guys to meet the fast food definition because it doesn't have a drive through, ever, and your burger doesn't even get started
until after you've ordered. It's pretty close, I suppose, but no closer than your typical pizzeria or sandwich shop, which I also would not consider fast food.