Actually, let me start with what I’m not asking: Specifically, I’m not asking which type of food is better. I think we can safely agree that the vast majority of all food you get in a drive-thru or via delivery is pretty disgusting. Delicious, but disgusting. So let’s leave what you’re actually consuming out of this debate.
Also, not all drive thrus and delivery services are for food. There are drive-thru pharmacies and banks. There are drive-thru Starbucks. There’ even a drive-thru liquor place called Brew-Thru on the east coast. And delivery…you can get pretty much anything delivered.
So let’s get to what I’m actually asking: Which is the better innovation, the drive-thru or the delivery service?
At first when I considered this question, the answer seemed obvious. Of course delivery is better. You don’t have to go anywhere for delivery. You pick up the phone or go online, and 45 minutes later the thing/food/person arrives at you door. It’s amazing.
But here’s the thing: You are not always at home. Even recluses have to drive past a Taco Bell every now and then. Therein lies the glory of drive-thrus: They’re on your way to where you’re going. You don’t have to wait to arrive to get the thing/food/person. You get it immediately. That’s why french fry containers are open on one end: You can enjoy them in the car when they’re hot and crispy, long before they get cold and soggy and you start to question your life. And you never have to leave your car to get those fries.
Thus I think it’s a legitimate question: Which is better? You tell me.