These Crazy Photos Show Just How Long Fast-Food Drive-Thru Lines Were Last Year
Here's a bird's-eye view of the fast-food lines in 2020.
Remember how we were cooped up at home for most of last year? Plenty of us took a break by picking up a Big Mac or 10-piece Chicken McNuggets. With fast-food chains turning exclusively to to-go orders for months in 2020, lines at the drive-thru had a few more cars than we were used to.
The photos below show you exactly how long people waited in line to get Chicken McGriddles. Don’t be surprised if you spot someone with a pre-order snack!
Who Had the Longest Drive-Thru Line?
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McDonald’s is known for speed, but everyone craving a side of unreasonably delicious McDonald’s fries was definitely waiting awhile. If this gave you some cravings, our McDonald’s copycat recipes taste just like the real thing.
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Starbucks is definitely the place for a caffeine pick-me-up, and people were determined to get their fix during the pandemic. Customization was hard at the drive-thru, though, so we’re definitely happy to step back into Starbucks so we can order off the Starbucks secret menu.
Speaking of secret menus, we’re definitely a fan of In-N-Out’s not-so-secret menu—and clearly, all these people are, too! It’s a relief to be able to get our favorite burger quickly after making copycat recipes all through quarantine.
Should I Still Use the Drive-Thru?
The CDC’s new guidelines have resulted in a lot of changes, including at our favorite eating joints. Starbucks has dropped its mask mandate, but only for people who are fully vaccinated, as have a number of other retailers, restaurants and cafes. If you’re not fully vaccinated yet, you can continue to stick to the drive-thru, get takeout or go in if you’re properly masked up. Here’s how to safely enjoy takeout right now.
If you’re not a fan of the current drive-thru lines either, there are plenty of other options! We recommend contactless delivery for a safe and speedy dinner through any of these food delivery services. No matter which option you choose, it’s important to practice patience and treat your servers with kindness. They’ve been working through a lot to keep us happy and full, and we couldn’t be more grateful!