7. Rise Of The Almost Fast Food Restaurant
You used to have two choices. You could either sit down and eat at a real restaurant with menus, servers and water refills or you could head to one of several fast food places, all of which were cheap and designed to move people in and out with ruthless efficiency. Over the last decade or so, we’ve started to get a third group, and I think I speak for everyone when I say it is glorious.

From Chipotle to Five Guys, chains have started to pop up that, while technically fast food, aren’t designed to make every single item menu as cheaply as possible. They exist in a middle ground where they fire up the food fast but they charge a few extra dollars to use tastier bread, nicer beef and better ingredients. Sure, it might take a minute or so longer. It might cost three dollars or so more, but sometimes it’s worth paying a little bit extra for quality. Life is about choices, and when it comes to fast food, it’s nicer to have more.

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