Thursday, November 05, 2009
The quest for a late breakfast
McDonalds has the worse site ever. Sure, you can easily find the menu and nutritional information but try to find a location near you or find out how late they serve breakfast. The site is clunky and slow loading (especially for a person on an empty stomach). I never did find a page in the site that listed the breakfast serving times. Even on the individual pages for locations, nothing was mentioned about breakfast times. I called four restaurants before one answered and learned from a surly employee that at 10:45 am breakfast was over.
Burger King has a beautiful site. It loads quickly, is easy to navigate which went a long way to distracting me from my hunger. Unfortunately, this site also refuses to tell you what hours they serve breakfast. I had lost patience by this time so I didn't bother calling any restaurants.
Next up: Arby's. The Arbys site focused on international flair (hey, we're global!!) by presenting me with four planetary zones to choose from. After choosing North American, I then chose USA. Keep in mind I'm starving for breakfast. They serve food, right? I did find a nice list of locations but, again, no listing for the breakfast hours. Stuck in my head is a sign outside Arby's saying "Breakfast All Day." Next to one of the six closest-to-me locations was a little "Breakfast" icon. I telephoned that location to learn (from a lovely responsive employee) that breakfast was over and lunch was coming up.
A quick Google for "breakfast anytime Richmond VA" turned up Liberty Valance, just "down the street" from me. I telephoned, was answered promptly that breakfast was available until 2 p.m. Liberty Valance did not meet the fast food cheap requirement but I was starving and they do make luscious fresh huge biscuits. My breakfast was heavenly - veggie omelet, bacon, sausage patty, coffee and biscuits. They also serve real butter! And I had enough leftover for breakfast tomorrow. Still not under the fast food price barrier (you have to tip, after all) but well worth having a breakfast cooked to order.
Problem solved! For me anyway. And fast food people - put some breakfast hours on your site and remember, when a person is hungry they're not interested in games or viewing corporate info. Best hide that and let us find what we really need!
Listening. Colour My Dream, Tony Gerber; humming space heater
Activity. updating portfolio
Gadget. cell phone
News Source. the news feeds in Safari
Reading. How to Get What You Want and Want What You Get - John Gray; Story - Robert Mckee; Soul Mates - Thomas Moore; The Ballad of Frankie Silver - Sharon McCrumb
Writing. my fourth novel draft Cosmic Control: The Prime Locus Learns Something