Reason #14 Allendale Is Better Than Where You Live

When Joanna and I first started dating (almost 13 years ago), we both had the unfounded impression that the other one didn’t like fast food. Being fit and active, we just assumed the other person only ate healthy. Fortunately (I guess), we quickly realized our mistake.

Understanding why fast food is good is just a matter of a simple formula: 

Salty + Fatty  =  Yummy

It’s not that we always ate fast food. We mostly eat healthy choices, but sometimes we would need a quick solution to our cravings. And our children loved the options of kids’ meals at the plethora of quick-service establishments in Greenville.

But in Allendale, there are two fast food options: Subway (which was voted as the top franchise in the county), and Hardee’s (which, by default, is the second best franchise in the county).

This reality brings us to yet another reason Allendale is better than where you live:

“We spend far less time (and money) at fast-food restaurants than most families we know back in Greenville.”

Our kids don’t continually beg to go to Chick-fil-A, or McDonald’s, or Sonic Drive-In. Who needs a peppermint chocolate chip milkshake from CFA?

And who needs Sonic “happy hour” — the only time we splurge and let each child get his own special drink (I mean, for less than $3, we can make everyone happy).

And who needs the Dunkin Donuts variety of cake-and-icing goodness?

And . .  .  Ummm . . . Wait a minute.

On second thought, maybe living in Allendale isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. We are soooo looking forward to being in Greenville for Thanksgiving.

CFA milkshakes and Sonic happy hour — here we come!

PS — We are not looking forward to the Greenville traffic. Woodruff Road will have more cars (and traffic lights) than all of Allendale County.

PPS — Don’t mistakenly think we are health nuts now that we live in Allendale. We still go out to eat occasionally, and it’s not like there are a bunch of healthy options. After all, you gotta’ love that most local restaurants cook green beans with big chunks of ham, and consider macaroni-n-cheese as a “vegetable.”

(See the list of 15 Reasons Allendale Is Better Than Where You Live.)

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7 responses to “Reason #14 Allendale Is Better Than Where You Live”

  1. Beth Becker McMeekin says :

    Dunkin Donuts is yuck. Krispy Kreme is where it’s at. You know DD doesn’t make their donuts on site? They’re made elsewhere and brought into the stores, which is why when they’re out, they’re out. Same with their biscuits and croissants and bread. Kept in drawers and warmed. Doesn’t quite scream FRESH to me. Blech. If I ever go to DD, it’s in the morning when I know the donuts are fresh. It’s rare that I’m out that early, and KK is so far away from us.

  2. joeyespinosa says :

    Now, now, Beth.

    While I know that DD doesn’t make their doughnuts on site, it doesn’t bother me that they are made in Asheville and shipped down the mountain each morning. It is a little frustrating if you go at the end of the day, and they are out of the kind you want. But when I was on staff at Grace, once a week I had a mid-morning coffee and doughnut. It was a great place to get some reading and writing done.

    I think they have much better variety at DD. That’s the fun for our family — to get a dozen, and then share all the kinds (halves and quarters). I would not touch their biscuits and croissants.

  3. Tina Zwolinski says :

    Well thanks. Now I want a Chick Fil A peppermint shake and they are closed on Sundays /:

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