Need to eat in a hurry? Pay in advance, scan the app, skip the line. Here are seven American fast food chains that will let you do some variation of these using an official Android app.
Yup, if you’re in the mood for a burger, that girl with the red hair and pigtails is more than ready to accept payments from your phone. She’s also willing to sell you a chicken sandwich or salad, in case you’re looking to diversify.
Like most of the apps on this list, Wendy’s provides some nutritional data, but if you want more details, you may have to resort to other sources.
Download: Wendy’s for Android (Free)
Speaking of chicken sandwiches, Chick-fil-A will also let you use its mobile app to order in advance and skip the line. This option isn’t available at every establishment, but the app will show if yours makes the list.
Chick-Fil-A’s app is well put together, offering you an easily navigable menu and nutritional information for each item. If you don’t want to pay remotely, you can come in and scan the app at the register to use money previously loaded onto your account. Though if do pay with the app, some restaurants will even bring the food out to your car.
Download: Chick-Fil-A for Android (Free)
3) Taco Bell
Maybe you’re in the mood for Mexican-inspired American food. In that case, Taco Bell is cheap, and the chain has put a lot of effort into its app. The stylized interface is engaging, especially when compared to most competing apps.
As for options, you can schedule a pickup for any time of day, save cards to use for payment, customize items on the menu, view nutritional information, and find the nearest building. If you do make an order, you can arrange to pick it up in-store or via the drive-thru.
Download: Taco Bell for Android (Free)
Okay, maybe you want a little bit more than Taco Bell. Chipotle offers an app too. Browse the menu. Customize your order. Pay using a credit card or gift card, and skip the line. Then watch as everyone waiting gives you hungry looks of envy.
Download: Chipotle for Android (Free)
Walking through the Subway line is akin to taking a trip to a salad bar, but if you know what kind of bread, cheese, meat, and veggies you want, you can order ahead using the official mobile app and pay without entering the store. Though, you will have to go inside to get your food. That’s just the way Subway works.
Download: Subway for Android (Free)
You’re rushing to work in the morning, and you don’t have time to cook, nor do you have time to wait in line for food. Dunkin’ Donuts is working to give you that option. In the meantime, you can use its app to store cards and swipe the screen at the register instead of digging for your wallet.
Download: Dunkin’ Donuts for Android (Free)
It’s the end of this list, and I’ve yet to mention pizza. That’s because it should come as no surprise that, yes, you can order Domino’s with an app.
Pizza delivery places have made it easy to order over the phone, the Web, and just about any other way they’ve been able to come up with. Some day they might even deliver using catapults carefully calibrated to send a fresh pie through your open window. (But please don’t take my word for that.)
Download: Domino’s Pizza for Android (Free)
What About The Rest?
Some restaurants have created official Android apps, but their offerings don’t let you place orders in advance or accept mobile payments. McDonald’s, for example, just shows you the nearest branch, provides nutritional information, and informs you of job openings. McDonald’s is experimenting with allowing customers to order ahead in a handful of markets, but for now, the app remains pretty bad.
Burger King, on the other hand, does accept mobile payments. Unfortunately its app isn’t working for many users, myself included, following the latest update.
Others, such as Jersey Mike’s and Moe’s have mobile apps that were published by Slick.it, a company that handles the software side of things for businesses that would rather not be bothered by such things. Take a look at the many apps Slick.it has produced. Many of them will let you order your meal in advance.
Which Is Your Favorite?
When fast food places started popping up around the US, they represented a paradigm shift in how people went out to eat and how long they expected the ordeal to take. Now apps are speeding up the process even further, attracting more people who struggle with making the time to cook their own food. Things couldn’t get much simpler unless we all started 3D printing our meals someday.
If you frequent any of these establishments and have used their mobile app, please share your experience with our readers below!
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