Monday, December 7, 2009

Stamford is NOT Drive-Thru Friendly...

Is that why we're all so damn thin?

The kid fell asleep in the car on the way home from the pediatrician. I was starving but knew we had no food in the house. GREAT! I'll have a little adventure and go thru the Burger King Drive Thru up on High Ridge! That seemed like a "Typical Stay at Home Mom" thing to do, so since I go back to work in January, I figured I'd have that SAHM experience with a nice helping of fries. I had no cash, so I hit the ATM for a twenty, then went to turn into the Burger King. I got a little nervous when it didn't say "Drive Thru" under "Burger King," but I figured EVERY fast food place has a drive thru, or else what's the point. I pulled in. NO DRIVE THRU.

This was very disappointing. I wracked my brain- where else could I get food without exiting my car?

I know there is a drive thru McD's off of exit 9 (right? That's a drive thru right, or isn't it? Now I'm doubting myself.) and I know there's a Drive Thru Dunkin Donuts (exit 6) and Donut Delite (exit 9/Glenbrook). However, I didn't feel like driving that far across town to that McD's, nor did I want donuts or bagels. I wanted fries. And ketchup. And, either a burger or chicken- I hadn't decided.

Instead, I drove home, where I made the risky move of removing the baby from the car. Fortunately he stayed asleep and gave me time to boil some soba noodles and put peanut butter on them. (Delicious.) He's still sleeping, so I'm getting time to blog. All in all this worked out for the best because I got blogging time AND healthier food, but I had gotten excited for junk food. I still wish I had that fast food option for times when the baby falls asleep in the car at an inopportune time.

12 comments:

Bruce Beckett said...

When's the new Micky Ds opening in Springdale? I'm fed up with driving to the one off Exit 9, which, by the way, does indeed have a drive-thru.

Mr. Z said...

The McDonald's at Exit 9 does indeed have a drive-thru and it is probably the only place in town to get french fries from a drive-thru window.

There is a Wendy's on West Putnam Ave in Greenwich that might have a drive-thru, but I'm not sure.

After Words said...

Funny that fast food in the car with the baby sleeping seems like a "Typical Stay at Home Mom" thing to do...never done it once in my 4+ years of SAHMing--like I'd chance the loud, crackle of the drive-thru waking my kids!

Dozing in the front seat while the kids nap in the back? Why yes, I've done that....but not nearly often enough.

Stamford Talk said...

Wait, Bruce, are they really expecting a McD's in Springdale? You better not be joking.

Mr. Z, that Wendy's is practically in NY! :) Although it IS close to Giggle....

After Words, I think it feels typical to me bc my sis did it (she stays home with her kids) and a lot of the new moms I knew from Stamford Hospital always hit the DD drive thru for coffee!
That's true though, about the crackle- I was planning on a stage whisper. And not getting the car too close to the speaker, and like, leaning my head out.

I'm with you on car naps. I used to nap in my car all the time- often catching a cat nap before gym when exhausted but wanting to work out- but ever since I had the kid, I am unable to nap in the car. I'm not quite sure why... I guess because his seat is behind mine so I can't recline. If I really need to I spose I can hop over to the passenger seat! I used to be a huge napper, but something about having a baby has ruined that. Maybe as he gets older...

Maura said...

The only other drive-thru that I know of (that hasn't yet been mentioned) is the drive-thru window at KFC on the West Side. I'm a sucker for their chicken pot pie...and I hear that their 2-piece grilled chicken with 2 sides has fewer calories than a 6-inch Subway sub. :-)

anne said...

Sierra Grille on High Ridge used to promote their curbside pickup service, where you call in your order and then they'd take it out to your car. (Not sure how the payment would work; cash only? credit card on the phone?) I haven't seen any mention of it there lately, but it may be worth a phone call. Their food is pretty good, though probably too messy to actually eat in the car.

bruceb said...

I could be wrong ... but my wife's sister told her a McDonalds was going to open where Rite Aid (I think it's Rtie Aid) used to be on Hope Street.

Anonymous said...

i'm also a mom that can't believe the lack of drive throughs in this area. dunkin donuts on the post road has a drive through and i've discovered they have really yummy paninis! though the downfall is they do not have fountain soda.

Anonymous said...

Taco Bell at the end of Glenbrook Road has a drive-thru.

Taneya said...

i wud die for a pizza place that would do curbside!

Anonymous said...

When I was a new mom, I also desperately looked for drive thrus in Stamford and had no luck. I did however regularly take advantage of drive thru banks and the drive thru Starbacks in Norwalk.

Stamford Talk said...

I think the Taco Bell in Riverside, on Rt 1 off exit 5, has drive thru. I'm not a big Taco Bell person, but... in a pinch!
Know that taco truck by Jackie Robinson park on Rt. 1 in Stamford? Near Beamers? I bet you could pull up beside them and order something- maybe even call ahead? That's sorta like curbside. El Charrito taco truck, and they have a facebook page!