As far back as I can remember, I have always liked go­ing out to eat. Two of my favorite restaurants are Jake’s and McDonald’s. Though both are places to dine they have their differences in their ambiance, waiting, and expense. When deciding where to go to eat, I have three things to think about. I must consider the atmosphere or where I want to go. The amount of time I have is another consideration. The amount of money that I am able to spend is a big influence.

The atmosphere at Jake’s is casual, and people came to spend several hours. Jake’s has a waiting room with long, leather-topped benches to sit on while waiting. Some tables are round and some are long rectangles, so everything can fit on them. The floor is hard wood, and it is covered with empty peanut hulls. Music, usually Alternative or Country, is play­ing at a medium level. Sometimes customers can barely hear the person sitting right next to them. Laughter is present, and usually a large variety of people are sitting all around. The bar has smoking and non-smoking section.

At McDonald’s, the surroundings are quite different from those at Jake’s. When dining in, people are seated at small booths. The tables are not big enough for everything so tables may have to be moved together, people may have to sit apart or some food may have to be left in the bag. Sometimes there are greasy floors. Unlike Jake’s, McDonald’s customers are usually in a rush. They come in order their food and storm out. McDonald’s usually has some elevator music playing at a decent level yet people are always shouting at each other. There is no smoking in McDonald’s.

Because Jake’s is popular it fills up rapidly but does not empty out quickly.

As a result people planning to eat at Jake’s they might want to consider making reservations because the wait can take up to two-hours if they do not. When customers are fi­nally seated, a waiter is assigned to their table. The first thing the waiter does is ask what the customers want to drink. About three minutes later, the drinks are served. Next the waiters bring some buttered rolls to eat while the customers are waiting, and of course, there are always peanuts. Custom­ers are encouraged to throw the hulls on the floor. After wait­ing about seven to ten minutes, the waiter comes back to the table and takes the customers’ orders. About ten minutes later, the waiter brings out the salads and refills the customers’ drinks. A half an hour later, the waiter brings out the customers food.

There is a more rapid pace at McDonald’s. Here customers have the option of driving through or dining in. The customers walk up to the counter and give their order. The food should be ready in the next two minutes. However, if the counter person gets the order wrong, the customers may have to wait longer. If the customer goes through the drive-thru, they drive up and say their order into a box operated by a person they don’t see. Next they drive around to the little window, the casher takes their money. The customer then drives to the next window where they pick their food up.

Jake’s and McDonald’s have different cost and payment options. When customers choose to eat at Jake’s, they will probably end up paying fifteen to twenty dollars per person; lake’s has better cuts of meat than McDonald’s. Each meal is cooked as ordered, not mass-produced. When customers are finished dinning, the waiter asks if they would like the check all together or separate. Then the waiter brings out the check. Most of the time, customers leave tips on the table when they leave; this means the customers are saying “Thank you waiter. You did a good job.”

At McDonald’s, customers will only pay two to six dol­lars per person, the menu has limited choices. Sandwiches and fries are cooked ahead of time and kept in warmers. At McDonald’s, food must be paid for when it is ordered. Tip­ping is not expected.

As I mentioned, Jake’s and McDonald’s are two of my favorite places to eat. I like going to Jake’s on special night when I want to enjoy a leisurely atmosphere, have a lot of Time and some extra money. I go to McDonald’s when I am by myself, in a hurry or have limited cash. I hope that my information will give customers something to consider be­fore choosing where to eat. Also they will know what to ex­pect when they are there.