Getting Reimbursement isn't enought for ANY FOOD Shop.
Meg stated: What I don't like about the Roadhouse shop is that you have to pay for your own tip.
Bob's comment: Over the past 10+ years, I have completed 66 Roadhouse shops without ever needing to pay the tip form my total reimbursement. On only one assignment, though, have I exceeded the maximum amount for the job.
Text yourself. That will save you the two hours you are using listening to recordings, shoptastic. But, if you need shops for the money, dining shops are not it, unless you get Five Guy shops with a decent bonus. The dining shops do not pay much, maybe $15 with Coyle, but you could spend hours writing that report versus fifteen minutes for Five Guys.
@shoptastic, I have eaten at 5 guys a few times. I like the taste but there is no way double fried fries and flat top burgers are healthy. LOL At least not for me, I am pretty sure my cholesterol would spike if I ate there once a month even. I do enjoy the food, but that is just another clue to me that it can't be good for me.
I promise to leave y'all the 5-10 dollar "easy" shops that take up to an hour to do and you can leave me these worthless no pay restaurant shops. Deal?
Not healthy, but "healthy" for fast food.
Their buns are less sugary and carby, due to the use of eggs in them. They definitely taste different and better, imho, than your typical sesame seed bun. They taste "real." The meats and veggies are made/cut fresh every morning and never frozen and never have preservatives and additives. And you also get a very fresh flavor with them too. Same with the daily cut fries from fresh potatoes.
I also use shops to "make my gas money" back when I have to drive all over the state for soccer games or ballet competitions. And if I can do 2-3 shops while I'm on the road and make a little cash above and beyond just "making my gas money," I'm very happy
It's relative to the typical stuff you get in fast food (McD's, Wendy's, BK, etc.). I think they are healthier. I load up on practically all the veggies on their burgers:
lettuce, tomato, green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and jalapenos
I get practically a salad burger!
But, I also think their base ingredients are healthier!
I only do high-end restaurants. Last night I shopped Capital Grill. Had an amazing $225 meal which assuming I get reimbursed only cost me $40 out of my own pocket. I figure a $40 dinner at capital grille is a good deal!.
I've heard of Capital Grill, but don't have one near me.
We have a Ruth's Chris, but I make less than $50,000/year and cannot do that shop. I have done fine dining shops of equal caliber elsewhere, though. They take many hours to complete. I haven't found the reimbursement/lack of fee worth it for me personally, as the food has always been so-so (mainly, because they don't reimburse high enough to order the good stuff and I'm stuck with lower end meals + valet parking sometimes that is out-of-pocket).
Glad to hear some people enjoy these! Maybe one day I'll come across one that I'm willing to try and actually enjoy. For now, they are not worthwhile and to be avoided.
This has been an interesting thread the read, with lots of different opinions. About once a year, I do a fine dining shop for reimbursement only that costs $200 to $225 with tip (not for Coyle). If something goes south, we can afford it, but my view is that it would cost me $300 in before tax dollars to pay for it. I'd rather have it reimbursed. On the other hand, there is a burrito shop always available near me that is regularly available. It reimburses up to $8 for the burrito, and requires that I sit there and eat it. My drink is not reimbursed. I did it once. Easy write up, Fast to submit. Easy editing. I decline to do it again on principle because I have to pay for my own drink. I'd rather go there and not get reimbursed at all than pay for the $3 drink to go with my "free" meal.
That's a very good idea, HB, but not just with FG - we should do it with all shop foods we intake.
But, I think we should do a separate thread somewhere else like General Chat. Main reason is I don't want this one to go off track. I tend to think the FG burger isn't so bad - rather, it seems like the fries are the big culprit and I only eat about 5-7 and bag the rest for later (I give it to my parents actually).
As for the FG burger, it's under a Big Mac in calories (which doesn't day much) at around 500 or so. But the big thing I just realized is that the bun is a killer in that department! You shave off 260 calories from the bun by tossing it (the burger patty is only 220 calories) and also 9 grams of fat. The patty is 17 grams of total fat.
It's time to go bunless!
nutrition info. from FG's website:
eta: Also, don't look at those fries nutritional facts if you are calorie conscious. Although, I never really eat them. And take two sips of soda and toss that as well each FG trip.