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12 Unusual Drive-Through Services

While drive-through windows are often found attached to fast food restaurants and banks, sometimes unlikely businesses also tempt customers with the convenience of staying in your car. Here are 12 of them.

1. A LITTLE WHITE WEDDING CHAPEL // LAS VEGAS

With wedding packages starting at $75 (plus the cost of a marriage license), A Little White Wedding Chapel is mostly known for its “Tunnel of Love Drive-Thru.” Since 1951, the Las Vegas chapel has been the prime site for “quickie” weddings, including the ones of notable celebrities such as Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, and Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander. They even have an on-site Elvis Presley impersonator, just in case you need “a hunk, a hunk of burnin’ love!”

2. ROBERT L. ADAMS MORTUARY DRIVE-THRU // COMPTON, CALIFORNIA

Established in 1974, the Robert L. Adams Mortuary Drive-Thru in Compton, California aims to “bring the business of death and a convenience of the living” together. The funeral home offers drive-through viewings of the recently deceased behind bullet-proof glass.

“You can come by after work, you don’t need to deal with parking, you can sign the book outside and the family knows that you paid your respects,” owner Peggy Scott Adams told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s a convenience thing.”

3. SMARTMART // MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Smartmart is a gas station and automated drive-through convenience store in Memphis, Tennessee. Customers drive up to one of the store’s four ATM-like touchscreen display kiosks to select the items they’d like to buy. Once purchased, a series of conveyor belts and computer-operated dispensers go to work to search and assemble your order, as it spits out your items underneath the kiosk itself.

4. DAIQUIRI BAY CAFE // METAIRIE, LOUISIANA

Believe it or not, there’s a bar in New Orleans that serves alcoholic beverages from a drive-through window. The Daiquiri Bay Cafe (DBC Bar & Grill) is a unique drinking experience in Louisiana. Due to the very loose open container laws in New Orleans, you can drive up to a service window and buy a strawberry daiquiri as long as it’s served in a closed container without a straw inside.

5. CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER // FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

If you’re driving down West Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and have a sudden need to find solace and meaning in life, then pull into the Christian Life Center’s “Divine Drive-Thru.” Every Friday, the church’s prayer team joins motorists behind the wheel in a prayer to God.

“We want to be able to minister to our community here…

9 Amazing Underwater-Themed Restaurants

Plenty of restaurants sport great decor, but it’s not every day you can say you ate with the fishes. Watching sea creatures glide past your meal can be a uniquely soothing experience, and several restaurants around the world are ready to provide it—whether that means actually descending below the surface of the ocean or eating in an above-sea-level world with a giant aquarium as part of the construction.

1. AL MAHARA // DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Mahara in Dubai has added its star chef to the restaurant’s name, and is now called Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara. Four-star seafood may be second to the view, however. The restaurant is at the Burj Al Arab hotel, but there are no windows. Instead, diners are seated around a floor-to-ceiling 700,000-gallon marine aquarium. Al Mahara is also famous for its prices, high even by Dubai standards.

2. SUBSIX // MALDIVES

Subsix is one of nine restaurants at the PER AQUUM Niyama resort in the Maldives. Located about a third of a mile offshore from the rest of the resort, it’s also about 20 feet, or six meters, below sea level—hence the name. The only way to get there is by speedboat. You can enjoy lunch and dinner daily while relaxing in the anemone-inspired chairs, dance at the Underwater Glow Party on Wednesday and Saturday nights, or rent the whole place for a private champagne breakfast or dinner.

3. CARGO HOLD // DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

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How about lunch under the watchful eye of sharks? The Cargo Hold restaurant is part of the uShaka Marine World theme park, which boasts 32 aquarium tanks, with acrylic glass walkways leading to five shipwrecks. The Cargo Hold is nestled inside the stern of the Phantom Ship—a 1920s cargo steamer—with plenty…

How many tables restaurant servers have to wait on to earn minimum wage

In most states, there is minimum wage and there is tipping minimum wage. For those who earn the latter, most of their income comes from tips. This is fine in nicer restaurants where tips can be substantial, but in places that depend on high turnover and low prices, restaurant servers need to work more tables per hour…

Michelin Guide Mistakenly Awards Star to Humble French Cafe

Foodies flocked to a small-town cafe in central France after Michelin debuted its annual restaurant guide in early February. With its plastic tablecloths and working class clientele, Le Bouche à Oreille in Bourges isn’t the typical restaurant you’d expect to earn a Michelin star. That’s because the star was never meant to go to the eatery to begin with; as The Telegraph reports, the Michelin Guide confused it with a different Le Bouche à Oreille, located about 100 miles away in Boutervilliers, a town about 40 miles southwest of Paris.

On a typical day, Bourges’s Le Bouche à Oreille serves local workers hearty meals like lasagna, steak and chips, and beef bourguignon for about $10.50 a dish. The crowd looked quite different for the couple of days the error was listed on the Michelin Guide website; food critics and gourmands showed up to the…

Now You Can Enjoy a LEGO Brick Burger

You can apply a lot of adjectives to LEGO bricks, but “appetizing” has rarely been one of them. Yet one restaurant in the Philippines, called Brick Burger, is having a good deal of success by replicating the familiar nub-topped blocks in their hamburgers. They’ve created buns shaped like the toy in three primary colors: red, yellow, and black.

Brick Burger first opened its doors in 2016, and owner…

This Restaurant Is Embedded Into Italy’s Dolomites Mountain Range

One of the most stunning sections of the Italian Alps is the Dolomites mountain range, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. After a long day on the slopes, one of the coziest ways to enjoy the area’s natural beauty is from the Oberholz Mountain Hut restaurant.

According to Dezeen, the building is nestled 6500 feet high in the mountains.

Map Shows the Fastest Route to America’s Michelin-Starred Restaurants

In 1900, eleven years after Michelin was founded, the tire company released its first city guide as a way to promote travel to its customers. In the spirit of the guide’s origins, Orbitz has published a map plotting the fastest way to visit every Michelin-starred restaurant in the U.S. by car.

America is home to a number of areas with the most Michelin-starred restaurants on Earth—including the San Francisco area, which boasts more than 50 stars spread out across more than 30 establishments, and is where this road trip starts. After knocking out…

Taking a Look At the Calorie Counts of Your Favorite Fast Food Menus

Fast food is notoriously bad for you—and a major factor in America’s obesity epidemic—but not all drive-thru visits are equal, health-wise. On Flowing Data, stats nerd Nathan Yau crunched the numbers to figure out how different fast food restaurant menus stack up in terms of calorie counts, as WIRED recently highlighted.

Unlike some other breakdowns that compare the calories of specific fast food items or meal combinations, Yau’s visualization takes all the major menu items into account so you can see in general terms how…