Are You A Manic Gobbler? Restaurant Behavior Revealed!

By Lauren Gniazdowski

Reader’s Digest editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello recently recommended an article from Bloomberg Businessweek about the worst day to buy salad for lunch. Afterwards, the folks at Businessweek posted another fascinating item on lunchtime behavior: an infographic illustrating how people act when buying their midday meal at “fast casual” restaurant chains like Chipotle, Cosi, and Pret A Manger.

Businessweek observed restaurant-goers and sought comment from experts like Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Matt Silverman, co-founder of, and—my favorite—the guy who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld.

According to the infographic, I fall into the “manic gobbler” category of people who “wolf down their food at lightening speeds.” How about you? Are you a “waffler” who can’t make a decision? Or maybe you’re an “over do-er” who is guilty of saying phrases like, “I’ll do dressing on the side.”

This social experiment totally captures the dynamic of the many different (and hungry) types of people who converge on these places with the same simple goal: to eat some lunch. Check it out »

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