Food: Gasoline & Gastronomy

The superhighways that are banding the nation are fine for driving but often terrible for eating. Restaurants are spaced far apart, usually require long waits and—in the case of federal, limited-access roads—are located off the highway altogether. In Ohio, Standard Oil is trying . to ease the problem by adding slot "'machine restaurants to service stations.

Leaving his car to be serviced, a driver goes into the glass-front restaurant where vending machines offer precooked meals, prepared by contract with Stouffer Corp. He carries his food to a quick-cooking microwave oven, presses a colored timer button that matches the color code...

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