This Mexican restaurant serves your order in just 13.5 seconds

Karne Garibaldi in Guadalajara, Mexico

Highlights

  • Karne Garibaldi restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico holds the Guinness World Record for fastest food service
  • They served a table in just 13.5 seconds on August 31, 1996
  • Quick food service started as a game between waiters

A Mexican restaurant serves your food almost instantly after you order it. While people typically have to wait half an hour for their food, Karne Garibaldi, a popular restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico, holds the Guinness World Record for fastest food service – 13.5 seconds.

Yes, you read that right. And this is not a joke.

It all started as a game between waiters to see who could serve their table the fastest. The competition between waiters led to the restaurant winning the Guinness World Record title.

Karne Garibaldi’s servers put together a full menu in just 13.5 seconds on August 31, 1996.

Even today, the restaurant serves its customers within a minute of ordering.

The traditional Mexican cuisine served at the restaurant requires hours of cooking. Thus, the dishes are prepared well before the opening of the restaurant. Even after that, getting the food on the plate and getting it to the customer’s table is done in seconds.

The restaurant has only one main course on the menu – carne en su jugo – a regional specialty originating from Guadalajara and the western state of Jalisco.

Publicity related to the Guinness World Record setting attracted tourists from all over Mexico, the United States and Europe. Thus, Karne Garibaldi cannot afford to let his service standards slip away.

Staff are trained to communicate with hand signals to keep things quick. New employees start behind the bar or wash the dishes until they are ready to serve tables.

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