Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'm planning a double date and I think it would be so fun to gather and then rank french fries from all the fast food places. However, I don't have a car, so the best course of action would probably be to gather the fries beforehand and then find a location to meet at rather than trekking by bus everywhere. I don't want to do it at my apartment if possible because my roommates will be home. Do you know any cool places around Provo/Orem or on campus that might work?
-Logistics are Hard
While I'm glad you've thought of how to obtain the fries, I also want to point of the freshness logistics of this plan. Those fries will be nasty and cold if you're going around to the different places, picking them up, and hauling them back somewhere to try all at once. Maybe walk around to the different places and eat the fries in their respective restaurants where they come from? That way the fries can still be delicious when you're taste-testing.
Guesthouse also suggested either doing DoorDash from a couple places, or having the other couple pick up half the fries.
Dear fried computer,
I think another option would be to find different places that serve fries that are within walking distance. One cool thing that I learned just a bit ago was that you can search any food item on Google maps and get a bunch of different places that all serve that food. Here is the map for fries:
Looking at the map, you might have a good shot downtown, but it looks like Cougar Blvd gets you the best spread of restaurants in close proximity. Starting near campus and traveling west, you've got Wendy's, Rancheritos (think carne asada fries), Mooyah Burger, Taco Bell (nacho fries), Arby's, McDonald's, Brasas Mexican grill, Carl's Jr, Cubby's, Chick-Fil-A, and Sonic. I think you would only have to choose a few in those for them to be within reasonable walking distance and different enough to judge.
The other thing you could do which would be a little more expensive is to get all the fries delivered to a central location, but that doesn't sound as fun to me.
To your other question, I think just eating in the Wilk or other public tables on campus like in the JFSB is always good, and besides choosing a restaurant to buy something from and eat all of your food there. I think as long as you buy something, employees don't really care what you eat in their restaurant. Just act confident.