Fast food is convenient and a popular part of American culture. Although fast food is sometimes criticized for being unhealthy, fast food does have its advantages.
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What is Fast Food?
Fast food refers to food that is prepared quickly. It is normally served at a counter or drive-thru window within minutes of placing an order. Fast food establishments typically do not employ wait staff. Customers simply seat themselves after ordering.
Fast Food Saves Time
Fast food saves time in today's fast-paced society. People can order fast food on their way to or from work, without ever leaving their car. Fast food is also designed to come in small packaging so that people can consume it while traveling.
Light on the Wallet
Eating fast food can save a lot of money for large families, students and anyone else looking to eat out without breaking the bank. Many fast food chains offer discount menus with foods costing a dollar or less. Customers also avoid having to leave a tip when they choose a fast food establishment over a typical restaurant.
Many fast food places now offer healthier options to keep up with popular demand. In addition to typical fast food favorites such as burgers and fries, most fast food places now offer healthy alternatives such as salads, grilled chicken, yogurt, fruit and wraps.
Popular Places to Find Fast Food
Some of the most popular fast food chains include McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King, Sonic, In-N-Out Burger, Subway, Arby's and Dunkin' Donuts.