Fast food Fast food is when you can buy cooked food in short time, started in the U.S. And spread all over the world.
fast is the word given to food that can be made and served very fast. While any meal with low preparation time can be called fast food,mostly the word
refers to food sold in a restaurant or store preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-away.
Outlets may be stands or kiosks, which may provide no shelter or seating, or fast food restaurants (also known as quick service restaurants).
Franchise operations which are part of restaurant chains have standardized foodstuffs shipped to each restaurant from central locations.
The capital requirements involved in opening up a non-franchised fast food restaurant are relatively low.
Restaurants with much higher sit-in ratios, where customers tend to sit and have their orders brought to them in a seemingly more upscale atmosphere,
may be known in some areas as fast casual restaurants. Fast food outlets are take-away providers, often with a"drive-through" service which
allows customers to order and pick up food from their cars; but most also have a seating area in which customers can eat the food on the premises.
Nearly from its inception, fast food has been designed to be eaten "on the go", often does not require traditional cutlery, and is eaten as a finger food.
Common menu items at fast food outlets include fish and chips, sandwiches, pitas, hamburgers, fried chicken, french fries,
chicken nuggets, tacos, pizza, hot dogs, and ice cream, although many fast food restaurants offer "slower" foods like chili, mashed potatoes, and salads.
Many petrol/gas stations have convenience stores which sell pre-packaged sandwiches, doughnuts, and hot food. Many gas stations in the United States
and Europe also sell frozen foods and have microwaves on the premises in which to prepare them.