What is Fast-Food?
Fast food is food cooked in bulk and in advance and kept warm, or reheated when an order is placed. Many fast-food restaurants are part of restaurant chains or franchise operations, and standardized foodstuff is shipped to each restaurant from central locations.
Carl Karcher is a pioneer in the fast food industry. Born and brought up in in Ohio, he moved to Anaheim, California at the age of 24 to work at his uncleâ€™s factory. But he was not satisfied working in the factory as he dreamed to be prosperous and lead a great life. In 1939 Carl started his own business selling hot dogs on the street to customers from a cart as they drove up in their cars. Automobiles were popular during those days and hot dogs being served right inside the car made his business flourish to a great extent. Within five months after Carl bought the cart, he was able to buy a second one and opened a drive-in restaurant called Carlâ€™s Drive-In Barbeque. Later, he opened his own fast food chain known as Carl Jr.â€™s.
This new way of eating in the car became very popular and waitresses known as 'carhops' usually dressed very attractively delivered the food to each car.
Jesse G. Kirby is another pioneer in founding the drive-in restaurant chain called â€œPig Standâ€ in Texas.
A Drive-In Church in Anaheim, California, was founded by Reverend Robert Schuller. People could come to church on Sunday morning and watch the service on the big movie screen while being able to order and eat at the same time.
A brotherly duo, namely Richard and Maurice McDonald opened a drive-in restaurant in 1939 in California under the banner â€œMcDonaldâ€™s Famous Hamburgersâ€. Growing tired of having to hire new carhops and short-order cooks all the time, they, in the 1940s closed the restaurant and re-opened a new McDonaldâ€™s. No dishes, silverware or glasses were used and everything switched over to paper and plastic. McDonaldâ€™s Self-Service process revolutionized the restaurant industry.
Fast-Food Calorie Chart
List of Healthy Fast-Food
Small individually-owned fast-food restaurants have become common throughout the world, as the capital needed to start one is meager compared to other sectors. Customers can sit down and have their fast-food orders brought to them. Most fast-food restaurants are self-service centers where the customer is required to pay for the order first and then serve himself. These restaurants may or may not have sitting arrangements.
Fast-food today sells like hot cakes, especially amongst youngsters. It has occupied a prominent place in the list of top sought after foods in the world. It has become a trend today of going to a restaurant for fast-food for the purpose of mid meal snacking. The reason for the increasing consumption of fast-food is that it is readily available, quick to make and easy to serve. Fast-food is generally high in terms of calories, and therefore, it is not advisable to consume them in larger quantities.
Common Fast-Food or Snack-Food Items