Dining in the United States
- Categories of Restaurant
- Fast Food
- Fast food restaurants serving all sorts of delicacies from American style hamburgers, hot dogs and fried chicken to Italian pizza, Mexican tacos, Greek Gyros and Chinese egg rolls. Fast food restaurants are mostly inexpensive.
- US Cooking
- Fried chicken, meatloaf, baked potato, corn, baked beans and apple pie would be considered traditional American dishes
- Regional Cooking
- New England cooking was heavily influenced by the cuisine of the original English settlers. Southern cooking has African influences. New Orleans area is a mix of Spanish, French and African styles. Finally, California cooking is known for combinations with Asian, Mexican and Spanish flavorings.
- Ethnic Foods
- In most cities, you will find food from Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, South America, Asia and numerous other cultures.
- Rules For Eating Out
- Lunch is usually served between 11 am and 1 pm and dinner 5 pm to 10 pm. Do not forget to tip your waiter or waitress (20 % at a "sit-down" restaurant). Service is almost never included in the price of the meal. Sometimes, if you eat with a group of people over a certain number, the restaurant will add a service charge to your bill, which means you do not have to leave a tip.
|Economy Meal||from 5 to 12 USD|
|Medium Price Meal||From 12 to 25 USD|
|Good Quality Meal||> 25 USD|
- Food Specialties
Appetizers: Crab Cakes ; Rockefeller Oysters; Crab Soup.
Main Courses: Chili con carne, Burgers, Chicken Gumbo, Shrimp Gumbo, Jambalaya, Country Ham.
Cocktails: Egg Nog, Southern Mint Julep.
Bakeries: Corn bread; Peanut brittle.
Desserts: President's cake; The King cake from New Orleans.
- Soft drinks like Coca Cola, Fanta, etc are the most drunk. Young people, above 21 years old, drink American beers like Budweiser and Coors. Wines and Bourbons are very much appreciated in the USA; you can find some interesting American wines from California, Oregon and other states. Imported international alcoholic beverages are also available.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Table Manners
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