While regional dishes vary among Germans, potatoes, noodles, dumplings, sauces, cakes, and pastries are common. Every region has its own kind of wurst (sausage). Ethnic foods, especially Turkish, Greek and Italian, and fast foods are popular. The main meal is traditionally served at noon and a lighter meal (Abendbrot) eaten in the evening, usually open faced sandwiches.
The continental style of eating is used. Hands are kept above the table with wrists resting on the edge. Potatoes and fish are not cut with a knife because this indicates they are not fully cooked. It is considered wasteful to leave food on the plate. Most Germans prefer their drinks without ice, as cold drinks are not considered healthy.