Fast food is found in abundance in America reflecting the on-the-go lifestyle of Americans. Many dishes are adopted from the nationality of immigrants including Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, and Italian.
The typical family in the United States eats three meals per day. Breakfast for adults might often consist of a cup of coffee or fruit juice and a baked pastry or toast. More health-conscious adults might eat fresh fruit. Children will likely eat a light breakfast that may include prepared cereal. The midday meal is light and eaten at approximately noon. The fast-paced society typical of most of urban life dictates that “lunch” is eaten fairly quickly and often consists of a light meal with smaller portions, perhaps just a sandwich, a small salad, or similar food. The evening meal is the main meal for most families in the United States. Although eating in a restaurant is growing more popular over time, most families continue to eat at home after work and school is concluded. Meals are one course and consist of a meat portion (chicken, beef, pork) and vegetables. Dessert is optional.
When eating in public, the woman traditionally places her order first, then the man. For casual dining or fast food restaurants, there are few strict social requirements. For example, elbows may be placed on the table, and hands need not always be placed on top of the table in plain sight. Family restaurants are plentiful and very popular, and children of all ages are welcome.
The United States is a large country with regional food specialties. Seafood is popular on the coasts, beef in the west and Midwest, Hispanic influences are evident in the southwest and in California, and hearty meals from the south will provide an experience of both warm hospitality and memorable home-grown foods.