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November 16, 2018 National Fast food Day
Post by John Rancke
First popularized in the United States in the 1950s, fast food is considered any meal with low preparation time and served to a customer in a packaged form for quick dine-in, take-out or take-away and typically with a drive-thru.
Merriam-Webster dictionary first recognized the term “fast food” in 1951. So that led to National Fast Food Day.
Following World War I, automobiles became popular and more affordable. At that time drive-in restaurants were introduced. In 1921, White Castle, an American company founded by Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson in Wichita, Kansas, opened, selling hamburgers for five cents each. Anderson had opened the first White Castle in 1916 as a limited menu, high-volume, low-cost, high-speed hamburger restaurant.
The United States has the largest fast food industry in the world. American fast food restaurants are located in over 100 countries.
Standard fast food menu items include hamburgers and other sandwiches, fish, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, tacos, pizza, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, breakfast biscuits, coffee and ice cream.
The first Happy Meal was served in June of 1979.
My first experience with Ronald McDonald was on Independence Blvd in Charlotte just before the original Charlotte Coliseum on the left.
Fast food is generally associated with chain restaurants, not Mom and Pop eating places like The Dixie, The Dew Drive In, The Burger Palace, The E & R Drive In, and all the other burger places that once resided on 2nd street in Lumberton.
Perhaps the industry that benefited the most from the thousands on fast food restaurants across the world is not the Diet industry but instead, the Neon Sign Industry. Without fast food, there would be no need for Neon except for “Open” signs and Beer signs behind the bars.
I guess that if we didn’t have fast food restaurants on every corner, the Mattress stores would have taken up the empty spaces.