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Franchised Fast Food
Franchised fast food restaurants exist throughout the United States. The top franchised fast food chains have thousands of restaurants each, all with identical decor, menu and prices. Their products are uniform, reasonably priced, and prepared according to high health standards. These restaurants provide adequate meals with comfortable places to eat, often with drive-through service, so you can eat without getting out of your car.
While the foods sold by fast food restaurants have traditionally been high in fat, for quite some time fast food companies have been cutting fat, sugar and salt and have been adding supposedly healthier items like salads to their menus. The food is only of average quality, but if you are travelling and don't know the area, franchised fast-food is an inexpensive, quick, clean option.
Most fast food restaurant workers do not expect gratuities, since customers pick up their food right at the counter where it is prepared, and then add condiments on their own. It is courteous to clean up after yourself by bringing your tray back to a centralized location to be stacked.
The largest fast food chains in terms of units are McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, and Domino’s. Other large fast-food chains include Long John Silver’s, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Hardee’s, Jack in the Box, Chick fil-A, Boston Market, Quiznos, Papa John’s, Little Caesar’s, Panda Express, Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts, and Krispy Kreme.
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