If I want it drunk or hungover and it will inevitably make me sick the next day, it's fast food.
A food chain that has a drive up window.
any place where you have to fill up your own soda at a soda fountain = fast-food.
I would define fast food by price point, greasiness and drive-up window. For example, I don't consider Panera or Cosi fast food. Subway may be the exception to the rule, though, because it is cheap yet nongreasy and does not have a drive-thru.
an aside before i answer: i was a rhetoric tutor for other athletes my senior year. a bunch of the girls i tutored had to read Fast Food Nation and then write a paper that first defined a fast food restaurant and then defended that definition. it was so depressing helping them with that paper - they could barely write and i really felt like the schools they grew up in had failed each of them. that said... a fast food restaurant is more like a manufacturing line than a restaurant. the food isn't actually cooked, its heated and prepared.
I really don't know the answer to this question. I know that the staples, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell are fast food. But does Fast Food stop at a dollar menu and a drive-up window? Would Chipotle or Baja Fresh count? How about Sonic? I just don't know. Would Five Guys count? I guess this really isn't an answer, more of a brainstorm...
anything that isn't made to order is fast food, though not everything that is made to order is not fast food.the tie breaker is drive thru window.
I use a very broad definition of fast food, and would say any chain restaurant, that takes more than 5 min to prepare and you have to do one of the following:1) order the food from the counter2) order the food from your car3) pick up your own food4) clean your own area when finished. Always exceptions to the rule, I wouldn't clasify Vapiano's as fast food, but it fits this definition. Also, Cosi for lunch is fast food, for dinner it's not. (they have table service at night)
any place sans waiters/waitresses and you have to bus your own tray.
Needs to have a majority of the following characteristics:1) food ordered and served at a walk-up counter and/or a drive-through window2) seat yourself3) food served in a wrapper4) all meals under $10
a drive-through window and/or you have to order at a counter (even if the food is then brought to your table)and ROLL TIDE!
Eateries DO NOT have locations at rest stops.Fast food restaurants HAVE locations at rest stops.
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