The fast food industry has grown rapidly in the last few decades. It has played a major role in changing the diets and eating habits of Americans. Fast food refers to food that is pre-cooked and served quickly. Customers usually have to stand in line and order directly at the counter. The menu is displayed clearly, with mostly meal combinations that include a sandwich or main course, drink, and a side. There is no wait service for fast food. Fast food is also known to be cheap or good in value. Fast food restaurants are located all over the world, in almost every major city. They can be in or near shopping centers, movie theaters, and main tourist attractions. It is just as likely to find a fast food restaurant in a small town or even along the highway. Fast food restaurants are great stops for people to grab a quick bite before continuing on their trip.

Fast food restaurants are often part of larger chains or franchises. McDonald’s is one of the world’s largest fast food chain. It mainly serves hamburgers and fries, but also have other varieties of sandwiches and salads available. Similar to McDonald’s, there are other burger joints such as Burger King, Wendy’s, Arby’s and White Castle. Other fast food restaurants are known for their fried chicken, such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Popeye’s. Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Little Caesar’s serve pizza, especially popular for delivery. There are also ethnic fast food restaurants such as Taco Bell and Chipotle for Mexican and Panda Express for Chinese .
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There are often deals and coupons to entice people to come and eat at fast food joints. Buy one get one free or free soda or fries with purchase of sandwich are common coupon deals. Sometimes when a restaurant is trying to promote something new, they might even offer it for free or at a very low price. Dunkin Donuts offered one dollar lattes while McDonald’s gave out its premium coffee for free with a coupon. However, you can almost certainly find coupon inserts in the Sunday paper. There is usually a whole sheet of coupons for each restaurant. For example, Dominoes offer coupons in the paper with free toppings or hot wings with pizza purchase. Do read the fine print of the bottom that states any restrictions that might apply. There are usually expiration dates on the coupons as well.

For online coupons, there are also plenty of sites that allow you to search for them, such as You can click on any coupon for any restaurant that you like and print it out. If you have a favorite fast food restaurant, you can visit the company’s website which offers promotions and coupons as well. For example, KFC allows you enroll in their e-mail club for coupons. Quiznos also offer coupons and a free cookie on your birthday if you sign-up on their website. Even though fast food is already a pretty good deal, a coupon makes it an even better one.