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DINING TIPS

If you want not only enjoy and explore the amazing places but also cuisine in the USA, let’s take a look at our tip for dining. Cooking in the USA is not just hamburgers, pizza and fast food! Fast food restaurant chains have been very successful at introducing American style fast food around the world, now people from many lands believe it is what we all eat in the USA. As the melting pot of many different cultures, the US has also become the mixing pot for many different cuisines, and we have a rich variety of foods to choose from.


EATING TIP


Fast Food is certainly available all over the USA and is very popular. You will find a wide variety of fast food restaurants serving all sorts of delicacies f:

- American style hamburgers

- Hot dogs and fried chicken

- Italian pizza

- Mexican tacos

- Greek Gyros and Chinese egg rolls.

Hambuger and Chips 

Some of the fast food can be quite delicious and it is almost always inexpensive. The restaurant chains may lack interesting variety, but you will usually be assured of good service, consistent quality and clean facilities.

American cooking (US cooking) is usually considered to consist of the traditional dishes long popular in the USA. Fried chicken, meatloaf, baked potato, corn, baked beans and apple pie would be considered traditional American dishes.

Apple pie

Regional Cooking varies from state to state and is highly influenced by the types of ingredients locally available, as well as the cultural background of the people that settled in the area.

- New England cooking, native to the northeastern states; was heavily influenced by the cuisine of the original English settlers.

- Southern cooking has definite African influences.

- Cajun cooking, from the New Orleans area, is a spicy mixture of Spanish, French and African styles.

- California cooking is known for the use of fresh fruits and vegetables in interesting combinations with Asian, Mexican and Spanish flavorings.

Ethnic Foods of all sorts are popular everywhere in the US and readily available in most areas. Italian cuisine is popular everywhere, from fast food pizza to gourmet Italian regional cuisine. The same is true of Chinese cuisine. Mexican restaurants are extremely popular in the southwestern and western states and can be found throughout the rest of the states as well. In most cities you will also find restaurants serving Eastern European, Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, African, South American, Caribbean and numerous other cultural foods.

Healthy Food is very popular in the USA. Everyone seems to be dieting and trying to lose a few pounds. If you prefer low fat, low calorie or vegetarian food, you will have no trouble finding it in the US. Salad bars are very common and many restaurants offer low calorie or low fat items on their menus.


SMOKING TIP


Smoking is now banned in all elevators, public buildings, hospitals, busses, trains and airplanes in the US. Restaurants have "smoking" and "non-smoking" tables. Many families do not smoke and prefer that guests do not smoke in their home. Before you light a cigarette, always ask your host or companion if smoking would bother them. 


DRINKING TIP


The minimum drinking age is 21 in nearly every state. Laws prohibit anyone under 21 years old from buying, owning or drinking any alcoholic beverage. Bars and nightclubs will not permit anyone younger to enter even if parents accompany them. Restaurants that serve alcohol will allow children to enter and eat but will not serve them any alcoholic beverage.