There’s nothing quite like dining in a restaurant, and for countless people eating out has become a part of their lives. Because of competition restaurants and fast food chains are constantly coming out with new items on their menu, but the following are always found on menus, whether you’re having breakfast at Denny’s or grabbing some chow before hitting the arcade at Dave & Buster’s.
According to legend, the cheeseburger was the result of a mistake, when a waiter burnt a burger and covered it up with cheese so customers won’t notice. Whether this story is true or not, there’s no questioning the fact that the cheeseburger has become a staple in American restaurants, except nowadays you get not just burger and cheese but a ton of spreads, tomatoes, bacon and a whole lot more. Some fast food items go out style, but the cheeseburger will live on.
It doesn’t matter whether you want it with mustard or ketchup, because the fact is hotdogs have become a mainstay of casual dining, and you won’t find a fast food spot in America today that doesn’t serve a hotdog sandwich, although they now come in wildly different styles with as many toppings as you like. For a quick but tasty treat, nothing beats the good old hotdog sandwich, with ketchup or mustard.
Few things go so well with margaritas like a handful of spicy nachos. People will argue forever which dips are the best, but there’s no arguing its origin in Piedras Negras, Mexico. One day several wives of American soldiers dropped by at the Victory Club, and Ignacio “Nacho” Abaya, who didn’t have anything ready, just improvised and called his dish “nachos”. The rest is history.
4. Pizza Chicago Style
The pizza may have originated in Naples, but the Windy City gave it that distinctly American flavor. According to the story, in 1943 Ike Sewell inaugurated the first Uno’s Pizzeria in Chicago with the notion that if you make a pizza big enough, people won’t look at it as a snack but as a meal. That’s exactly he did, and people have embraced it ever since.
5. Apple Pie
Survey after survey has shown that the apple pie is America’s favorite pie ahead of cherry, lemon, and the pumpkin, and while people always say “as American as apple pie”, the dessert actually came to the US in 1780 from England. But whatever its origins may be, no one will question the fact that it has been transformed into a genuine American meal.
Today you’d be hard-pressed to find a diner or restaurant that doesn’t offer some variant of apple pie, with or without the vanilla ice cream or cheese topping. All these foods have become a part of the American diet, and proof of their popularity is the fact that restaurants now serve them in different ways. A trip to T.G.I. Friday’s, for instance, will give you an idea of the many ways they whip burgers nowadays, so the stuff never gets old.