|That's right, this is fast food|
Appetizers are still served, of course, even though the wait time between the ordering and the serving is usually no more then 7 minutes (if you don't order an appetizer); remember, it's get you in and get you out as fast as possible. They do not like slow eaters or people who enjoy conversation, this costs both the waiter and the establishment money.
|And this is fast food|
This quick turn around makes it obvious that almost every thing served has been pre-cooked and packaged. All the cook staff does is put your order on a plate and pop it into a microwave, they don't have time to actually prepare a meal. While you dinner may taste better then something you might get a McDonald's or Burger King, the fat content is far worse. There may be healthy fare on the menu but nobody orders it. People want to order a dish which has 3 times the carbs you should eat in a day and week and a half worth of fat. One other thing to note, the portions are not normal, they are oversized. These establishments want their clientele to return over and over again. Americans are suckers for a good deal.