This term has cropped up on some of the reality restaurant shows I have been watching.
The quick serve restaurant is known for fast, efficient, take-out-ready foods at affordable prices. Some people use the term in place of the older term of fast food. Quick-service restaurants are often chains.
To confuse the issue, there is also a category of restaurant called fast, casual dining. Here are some distinctions of the fast casual eating experience.
- The prices are little higher. (from $7-$15 for a meal, depending on the location)
- The food is perceived to be higher quality–steak may be on the menu.
- The food is sometimes perceived to be healthier—and may include organic food.
- The food is sometimes made fresh, sometimes right in front of you.
- The ambiance and decor are nicer.
- Some even use non-plastic utensils and plates.
- Alcohol may be served.
- You still purchase your food at the counter and then seat yourself.