Who Wants Seconds?
OK, that’s about average. According to my in depth research I have learned that approximately (statistical wiggle room) 58% of us eat out at least once a week. The other 42% are still waiting for a table at the Texas Roadhouse.
I have to admit that we eat out more than we should. It is expensive, time consuming, not always healthy/nutritious, and leads us all into eating more than we should. But it is fun and I think that is why we do it so often. Let somebody else do all the hard work and the cleanup. Oh, yeah.
1) McDonald’s ($36.4 billion)
2) Starbucks Coffee ($17.9 billion)
3) Subway ($11.3 billion)
4) Taco Bell ($9.4 billion)
5) Burger King ($9.3 billion)
6) Wendy’s ($9.1 billion)
7) Dunkin’ Donuts ($8.2 billion)
8) Chick-fil-A ($7.9 billion)
9) Pizza Hut ($5.8 billion)
10) Domino’s ($5.3 billion)
I’m cool with McDonalds being at the top, mainly because I’ve been a stockholder for 40 years. I rarely go there, but they help me to afford my visits to other restaurants.
With Starbucks I am personally responsible for a sizeable portion of that 17.9 billion in sales, but with my habit of lingering there I think that I may nudge it out of the fast food genre. But that’s just me.
With the exception of Dunkin’ Donuts and St. Arbucks all of these top spots serve from very similar menus. We are not a Vegan nation. If we were I think the top eatery might be the Garden Center at Wal-Mart.
During the course of my extensive research (all seven minutes) I bumped into a tidbit of information that almost made me go “Hmmm?” and then erase everything and go out for lunch. According to Google –
“The very first restaurant in the world was opened in Paris in 1765. A tavern keeper, Monsieur Boulanger, served a single dish — sheep’s feet simmered in a white sauce.”
Simmered in a white sauce…
I doubt that Monsieur Boulanger asked his customers, “Do you want fries with that?
“Have you had your Sheep’s feet today – at Boulanger’s?” It does have a ring to it, but still…Do you think he offered a “Happy Meal?” – A sheep’s knee with some goat’s milk?
If all he served up was Sheep’s feet I cannot imagine that he stayed in business for very long. 90% of restaurants go belly up within five years, good restaurants even. Serve nothing but Sheep’s feet all the time and you better have a good wine list.
Sheep’s feet are not likely to be on my plate anytime soon, but if you have a really good white sauce, who knows?