Food

Data about beer consumption in America is usually robust. According to beer news site, Beer Info, U.S. beer consumption by people 21 years or over totals 28.2 gallons per person per year. That is...
If you’re lucky, you live near a dependable, high-quality Chinese restaurant. And thankfully, it seems as if the majority of Americans are pretty darn lucky in this regard. From coast to coast,...
Nothing says America like a beef patty cooked to perfection, covered with condiments, and sandwiched inside a bun. We live in a land of burgers, and everyone’s preferences differ. The hamburger was...
In planning new product rollouts, restaurant chains often introduce food and drink items keyed to the season or to a specific holiday. In autumn, in addition to the inevitable spate of pumpkin spice...
How much do Americans like hamburgers? One estimate puts McDonald’s annual hamburger sales at 2.36 billion a year. While it is the largest burger chain by sales in the United States, Burger King...
Alcoholic beverages — originally in the form of beer — have been around since approximately 7000 B.C. Cocktails have a more recent history.  The origin of the term is a bit murky. It was...
How much should dining out cost? Obviously, that depends on the circumstances. Quick bite to keep the engine running or leisurely meal for pure indulgence? Ordinary day or special occasion? Just a...
Chain restaurant menus evolve constantly, with new dishes being added and old favorites getting phased out or reformulated. Today’s offerings at McDonalds, IHOP, Applebee’s, or wherever, will be...
Oh the divisiveness of brunch. Scorned by some as a symbol of opulence, a vulgar display of excess in an increasingly inequitable world, this hearty late breakfast is adored by its devotees and has...
Invented as a way to conveniently encase and transport cooked meat, pie can be thought of as the original tupperware, and was enjoyed by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Pie came to the New...
For travelers willing to spend some road time off the super highways, and homebodies who are okay with an occasional special outing some ways away, there are great culinary rewards for their trouble....
Food snobs and scholars may debate whether or not there’s such a thing as American cuisine. A distinguished Yale history professor has even written a book on the subject. What can’t be denied is...
America is a huge country with immense variation in climate and topography and a diverse population drawn from hundreds of nations around the world. These factors add up to incredible variety in what...
Potato chips were apparently invented in 1853 by a cook named George Crum — possibly of African-American and Native American descent — who worked at Moon’s Lake House on Saratoga...
Italian restaurants in America today are many and varied, and much more authentic and/or regionally focused and/or contemporary in style than they used to be. It’s possible to find real Ligurian,...