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Fast Food Vs. Fine Dining.

submitted by: roxywhore_ , published: 4-7-2006

For most people, the difference between fast food and fine dining is quite obvious. On the average, many people use fast food when they are in a hurry, or just want to grab a quick meal. Fine dining, on the other hand, is more “sophisticated”. With fine dining it is not only the food that matters, the service is equally important. In my opinion, you cannot really compare fast food to fine dining because they are in two different categories. The only thing the two have in common is extremely important to every business, their customers.

As my professor told me “A person is more likely to return to a restaurant if the service was perfect and the meal was just alright, whereas the meal was perfect and the service was not the best.” This quote can tells you about fine dining, it is not based on the quality of food alone, but the service you provide. Guests in a fine dining industry will notice the overall appearance of the staff before anything. The staffs personality and sanitation is just as important as the meal they are about to serve. Upon entering a fine dining restaurant you can tell how much planing went into the decor and atmosphere. Sure a customer will look at the decor in a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s, but if they wanted to go to a restaurant based on that alone they would go to a fine dining facility, like Swiss Chalet or Don Cherry’s.

You can say Fast Food can kind of be like a “meal on the go”. You can eat your meal easily in a vehicle or sitting on the sidewalk. In a fast food restaurant they do not have to worry about what side they serve your meal or where your utensils are placed on the table, or if you are even to be given utensils at all. There is no concern if they do not serve your drink in the proper glass, or if they neglect to remove your meal when you are ready for dessert. In a fine dining restaurant, these actions matter. A guest will notice what side they are served and where their utensils are placed. If these actions are not taken properly, a restaurant can and probably will be given a bad review.

Many people see fast food as a much cheaper price compared to meals at a fine dining facility when in actuality you can get a great meal in a fine dining restaurant for the same price as a meal in a fast food restaurant, or cheaper. I have noticed the price of many meals in the fast food industry raise a great deal in the past years which makes them of equal price as a meal in a fine dining restaurant.

Comparing fine dining and fast food is like comparing winter and summer, the only thing they have in common is that they are seasons. Honestly, how can you compare a greasy juicy hamburger and fries to a boneless chicken breast and mashed potatoes? The way I see it, the type of food you desire is based on your mood.

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Comments
-minx- at 10-30-2006 7:19AM said:  
"Many people see fast food as a much cheaper price compared to meals at a fine dining facility when in actuality you can get a great meal in a fine dining restaurant for the same price as a meal in a fast food restaurant, or cheaper. I have noticed the price of many meals in the fast food industry raise a great deal in the past years which makes them of equal price as a meal in a fine dining restaurant."



Which fine dining restaurants have you been to? I don't know ANY that would sell you a full meal for $5.......... More like $15-$20, and that's for the entree......
-minx- at 10-30-2006 7:18AM said:  
We have a "fast food" restaurant here called The Roast Chicken. You can buy a real roast dinner, with roast vegetables, carved roast pork or lamb or beef for $12 for a small and $18 for a large..

I guess it isn't quite McDs or Burger King prices, but its my fave fast food store...


Or something like Grilld, or Urban Burger, which are DELICOUS burgers, all fresh and organic, for $10 each... lol again not quite McDs. Anyway, since when is chicken and mash fine dining?
OmnipoTent at 10-1-2006 10:20AM said:  
I agree with Anabel.
My last meal out came to £100.
My last KFC came to £2.20
dancinrdhead at 8-31-2006 1:50AM said:  
Also, unlike Don Cherry's which was mentioned as a "Fine Dining" establishment.

Most people who have truly experienced "fine dining" would NEVER cite a place that boasted the number of TV's located in their restaurant on their website as a fine dining establishment. When dining at a fine restaurant, a sporting event shouldn't be in view.
dancinrdhead at 8-31-2006 1:47AM said:  
Many people see fast food as a much cheaper price compared to meals at a fine dining facility when in actuality you can get a great meal in a fine dining restaurant for the same price as a meal in a fast food restaurant, or cheaper. I have noticed the price of many meals in the fast food industry raise a great deal in the past years which makes them of equal price as a meal in a fine dining restaurant.


I think you are mistaking Ruby Tuesdays, Bennigans, Chili's or anything with a waiter as a "fine dining" restaurant. When they are not, they are family dining restaurants. Fastfood, has a dollar menu...family dining offers "specials" ...fine dining doesnt advertise their price as most people aren't concerned with the price. When I think of Fine Dining, I think of BACCO where for 2 people a dinner can and has easily cost $150-175. The prices aren't listed directly on the menu, that is tacky. They may be casually placed after a description of the item, but probably without a dollar sign. Fine Dining usually has a dress code where you wouldnt be given a table in jeans or a teeshirt.
BeThouMyVision at 6-27-2006 5:10PM said:  
My job requires me to be on the road a lot. So I dont have time to sit down and eat a homecooked meal.
So what do I do if I am hungry I go to the drive in at Taco Bell or Del Taco, Maybe Mc d's when I'm Desperte or kfc and I order somthing to eat.

The closest thing I have to a home cook meal is IHOP. And the waiter at the IHOP that I go to always knows what I want chicken stripes and onion rings with Dr Pepper. I have a very active busy lifestyle so eating fast food might not do as bad as what it may do to others that are just lazy and have a slow matabalism. I feel sorry for them.
sinji at 6-7-2006 12:25PM said:  
I’m not sure why this discussion is going on, or why I’m even commenting on it. But I do know something about dining, fine and otherwise. As the owner of an upscale restaurant I know that within the restaurant industry there are established and accepted standards for fine dining. Most of all there are standards of service. It is a formal ritual. The goal is to achieve a level of perfection in pleasing the customer – satisfying their needs and hopefully, anticipating them before they have to request anything. From ambience to attitude to cuisine, it's about creating an experience that will take the diner out of the ordinary into something else.

Servers need to be knowledgeable not just about what dishes are on the menu, but how they are prepared and what wines best complement them. Place settings are defined; the role of the servers is too. There really is a whole lot to it. Anyone who has eaten at Charlie Trotter’s knows what it means. The part the food plays is not quite as critical in defining fine dining, although any serious white linen restaurant takes treats food just as importantly. Bistros can have the same quality and creativity in the dishes. Great chefs create original and exquisite dishes served in a less formal and pretentious setting where the food matters more than the servicestyle, but again, it's about pleasing the guest.

But hey, I still like Taco Bell.
baltic at 4-18-2006 4:55AM said:  
My idea of fine dinning would be somewhere where your going to get something you wouldn't think of cooking at home and the chances are you aren't going to get much change out of £100.

Im thinking of steamed sea bass, chateau briean, lobster, Guinea fowl, vension terrine, etc etc.
MeredithLola at 4-16-2006 12:08PM said:  
baltic said exactly what i was going to say..... chicken and mashed potatoes as fine dining?!
Cuntbox at 4-13-2006 5:54PM said:  
Does this article have a point?
RichardBoredom at 4-12-2006 3:24PM said:  
hmm i wouldt eat any chicken if it didt have any bone in ,,,,, if you knew what it was made from ahhaa! eww
babyboy at 4-11-2006 1:46PM said:  
that is the dumbest damn thing ive ever read!!!!!
babyboy at 4-11-2006 1:44PM said:  
FINE DINING- Greasy,nasty,and to much cleaning when your done eating lmao...
eFeX at 4-11-2006 8:31AM said:  
crap article.
baltic at 4-10-2006 5:33AM said:  
Bonelss chicken and mashed potatoes is not exactly fine dining is it. Sounds more like pub fare than fine dinning.
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