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Fast food is food that can be prepared and served very quickly.

 Stereotypical restaurant fast food is cooked in bulk and in advance and kept warm, or reheated to order. Fast food can also include TV dinners and other foods that can be cooked easily by the consumer, and food from restaurants that cook their food to order but specialize in doing so quickly.

Many fast-food restaurants, (also known as "Quick Service Restaurants" or QSR) are part of restaurant chains or franchise operations, and standardized foodstuffs are shipped to each restaurant from central locations. There are also simpler fast-food outlets, such as stands or kiosks, which may or may not provide shelter or chairs for customers.

The modern history of fast-food in America began on July 7, 1912 with the opening of a fast food restaurant called the Automat in New York. The American company White Castle is generally credited with opening the second fast-food outlet in Wichita, Kansas in 1921, selling hamburgers for five cents apiece. Among its innovations, the company allowed customers to see the food being prepared. White Castle later added five holes to each beef patty to increase its surface area and speed cooking times. White Castle was successful from its inception and spawned numerous competitors.

Fast-food outlets are take-away or take-out providers, often with a "drive-thru" service which allows customers to order and pick up food from their cars; but most also have a seating area in which customers can eat the food on the premises.

Nearly from its inception, fast food has been designed to be eaten "on the go" and often does not require traditional cutlery and is eaten as a finger food. Common menu items at fast food outlets include fish and chips, sandwiches, pitas, hamburgers, fried chicken, french fries, chicken nuggets, tacos, pizza, and ice cream, although many fast-food restaurants offer "slower" foods like chili, mashed potatoes, and salads.

Many gas stations have convenience stores which sell pre-packed sandwiches, donuts, and hot food. Many gas stations in the United States also sell frozen foods and have microwaves on the premises in which to prepare them.

Supermarkets often include their own cafes with prepared food service counters. Many markets prepare baked or rotisserie chickens due to the low cost of fowl and ease of preparation.

Traditional street food is available around the world, usually from small operators and independent vendors operating from a cart, table, or portable grill. Common examples include Vietnamese noodle vendors, Middle Eastern falafel stands and New York City hot dog carts. Commonly, street vendors provide a colorful and varying range of options designed to quickly captivate passers-by and attract as much attention as possible.



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A & W Family Restaurant Fast Food 
501 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574-2002 707
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Big D Burgers
1005 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 707-255-7188

Burger King
287 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 707-257-6203
3025 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-253-1546

Carl's Jr
1631 W Imola Ave, Napa, CA 707-224-4750

Dinner Solutions - Mrs Mc Donald - Carry Out
3392 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 707-255-7950

Foster's Freeze
1195 W Imola Ave, Napa, CA 707-224-4722

High Tech Burrito - Mexican
641 Trancas St, Napa, CA 707-224-8882

Hunan China Express
Chinese  Premium Factory Outlets
625 Factory Stores Dr, Napa, CA 707-252-8889

In-N-Out Burger
820 W Imola Ave, Napa, CA
Hours: Mon - Thu + Sun 10:30AM - 1:00AM Fri - Sat 10:30AM - 1:30AM

Italia Mex Cucina 
- Carry Out
621 Factory Stores Dr, Napa, CA 707-265-7919
850 W Imola Ave, Napa, CA 707-252-3244
1641 Trancas St, Napa, CA 707-252-7015

Jack In the Box -
Fast Food
1641 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558 707-252-7015
107 American Canyon Rd, American Canyon, CA 707-644-1543

Juju's Mediterranean Kitchen  Carry Out
3372 California Way, Napa, CA 94558  707-226-6537

295 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 707-257-1536
3246 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-255-1492

K T Noodle  - Fast Food
3419 Broadway St, American Canyon, CA 707-557-2008

Mc Donald's
806 W Imola Ave, Napa, CA 707-253-7461
3224 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-257-3810

Nation's Giant Hamburgers
1441 3rd St, Napa, CA 707-252-8500

Panda Express - Oriental - Take Out
255 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 707-258-0202

Peking Express
 - Fast Food
101 American Canyon Rd, American Canyon, CA 707-553-8800

Quiznos Sub - Deli
1800 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 707-251-9842

Panda Express - Oriental
255 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 707-258-0202

Subway Sandwiches & Salads - Deli
710 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 707-253-9404
621 Factory Stores Dr, Napa, CA 707-252-2890
3214 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-253-8476
1629 W Imola Ave, Napa, CA 707-226-8515
681 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 707-257-2565

Suppertime Carry Out/Eat In
623 Factory Stores Drive, Napa, CA 94559  707 224-3097

Taco Acapulco
Carry Out    Fast Food   Mexican
2962 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-254-7710

Taco Bell - Mexican
3177 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-254-0517
155 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 707-257-2700

Tannya's Taqueria
Carry Out Mexican 
1601 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-224-9000

Taylor's Automatic Refresher  American Cuisine  Carry Out  Fast Food
One of the most popular places in town with visitors
Child-friendly, Outdoor seating
933 Main St, St Helena, CA 707 963-3486

269 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 707-265-0544

Vallerga's Drive-In Markets
426 1st St, Napa, CA 707-253-8336

Wendy's   Fast Food 
1450 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558-2914 707 252-6855

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  Depending on the locale, multiple street vendors may specialize in specific types of food characteristic of a given cultural or ethnic tradition. In some cultures, it is typical for street vendors to call out prices, sing or chant sales-pitches, play music, or engage in other forms of "street theatrics" in order to engage prospective customers. In some cases, this can garner more attention than the food itself; some vendors represent another form of tourist attraction.

Although fast food often brings to mind traditional American fast food such as hamburgers and fries, and this is indeed the most popular form in most Western countries, there are many other forms of fast food that enjoy widespread popularity in the West.

Chinese takeaways are particularly popular. They normally offer a wide variety of Asian food (not always Chinese), which has normally been fried. Food is often available as a smorgasbord, sometimes self-service. The customer chooses the size of the container they wish to buy, and then is free to fill it with their choice of food. It is common to combine several options in one container. Most options are some form of noodles, rice, or meat.

Sushi has seen rapidly rising popularity in recent times. A form of fast food created in Japan (where obento is the Japanese equivalent of fast food), sushi is normally cold sticky rice served with raw fish. The most popular kind in the West is rolls of rice in nori (dried seaweed), with filling. The filling often includes fish, chicken or cucumber.

The Subway chain has had a major impact on the fast food industry, by showing that food can be mass produced in the American manner without compromising taste or nutritional value. Consequently Subway has marketed itself as a healthy alternative to other fast food chains, and has been largely successful in this. Many other chains (especially McDonalds) have altered their menus to include healthier options in order to prevent loss of customers.

Kebab houses are a form of fast food restaurant from the Middle East, especially Turkey and Lebanon. Meat (or falafel) is shaven from a rotisserie, and is served on a warmed tortilla with salad and a choice of sauce and dressing. These doner kebabs are distinct from shishkebabs served on sticks.

Fish and chip shops are a form of fast food originally from Britain, but appropriated by Australia and New Zealand. In England fish and chips is normally either restaurant oriented or pub food, but in Australasia it is a fast food, where the food is normally taken home to be eaten. Fish is battered and then deep fried.

In the United States alone, consumers spent about US$110 billion on fast food in 2000 (which increased from US$6 billion in 1970) The National Restaurant Association forecasts that fast-food restaurants in the U.S. will reach US$142 billion in sales in 2006, a 5% increase over 2005. In comparison, the full-service restaurant segment of the food industry is expected to generate $173 billion in sales. Fast food has been losing market share to so-called fast casual restaurants, which offer more robust and expensive cuisines.


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