Where to Find Your Fast Food Fix

Posted: February 27, 2011 by lexx45 in Uncategorized

America has held the title of Fast Food Nation for several years. We created international sensations like the Big Mac, Coca-cola and pretty much anything that tastes good, comes fast, with questionable ingredients.  But within this Fast Food Nation one city has taken the cake. No pun intended.  “According to numbers crunched by AggData for the Daily Beast, you’d have the best luck in Orlando, Fla., the U.S. city with the highest concentration of Burger King, Taco Bell and KFC restaurants per capita.” How did they obtain these numbers you ask? AggData counted the restaurants, and I use that term lightly, of the 30 largest fast food chains, then tallying up which city was the capital of each chain. Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that Orlando, FL is the fast food capital of the nation. From my own experiences being in Orlando you’re constantly bombarded with fast food joints. In the equivalent of a NYC city block you’ll find easily 5 fast food restaurants. Disney World alone is

home to a whopping 34 Burger King locations (14.4 locations per 100,000 residents), 24 Taco Bells, 22 Pizza Huts, 19 KFCs, 7 Chili’s restaurants, 9 Panera Breads and 6 Outback Steakhouses.

But does this speak on the unhealthy eating habits of Florida or our nation as a whole? Since the creation of McDonald’s in San Bernardino, California in 1948 this well-known franchise has become an international tycoon; each one appealing to a country’s culture. According to Thomas Friedman from the NYT “Israel now has a kosher McDonald’s, Saudi Arabia’s McDonald’s closes five times a day for Muslim prayer, Egypt has 18 McDonald’s, and Jordan is getting its first.” Odd, for countries that reject Western culture, they sure do love their Big Macs, but I digress. Either way, from the golden arches to the friendly face of Mr. KFC himself, America has shared with the world fast deep-fried food, at reasonable prices. Cheers to you America.

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