For that type of people eating out is simple, done to avoid the time of preparation, and cleaning up a meal. Fast food is a quick, easy way to eat on the run, with a no frills atmosphere. These people are on the run with things that they must accomplish in a limited amount of time. Some fast food restaurants may include: Burger King, McDonalds, Subway, or Kentucky Fried Chicken. Fast food would be an easy solution to the problem of the time factor. Fast food can easily be recognized when you enter the parking lot.
For fast food the parking lot is more accessible to people(less landscaping), more entrances and exit doors(for more saved time). Once entering the building one can distinguish a fast food restaurant, by the high traffic tile floors, plastic bench seating that does not move for comfort, and the poor taste of interior design with small amounts of decoration. These buildings were meant for eating quickly, and then leaving, visual impact is not a major concern. There will be no waiters to take your order.
A line to the cash register is the only way to get your food, unless the decision of the drive up window is made. Food is often times pre-prepared to save time. Casual dining has more enjoyable food, and a more refreshed environment, with only a little more time involved. Some casual dining may include: TGIF Fridays, Dennys, or Eat and Park. Parking is a little further back, and more landscaping may be involved to have a grander appearance. When you enter through the only main entrance and exit door, wall to wall carpeting may be an option, and more lavish plants, and paintings.
Instead of finding your own seat, a host will lead you to the section you prefer. The seating in some cases would be moveable for more comfort. In most, the seating is either plush cloth, or mostly padded vinyl, for comfort. Silverware would already exist on the table with thin paper place mats. After being seated drinks, and appetizers would be served while waiting on the waiter or waitress. The order would be taken, and the food would be heated, prepared fresh. After the main course, desert would be served, then after desert the check is presented while still seated.
In most cases it is proper for the guest to leave some sort of gratuity for the server. More time is taken in the preparation of the food, the surroundings, but still the speed and the efficiency of the experience is high enough to have lunch, and still make appointments. If time is not a major concern, and your eating experience is, fine dining may be the eating experience for you. Fine dining involves a mixture of elegance and art with a fine meal. Some examples of fine dining are: Haden Zugs, Alfreds Victorian, and the Log Cabin.
The parking at times is not always close to the building, therefore sometimes a valet is sometimes appropriate. The buildings are mostly lavish on the exterior, with a lot of attention paid to the landscaping, the walkway, lighting, and the structure itself. Once you would enter the hosts would ask what party are you with? , A reservation is always necessary, so they can prepare for your arrival. Fine art and sculpture would drape the walls, with much attention being paid to the wood work. There would very few tables per room, if only one for privacy.
There is very little noise if any, as compared to the casual dining. The tables would be make out of fine wood, or some sort of fine draping over top. In the room, attention would be drawn to the various patterns of wallpapers, paintings. The seats are all movable including the table, for maximum comfort. Often time the furniture would be of the finest cloths or even leather, sometime antiques could be even used. The hosts would bring the fine silver, and lay it out before you while taking your orders for drinks and appetizers, with just giving you eye contact with memorizing your order.
After all is ordered, including the main course, examples of dessert are bought for you to choose. Later the check is brought with fine chocolates, or mints. And a larger gratuity is often times expected at a fine dining experience. There are several different kinds of eating establishments for different moods, people, style, time, and budget. Whatever time is involved, the right kind of dining is out there to fit any schedule. Eating may range from a chore, to an extravagant night out on the town. No matter what you are looking for, the right type of dining environment is out there for anyone.