Why don't Americans eat fish for breakfast?

Food and drink in the USA

The eating habits of Americans differ enormously from those of Europeans. Many tourists have their problems getting used to it.

Table of Contents
Breakfast | Sandwiches | Lunch | Meat | Steaks | Seafood | Side dishes | Dinner | Drinks | Cocktails and spirits | Soft drinks


The American breakfast consists of eggs, ham, bacon, sausages, corn flakes (in American: cereals), Juice, coffee or tea and an appropriate dessert such as cake or the like. Usually it comes to a flat rate according to the motto "All you can eat"And is called"buffet" designated. Of course there is also one Continental Breakfastthat requires significantly less stamina. Bread rolls and black bread are not available, but croissants, muffins, jam, corn flakes, pancakes with and without syrup, etc.

You are free to order individually by card: this is more expensive, however.

Coffee is usually refilled without a limit, without being charged a cent more for it. It is common practice not to have breakfast in the hotel where you are staying. Breakfast is also not included in the hotel price. Breakfast is cheaper and sometimes better in coffee shops, cafeterias, fast food restaurants, delis, etc. in the vicinity or during a stopover on the onward journey.

Translation of some terms related to breakfast

  • bacon = bacon
  • biscuits = mini rolls
  • boiled egg = boiled egg
  • bread = bread
  • cereal = corn flakes etc.
  • cheese = cheese
  • cottage cheese (more closely related to our quark)
  • cream = coffee cream
  • crispies = crispy cereal flakes
  • cornflakes = different corn flakes
  • Danish = pieces of coffee
  • Denver omelette = omelette with diced ham, onions, sweet peppers
  • eggs = eggs
  • Eggs Benedict = toasted, halved rolls with bacon, poached eggs (lost eggs) with Dutch sauce.
  • English muffin = flat bun
  • French toast = toast dipped in pancake batter and fried in fat; The butter is melted on the hot toast and a little maple syrup is also poured (maple syrup) about that
  • fried eggs = fried eggs
  • grits = semolina
  • ham = ham
  • ham and eggs = eggs with ham from the pan
  • hash browns = mini rice cake
  • hush puppies = cornmeal pancakes
  • jam = jam
  • jelly = jelly
  • maple syrup = maple syrup
  • milk = milk
  • pancakes = pancakes
  • pancakes with sausage = pancakes with mini fried sausages
  • peanut butter = peanut butter
  • rolls = buns
  • shortcake = shortcrust cakes with fruits, sometimes cream
  • Spanish Omelette = Spanish omelette; Omelette with a filling of vegetables and tomato sauce, spicy and spicy
  • waffles = waffles (with syrup or salty butter)
  • white bread


Eggs are an integral part of the American breakfast. However, not in the form of the boiled egg that is widespread here - this is almost impossible to find in the USA - but in other forms of preparation (see below; standard question for every breakfast: How do you want your eggs?). Scrambled eggs are usually served at breakfast buffets. Only in better restaurants is a cook posted here to fry the egg according to the guest's wishes. Those who prefer fried eggs can then order by menu.

The Americans' passion for eggs has not suffered from the multiple fitness waves either, the cholesterol level does not seem to suffer. However, there should also be cholesterol-free egg preparations.

Translation of some terms relating to eggs

  • bacon and eggs = eggs with bacon
  • ham and eggs = eggs with ham
  • omeletts = omelettes
  • boiled = cooked
  • poached = poached
  • scrambled = scrambled eggs
  • sunny side up = fried egg
  • over light = fried eggs, turned in the pan, lightly fried on both sides
  • over medium = fried eggs, turned in the pan, lightly fried on both sides
  • over well = fried eggs, turned in the pan, fried on both sides

If you would like to deal more intensively with the subject of "eggs", the American Egg Board offers a wealth of information on its website.


There are many varieties, but almost all of them do not meet the German taste. the bread is usually soft like a sesame bun. In supermarkets it is advisable to look for brown bread, whole grain bread or pumpernickel. Black bread is hardly to be found, however, and the same applies to crispy rolls.

Translation of some terms related to bread

  • bagel = firm bun with a hole in the middle
  • bannock = Indian bread substitute
  • biscuit = zwieback- and biscuit-like structure
  • coffee cake = firm cake, slightly sweet
  • cookies = biscuits
  • cornbread = corn bread
  • danish = biscuits
  • English muffin = a flat bun, usually halved
  • onion roll = onion roll
  • Toast: wheat (wheat), rye (rye), raisin (raisin bread), sourdough (sourdough bread)

For more information on buying bread, spreads etc. in supermarkets under the heading shopping.

bagels (read: bägels) are round rolls with a hole in the middle. Originally from the Jewish kitchen, where they were invented for the Sabbath, they have developed into the sandwich alternative in the USA. Before baking with yeast dough, the donuts are dipped in boiling water. This gives the bagels their typical character: a thin crust on the outside, a fresh, dense core with a bite on the inside.


Coffee is next to that juice (Fruit juice) the standard drink for breakfast. It is paid once and then refilled almost everywhere without limit (Some more coffee?). For our taste, the coffee is quite thin and cannot be compared to the local brew. This applies not only to the soluble coffee that was often found in the past, but also to the filter coffee that is becoming more and more popular.

There is of course really strong coffee in the Spanish-Mexican influenced parts of the country, such as Miami. There even McDonalds sometimes offers real Cuban coffee. Regardless of the breakfast habits, a "coffee house culture" has developed in the USA, especially on the west coast, since the 1990s, which is expressed in the Specialty coffee shops finds. It is increasingly trendy to consume coffee of the most varied preparation and origin. The chain is the market leader Starbuckswhich in 1990 had just 84 branches nationwide and today has more than 4,000 branches. Even the fast food group McDonald’s is following the trend and opened its first in 2001 McCafé. There are currently an estimated 1,000 McCafés in Germany alone. No wonder: According to some reports, McDonald’s generates up to 15 percent more sales with the McCafés than with the actual branches.

The countless so-called coffee specialties offered are usually variations of an Italian espresso, which should be given a special aroma with a few drops of syrup.

The six basic types of coffee

  • Americano = espresso diluted with hot water
  • Cappuccino = one part espresso, one part milk and one part frothed milk
  • Macchiato = espresso with a little frothed milk
  • Latte = one part espresso, three parts hot milk and some frothed milk
  • Mocha = one part espresso, two parts hot chocolate and some frothed milk
  • Café Au Lait = half filter coffee and half hot milk


Tea is now available on request without any major difficulties, but almost only in tea bags. The variety selection is limited (apart from very good restaurants).


The USA is a "Sandwich land". This particular form of"sandwiches"You can get it everywhere, sterile packed and chilled or freshly prepared. There is hardly a supermarket that does not have this offer in the fridge. Sandwiches are the ideal food for tours or as a snack in between. If you have a sandwich freshly prepared, should be prepared for a whole catalog of questions regarding the ingredients and master a few basic terms:

Translation of some terms related to sandwiches

  • Bacon & Egg = egg and bacon sandwich
  • Bagel & Cheese = ring-shaped, firm bread pastry with cream cheese
  • Beefburger = thick hamburger sandwich
  • BLT (bacon, lettuce & tomato) = bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich
  • Chili burger = hamburger sandwich with chili beans
  • Chili Dog = hot dog with chili beans
  • Corn dog = bake hot sausage on a stick with corn croquette.
  • Grilled Cheese = gratinated cheese roll
  • Hot dog = hot sausage in a long bun
  • Reuben Sandwich = warm corned beef on dark bread
  • Triple Decker = multi-level sandwich
  • Tuna Fish = tuna sandwich
  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Western sandwich = scrambled eggs with cheese and mushrooms
  • Hoagie, Submarine, Hero = all long white bread sandwiches (made from French baguette)
  • Club Sandwich = sandwich generally made up of 3 layers of bread with a variety of meat, tomatoes, lettuce and sauce
  • Sour Dough = bread made from sourdough, according to an old gold digger recipe; very popular in San Francisco.

By the way:

What is a sandwich board? A "sandwich board“Is one of two connected billboards that hang over the chest and back of a person - the sandwich man or woman. The poster carrier walks the streets with it to display the boards and to advertise what is written on them.

Subway - secret competition from McDonald’s: Subway now has more branches worldwide than McDonald’s, making it the market leader. At the beginning of 2015, Subway reported 33,749 branches, while McDonald’s "only" had 32,737 restaurants. Subway has expanded almost unnoticed. The sandwich chain focuses on healthier food and is therefore successful with customers. The advertising medium is, among others, the college student Jared Fogle, who is said to have slimmed from 159 to 71 kilos within a year just because he ate at Subway every day. In the USA, Subway already had more branches than McDonald’s in 2002.


Breakfast is good in the US, however At lunchtime, the food intake is moderate. The term lunch is a bit misleading. It is prime time for fast food restaurants, coffee shops, diners, cafeterias, etc.

In the office districts of the cities you can watch real crowds pour out of the office towers, around you quick snack to be bought and, if possible, in the open air, sitting on benches, enclosures, etc., to consume (social rooms are rather the exception with American employers). If you want to dine properly, you will always find the menu in the restaurants, which is also relevant for dinner, but usually a bit cheaper (lunch specials).

Restaurant chains and the dishes offered there

  • Buffet restaurant chains: Golden Corral (approx. $ 8 per person for buffet + beverage + meat of your choice), Ponderosa Steakhouse, Sizzler’s
  • Bennigan's = steak, chicken, pasta and pork, but also many types of beer
  • Burger King = hamburger, like in Europe
  • Dairy Queen = dairy products, including ice cream
  • Denny's = steak, chicken, pasta and pork
  • International House of Pancakes (IHOP) = including pancakes, but also chicken and steak
  • Jack-in-the-Box = comparable to McDonald’s etc.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken = chicken, like in Europe
  • McDonald’s = hamburger, like in Europe
  • Mister Donut = donuts fried in fat
  • Olive Gardens = Italian cuisine, pasta and pizza
  • Pizza Hut = pizza like in Europe
  • Red Lobster = seafood
  • Shoney’s = steak, chicken and pork, breakfast buffet
  • Subway = fast food chain with freshly prepared sachwiches
  • Taco Bell = Mexican food
  • Waffle House = waffles, but also steak, chicken and pork
  • Wendy's = hamburger, like in Europe


There is a plentiful selection of meat, more beef, little pork, a lot of poultry. The typical American main course consists of steaks, hamburgers, chicken or ribs. Turkey is mostly eaten cold, except on Thanksgiving, the harvest festival in November.

No other country in the world produces as much beef as the USA. 96.1 million cattle graze on American pastures on more than a million farms. In 2002, 12.3 million kilograms of beef worth $ 65 billion were produced. With the beef epidemic panic in Europe, the US beef industry grew into huge business in the 1990s. In 2000, exports hit a record $ 3.6 billion. Even if the BSE cow were to remain an isolated case in the USA, as in Canada, the industrial damage is likely to be lasting. Sales markets that account for more than 90% of US export production have immediately closed their national borders for US beef, including the main customers Japan, South Korea and Mexico.

If you want to keep yourself up to date on this issue, you can find out more on the Official Mad Cow Disease Home Page - in English. Mad-cow.org also provides further information.

Some translations and terminology on the subject of meat

  • beef wings = beef
  • bologna (also baloney or boloney) = similar to German meat sausage
  • chicken = chicken
  • duck = duck
  • Frankforters = Frankfurter sausages
  • Fried chicken = in the USA generally breaded fried chicken
  • ham = ham
  • lamb = lamb
  • lean = lean
  • legs
  • liver = liver
  • meat balls = meatballs
  • meat loaf = already seasoned meatloaf
  • pork chops = chop
  • poultry = poultry
  • prime rib of beef
  • spareribs = pork ribs
  • thighs = thighs (chicken thighs)
  • turkey = turkey
  • veal = veal
  • wings = wings
  • boiled = cooked
  • broiled = fried
  • coated = in a dressing gown
  • fried = fried, mostly breaded
  • grilled = grilled
  • sauteed = steamed
  • steamed = steamed


Western fans in particular associate the idea of ​​American food with the concept of steaks; it should be meat masses that waft over the edges of the plate. The reality is, of course, more modest. Really huge, inexpensive portions may be obtained in rural areas; the average eatery delivers European “quantities”. As already said before, the steaks in the USA are basically “cut” differently and are therefore only partially comparable with the local ideas. The Americans, unlike the Europeans, use the entire beef saddle for steaks.

If you like it particularly juicy, that's it "T-bone steak" recommended. Those who prefer a tender, fat-free steak should opt for the most expensive of all steak types "Filet Mignon” (fillet minjän), which largely corresponds to our fillet steak.

The following variants exist

  • club steak: from the middle back
  • Filet Mignon: the best piece of fillet, rolled up in a piece of roasted ham
  • prime rib of steak
  • roundsteak = from the leg
  • sirloin steak = sirloin steak (very tender)
  • spareribs = pork ribs (one gnaws on the rib bone)
  • tenderloin steak = very fine fillet
  • T-bone-steak = steak with a T-shaped bone


  • rare: only seared on the outside, English. The steak has a brown crust on the outside and is pink with a bloody core on the inside. Cooking time is 2 minutes per side for a 200 gram steak.
  • medium rare: half done, very pink inside.
  • medium: half done, still pink inside. The steak has a brown crust on the outside and pink on the inside. Cooking time is 4 minutes per side for a 200 gram steak.
  • mediumwell: half-done, only the middle still pink.
  • well done: well done. The steak is well done inside. Cooking time is 5 minutes per side for a 200 gram steak.


TexMex is a mixture of texan and especially Mexican-Spanish specialties. Mexican cuisine is spicy, but tolerable for a European palate. It offers many types of vegetables that are not as overcooked as usual in the USA, and of course meat in all variations, always served with the typical tacos. The classic fast food chain of this style is Taco Bell. In Texas itself, in contrast to the food south of the Rio Grande, spices are hotter.

TexMex dishes

  • blue corn tortillas = tortillas made from blue corn
  • burritos = tortilla wrapped around a filling of minced meat, chilli beans or cheese
  • chili relleno = peppers stuffed with cheese
  • enchiladas = rolled tortillas with chilli and meat
  • fry bread = deep-fried flatbreads, with jam or honey
  • guacamole = avocado sauce
  • nachos = tortilla chips (almost like potato chips)
  • tacos = various filled corn tortillas
  • tamales = corn leaves with chilli and minced meat
  • tortilla = thin, circular corn cakes


The barbecue long stuck a backwoods image, until the Texas-born US President Lyndon B. Johnson made it socially acceptable. In Texas, and not only there, the BBQ is one of the most popular family meals.

It is not to be confused with a simple barbecue. Rather, it is a combination of smoking and grilling, which often leads to a very smoky taste. It can take up to 24 hours to prepare. Because of the heavy smoke development, it often takes place outdoors. A charcoal grill is used, better a BBQ pit (a pit made of bricks or a barrel cut in half - the real thing).

Whole suckling pigs were initially used for smoking and grilling over charcoal, but today also chicken, shrimp and the particularly popular spare ribs.

The special thing about the BBQ, however, is not so much the meat, the sauce is what counts. Before grilling, the meat is marinated in the barbecue sauce for a long time and coated several times with it during preparation. Successful sauce recipes are guarded like state secrets. There are bars that specialize in barbecues, and there are often no other dishes here. The meat is "by the pound“Ordered.


Fish and seafood are to be had almost everywhere, especially fresh and tasty, of course, in the coastal regions. Shellfish are very popular. The fish has the advantage of being served filleted almost everywhere (except in areas with a "French" touch, such as in Louisiana with the Cajun cuisine). The inexpensive Maine lobsters and lobster crabs are almost legend.

Translations of some terms in the field of seafood

  • clams = shells
  • abalone = abalone shell
  • bass = perch
  • catfish = catfish
  • clams = heart shell
  • cod = cod
  • crab = crab
  • crayfish = lobster
  • fish chowder = fish cream soup (mostly with vegetables)
  • flounder = clod
  • halibut = halibut
  • herring = herring
  • king crabs = large Alaska crabs
  • lobster = lobster
  • lox = smoked salmon
  • mackerel = mackerel shellfish - shellfish in general
  • oysters = oysters
  • pickerel = type of pikeperch
  • salmon = salmon
  • scallops = scallops
  • seafood = seafood
  • shrimp = prawns
  • snapper = perch or grouper
  • sole = clod
  • stone crabs
  • sushi = Japanese (raw) fish platter
  • swordfish = swordfish
  • trout = trout
  • tuna = tuna
  • clam chowder = mussel soup (mostly in New England)
  • conch chowder (pronounced: konk shudder) = mussel soup (conch = large, spiral-shaped mussel, occurs in Key West. Florida, before)
  • seafood platter = fish dish made from different types of fish
  • surf & turf = steak & lobster combination.

Side dishes

French fries or a baked potato (with sour cream and chives or butter) are the most common side dishes. The same applies to the preparation of the hamburgers as to the steak that they can be obtained rare, medium rare or well-donated.

Translations of some terms in the subject area of ​​enclosures

  • baked potatoes: baked potatoes, usually served with sour cream and chives
  • boiled potatoes = normal boiled potatoes
  • chips = fried potato slices
  • French fries = french fries
  • hashed browns = fried, grated potatoes, kind of potato pancake
  • home fried potatoes = fried potatoes
  • mashed potatoes = mashed potatoes
  • potatoe pancakes = potato pancakes
  • potatoe salad = potato salad
  • potatoe skins = potato skins filled with cheese and / or sour cream or just like that
  • potatoes au gratin = gratinated
  • salads = salads
  • vegetable = vegetable


The vegetables on American menus are far from meeting German expectations. On the one hand, the selection is small, mostly there is broccoli or corn, and on the other hand, the preparation is such that one could almost speak of raw food.

Translations of some terms in the field of vegetables

  • asparagus = asparagus
  • beans = beans
  • beetroot = beetroot
  • brussels sprouts = Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage = cabbage, cabbage
  • carrots = carrots
  • cauliflower = cauliflower
  • cole slaw = coleslaw
  • corn = maize
  • cucumber = cucumber
  • French fries = french fries
  • garlic = garlic
  • horseradish = horseradish
  • lettuce = salad
  • mashed potatoes = mashed potatoes
  • mushrooms = mushrooms
  • onion = onion
  • onion rings = fried onion rings
  • parsley = parsley
  • peas = peas
  • potatoes = potatoes
  • pumpkin = pumpkin
  • radishes = radishes
  • red & green pepper = red & green peppers
  • rice = rice
  • spinach = spinach
  • spring onion = chives
  • string beans = green beans
  • tomatoes = tomatoes


Translations of some terms in the field of fruit

  • apples = apple
  • apricots = apricots
  • blackberries = blackberries
  • blueberries = blueberries
  • cherries = cherries
  • dates = dates
  • figs = figs
  • fresh fruit = fresh fruit
  • frozen fruit
  • grapes = grapes
  • lemon = lemon
  • lime = lime
  • peaches = peaches
  • pears = pears
  • pineapple = pineapple
  • plums = plums
  • prunes = prunes
  • raspberries = raspberries
  • red / black currants = currants
  • strawberries = strawberries


Salad is part of almost every meal and is usually served before the main course. Particularly popular - and inexpensive - are those found in many restaurants Salad barsthat you help yourself to In our experience, the salads are excellent almost everywhere because they are freshly prepared; this is especially true for the steak houses. Of course you can have the salad without it dressing, so dry, consume.


  • Italian dressing = consists of vinegar, oil and spices, especially garlic
  • French dressing = a slightly sour herbal sauce, creamy-white
  • Thousand Islands = a creamy red sauce with peppers, tomato paste and onions
  • Blue Cheese = as the name suggests: made with blue cheese, very hearty
  • Ranch dressing = rural and moral, thick and very spicy


The dinner is that Main meal of the day and regularly consists of a starter, main course and dessert and is often preceded by a cocktail. The question of whether you want a cocktail is almost always the first question of the service. The classic dining time is between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. If you want to eat well and, above all, cheap, the "early birds" and "daily specials" recommended.

Both "early birds”Are dishes that are offered before the classic dining time, i.e. between 4.30pm and 6pm. There are no decoy offers, but usually common dishes at a preferential price. Anyone who as a tourist sees queues of guests lining up in front of a restaurant during the said opening times should consider whether to queue up. Because this speaks regularly for the quality of the early birds this house.

Daily specials In contrast, they correspond to the daily offers as you can find them in every restaurant (daily specials, the chef's recommendation). You will be supported by the operatorwaiter / waitress) made known regularly from table to table like a prayer wheel before placing an order. If you take your time with the order, you have the chance to hear the offer several times at the next table and to understand it even if you have poor language skills.

The quality of the restaurants ranges from fast food to haute cuisine, and prices vary accordingly. The multicultural composition of American society is of course also reflected in the kitchen. General recommendations are almost impossible. In addition to the fast food chains, the ethnic restaurants (Chinese, Polynesians, Mexicans, Italians, Jews, Poles, etc.) are particularly inexpensive; Japanese is usually much cheaper than ours. Everything that is French (french) calls, regardless of whether it is the restaurant, a cook, etc. The fast food chains do not have long menus, but on the other hand they have the advantage that they are often open late into the evening.

When entering a restaurant one generally waits until one "placed" becomes (wait to be seated) and does not look for a place for himself. An employee of the house takes care of the guests, asks for their wishes and assigns a free table. Nonetheless, you should ask for a different seat than the one assigned if you do not like it, as there are no master-slave dependencies in American restaurants either. In most cases, you can also choose between smoking and non-smoking areas (smoking / non-smoking). Seats at the window are also conceivable (at the window) or in a niche (in the booth). It is unusual to sit down at a table with other people in free seats. Each table forms a kind of privacy that is left unmolested.

The service imagines (Hi, my name is… (first name). I'm your waiter / waitress / server for today) and hands over the menus (Menu), explains the daily specials and asks for the drink you want (something from the bar?; see above cocktails).

Payment is usually made at the cash register at the entrance. The waitress puts the bill (check, separate bill = separate check) on the table and you go to the checkout with it. In addition to the price of the meal according to the menu, the invoice is subject to a surcharge for the local sales tax (tax) contain. The tip, usually 15% of the price without tax, is put on the table in cash; You do not have to tip if the bill expressly includes a service charge (service charge) contains. For more information on payment, see information for first-time visitors and tips.

Generally it is Food offer better than its reputation in Europe. The statement that Americans eat too fat and high in cholesterol is only partially accurate.

    In general, they are highly recommended
  • freshly prepared salads and fruit,
  • Sandwiches,
  • Fish (always filleted, except in the southern states with French influence),
  • Crayfish (crabs) and lobster (lobster) (cheaper than ours).

The steaks are cut differently than ours and therefore only comparable to a limited extent. Further details can be found under the heading “Steaks”.

Eating habits

who with knife and fork is usually not a US citizen. He only uses the fork when eating, the knife only serves to cut the food into small pieces beforehand. The left hand rests idly on the table. Allegedly this habit comes from the beginnings of "Wild West"Where it should have been advisable to always have one hand on the Colt (if you believe it).

vegetables is juggled on the back of the fork.

To a posh food generally a darker environment and muted music are offered.

In correct Pubs On the other hand, a whole series of televisions with different programs, especially sports reports, and corresponding noise levels runs continuously. You can usually find ice water on the table, which is refilled without limit and is not charged. Those who are thrifty can do without further drinks. So-called "refills“, That is, offers where you pay for the first drink and then refill it without further charge.

It is not uncommon to have the leftovers of the food packed up for home. In this case one asks for a "doggie bag“.

It is true that in the States dinner is celebrated more and more often as a social matter, but one doesn’t stay in the dining room as long as it does here. The motto is: it is eaten and afterwards Chatting at the bar, in the lobby or anywhere else. Anyone who has long conversations after dinner and only orders drinks will be noticed as uncomfortable, as it hinders business. The service is correspondingly quick with the serving of the individual courses (good service = quick service), sometimes hectic by European standards. If you want it quieter - during the meal - you should tell the waitress when you order. second seating (usually after 8.30 p.m.), because then no more guests are planned.

If all the tables in the restaurant you want to go to are occupied, you can go to the Waiting list register. It is then advisable to stay at the bar to get one drink to take. If you are called by name, you don't have to hastily pour the drink down, but take it to your table with you (and pay it together with the other bill).

Taking away beverages is treated as easy in general. For example, if you want to go to a pub crawl in a city, you can fill the remaining part of the drink in a plastic cup in the first bar and take it to the next bar to continue drinking. Such a thing is readily tolerated.

Here are some important terms when going to a restaurant

  • Appetizers = starters
  • Main courses = entrèes
  • Dessert = desserts
  • be seated = choose table yourself
  • wait to be seated = wait until the table is instructed
  • check / bill please = invoice, please!
  • please pay cashier = pay at the checkout
  • may I have a receipt please
  • no smoking section = non-smoking area


Drinking alcohol in public is prohibited in the United States. Even the visible wearing of alcoholic beverages can be punishable by law. Further details can be found under the heading "Alcohol".

Translation of some terms in the area of ​​beverages

  • beer = beer
  • champagne = sparkling wine
  • coffee = coffee
  • decaf (decaffeinated coffee) = decaffeinated coffee
  • diet = low in calories
  • diet soda = low-calorie drink
  • hot chocolate = hot chocolate
  • iced tea = cold tea / iced tea
  • milk = milk
  • orange juice = orange juice
  • prune juice = plum juice
  • Sanka = decaffeinated coffee
  • skim milk = skim milk
  • soft drink = non-alcoholic drink
  • sugar free = low in calories
  • tea = tea
  • vegetable juice
  • water = water
  • wine = wine
  • American draft = draft beer
  • beer on the tap = on tap
  • blended = whipped together with pieces of ice until frothy
  • booze = any form of alcohol (colloquial)
  • pitcher, tankard, mug = larger beer mug
  • wine by the glass = open wine (glass)


Beer is a common drink in the US, but in fast food restaurants because of the liquor laws usually not represented. American beer is essential thinner and more carbonated than the European. Several bottles therefore lead to the conscious "Bubble" in the belly. The alcohol content must be at least 0.5%, usually between 4.5 and 5.5%. How high the alcohol content of a drink must be in order to be allowed to be sold as beer is determined by the law of the respective state and can also vary from city to city. There is no compulsion to display the alcohol content.

Types of beer

There are of course numerous varieties (Budweiser, Coors, Miller), which differ in taste only to a limited extent. Many brands are of European origin (e.g. Löwenbräu), but produced in the USA using our own brewing process and ingredients. The German purity command can be forgotten. Artificial and natural additives can easily be included.

A hit is the "Light