"Franks" is just another word for "hot dog." Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish made of fava beans or chickpeas (or a combination of the two) mixed with onions and spices and then deep-fried. A "foodie" is a person who loves to dine out, and has very specific taste. However, a foodie is a snob in an entirely different way than a gourmet is. A gourmet would never dream of eating a hot dog purchased from a sidewalk vendor, while a foodie will try several different hot dogs from different vendors and then offer his opinion as to which was the best.The endless choices -from franks to falafel to fillet mignon - have tried a work force of epicures. "The majority of New Yorkers are foodie; said Robert Angeline board chief of the Epicurus Group, consulting to the restaurants and hotel industries. "They don't just eat it, they know it."
A fast casual restaurant has similar service to McDonald's, in that you order your food at a counter and carry it to your table by yourself, but the food is usually served on real (non-disposable) plates and real cutlery (not plastic) is provided. The food selection is usually of a higher quality than a typical fast-food chain. Many fast casual restaurants specialize in organic or "health" foods.Over the past decades, several dozen national chains have established a new category in the mental "where should we-eat" list. Called fast-casual restaurant, hey are a hybrid of the quick service restaurant industry with aspects of fast food chain like McDonald's and casual chains like Applebees's, generally serving fresh food made on the spot for take out or sit-down dining.