Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash and maple syrup. Characteristic dishes derive from the recipes of various immigrants. Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed.
The American fast food industry is the world's largest and its very popular. Fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and soft drinks all over the city. However, the American "obesity epidemic" has become increasingly severe. Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. The Hershey Company is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world.
Americans generally prefer coffee to tea, and orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.
Most restaurants open early in the morning and stay open late at night; a few are open 24 hours a day. Many restaurants do not serve alcohol, or may only serve beer and wine.