FAST CASUAL TREND GOBBLING
UP SOUTH BAY. BY SUSAN HATHAWAY FA S T
FIXES While fast food undeniably has a bad rep, Americans still like the stuff, with one in four citizens
consuming some sort of fast food daily. People enjoy such fare not just because the unhealthful
properties resonate with guilty taste buds but largely due to the fact it’s inexpensive and, well,
fast. But the supersize-me crowd is being joined by more discriminating eaters as both flock to
one of the hottest dining trends in the last few years: fast casual restaurants.