Harrold, TN — Despite repeated warnings from experts, the nation’s citizens fill up on bread before their dinner arrives. The trend, which has been an issue for the past 60-plus years in the United States, shows no sign of waning despite repeated warnings from the country’s mothers.
“Well, look. If they bring it to the table, they want you to eat it,” said Ralph Peterson, an Olive Garden self-proclaimed breadstick lover of Kent, WA. “So I eat it, and they bring me more. I mean, come on. We shouldn’t let it go to waste.
America’s love affair with all-you-can-eat bread before your dinner dates begins following the prosperous post-World War II years when the country’s middle class experienced a boom in disposable income. At this time, many Americans started eating out at least once a week. Restaurants eager to capitalize on this new enthusiasm and maximize profits began offering bread to their patrons as a way to cut back on central course portions.
“I just can’t stop eating it, and they keep bringing me more,” said Cracker Barrel patron Stephanie Gilstom who, within 15 minutes, had devoured four muffins, two biscuits, and eight pads of butter. “I know my mom told me as a kid not to fill up, but now I’m an adult, so I can do whatever I want. I can always take my dinner home with me.”
As for the nation’s restaurants have no plans on reducing the amount of bread they’re bringing to tables before a meal.
“Our customers love the homey touch of a warm basket of bread,” Restaurant Association of America president Carol Contonovich. “And if people are filling up too much, well, tell me how that’s a bad thing?”