Combination meal

A combination meal, often referred as a combo-meal,[1] is a type of meal that typically includes food items and a beverage. They are a common menu item at fast food restaurants, and other restaurants also purvey them. Combination meals may be priced lower compared to ordering items separately, but this is not always the case. A combination meal is also a meal in which the consumer orders items à la carte to create their own meal combination.

The casada is a common type of lunch combination meal in Costa Rica and Panama.


Fast food combination meals typically include an entree such as a hamburger, a side dish such as fries, and a beverage such as a soft drink.[2] Other types of restaurants, such as fast-casual restaurants also offer combination meals.[3]

Combination meals may be priced lower compared to ordering the items separately, and this lower pricing may serve to entice consumers that are budget-minded.[2][4] A 2010 study published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing found that some consumers may order a combination meal even if no price discount is applied compared to the price of ordering items separately.[3] The study found that this behavior is based upon consumers perceiving an inherent value in combination meals, and also suggested that the ease and convenience of ordering, such as ordering a meal by number, plays a role compared to ordering items separately.[3] This study also found that the presence of combination meals encourages consumers to increase meal portion size by supersizing their meals.[3]

A combination meal can also comprise a meal in which separate dishes are selected by consumers from an entire menu, and can include à la carte selections that are combined on a plate.[5] A fast food combination meal can contain over 1,300 calories (5,400 kJ).[6] Fast food restaurants sometimes offer a means to order larger portions of food within the format of the combination meal, such as supersizing.[7]


In the United States in the early 1930s, the combination meal was a popular dish in restaurants and in homes.[lower-alpha 1]

In Latin America

In Costa Rican and Panamanian cuisine, a combination meal is referred to as a casado, which means "married".[9][10] It is a typical lunch dish in both countries.[9][10] In Costa Rica, a casado typically consists of a meat dish, rice and beans, and deli salads.[9] Additional foods comprising the Costa Rican casado can include fried plantain, noodles and tomatoes.[11] In Costa Rica, the term plato del día (plate of the day) is frequently used interchangeably with the term casado.[11]

In Panama, a casado typically consists of an entree, rice and beans, and cabbage.[10] In Panama, the plato executive, which means "executive plate", is a prix fixe (fixed price) lunch menu offered in some upscale restaurants that is similar in concept to the casado.[10]

See also


  1. "The "combination" meal is popular in many homes as well as in commercial eating places. Some foreign dishes are favorite "combination" meals; for example, Mexican tortillas and enchiladas, Spanish rice, chop suey and Hungarian goulash."[8]


  1. Dumanovsky, T., Nonas, C. A., Huang, C. Y., Silver, L. D. and Bassett, M. T. (2009). "What People Buy From Fast-food Restaurants: Caloric Content and Menu Item Selection, New York City 2007". Obesity. Volume 17. pp. 1369–1374. doi:10.1038/oby.2009.90
  2. 1 2 Black, K. (2009). Business Statistics: Contemporary Decision Making. Wiley Plus Products Series. John Wiley & Sons. p. 266. ISBN 978-0-470-40901-5. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Study: People choose combo meals regardless of value or size". November 28, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  4. Ferrante, J. (2005). Sociology: A Global Perspective. Available Titles CengageNOW Series (in Spanish). Cengage Learning. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-495-00561-2. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  5. Food Technology in Australia. Council of Australian Food Technology Associations. 1980. Volume 32. p. 580.
  6. Nonas, C.; Foster, G.D.; Association, American Dietetic (2009). Managing Obesity: A Clinical Guide. American Dietetic Association. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-88091-425-3. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  7. Keller, K. (2008). Encyclopedia of Obesity. SAGE Publications. p. 259. ISBN 978-1-4522-6585-8. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  8. Wood, M.W.; Lindquist, R.; Studley, L.A. (1932). Managing the Home. Riverside home economics series. Houghton Mifflin. p. 218. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  9. 1 2 3 Penland, P.R. (2008). Explorer's Guide Costa Rica: With Excursions to Nicaragua & Panama: A Great Destination. Explorer's Great Destinations. Countryman Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-58157-989-5. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  10. 1 2 3 4 Fodor's Travel Publications, I.S.; Kast, M.E.; Mattson, S.; Van Fleet, J. (2010). Fodor's Panama, 2nd Edition. Fodor's Panama. Fodors Travel Pub. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-4000-0429-4. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  11. 1 2 Kelly, M. (2007). Costa Rica 2008. Fodor's 2008. Fodor's Travel Publications. p. 455. ISBN 978-1-4000-1803-1. Retrieved January 19, 2017.

Further reading

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.