A new study by Bord Bia shows that fast food and takeaways dominate the €6.13bn Irish catering industry.
In fact we spend €2.38bn or 38pc of our eating out budget in "quick service" restaurants and fast food is the fastest growing sector as customers watch their wallets.
By contrast just 11pc or €687m is spent in full service restaurants, a Bord Bia conference in Dublin on the food service sector will be told today.
Meanwhile 6.4pc is spent in hotels and 5.6pc in coffee shops, with another 4.6pc spent in workplace canteens.
But though the decline of Irish pubs has been much lamented, they're now very important places to eat accounting for over €1.5bn or a quarter of how much we spend on food.
The expansion of foreign chains such as Subway, Caffe Nero and JD Wetherspoons would also give opportunities for Irish suppliers.
Food theatre was also of growing importance as chefs showed off their skills in front of house exhibition cooking.
When it came to fast food there was a growing move towards using mobile technology and having "snackable" menu options, small plates and portable food options.