Out of curiosity, what's "British food" like?
You've pretty much got three kinds of British food.
First is the chip-shop kind of food, traditionally served to take away in newspaper. Thick greasy chips, battered cod, battered sausage, battered chocolate, burgers, donner kebabs. Pretty much our national fast food, but usually isn't done by large chains, just a lot of independents with the same basic menu. Probably the kind of food that the "British cooking is terrible" myth comes from.
Then you've got pub food, sold in an actual restaurant environment. This is the good stuff - roast meat with yorkshire puddings, steak and ale pies, cumberland sausages, and the like. Potatoes and gravy are a must. Usually you'd call a place serving this food a pub rather than a restaurant, and the area for eating food is usually separate from the area where people come to drink, socialise and watch the football.
The third category is the re-appropriated foreign food. We eat a lot of pasta and curry. You'll usually find a pub-restaurant serving at least one lasagne and/or tikka masala. A lot of our more popular curries are actually British inventions.
On the subject of American food: There's a restaurant in the city I live in called Captain America's. I haven't eaten there but my friend has; she claims it serves things like hamburgers and steaks in portions that could feed three men. I don't think anything would be really accepted as 'American-style' here if you could eat it all.
edited 22nd Dec '11 6:10:55 AM by Tenebrais
Everything is best in moderation.