Ranked: The Best Fast Food Voted For By Americans

By Rio Dennis 10 months ago

30. Wingstop

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Fast-food has become a staple of modern living, as it provides convenience, low prices and (somewhat) tasty food options. Everyone has their preference when it comes to the plethora of fast-food chains, and this list is going to explore the 30 best fast-food chains, as voted for by Americans. Coming in at number 30, is Wingstop!

29. Bojangles

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Bojangles is coming in at number 29, which isn't too surprising, considering this chain has since been forgotten about since the introduction of bigger restaurant chains. Bojangles is mostly known for its Cajun seasoned fried chicken, and buttermilk biscuits.

28. Carl's Jr

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At number 28 we have Carl's Jr, which has also become drowned in competition from rival fast-food eateries. Like most fast-food chains, Carl's Jr is mostly known for its burgers, fries and milkshakes. Despite it being one of the more affordable choices, the majority of people don't enjoy what the chain has to offer.

27. Culver's

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Culver's takes the 27th spot on this list, and much like its predecessors, it has become something of a forgotten fast-food chain. Culver's is mostly known for its frozen custard and butter burgers. However, this chain also produces the standard burger, fries and milkshake combo.

26. Five guys

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Moving on we come to Five Guys, which takes the 26th spot on this list. Five Guys is one of the more well-known chains on this list, and it is mostly known for its hamburgers, hot dogs and (massive portions of) French fries. The majority of people believe it is overhyped, considering the basic nature of the menu items.

25. Zaxby's

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Taking the 25th spot on this list, is Zaxby's. Zaxby's is mostly known for its fried chicken sandwiches, salads and appetizers. This particular chain insists on altering the name of all their menu items, so they begin with the letter 'Z' e.g. zalads, zappetizers, zandwiches.

24. Hardee's

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Coming in at 24 is Hardee's. Hardee's is mostly known for its breakfast items, as well as its lunch/dinner burgers. The majority of people seem to find the food from Hardee's lacklustre, which explains why it isn't higher up on this list of people's preferences.

23. Jimmy John's

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Taking the 23rd spot is Jimmy John's. This particular chain is mostly known for its freshly-made range of sandwiches (all of which, are completely customizable). Considering the fresh nature of its food preparation, you'd expect this chain to be higher up on the list, but apparently not.

22. Whataburger

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Moving onto another well-known chain, we have Whataburger in 22nd place. As you can guess from the name, Whataburger is mostly known for its choice of burgers, and selection of combination meals. Similarly to previous fast-food chains, people often find Whataburger's food slightly lacklustre.

21. Papa John's

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Taking the 21st spot on this list is Papa John's, which is mostly known for its pizza-based menu. Despite it being the fourth largest pizza delivery chain in America, Papa John's doesn't seem to be much of a hit with people, in comparison to its other pizza-based competitors.

20. Popeyes

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Taking the spot of number 20 is Popeyes, which is mostly known for its fried chicken menu items. This particular chain also offers honey butter biscuits, gravy, fried chicken combination meals and fried chicken sandwiches. It is considered a staple fast-food chain within Louisiana.

19. Panda Express

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Coming in at 19 is Panda Express. This particular fast-food chain is mostly known for its Chinese food items. It specializes in American-Chinese cuisine, and offers people a more casual dining experience. The majority of its chains are located within North America and Asia.

18. Jack In The Box

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Jack In The Box is the next fast-food chain, and its takes 18th place on this list. This fast-food chain is mostly known for its burgers, fried chicken and combination meals. It is one of the more expensive choices on this list, which is probably why it isn't many peoples' first choice of fast-food restaurant.

17. Dairy Queen

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Another well-known chain is Dairy Queen's, which takes the 17th spot on this list. Dairy Queen is mostly known for its Blizzard and milkshakes. The chain is also known for its burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and combination meals. The Blizzards are the staple menu item though.

16. Little Caesar's

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Coming in at 16 is Little Caesar's, which is another pizza-based restaurant chain. It is well-known for its various pizza combination meals, and is the third largest pizza delivery chain within America. It can be overshadowed by its other pizza-based competitors, but it is pretty underrated.

15. Arby's

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Arby's takes the midpoint spot (15th), and adds to the list of the more well-known chains on this list. Arby's is marketed as sandwich chain, which is what it is mostly known for. Although their main focus is sandwiches, Arby's offers other alternatives e.g. mozzarella sticks, burgers, milkshakes etc.

14. KFC

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Perhaps one of the most recognizable chains on this list is next, and the chain in question, is KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Surprisingly, KFC only comes in at number 14, despite its popularity amongst people. It is mostly known for its fried chicken bucket meals and bargain meals, which can feed large families/groups.

13. Sonic Drive-In

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Coming in at number 13 is Sonic Drive-In. This chain is mostly known for its sweet treats, and large drink options e.g. soft drinks, milkshakes and slushies. However, there are a large variety of meal options available, including: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and appetizers.

12. Chipotle

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Chipotle comes in 12th place on this list, which seems to fit its overall popularity with people. Chipotle is a Mexican-based restaurant, and is mostly known for its bowls, tacos and Mission burritos, which are usually prepared and made to order in front of customers.

11. Pizza Hut

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Yet another pizza-based chain featured on this list is Pizza Hut, which comes in 11th place. Pizza Hut is mostly known for its range of pizza options, and dessert station (marketed towards children). It is often considered a family brand, and has a range of deals that offer great food, at a low cost to families.

10. Panera Bread

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At 10th place we have Panera Bread, which is a bakery-cafe chain known for its range of sandwiches, salads and lunch items. They have a great range of menu items, including: soup, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, salads, hot beverages and warmed sandwiches.

9. Domino's

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In ninth place we have Domino's Pizza, adding to the group of pizza-based food chains on this list. As you've probably already guessed, it is mostly known for its range of pizza meal deals, and various saver combination meals. Aside from pizza, Domino's also offers a selection of desserts e.g. chocolate chip cookies.

8. Dunkin' Donuts

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Dunkin' Donuts takes eighth place, and is mostly known for offering the classic American combination of coffee and donuts. This chain specializes in different donut sizes and flavors, as well as savory sandwich and snack options, although the majority of people only really go there for the coffee.

7. Burger King

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Coming in at number seven is Burger King, which is one of the most recognizable chains featured on this list. It is mostly known for its various burger variations, and its saver combination meals. Burger King also offers other menus items, such as chicken nuggets, cheesy bites, frozen soft drinks and milkshakes.

6. Wendy's

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Wendy's takes sixth place, and is mostly known for its square-shaped burger patties, and their claim of using 100% fresh beef. The chain is also well-known for its Frosty, which is a thick flavored milkshake, that can be eaten like an ice-cream or drunk like a typical milkshake.

5. Chick-Fil-A

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Another chicken-based chain featured on this list is Chick-Fil-A, which comes in fifth place. It is the largest chain in America, that specializes in chicken sandwiches, and is known for its variety of seasoning, spices and chicken sandwich variations. Chick-Fil-A is also known for its unique Waffle Fries.

4. Taco Bell

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Taco Bell takes fourth place on this list, and is another Mexican-based chain. It is mostly known for its tacos, burritos, wraps and combination meals. Taco Bell is definitely one of the most popular chains within America, with thousands of locations nationwide and worldwide.

3. Subway

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Coming in third position, we have Subway. Subway is mostly known for its customizable selection of submarine sandwiches, wraps and salads. It is also known for its made to order nature of preparation, and it's affordable meal deal choices e.g. six inch sub meals and footlong meals.

2. Starbucks

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Starbucks takes this list's second place, and it doesn't come as any surprise, as it is the world's second largest coffeehouse chain! It is one of the most recognized fast-food chains, and has over 35 thousand stores in 80 countries. Of course, it is known for its range of cold and hot coffee-based beverages, although it does offer other menu items e.g. cakes, pastries and sandwiches.

1. McDonald's

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Finally, in first place (unsurprisingly) is McDonald's. This chain is arguably the easiest chain to recognize, and its golden arches can be found in over 40,000 locations worldwide! It is mostly known for its burgers, saver menu items, Happy Meals and McNuggets.

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