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Best NON-BURGER/NON-FRIED Fast Food Meals

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There was a time when "fast food" mostly meant burgers and fried food (e.g. fried chicken). These two options still probably account for most drive-thru/take-out/quick sit-down meals in fast food restaurants.

Do you sometimes want the convenience of drive-thru or fast food take-out but you don't even go to the ones in your neighborhood (or when you travel) because you don't know any other options they might have that are not burgers or not fried?

Or, like me, do you not necessarily take time reading the menu board at fast food drive-thrus so you order the same old, same old all the time without necessarily knowing there might be something else you'd enjoy more on the menu?

Well, this is the place to share your favorite Non-Burger, Non-Fried Fast Food Meals so others will know what to try! :)

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  1. Sonic
    Grilled Chicken Wrap

    Wendy's
    Grilled Chicken on Bun, big Salads

    Jimmy John's
    Lots of tasty subs. My fav is the Club Lulu (turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo). No drive-thru (at least none I've seen) but they deliver!
    http://www.jimmyjohns.com

    Culver's
    Pot Roast Sandwich, big Salads (my fav is Avocado Pecan Bleu with Blackened Chicken), daily specials often feature non-burger/non-fried options.
    http://www.culvers.com

    Mr. Goodcents
    Tasty subs, pasta, soups, salads.
    They have 130 shops in 15 states; I like them much better than Subway.
    http://www.mrgoodcents.com

    Boston Market
    While I find most of their dinner meals (turkey, meatloaf, pot pies, etc.) to be far too salty, I do like their big Market Chopped Salad. I can also find a quick carton of mashed potato comfort food there!
    http://www.bostonmarket.com

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    1. Wendy's - Oriental Chicken Salad and Taco Salad

      Chipotle - any of their burritos! :)

      Boston Market - chicken tortilla soup

      Steak & Shake - Chili-mac

      Quiznos -- Corn chowder (has a nice spice to it!)

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      1. re: lizrdkng67

        Did you know that you can buy a 99-Cent cup of their chili and a 99-cent side salad to make your own taco salad for $2.00? heh...a co-worker with CPA clued me in...not too too bad for a somewhat healthy inexpensive meal! Ooops...does the ground beef in the chili count as "burger" in OP's view? We may have erred....

        1. re: Val

          >> does the ground beef in the chili count as "burger" in OP's view?

          Nah. Hardly enough ground beef in fast food chili to qualify as the equivalent of a burger on bun. :)

      2. I don't generally eat "fast food", but will not pass by Smithfields when I'm down South, for eastern NC BBQ, hushpuppies, sweet tea and banana pudding.
        http://www.smithfieldschicken.com/

        1. El Pollo Loco - the grilled chicken is fantastic, so are the condiments.

          Baja Fresh - fresh ingredients.

          Chipotle - Everything, with the exception of the hand fried tortilla chips, are not fried.

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          1. re: dpan

            I'll second the El Pollo Loco recommendation....

          2. If you mean "quick" instead of "drive-thru", alot of chain supermarkets have a great variety of sliced deli meats, cold salads, rotisserie chickens,fresh baked breads,rolls,or pastry.The pick nik is on,just grab a bottle of wine while you're at it, and fresh fruit for dessert.

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            1. re: shoshana

              Grocery store counters will do! :)

              And that's a good reminder for folks for "custom made" quick meals!

              I have one local grocery here (Cosentino's in the Brookside district of Kansas City, Missouri) that has a huge and outstanding island for those who want quick meals or snacks to go.

              Their salad bar is simply divine. Must have 60+ items on it and it's always kept tidy and well stocked. Veggies, fruits, grated and crumbled cheeses, croutons, nuts, kidney beans, pudding, etc. And they offer decent containers; quality plastic forks, spoons and knives each individually wrapped; lots of napkins; and rubber bands and scotch tape to secure your salad box if you feel the need.

              Their hot food section usually has the most fantastic rustic garlic mashed potatoes, fresh steamed veggies, mac 'n cheese, fried chicken, diverse raviolis (filled with wonderful things like portabello mushrooms!), stir fry, two soup options daily, and several other options.

              In their long, long cold case, they have marvelous potato and pasta salads, chicken and tuna salad, hummus, dolmades, grilled salmon, marinated veggies, and probably a dozen or more other goodies, along with a very large selection of quality deli meats and cheese to be sliced to order.

              The staff is terrific there, too.

              They've got a fine wine department right in the next aisle from this big chow island and there are several varieties of artisan breads and rolls plus fun crackers, lavosh, etc. stocked right there so I don't have to prowl all over the store for them.