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AndyGanil Jul 21, 2008 01:50 AM

Which fast food chain do you think is the best?

For me,

Burgers and Fries: In n Out
Needs no explanation, unless your into Six dollar Anus burgers and what not.

Pizza: Papa John's
Actually pretty good crust considering they are a fast food chain and they beat pizza hut by far. Dominoes is like a loaf of bread with toppings. Shakey's is a little bit too vinegary for me.

Other: Chipotle
This category includes everything else - Quizno's, Subway, El Pollo Loco etc.

Best Beverage: Lollicup
It's an SGV thing, they have the best texture of boba, not chewy but not extremely soft either, and their tea is pretty good, but not as good as Tapioca Express. It's a little to bland and not tea enough.

Best Coffee? I dont drink coffee so I wouldn't know.

Anyother Bests?

Whoops! My computer lagged a bit so it posted twice. Sorry.

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    turqmut Sep 22, 2008 06:53 AM

    Chick-fil-A, but if you're too far north Culver's is good.

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      AngelSanctuary Sep 21, 2008 08:26 PM

      Burgers: Harvey's (only in Canada), it actually tastes like meat, and they grill their burgers and grill >>> that hot metal steamy crap at other places

      Fries: McDonalds seriously, though NY Fries are pretty good too (are there NY Fries in America o.o?)

      Drinks: Starbucks

      Donuts: Krispy Kreme (I'm quite sad that the one in Toronto closed down, it's not the same in a gas station)

      Breakfast: McDonalds

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        CDouglas Sep 19, 2008 07:40 AM

        Burgers: Checkers
        Fries: Roy Rogers
        Pizza: Nothing since Shakey's disappeared
        Chicken: Chick fil-a for nuggets and sandwiches; Popeye's for fried
        Roast beef: Arby's
        Best Beverage: Jamocha shake - Arby's
        Other: Chipotle - for carnitas

        1. steakman55 Sep 10, 2008 03:25 PM

          For cheapy type burgers, McDonald's ...the $1 or so double cheeseburger
          For fries, McDonald's
          For coffee, McDonald's if they are serving the Green Mtn. Coffee Roaster stuff
          For breakfast, egg McMuffin or sausage mcmuffin at Mcdonalds
          For chicken sandwich, Chick Fil-A
          For pizza, no chain; it is nigh on impossible

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            MDoodle Sep 6, 2008 05:34 PM

            Noodles & Co., Potbelly, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle, and Donatos (which I only get if I'm visiting the 'rents in Ohio, we sadly don't have them here in the DC metro area...)

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              crowsonguy Sep 6, 2008 11:53 PM

              I don't understand the appeal of Five Guys, since they only serve their burgers horribly overdone, and their fries are just average. Their fried mushrooms suck too. Once was enough!

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                robert4444 Sep 7, 2008 07:40 AM

                Have to agree on the doneness issue. I like mine medium rare or rare. The fries, I think, are good.

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                  steinre1 Sep 9, 2008 07:24 PM

                  the fries are average in my book, but man do they give you a lot. The small could feed a family of 4!

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              ThaGroovinGourmet Sep 6, 2008 02:05 PM

              I'm an In and Out fan. I like Steak And Shake too, but they are not fast food.

              Of the Mex places I much prefer Barbacoa to Chipotle. The menus are virtually identical, but I like the flavors and portions size at Barbacoa.

              1. Bob W Sep 6, 2008 12:04 PM

                Coffee: I like Caribou a lot
                Bagels: Bruegger's, but I haven't had one in a few years, since a franchisee-home office dispute drove them from the DC area. No other chain bagel is even passable.
                Fried chicken: Gotta be Popeye's.

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                  cavandre Sep 6, 2008 05:49 AM

                  I would rather have a frozen pizza than anything from Papa John's, Domino's or Pizza Hut.
                  Steak n' Shake for their shakes.
                  Not proud of it but will plead guilty to a love of McD's Sausge & Biscuit.
                  No White Castles where I now live & do miss those little guys.

                  1. Firegoat Sep 5, 2008 06:20 AM

                    McDonald's for breakfast (sausage mcmuffin) and $1 menu double cheeseburger
                    Sonic for fun drinks and slushes -- onion rings aren't bad either
                    Rib Crib for BBQ
                    Outback for steak , bread and ceasar salad
                    Pizza Hut for pizza IF it is thin crust (like a cracker) with Barbecue beef toppings. Yum. Also have another local chain called Hideaway Pizza that is fantabulous.

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                      fara Aug 22, 2008 04:16 PM

                      Popeyes-regular chicken and biscuits
                      Qdoba-vegetarian burrito with queso
                      A&W- rootbeer float and hot dog with cheese sauce and onions
                      Mc D's - breakfast sandwiches,hashbrowns, fries, double cheeseburgers w/out pickles. also their coffee 'drinks" which are very chocolately etc, to order in place of ice cream on a road trip
                      Dairy Queen-vanilla and cherry dip

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                        Whosyerkitty Sep 4, 2008 03:37 PM

                        Potbelly's sandwiches, but I don't know if they're located outside this area (Chicago). They also have the best shakes on the planet--real ice cream, blended in an old fashioned shake blender. They have a little tiny Salerno butter cookie on the straw and you can get SMALL (12 oz) ones to satisfy your hankering.

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                        aynrandgirl Aug 22, 2008 12:58 PM

                        In n Out
                        Jack in the Box
                        Steak & Shake
                        Wienerschnitzel
                        Round Table
                        Giordano's

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                          starbucksbrew Aug 2, 2008 02:07 PM

                          Burgers: Five Guys (we don't have In N Out, so I can't compare), with Hardees as a close second

                          Tex-Mex: Tie between Moe's and Tijuana Flats, if you consider them fast-food (they might be fast casual), otherwise Taco Bueno

                          Chicken: Chick-Fil-A, with Popeyes a close second

                          Biscuits: Popeyes (with honey! and ditto mpalmer6c - their red beans & rice are sensational!)

                          Fries: Checkers

                          Milkshakes: Chick-Fil-A

                          Pizza: for chains, Papa Johns, although a few local pizza places are better

                          Coffee: as my screen name indicates, its Starbucks for me because of the variety, although Barnie's coffee is better quality coffee

                          Donuts: Krispy Kreme

                          Bagels: Einstein's

                          ALL AROUND BEST FAST FOOD CHAIN: Chick-Fil-A -- great chicken, breakfast options (biscuit, bagel, or yeast rolls for your chicken), milkshakes, fries, and playlands for the kids.

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                            vwgto Aug 2, 2008 09:22 PM

                            I love IN N' OUT. I will visit several times during business trips to the coast. Steak and Shake is another winner.

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                              adrian Aug 22, 2008 11:22 AM

                              Red Bull Inn.....sigh...

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                                chocchipcookie Sep 6, 2008 06:03 AM

                                Oh my! I haven't heard mention that name in a long time!! Used to be my birthday place to go! I would get the Lagostino pot but not before helping myself to the fantastic salad bar-they had the best dressings. I think there might be one left in the greater Pittsbugh area. Is there? It may just be a nostalgic thing for me.....

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                              beachmouse Sep 10, 2008 06:40 AM

                              Another vote for Tijuana Flats. Food tastes fresh, you control the grease level depending on your whim of the day, and the employees at my local one are always cheerful and efficient. My husband normally hates fast food, but he loves his megajuana burritos there.

                            3. Chew on That Jul 25, 2008 01:49 PM

                              I don't see the appeal of In N' Out! I went once when I was in Cali but it was just ok.

                              For me, I like Wendy's a lot.

                              And for Mexican, Qdoba is my favorites - chicken tacos are the best!

                              Pizza: Hmm...I'm going to go with Go Roma's Margherita Pizza! :)

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                                MattInNJ Jul 24, 2008 07:36 AM

                                I am a fan of Baja Fresh.

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                                  tofuburrito Jul 25, 2008 10:13 AM

                                  I think the In N Out burger is the most overrated food item of all time.
                                  My spin on best is genre rather than a particular place.
                                  The emergence of Fresh Mex is the best thing (in my opinion) to happen to chains/fast food in the history of the world.
                                  Baja Fresh, Chipotle, Sharkys, Rubios, etc. all offer tasty, inexpensive, somewhat healthy, fast food.

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                                    brendastarlet Jul 25, 2008 10:16 AM

                                    No In N Out in these parts. My favorites are:
                                    1) Steak and Shake (open 24 hours, good quality, nice shakes)
                                    2) Culver (the fries! Oh, the fries!)
                                    3) Baja Fresh

                                    I also have a weakness for Arby's turkey reuben (hold the saurkraut, and very light sauce) as well as their potato cakes.

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                                  mpalmer6c Jul 23, 2008 08:54 PM

                                  Popeye's, though I'm sure loactions vary. I arrive about 11:55 when the steam table is just being loaded. And the red beans and rice is sensational.

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                                    mmalmad Jul 24, 2008 07:55 AM

                                    I agree with Popeye's...
                                    For burgers & Fries, 5 Guys, Wendy's a distant second, though I have never been to In n Out
                                    Pizza chains?, might as well put some ragu and fake cheese on the box

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                                      monkuboy Jul 24, 2008 11:02 AM

                                      "Pizza chains?, might as well put some ragu and fake cheese on the box" So I take it use the whole box if you want deep dish pizza, and just cut off the top flap and use the ragu and fake cheese if you want "new york" style, lol.. would anyone really be able to tell the cardboard from the crust you get from chain pizza places if you did that?

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                                        Bobfrmia Jul 25, 2008 05:06 AM

                                        It would be a little better than most.

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                                    northside food Jul 23, 2008 08:11 PM

                                    If I have a choice, it's Chik-fil-a, hands down. They use real chicken in their sandwiches and their biscuits are the best of any drive through.

                                    Chipotle is also a very good option, and Wendy's will do in a pinch and if I order carefully.

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                                      Wangus Jul 24, 2008 11:59 AM

                                      For the choice of one singular best ff chain I agree on Chick-Fil-A. Their chicken strips are still amazing.

                                    2. Suzy Q Jul 22, 2008 03:36 PM

                                      I think a lot of the chains mentioned here must be local/regional, because I've never heard of several of them. Just gives me a good idea what to look for when I travel!

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                                        Bobfrmia Jul 22, 2008 06:28 AM

                                        Pizza- Papa Murphy's, but only the Gourmet Garlic Chicken, or the Chicken, Bacon, Artichoke. The red sauce pizzas are a pass.
                                        Burgers- B-Bops
                                        Other- Popeye's

                                        These are pretty much the only chains I go to anymore, and not often.

                                        1. Lindseyup67 Jul 22, 2008 04:31 AM

                                          Best burgers and fries-Culvers

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                                            ajr524 Jul 21, 2008 02:41 PM

                                            Being from the east coast and therefore not having In n Out and I have to say White Castle for burgers...usually just burgers because the fries are soggy

                                            Best coffee - dunkin donuts even though I hear McDonald's is giving them a run for there money

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                                              sqwertz Aug 22, 2008 11:20 AM

                                              Then you'd probably hate I&O's fries. Limp, greasy and soggy.

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                                              queencru Jul 21, 2008 02:30 PM

                                              Wings: I like Quaker Steak. I really like the pretzel appetizer with beer cheese dip.

                                              Pizza: Garlic Jim's. All the decent non-chains in the area are just too far a drive and Garlic Jim's has a lot more interesting sauces/toppings than most.

                                              Chicken: Chik-Fil-A.

                                              Burgers and Fries: We don't have In n Out so I'll have to go for 5 guys.

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                                                al b. darned Sep 22, 2008 08:00 PM

                                                I'd like to add my opinion about Quaker Steak & Lube...but we can't get near the place. They opened near me a couple of months ago and every time we thot of going there it was an hour or so wait! I guess it must be pretty good.

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                                                  al b. darned Oct 15, 2008 11:15 PM

                                                  Update!
                                                  Finally got to try QS&L. The wings are really good. Full of flavor and not dripping wet like some of the local places serve them. The "hot" ones have a decent bite and good flavor and won't melt your teeth. Next time I will go up a notch or two. Not brave enuf to sign the waiver and try the "atomic" ones.

                                                  The onion rings are great! (I am a self-professed o-ring snob.) Thick sliced with a crunchy batter and served with a BBQ dipping sauce. They even stayed crunchy in the to-go box for the ride home.

                                                  My wife said her order was also worth a second visit, too.

                                                  Seems as tho all the hype is accurate.

                                              2. monkuboy Jul 21, 2008 01:11 PM

                                                I agree with you about In-N-Out but when it comes to pizza I don't think any chain makes good pizza (or even decent pizza). There is no pizza chain that I would even think of patronizing because they're all so bad.

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                                                  jessicheese Sep 5, 2008 06:34 AM

                                                  I don't know- I love love love Donatos pepperoni pizza.

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                                                    mamamia Sep 9, 2008 12:47 PM

                                                    An ex boyfriend hailed from Ohio - I went back home with him once and isntantly developed a liking for Donatos. Everytime I travel back to Ohio-Indiana, I stop in.

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