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Top 10 Chain/Fast Food Items

I try to eat food at fast food places as little as possible, but I must admit, some are just better than you'd expect.

Here's my favorite chain/Fast Food restaurant items )I put a comment and the number of times I've had this item in the last year in parenthesis)

10. Crispy Chicken Salad - IHOP (had this once recently and it was very tasty - 1)
9. Green Bean Fries - TGIF (Only had these once, but they were delicious - 1).
8. White Castle Hamburgers (although my stomach can't handle them anymore - 1)
7. P.F. Chang's Lettuce wraps - nothing special, but they are delicious - 1)
6. Coffee Fribble - Friendly's (and I don't even like ice cream that much - 1)
5. Chicken McNuggets - McDonald's (and it doesn't taste just like chicken -2).
4. Iced Coffee - Dunkin Donuts (I hate their coffee normally, but it's great cold - 25-30)
3.Whopper - Burger King (Sadly I like this more than 90& of real restaurant burgers - 7-10)
2. Extra Crispy Chicken - KFC (truly my favorite fried chicken - 5)
1. Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad - Outback (I could eat this every day - 2)

I know some of these things may not even be considered food to some (ie McNuggets). Just wondering what others thought.

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  1. Weinerschnitzle chili cheese dogs (with onions)
    Popeyes chicken
    KFC's fried apple pies, and their coleslaw
    Costco's dogs/polish and their berry sundae
    Dairy Queen's Dilly Bars
    Lemon Eggees (small chain in AZ, kind of shaved ice slushie thing)
    The old Bell Burgers from Taco Bell (they haven't made them in years, God knows why?)

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      1. re: TampaAurora

        They put their red sauce on the top bun, taco meat, cheese and just a dab of yellow mustard and lettuce on the bottom.

          1. re: coney with everything

            By gosh your right, Bellbeefers, I stand corrected. Loved 'em.

            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

              You're both right: Bell Burgers was the original name.

          2. re: mrbigshotno.1

            I remember them more-or-less like that, with tomato as an option. No mustard though -- that would be disgusting. There are a few places in CA that still serve them -- a couple somewhere in L.A., and one in Bishop (which is pretty far from anywhere else in CA!). I had one last summer in Bishop, and the memory was definitely better than the actual Bellbeefer.

        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          mrbigshotno: FINALLY a Bell Burger reference! My similar-aged friends shake their heads when I swear that we used to eat these. No one else I talk to seems to remember them. They were kinda sloppy-joe ish, but more light spice-based than tomato.

          1. re: globocity

            I wonder if you can still order it. They'll make stuff that's not on the menu if you request it.

            DT

        2. McD's Fries, straight out of the fryer, with just a little salt

          DQ Buster Bars

          White Castle burgers (although I can't eat them very often

          Popeye's chicken, spicy. And a side of dirty rice.

          Starbucks Iced Caramel Machioto (or however you spell it)

          Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito or chilito or whatever they are calling it this year.

          Culver's Cheese Curds.

          That's about it for national chains. There are some local fast food places (in Chicago) where I could joyfully eat every day!

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          1. re: lulubelle

            Gotta say, I hate Starbucks coffee more than any coffee on the earth, but that caramel machiatta (sp?) is awesome as a dessert

            1. re: jhopp217

              How can you hate it more than any other coffee but love the caramel macchiato? it is made with the same coffee.

          2. 1. Carls Jr. burgers, any of them
            2. Taco Time mexi-fries (tater tots with awesome good seasonings)
            3. Jack in the Box curly fries with ranch
            4. McD's Quarter Pounder with fries and a coke...every once in a while, that is the ONLY thing that hits the spot!
            5. Taco Bell crunchy tacos
            6. DQ's Banana Cream Pie Blizzard (those graham cracker crust chunks are SO good)
            7. Costco's hotdogs or Polish dogs, with the works.
            8. Forza (local coffeeshop chain, similar but MUCH better than Starbuck's) 1/2 caff Americano with full flavor shots of white chocolate and coconut, topped off with half and half. Dessert in a cup!!!!
            I could keep going - although I LOVE really good food, sometimes the fast food stuff just does the trick.

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            1. re: teric762

              8. Forza (local coffeeshop chain, similar but MUCH better than Starbuck's) 1/2 caff Americano with full flavor shots of white chocolate and coconut, topped off with half and half. Dessert in a cup!!!!......

              You had me at white chocolate and coconut, haha!

              1. re: jhopp217

                They do something called a DaVinci Code mocha (they use DaVinci syrups, not a reference to the movie really, just a play on the name), it is a white and dark chocolate mocha with coconut and almond syrups....Good stuff!!

                If you are ever in Puyallup, WA, Go to the Top Foods Forza - they are the best!

              2. re: teric762

                Ohhh I also love the DQ banana cream pie blizzard! I've tried other blizzards since discovering it, and they don't compare.
                We don't have all the same chains here in Canada, and my list is short...
                1) Popeye's chicken and biscuits
                2) Tim Hortons' ice cap, and I am otherwise a Timmy's hater, but I love the ice cap more than much pricier, independent, etc, iced coffees
                3) Starbucks pumpkin scone once in a while
                4) and the DQ banana cream pie blizzard, when it's available.
                5) oh and one more, recently tried our first Chipotle's outlet and I would certainly choose them over any other fast food chain

              3. As mentioned above, the fries from the golden arches, fresh out of the fryer!

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                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                  I guess I am inthe tiny minority that actually thnks BK's fries are better. Maybe it's because I love Fries but hate salt. Mickey D's are like a salt stick

                  1. re: jhopp217

                    I never liked the fries or burgers at McD's. I was a BK kid - I'm still trying to change that dietary habit but sometimes the comfort foods die hard. I don't eat these much anymore, but here they are.

                    1. Chick Fil A - Chicken Mini's
                    2. Taco Bell Pizza
                    3. BK Hamburger and Fries Kid's Meal
                    4. Checker's Banana Shake, Fries and Chicken Sandwich
                    5. Steak and Shake Parfait
                    6. Panchero's - Burrito Bowl
                    7. Wendy's Baked Potato
                    8. Olive Garden Minestrone and Breadsticks

                    I'm more of eat local/independent person, but

                      1. re: jhopp217

                        I agree. Burger King's fries are better than McDonald's I used to think it was McDonald's but my hubby had me re-try them and he was right. But an even better fast food fry? Arbys!!! Their curly fries are so delish!

                    1. 1. Double Double Animal style- In N Out
                      2. Taco Supreme- Taco Bell
                      3. Monster Taco-Jack in the Box (RIP)
                      4. Southwest Chicken Sandwhich-Carl's Junior

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