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Jan 4, 2010 10:52 AM

If you HAD to eat at a fast food chain...

Fast food is junk, I know, but with my budget I can't eat out at too many places these days. If you had to eat at one of the major chains, which one would you choose?

I would pick Wendy's, hands down. The one in my neighborhood has good service and the fastest drive-thru around. They make decent salad and baked potatoes, the chili is pure awesomeness, and their burgers and fries aren't too bad either. I shy away from obscene stuff like the Baconator, but I think most of their menu is pretty good.

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  1. You are pretty much right there. Whataburger is another one and the best one in my book is a chain that's only in NM called Blakes Lotaburger. I really can't understand the big deal about In-n-Out, They're OK, but that's about it.

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    1. re: mrbigshotno.1

      In-n-Out...sorry big
      Del Taco
      Steak and Shake

      I'm looking to experience SmashBurger soon.

      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

        What it is about In-N-Out is that they do NOT use frozen pre-formed patties or frozen precut fries. Their patties are formed daily from fresh hamburger meat, and the fries are cut from fresh potatoes. At the risk of sounding too much like the oldfashioned Progressive that I am, I think the familial atmosphere within the restaurant's business structure has a lot to do with it, too. I firmly believe that happy staffers produce better food. So far they have deliberately resisted getting too big, and I hope they continue to do that.

        McDonald's Filet-O-Fish is OK but weird - what's that piece of "cheese" doing in there? But That's my chain of choice up until 10:30AM; give me a couple of Sausage McMuffins and a hashbrowns cake and I'm a happy if overfed boy.

        1. re: Will Owen

          For cheap breakfasts I would go to McD's for either a $1 sausage McMuffin or an egg burrito - with hot sauce, which it seriously needs, and get a couple of apple pies ($1 for 2) to go with it.

          Then I discovered Burger King's super cheap breakfast possibilities, with ham and egg on an english muffin - which is quite good, and tater tots stuffed with cheese. Their apple pie ain't bad either.

          BTW, both places sell coffee at a greatly reduced price to Seniors.

          1. re: Sharuf

            I'm slightly addicted to McD's sugar-free Vanilla Ice Coffee (We're in FL.) for breakfast. I can't stand any of their McMuffin items, but they make an above avergae bicuit.

          2. re: Will Owen

            I like In-n-Out's burgers okay, but their french fries are absolutely the best fast-food fries I've ever had. They taste like potatoes, and they're not oversalted.

        2. i find burger king in calgary my favorite.big king all the way."do ya want the crown or the clown"

          1. Agree, Wendy's chili is pretty good stuff.

            1. First of all, fast food is not junk (at least not all of it).

              That said, here are my choices:

              McDonald's: Filet-O-Fish.
              In-N-Out: Burgers
              Which Wich: Sandwiches
              Chipotle: Burritos (esp. the barbacoa)

              1. Popeye's
                Five Guys (since there are no In N Outs on the East coast, but if there was it would take the place of Five Guys)
                Chick fil A
                Bud's Broiler (if I was back home)

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                1. re: roro1831

                  Yum....Bud's Broiler! I used to bring large cup fills of Bud's sauce to friends living out of town =)

                  1. re: roro1831

                    I'll add Bojangles to my list, not as good as Popeye's but still very good. The biscuits are better IMHO, but the two sides I tried were not that good (dirty rice and cajun pinto beans). My wife's mashed taters were good with the white country gravy