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Jun 8, 2012 07:39 AM

Which fast food chain has the most cultish (and maybe even divisive) following?

Is it In-N-Out?

Shake Shack maybe?

Perhaps White Castle?


My vote goes to In-N-Out.

Those that like the place will defend it to the death and those who don't poo-poo it like it's some sort of frozen, expired Sysco creation.

Not curious about the quality of the food, just the loyalty and zealousness of the following.

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  1. I immediately thought of In-N-Out, and I don't even live on the west coast. . . .

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    1. re: Rilke

      INO wins hands down for a divisive cult like crowd, I've been attacked by INO zealots simply for saying:

      " I think INO gives a good value but an average fast food burger, better than some, not as good as others."

      That's all it takes and I will have some people come unhinged at my opinion, it's even worse if I mention a blind taste test that I was involved in and INO didn't win. . . . . .

      1. re: RetiredChef

        That thread on the taste test was freakin' hilarious. The Fanboi's were going nuts.


      2. re: Rilke

        Has to be In-N-out

        Just check out these threads about the proposed in-n-outs coming to texas

        Or don't check them out. Because if you are one of the followers, then you already know.

      3. Based on reading this board I would say In N Out. With Five Guys and and Chick Fil a right behind it

        1. At least in the west INO.

          1. Easily In-N-Out. Folks who love it are ardent fans... folks who don't get it think those people are wasting their time on 'terrible fast food'. There's not much in between, weirdly.

            I'd also put my vote to Skyline Chili in the midwest. Either you preach the gospel of Cincinnati-style chili or you think the stuff's disgusting, seems like. [disclaimer: I love it]

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            1. re: Boston_Otter

              Skyline is almost ubiquitous. You'd think their main (chain) competitor, Goldstar, didn't exist. Outside of Cincinnati proper (and Northern Kentucky) it's Skyline or nothing.

              I'm not a fan of Skyline, myself, for the main reason their hot dogs are a distant third behind the chili and cheese. Growing up among the numerous coney places in Metro Detroit, the lack of focus on the dog is a mark against them.

              But folks love their Skyline.

            2. The problem is, the chains with a devoted following are regional. Does anyone worship a truly national brand?

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              1. re: GH1618

                Maybe McDonalds for their fries?

                Since 5Guys has made it to the West Coast I would consider them more of a national than a regional chain, though not a large one.

                1. re: viperlush

                  I live and travel on the West Coast and I've never seen one. Where are they?

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I see — they are "all over" the Pacific Coast States, but in somewhat out-of-the-way locations. I might be able to get to one soon to try it.

                      1. re: GH1618

                        There's one 2 blocks from where I live, and I consider that too far to travel for their lame offerings.