The best and the worst fast food restaurants review

Iniside a Baja Fresh RestaurantIniside a Baja Fresh RestaurantIn this article I am going to review fast food restaurants in the United States. Its a bit unusual for a travel article, but many people who visit the from Europe end up eating at Mc-Donalds and complain in forums about the bad fast food culture. When I am on a road trip, I rarely take the time to sit down for a large lunch in a good restaurant (I do for dinner). During lunch hour I am usually on a roll and I don't have the time for extended lunches. Many students who visit the United States don't have the bankroll to eat fine cusine every day, so here is the scoop on fast food restaurants. The good and the bad, what you should be looking for and what you should avoid (with food thats always somewhat objective, but I am trying to be as neutral as possible about it). Fast Food does not mean Junk Food (although usually it does). Here is my restaurant rating:

The best fast food restaurants:

1 Baja Fresh - Mexican Food

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I hear Moe's Southwest Grille is pretty good, but I don't have one in my area, so I couldn't say for sure.

2 Quizno's Subs - Sandwich Chain

Quizno's offer some of the best Sandwiches you can find. They invented the toasted sandwich, and although a trivial invention, their toaster oven really makes a difference in taste. Their ingredients are fresh and the Sandwich is prepared in front of you. You get to choose what goes on. Their soups (chilli, broccoli ...) is pretty good too.
Most sandwich chains are actually pretty good, but Quizno's is by far the best of them. The other chains are ToGo's and Subway and if you are starved somewhere in the middle of nowhere, any of them is preferable over Mc-Donalds. I eat at Quizno's about once a week and I can always be sure the food is healthy and good for me. Panera Bread is another sandwich place that I go to, but mainly for their free WiFi access points that lets you surf the internet for free.

3 Armadillo Willy's - Texan Style BBQ

When I first stepped into Armadillo Willy's I was a bit confused. Was it a restaurant or a Fast Food Franchise? Well I am still not sure, but the food came pretty fast and you had to get it yourself (no waiter), so I am listing it here in the fast food reviews. If you want a really messy and really good barbeque feast and save a bundle on restaurant charges, go to Armadillo Willy's. And if you can finish your plate (well actually basket), all the better. They have their own special (secret) BBQ sauce and the food is really excellent. On your table you will find a huge roll of paper towels instead of whimsy napkins and you are going to need them. Armadillo Willy's is not as widespread as other food chains. They are mostly present in the San Francisco Bay Area.

4 Panda Express / Mr. Chau's

Asian fast food restaurant. The food is presented in a buffet style. You choose what goes on the plate and they charge per Item. The chinese food is inherently different than in Europe but if you like asian cousine, I am sure these are places for you.

5 Sonic

They are famous for their smoothies. The food is average for fast food restaurants, but if you are in hot California in the Summer, stop here for a refreshment. Its a Drive-In style restaurant, that you may know from old movies or the opening credits of the flintstones (Fred gets served a giant rib that tips his car over). You order and then you park. Someone will come with your order on a tray to your car.

6 Long John Silver - Fish

The chain specializes in batter-dipped fish, chicken and shrimp with fries, coleslaw and hashpuppies. Even though you can certainly prepare fish to be more healthy, its a nice break from the common burger joint.

7 In and Out Burgers

Their menu is quite limited, but thats not bad. Their one burger is what everyone comes for. If you really want to experience a good fast food burger, this is the place to go. They cut the potatoes fresh to make the fries (although I don't really like their fries). Just keep in mind, eating burgers all the time will really fatten you up and those are some of the juiciest ones you can find.

The worst fast food restaurants (avoid if you can)

The restaurants below are listed from worse to slightly eadible:

1 Wienerschnitzel

OMG. As a german, I have a certain understanding of what a Wienerschnitzel is (breaded, pan-fried veal). A Wienerschnitzel as you order it in restaurants in Germany is some of the best food you can get. So imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered a chain called Wienerschnitzel. I went there exactly once and never again. They specialize in all sorts of hot dogs and let me tell you, they really know how to make bad sausages. Sure you can get a hotdog for $0.79 (not sure if that is still the case), but it tastes like they should have paid me for eating this. If you are stuck in some place that only has a Wienerschnitzel (god beware of this cruelty), it beats eating out of the garbage can.

2 Arby's

Recently Arby's has added some eadible items to their menu. Their market fresh sandwiches are actually o.k. but their standard roast beef sandwiches need to be avoided at any cost.

3 Mc-Donalds

It doesn't need introduction, but I don't at their burgers. They taste flat and have essentially no taste. But, here is a huge but. Mc-Donalds offers a couple of things that still make me go there. They have some decent chicken breast strips that make for an excellent snack when you feel only a little hungry and their breakfast actually isn't bad at all. Sometimes I am out photographing a sunrise and afterwards I find myself at the local Mc-Donalds having breakfast. They have pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages and coffee that is sure to wake you up (because its very bitter). So unless you come for breakfast (served until 11am, although some have refused to serve me breakfast after 10:30), you can stop here, otherwise find something else.

4 Traditional Burger Joints

These are what most people understand when they hear about fast-food. Creasy burgers with fries. You will end up with vitamin and other deficiencies if you only eat here. However since most foreigners don't know whats good or bad, they will end up here. Some of them are not that bad, here are the ones you can go to:

  1. Carls Jr (their burgers taste good although I feel they cannot be good for you)
  2. Jack in the Box (Their ciabatta burgers are slightly different from the usual burger menu and their sourdough burgers are not that bad either)
  3. Burger King (I am mainly listing this here, because it was the only place that was still open when I came from Yosemite in the middle of the night with no food in my stomach all day, boy did their burgers taste like heaven)

5 Taco Bell

Mexican fast food. Not really all that bad, but they had some health issues recently (coli bacteria), so I am going to avoid them for a while.

Pizza Chains

Here is a quick list of what pizza chains offers good pizza:

  1. Papa Johns (they have pizzas with no crust and their toppings are pretty good)
  2. Pizza Hut (i used to like the cheasy crust until i discovered that the pan pizzas are actually really good)
  3. Mountain Mikes (its like a gamble, you can find a good restaurant or a bad one, its up to you to play it)
  4. Round Table Pizza (hm, well sure if your kids insist on pizza and the only other one is a Dominos go for it, otherwise don;'t)
  5. Dominos Pizza (pretty disgusting pizza, dirt cheap)

Underrated Diner Chains

Sure this review is about fast food chains, but I would like to take the chance to tell you about two distinct diner chains. If I am out to eat good food, I don't go there but:

1 IHOP (International House of Pancake)

They have really good breakfast and their portions are huge and dirt cheap. As far as sit down restaurants go, this will be some of the cheapest food you can get and it is still quite good. I find myself going here for breakfast every now and then. Their reputation is not so good, because they attract people from all circles of society (even those not born with a silver spoon in their mouth). Anyways, I go here once in a while to have a rich breakfast.

2 Denny's

It's the all american diner. They too offer dirt cheap steaks and have a similar menu to IHOP, although less aligned with breakfast. Their customers are also all sorts of poeple and when you ask someone about Denny's you can be sure they will look down their noses on Denny's. But their food is better then their reputation and they got one extremely strong argument going for them. Most of their restaurants are open 24 / 7 / 365. Yes, thats true they never close. I remember I once rolled into L.A. after midnight not having eaten all day, and let me tell you I was so happy to finally find the Denny's. Even at home, when I came back from my Peru vacation in the middle of the night, Denny's was still open and now all of a sudden even people who would never go to Denny's sat in there having a good time.

Credits

My name is Andre Gunther and I have a Travel Photography Website. I have been living and eating in the US for many years now.

McDonalds in Costa Rica is not so bad.

Hi everyone... I can see how McDonalds is included in your "not so good" restaurants, and really you are right. In the States McDonalds is almost always dirty and their food is not that great. Nevertheless in Costa Rica, this restaurants are clean and comfortable. Some of them are what they call : McCafes.

Of course is not like dinning at Olive Garden.

Ciao,

Alex Costas

Other good choices

Some other reasonable fast food choices in the U.S.:

Panera Bread - Sandwiches on freshy baked bread, pastries, and more.

Wendy's - Fast food burgers, but cooked after you order them.  Other items as well.

Chik-Fil-A - Chicken sandwiches, fried or grilled.  Really quite good.

Zagat's reviews has a pretty good compilation of fast food choices

Maybe it depends on the

Maybe it depends on the individual's tastebuds. For example, some do not prefer this restaurant, while others like the taste of the food there. But I do respect your opinion... thanks for sharing!

i like mcdoalds so inless u

i like mcdoalds so inless u know for a fact dont talk

Wow. Learn how to spell, or

Wow. Learn how to spell, or form a complete thought into words. The person who wrote this review in the first place included.

Thanks

Nice article... Thanks for sharing!

Your probably fat.

Your probably fat.

REPLY TO YOUR FAT

Your probably FAT, jerk!

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Nicely said :) i agree one hundred percent. personally i think its great to hear another persons opinion... thats why i came here! so if your going to trash talk this guys article then why did you come here in the first place?!

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Your a idiot

Who's the idiot that wrote this shit? Whoever you are. Keep your stupid f~cking opinions to yourself. You just wasted 10 minutes of my time, you pyle of useless dogshit! KIEEP YOU F~CKING OPINIONS TO YOUSELF.....IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mcDonalds

i think its cruel to talk about the Mcdonalds restauraunts because you havent been to all of them maybe it just wasnt your luck to be at the best one.. speak your opinions for yourself.

i understand this is a

i understand this is a public opinion chat room .. but you have no idea how many hard working people are offended .. you try running a business and hear they trash talk.. not very warming.. mcdonalds is an A quality business.

Reply to Your a idiot

It took you ten minutes to read this article? are you a dumbass? haha

its just food!

Loool...no need to get emotional over food. Every1 is entitled to have an opinion or preference.

Every time i go to

Every time i go to Mcdonalds i leave happy and satisfied. I don't buy food though, I just frequent the gloryhole in the bathroom. The lights in there don't work but thats what cell phones are for. Never tried the food

Thanks so much for a good site

I live in Sweden and I travel a lot in the U.S. I love road trip in the States and I eat frequently at fast food restaurants over there. But I fascinating that fast food is so bad in the U.S.. Mc Donald for example, in Europe they have a higher standard in their restaurants than U.S.. The U.S. kitchens have high noise level and the food is poor. The environment at the armerikan restaurant are terrible and the staff speaks only Spanish. Luckily, I have a little spanish, so I manage to order a hamburger. So thanks for this web page. I will print out this site and take it with me in the car on the next road trip in U.S.. Thank you for all the good fast-food tips. / / Jorgen

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why do this article it sucks balls and besides u like what u like others will like what they like oh and in and out burger sucks dick just my opinion.

your gay

your gay

This is a weird rating

This is a weird rating guide. You have no criteria, bad spelling and grammar, and seem overall uneducated.

I'm going to criticize a couple of your opinions, but mostly I'll talk about the flaws in how you wrote and presented this article:

You put sonic as #5, but you don't say anything except that their shakes have a reputation. Have you tried their burgers? They are awful and overpriced. I'd actually take Mcdonalds over them. Their shakes are decent, but it doesn't make sense for that to push it to the top of a "fast food list." I could go to Jamba Juice, get a way better shake, and they'll have it ready in enough time to be considered "fast." Personal Opinion: putting sonic in front of In n Out is a travesty.

Also, Panda Express shouldn't be on this list at all. I guess you could possibly interpret it as fast food. However, if you include Panda Express, you can include any buffet (including restaurants that aren't chains), and there are a lot of buffets out there that are WAY better than Panda Express. I personally feel their food is a little bland.

Why do you have "traditional burger joints" as a solitary item? That's just being lazy. Also, why is Mcdonald's separate from the traditional burger joints?

WHY DO YOU HAVE PICTURES OF THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF BAJA FRESH!? It's like you're trying to seem professional by adding pictures, but you fail miserably hahaha. I can't think of a single way those pictures aid your article.

Just in general, you have nowhere near enough info to justify your rankings. To only list two examples, all you say about Taco Bell is that you don't eat there because of the E Coli scare, and you never say why you don't like Arby's sandwiches.

You've got to learn how to write articles. First learn some grammar and spelling, and then stop being lazy and justify your opinions.

Who in their right mind

Who in their right mind would go to an olive garden?

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The last comment was pretty rude and hey I don't see any links on your comments! Now I'm horrible at computer stuff, but at least I don't call people out! MORAL OF THE STORY IF YOU DONT HAV ANYTHING NICE TO WRITE DON'T WRITE IT! Good by sorry if I went a little overboard but hey,thats what I do!

you aren't a douchebag, not at all! (sarcasm)

And by the way, it's you're* not your , dumbshit.
Learn it. Love it. Live it.

Reply to Reply to you are an idiot

Shut up dumbfuck! Everyone is entitled to there own opinion and has there own strengths and weaknesses. Just because it took them 10 minutes to read an article, it does not make them an idiot. SO EVERYONE JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!

I AGREE WITH YOU ONE

I AGREE WITH YOU ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!!! this person obvious ly took some time to write this article to help people who were not sure. THANK YOU! PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

no one says anything about

no one says anything about mcdonalds unless they want to get murked in the jawside by me

YOU'RE JESUS HAVEN'T WE

YOU'RE JESUS HAVEN'T WE BEEN OVER THIS EARLIER IN THE COMMENTS?

Um Wow

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I think subway is another

I think subway is another underrated restaurant. Their subs may not taste as good as Quiznos', but they do the job. With quite a large offering of ingredients, they can surely satisfy most taste buds. Just do not expect the same kind of standards of ingredients you can find in posh hotels.
Andrew - Hotels Ayrshire Scotland

You probably are fat or

You probably are fat or overweight. Just because this guy trashed all your favorite fast food restaurants, it doesn't mean he is wrong.

Spelling

It's not Your, it's You're = You are. unbelievable!

mcdonalds sucks

mcdonalds sucks

and taco bell rocks arbys

and taco bell rocks arbys does to and wendys

who cares about wat people

who cares about wat people say this is wat u like but taco bell should first on the best list and the person who said that it is not your it is You are you suck because that is really mean to say

Maybe you are just telling

Maybe you are just telling that because McDo is your favorite burger. I don't think that McDo in your country is better than the McDo in my country. They always, and will be, has that bland burger. Is there a burger chain rather than McDo in your country?

bleh

bleh

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ya it does it sux ballz

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