The fifteen most popular fast-food chains -- and why some don't matter

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The beloved Egg McMuffin.
Business Insider's recent list of the most popular fast-food chains in the U.S. -- put together by food industry research firm Technomic -- served up the fifteen biggest earners in the biz. I've definitely contributed dough to some of these establishments -- but eschewed others in favor of my health and emotional well-being.

Here's my take on the fifteen most popular fast-food chains, and what I've done -- or not done -- to contribute to them. It's like the fast-food version of "f*ck or pass."

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The Chocolate Overload Cake from Jack in the Box.
15. Jack in the Box
After discovering the Chocolate Overload cake and the fact that Jack's chocolate shakes are black & whites -- vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup added -- I've spent plenty of cash at Jack's, contributing to the chain making this list, even in last place. But last place is better than not making the list, right?

14. Arby's
I have done absolutely nothing to contribute either financially or intellectually to Arby's, and no matter how deep I did into my fragile psyche, I cannot seem to muster up even the slightest vestige of care about it. Arby's food is so deplorable I would not eat it if hundred dollar bills were stapled to the wrappers on the sandwiches.

13. Panera Bread
I've dropped a few golden clams on a few loaves of Panera Bread's Pecan Braid and Asiago Cheese Breads, but not too many lately. PB's seems quite expensive these days, now that even regular grocery stores have gotten into the artisan bread business. That may be why the company is at number thirteen on this list.

12. Domino's Pizza
It's highly possible that Domino's making a gluten-free pizza crust that is actually as free from gluten as it can get while still tasting good is the reason for the company making this list at all. I have contributed only a bit to Domino's in recent history, because although the GF crust is decent and all, the rest of its food is still pretty substandard.


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Jack
Jack

Subway rocks my cock!

Bdh
Bdh

How are starbucks and DD considered fast food?  overpriced flavored yuppie water, yes, fast food?  no.

Steveo65
Steveo65

I used to love fast-food in my twenties, when I'd drop a stupid amount of cash in Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or Burger King after nights of partying. These days, I prefer to eat less junk and spend more money in the local restaurants. I won't ever trash these joints, though. There's a lot to be said for cheap,fast and tasty.

NoBo Bear
NoBo Bear

Generally agree with basics of the post. 1) Sonic, if for anything, tater tots! Something other fast-food places need to copy. 2) Wendy's for the Frosty??? Yech. To steal from "The Simpsons", it tastes like a Krusty Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage

steveville
steveville

Actually, the all-you-can-eat at KFC on Mondays isn't a buffet. You order and get your refills at the counter from the chicken combo meal section of the menu board.

Absolute1
Absolute1

Jenn - 2 thoughts: (1) I don't disagree with you about Mickey-D's breakfast, and I know you have issues with Wendy's - but have you tried their new breakfast menu? Them pippi-longstocking wannabee's actually make some pretty tasty morning grub. (2) I have noticed that, perhaps more than other fast food places, Subway outlets are often found inside of other business - especially places where people go when they have an urgent need for certain services, like hospitals and gas stations. So when I saw your comment about the devil's choice of spending yer fiver$ on a pizza sub or a strip club, it hit me right between the eyes - why not co-locate a sammich franchise INSIDE a nudie bar? I KNOW, right? My second genius idea of the morning (see my comment on yesterday's piece about Jack's waffler). And, of course, the comedy possibilities for sammiches in a nudie bar are endless: just insert your favorite pun (an example in and of itself). Humor embellishment - just another service I provide. - Abs

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