Top 10 Awesome Fast Food Restaurants

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There are times when the food in my refrigerator and pantry does not seem very appetizing. Many nights I find myself opening that cold, stainless steel door only to see an oval-shaped dish stuck way in the back covered with tin foil staring at me in wonder…moreover, what about that concoction that I threw together the other night after one too many black and tans. Then I am left wondering if there is any good food near me.

The good news is that after God created humans, human creativity created the means to be able to produce fast food. Also, we saw that it was good and we blessed it so.

So here we have the most popular fast food establishments. This list is based upon my own experiences and preferences from worst to best.

Top 1: Food near me: Chick-Fil-A

This queen mother of all fast food gluttony has initially been founded under the name Dwarf House in a small suburb of Atlanta, Georgia by S. Truett Cathy. Most often found in shopping malls Chick-Fil-A franchises have recently been growing out of the malls and into their restaurants.

Chick-Fil-A focuses on chicken based dishes rather than hamburgers so often found in fast food establishments. They are set aside from other chicken places like KFC because they use peanut oil to cook in and their meat is all 100% whole white breast meat chicken, none of that mechanically separated compressed stuff found in most other fast food chicken dishes. Everything from their chicken nuggets to their classic chicken sandwich is all white meat.

Another signature dish is its unique waffle fries. This also sets them apart from other places that serve the traditional frenched potato strands. Top that off with the savory Polynesian sauce, and you have the best place to grab a bite to eat in the entire world. S. Truett Cathy should be immortalized and given her star constellation and have a considerable statue built in their likeness that would dwarf (no pun intended) The Colossus of Rhodes. I may start that campaign right now in fact!

What I typically order from this establishment:

2 Classic Chicken sandwiches with 2 Polynesian sauce cups, a large order of Waffle Fries and a large Coke.

Top 2: Food near me: Qdoba Mexican Grill

This extraordinarily delicious and addicting establishment was founded in 1995 by the brilliant minds of Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser of Denver, Colorado and is surprisingly owned by Jack in the Box. The chain focuses on fresh ingredients made to the specifications of the customer. Hence your regular chicken or steak burrito can have any choice of several salsas, black or pinto beans, rice, shredded cheese, queso and fresh guacamole made fresh each day.

Want to know just how addicting this place is? Go to one. You don’t even have to eat there. Just walk in and look at how long the line is. See it? It is like that ALL the time! ALL the time! However, man oh man is it worth it!

What I typically order from this establishment:

Chicken Queso Burrito with black beans and rice with shredded cheese, Roasted Chile Corn Salsa and the medium Salsa Verde. I top that off with a large cup full of the best tea on Earth, Nestea Raspberry.

Top 3: Food near me: Subway

Jared may be an idiotic looking guy, but he promotes one of the best fast food chains in American history so far as I am concerned. Subway was founded by relatives Fred De Luca and Peter Buck in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The 20-year-old Fred borrowed some money from Uncle Buck and opened Pete’s Submarines. The name was changed later to Pete’s Subway since radio announcements about the sandwich shop sounded like Pizza Marines. Subsequently, it was shortened to simply Subway.

The success was instantaneous. Not only was Subway able to create custom submarine sandwiches for each customer, but they also used healthy fresh ingredients. This would be the signature for Subway as the franchises expanded to current franchises basically across the entire planet, even inside the U.S. Pentagon. Franchisees also have the option of what to include in their menu selection making each Subway unique to the area.

What I typically order from this establishment:

Footlong meatball sub on wheat bread with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno peppers and banana peppers (they took the damn white onion off the menu recently those morons!)

Top 4: Food near me: Big Boy

The Big Boy double-decker sandwich was the first double-decker to be introduced in America. It was all thanks to a man named Bob Wian from Glendale, California and his hamburger dinner in 1936. The idea came when he was challenged by a group of customers to create something other than a plain old hamburger. The challenge was accepted and thus began the birth of the famous burger with the famous secret sauce.

The name Big Boy came about when Wian met a little pudgy kid who came into the restaurant to grab one of those famous double-decker burgers that everyone was talking about. He allegedly called the little kid “Big Boy,” and the name has stuck ever since. Next, a customer would one day end up drawing on a napkin the iconic image of the fat little boy in red and white checkered overalls running with a Big Boy burger in his hand. Now Wian had a corporate icon to make his restaurants more recognizable.

Not only is Big Boy recognizable because of the statue of Big Boy in front of each restaurant, but they also retain their retro diner feel. The interior is like being whisked back to the ’50s when diners were at their prime. The fact that they also have a uniquely famous burger also helps too.

What I typically order from this establishment:

2 Swiss Miss sandwiches, an order of onion rings, a Coke with vanilla syrup and chocolate malt

Top 5: Food near me: Burger King

One of my favorite fast food places to eat, Burger King was officially established in 1954 in Miami, Florida by two Hotel Administration graduates from a local college. Sensing that McDonald’s would be a success David Edgerton and James McLamore established a fast food hamburger restaurant called Insta Burger King.

A few years later James McLamore would introduce Burger King’s signature sandwich, The Whopper now dubbed as America’s favorite sandwich. The menu also began to expand from simple burgers and fries to include fish and chicken sandwiches. With much success, they forged ahead but were frequently met with pitfalls, trials, and tribulations in the coming years.

Burger King has been owned and sold by more companies than I care to list. The franchise has also caused controversy between rivals like Wendy’s and McDonald’s by claiming that their burgers taste better. The Burger King of Australia, called Hungry Jack, had trouble with Burger King over name problems since there was a name of a Pillsbury product in America called Hungry Jack and Pillsbury just happened to own Burger King at the time of the controversy.

Through all of the messes that the corporation has run into over the past 50+ years, Burger King remains a solid foundation and a household name with its famous Whopper sandwich.

What I typically order from this establishment:

#3 Value Meal: Triple Whopper with cheese, upgraded to large size with a Coke and onion rings instead of french fries

Top 6: Food near me: Sonic Drive-In

Very famous for keeping the car hop era of the 1950’s alive to this day, Sonic indeed is, as they say, America’s Drive-In. It all started when Troy Smith opened up a root beer stand in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1953. The idea behind this stand was for customers to remain humbly in their vehicles and order using a speaker situated on a pole in designated parking spots. Once ready the food would be taken to the car by one of the car hop employees.

Eventually, a very impressed customer named Charles Pappe negotiated with Troy Smith and opened up the very first Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Woodard, Oklahoma. They decided on the name Sonic in part because the original name Top Hat was already taken and also the word sonic reflected the speed at which a customer’s order was received and delivered.

Not only does Sonic Drive-In Restaurants stand out because they still utilize the speaker and car hop method of order taking and delivery, but their menu has countless combinations of treats. As a customer, you can choose any flavor of syrup or juice that they have on their list and combine it with one of their Slushes, carbonated beverages, or Fresh Fruit Limeaids. This leads to a truly unique drink of your very own.

What I typically order from this establishment:

Bacon Cheeseburger Toaster Sandwich combo with an order of onion rings instead of fries and my very own concoction of the regular strawberry Limeaid with strawberry juice added

Top 7: Food near me: Dairy Queen

Often referred to as DQ, this chain of fast food restaurants has been famous for their ice cream since a father and son team created a soft serve ice cream blend in Illinois and had a friend sell it in his ice cream shop. The soft serve took off and became an overnight sensation. The owner of the ice cream shop, Sherwood “Sherb” Noble, opened the first official Dairy Queen in Joliet, Illinois in 1940.

From there it was every franchiser’s dream. Dairy Queens began sprouting up all over the Midwestern United States, and by 1950 there were over 1400 establishments. Eventually, the shops are starting serving not only frozen treats but also hamburgers, hotdogs, and chicken sandwiches. However, the main focus of Dairy Queen has been their ever famous Blizzard frozen treat since 1985. The Blizzards are made from the same recipe of soft serve ice cream that a young boy and his father invented over 60 years ago.

What I typically order from this establishment:

¼ lb. Flamethrower Grillburger combo meal with Coke to drink and either a butterscotch sundae or a small cotton candy Blizzard (trust me…they’re excellent).

Top 8: Food near me: Long John Silver’s

Another Yum! Brands acquisition, Long John Silver’s was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous book Treasure Island. The company wanted great seafood at a great price given promptly. So in 1969, the first Long John Silver’s restaurant was founded in Lexington, KY.

The buildings were themed towards a pirate ship. Ropes were winding throughout the restaurants. The waiting areas were modeled to look like the wooden interior of the, and there was even a bell hung by the exit door for customers to ring if they were satisfied with their visit to the restaurant. I admit that I have tolled the bell several times myself.

Some of us might remember the restaurant Jerry’s. That company also owned and operated the chains of Long John Silver’s restaurants throughout the nation until the corporation’s bankruptcy in 1998. This is when the corporation who would later become Yum! Brands bought them out.

What I typically order from this establishment:

Two fish and two chicken planks combo basket with the occasional side order of clam strips and always a large iced tea with a lemon wedge.

Top 9: Food near me: A&W Restaurant

In 1919 a man named Roy Allen decided to take a shot at making a nice cool beverage during a hot summer day in Lodi, California using a recipe that he purchased from a pharmacist in Arizona. What he created would later be another recognizable American name. Thus was born the infamous A&W Root Beer. But Roy didn’t stop there.

After success in selling mug after mug of his fine elixir from a root beer stand in Lodi and Sacramento, he teamed up with one of his original employees, Frank Wright, to officially market their A&W Root Beer (A for Allen and W for Wright). Along with their exclusive, closely guarded, secret recipe root beer being sold in franchise stands spreading east from California they also began selling hotdogs and hamburgers.

By 1970 there were well over 2,000 A&W drive-thru restaurants spread across the nation. The next year A&W decided to create a beverage and bottling division whose sole purpose would be to manufacture and distribute the famous drink. Currently, A&W franchises have expanded the world over.

What I typically order from this establishment:

The A&W Papa Burger, 1 large order of onion rings and, of course, a huge frosted mug of A&W Root Beer and an A&W Root Beer Float for dessert.

Top 10: Food near me: Arby’s

In 1964 in the small town of Boardman, Ohio two brothers, Leroy and Forrest Raffel, decided to open a restaurant that served roast beef sandwiches with bags of potato chips and giant sized iced teas to drink rather than the typical hamburger and soda pop everyone else was serving up. Upon trying to think of a name for their restaurant they decided on Arby’s which stands for R.B. or Raffel Brothers and also roast beef. Clever huh?

It only took one year for them to sell their first franchise. Since then Arby’s franchises took off like wildfire. At one point Arby’s was owned by The Royal Crown Cola Company (RC Cola), which received a lot of sales through Arby’s restaurants by having their cola served over the ever popular Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The Arby’s franchises are not only famous for their various roast beef sandwiches but also their secret Arby’s sauce and their spicy Horsey Sauce as well as their delicious Curly Fries. Recent contract negotiations over the past few years have made Pepsi the main carbonated beverage currently being served in all Arby’s locations.

What I typically order from this establishment:

Mix and match 5 for $5.95. I get 3 Arby melts, 1 order of mozzarella sticks and 1 order of potato wedges with a large Pepsi on the side.

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