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National Fast Food Day: The Top 5 Iconic Fast Food Chains By State

via Julie Dolan's Twitter

via Julie Dolan’s Twitter

Finally, an Internet holiday that I can support.

November 16 is known as National Fast Food Day. How does one celebrate this glorious holiday? Simply go out and eat fast food. This is my kind of celebration. Just eat and use the hashtag #NationalFastFoodDay. You don’t have to buy gifts for anyone. You don’t have to make awkward conversations with aunts and uncles. You can just go to your local drive-through and feast on delicious and fattening fried food. Life is good.

In honor of National Fast Food Day, let’s take a look at the Top 5 Iconic Fast Food Chains By State.


5. Illinois – McDonald’s

The Golden Arches. The Godfather of All Fast Food. The staple in every human being’s diet. McDonald’s is the Babe Ruth of fast food restaurants. McDonald’s is the restaurant that you can always trust to be there for you because frankly, it’s all over the world. I have traveled all over Europe and have managed to find a McDonald’s everywhere I have stayed. It’s universal. My favorite thing about McDonald’s is the dollar menu (I know it’s called the McPick Two now but I refuse to acknowledge its presence.). My go-to meal is two McChickens, a small fry, and a soda. It usually costs less than six dollars. Can’t beat that price.


4. Georgia – Chick-fil-A

The Peach State loves their chicken sandwiches and there is no better place to get them than Chick-fil-A. Living in New York my whole life, I rarely had Chick-fil-A growing up because it was predominately only down South. Over the past couple years, Chick-fil-A has entered the Northeast and I, for one, could not be happier. The chicken sandwiches are amazing and the Chick-fil-A sauce is the perfect compliment to the sandwich. I have to be honest, though. I’m not the biggest fan of the waffle fries. They are way too soft for me. Crisp them up a bit and Chick-fil-A moves up in these power rankings.


3. Colorado – Chipotle

I guess we know what people from Colorado like to eat when they have the munchies. Even though Chipotle is labeled as a “white girl specialty,” Chipotle is really good. I’m all for customization when it comes to food and Chipotle gives you the keys to the kingdom. Whatever you want for your meal, you can have it. That being said, I am 1000% on Team Bowl. I’m not trying to pick a fight with Team Burrito, but burritos are only good when you are hungover. I like to get a little taste of each ingredient in every bite. Do burritos allow that? No. One minute you’re eating mostly rice and then the next minute you get a bite of only sour cream. That’s why I’m a bowl guy. You combine every ingredient to make each bite heavenly. It doesn’t get better than that.


2. California – In-N-Out Burger

Why can’t we have this on the East Coast? Every time I have been to California, I have always made it a point to make a stop at In-N-Out Burger. They are probably my favorite burgers in the fast food game. They taste like they were made in a fancy restaurant, but you don’t have to wait more than five minutes to get them. Do I even need to mention the secret menu? If you don’t go animal style on your fries or burger, I’m not sure if I can talk you ever again. If I have to play devil’s advocate, the fries could be better. If the fries were just a little more crunchy, In-N-Out could easily be number one in these rankings.


1. Ohio – Wendy’s

Congratulations Ohio! You picked the best fast food restaurant in the country with Wendy’s. Wendy’s does it all. Burgers, nuggets, chicken sandwiches, chili, etc. Wendy’s does everything well. The spicy chicken sandwich is my favorite fast food item ever. People might give Wendy’s some heat for their fries, but they have vastly improved ever since they made the switch to sea salt fries. They are definitely not the crispiest fries, but they make up for it in taste. I haven’t even mentioned the best item on the menu yet, the frosty. The frosty is hands-down the best dessert item in the fast food game. There might not be a better combo than dipping french fries into a frosty. If you have my two favorite items at one restaurant, then you get the seal of approval as the top fast food restaurant.

Side note: I am embarrassed to be from the state of New York knowing that our selection for most iconic fast food chain was Sbarro. I just threw up in my mouth thinking of Sbarro’s pizza. It’s garbage. Why would someone ever eat at Sbarro’s over a local Italian pizzeria in New York City? The city is the best place to eat pizza in the entire country and we just spit in every pizzeria’s face by selecting Sbarro. Awful decision, New York.

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