Quick Bites, Big Delights: Unveiling the Top 12 Fast Food Spots of 2023

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Everyone loves fast food, even if they pretend not to. Regardless of the health implications, fast food is a guilty pleasure for many. However, what is the best fast-food restaurant in the United States? It depends on who you ask. Members of an online forum recently discussed their personal favorite places to grab a quick dinner. Here are the top responses. 

1. Raising Cane's

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Compared to some of the others on this list, Raising Cane's is relatively new but has been expanding across the world from its home base in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This restaurant is best known for its delicious chicken fingers, which some people have described as addictive.

2. Five Guys

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Five Guys specializes in tasty hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries. They're known for giving out free peanuts to customers waiting for their meals.

3. Taco Bell

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In high school, I went to Taco Bell with my friends at least once per week, if not more. There's nothing quite like a good Doritos Locos Taco.

4. Wendy's

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For a fast-food burger chain, Wendy's is known for being slightly more upscale than its competitors. 

5. Zaxby's

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If you're looking for an alternate chicken fast-food chain, why not try Zaxby's over Chick-fil-A? This Southern United States fast-food chain is known for its yummy chicken and delectable sauces.

6. Cook Out

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Another Southern fast-food joint, but this one focuses on classic American fares. It may not be available in your state, so you'll have to try it the next time you go down South.

7. Cava

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If you want fast food that's on the healthier side, try Cava. You can build your own Mediterranean-style bowl with several bases, proteins, and toppings that are fresh and delicious. You're most likely to find a Cava in the Northeast.

8. Culver's

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Midwest readers, listen up! This popular burger chain serves its delicious eats throughout the middle of the US, including Texas and Florida.

9. Sonic

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This classic burger chain makes hitting the drive-through as fun as possible with their rollerblading servers bringing your food from the kitchen to your vehicle.

10. Bojangles

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The South keeps hitting this list with the best fast food in the country. Another southern star in the fast-food game is Bojangles, which you can find in most Southeastern US states. They serve cajun-style chicken and biscuits.

11. In-N-Out Burger

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Based in California and primarily available in the West, this cult favorite fast-food burger has loyal and devoted followers.

12. Whataburger

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The popular Texas-based fast food chain promises burgers so good you can't help but say, “What a burger!” Its following is just as devoted as In-N-Out's.

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Maya (she/they) is a queer entertainment and culture journalist from Worcester, MA with bylines in publications like Pulse Magazine, HorrorPress, CM Pride, Fangoria, and TransLash News & Narrative. They cover interviews, reviews, roundups, news, and more in the entertainment and lifestyle space. She loves horror, LGBTQ+ representation, and creativity. They hope their writing both entertains readers and inspires them to think critically.