Fast food restaurants serve food cooked in advance in bulk and kept hot, usually packaged and available for take-out and consumed on the go. Due to the serving style, traditional table service is rare or limited, even though some provide seating. Fast food restaurants are typically part of restaurant chains that use standardized ingredients and partially prepared meals supplied to all locations. Fast food chains like KFC, Burger King and McDonald's have outlets throughout the whole planet.
It is believed that the first fast food restaurant called The Automat was opened in 1912 in NY. The company is also credited with popularizing the term ‘take-out’ with the slogan "Less work for Mother". It was followed by A&W in 1919 and The Castle in 1920.
So, where do you go when you crave hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, French fries, pizza, tacos, and ice cream? Our website has the answer.
#1 Chick-fill-A, Sacramento, California
2101 Alta Arden Expy, Sacramento, CA 95825
What makes this place different from its rivals (besides great food)? Well, first of all, they give away free breakfast once a week. Second, they have catering service, so whenever you are planning a party, call them and be done with it!
#2 Ezell’s Famous Chicken, Seattle, Washington
501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Besides being known for the fact that Oprah herself has recommended it, Ezell is also popular for the top-notch spicy and crispy chicken it serves, delicious biscuits, and huge portions, as well as fast service.
#3 Panda Express, Honolulu, Hawaii
1450 Ala Moana Blvd,1st Fl, Ste Fc, Honolulu, HI 96814
Panda Express is a well-known fast food empire in the states that serves the type of Americanized Chinese food everyone loves, so there is no wonder it is always crowded. The service is quick, though, so you’ll be able to enjoy great dishes like their famous orange chicken at very low prices.
#4 Five on Black, Missoula, Montana
325 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
Besides traditional fast food, this place offers Brazilian dishes at very affordable prices. Fast, tasty, and amazing food in different sized portions, but customers say that even the small one (cost $6) is enough to fill you.
#5 Illegal Pete’s, Denver, Colorado
1530 16th St, Ste 101, Denver, CO 80202
Illegal Pete’s is an in-line cafeteria that serves great high-quality Mexican-style grub. It is popular for its happy hour from 3 to 8 pm, the strong margaritas, as well as the opportunity to select the ingredients for your taco or burrito.
#6 Greek House, Tucson, Arizona
1710 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Greek fast food? You got it! The best Greek and Mediterranean dishes like souvlaki, loukaniko, gyros, plus the Greek House’s famous "mega fries” accompanied by the great atmosphere, service, and music! Extra upside – they have delivery.
#7 Five Guys Burgers and Fries, New Orleans, Louisiana
1523 Manhattan Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70058
Five Guys provides fresh, large hamburgers plus crisp and spicy Cajun fries (with Cajun seasoning, of course) at low prices and within few minutes. The burgers are usually cooked on the spot and the staff is very polite (plus, they handle the food meticulously).
#8 Top Notch, Austin, Texas
7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
This old-school diner is often called the last charcoal grill in Austin! It is known for its hamburgers and fried chicken, breaded onion rings, milkshakes, as well as its great service and charm!
#9 Chicken King, Louisville, Kentucky
639 E Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
This restaurant is a living proof that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover! Even though it looks somewhat dingy, this place has the best chicken in Louisville, coming in as many different forms as there are - chicken wings, thighs, tenders, legs, plus shrimp, fish, potato wedges, rolls…
#10 MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, Birmingham, Alabama
2112 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Why settle for regular burger and fries when you can have less usual stuff like sweet potato fries or whole wheat wraps, topped with a variety veggies, cheeses, and sauces? And all this fresh and custom made, served within minutes by very friendly staff. Plus, there are amazing shakes and ice-cream to have as dessert.
#11 Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, Wilmington, Delaware
2511 Ne Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19802
Besides great fast food served by polite staff, Popeye is unique for the printable coupons on their website for specials they offer in the store.
#12 Shake Shack, Atlanta, Georgia
3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste A146, Atlanta, GA 30305
Shake Shack is known for its great and simple burgers, but what makes it stand out is the rooftop patio that accommodates large groups of people, their amazing shakes coming in several different flavors and the fact that the restaurant will validate up to three hours of parking, so you can relax and eat in peace.
#13 Subway, Charlotte, North Carolina
Kings Square Shopping Center, 335 S Kings Dr. Charlotte, NC 28204
Always fresh ingredients, nice and efficient personnel, quick service, affordable prices, what more could you wish from a fast food restaurant? Maybe a promotion code for delivery? You got it!
#14 A Taste of Windy City, Springfield, Illinois
2023 S. 15th St. Springfield, IL 62703
This Chicago-style fast food restaurant serves great hot dogs but is most famous for its Italian spicy beef and the huge portions. There is a drive-through and an option to order online with super-fast delivery.
#15 Punch Burger, Indianapolis, Indiana
137 E Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
This minimalistic fast food restaurant will welcome you with a colorful chalkboard that contains their signature burgers, build your own selections, various fresh, beers, local ingredients and sides to choose from… The burgers are juicy, seasoned, and always cooked to perfection.
#16 Tavial Grill, Saint Paul, Minnesota
1199 W 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Tavial is a family run restaurant and you can see that the owners are really trying to offer an excellent eating experience. They even grow their own peppers in front of the restaurant! The staff is really polite and often gives recommendations. Try their steak, tongue and cheek tacos (!), vegetarian burrito, and tiger cake.
#17 Culver’s, Omaha, Nebraska
15255 Weir St. Omaha, NE 68137
Culver’s is known for its really fast and delicious food you can take from a drive-through, but also for certain special touches you can’t find in other fast food restaurants, like adding cashews into their salads for extra crunchiness, as well as for the rich and thick concrete mixers made with frozen custard.
#18 Blue Rooster Food, Portland, Maine
5 Dana St. Portland, ME 04101
This small takeout place offers great eclectic fast food choices, from falafels to Thai, and a wide range of gluten free options, but the star of the show are the crispy tots found in several varieties. It should be noted that everything is house-made, so it will take a bit longer to get your food, but that is why it is so delicious!
#19 UMelt, Providence, Rhode Island
129 Weybosset St. Providence, RI 02903
Besides the fantastic grilled cheese (try the White Thrash), UMelt is famous for the creative menu that contains a number of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Let them know you are gluten-free, they will serve you with great gluten-free bread and make sure your food is not contaminated.
#20 Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop, Burlington, Vermont
163 Main St. Burlington, VT 05401
This fast food restaurant works around the clock and is very popular amongst young people (don’t be surprised if you are in the company of drunk college students early in the morning). Still, it serves kabobs as good as those in Turkey, fluffy pitas, and flavorful, crunchy falafels.
#21 Spak Brothers Pizza and More, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5107 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Sure, Spak has great pizza, but we are interested in that ‘more’ at the end of the restaurant’s name. Well, that refers to the wide range of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. The stars of the show are the seitan meat substitutes, especially the seitan wings with vegan buffalo sauce, as well as their vegan pizza topped with tasty soy cheese.