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Fast Food Source is pleased to announce the results of our year-end survey.  Below are the complete results.  Top vote-getters are shown by percentage of total respondents who answered that particular question.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

Copyright notice:  This survey and its results remain the property of Fast Food Source.  The results below may be quoted or referenced in reports, articles or publications, provided you attribute credit to FastFoodSource.com as the source of this information.

Who makes your favorite burger?

McDonald's 18%
Burger King 16%
In-N-Out 11%
Carl's Jr. 9%

What's your favorite burger?

Big Mac 13%
Whopper 8%
Whopper Jr. 8%

Who has the best french fries?

McDonald's 21%
Rallys/Checkers 9%
Wendy's 8%
Burger King 7%
Del Taco 7%
Steak N Shake 6%

What's the best place for fast food other than burgers?

Taco Bell 20%
Chick-fil-a 10%
KFC 10%

Best chain for order accuracy

Arby's 10%
Carl's Jr. 10%

Worst chain for order accuracy

Burger King 23%
McDonald's 19%
El Pollo Loco 11%
Taco Bell 11%

Best chain for drive-thru speed

McDonald's 38%
Taco Bell 10%

Worst drive-thru speed

El Pollo Loco 11%

Friendliest chains

Subway 9%
Taco Bell 9%
In-n-Out 8%
Carl's Jr. 7%

Least friendly chains

McDonald's 20%
Burger King 12%

Best value

McDonald's 20%
Taco Bell 15%

Best quality

McDonald's 11%
Chipotle 9%
Chick-fil-a 9%

Best chain for kids

McDonald's 61%
Dairy Queen 7%

NOTE: This was the largest margin in the entire survey.

How do you make your fast food order a little healthier?

Don't order large size 18%
I don't 16%
Chicken instead of beef 13%
No mayo/spread 12%
No cheese 11%
Skip the side item 9%
Low or no-calorie drink 9%
No bread (protein style) 4%
Substitute veggies for fries 4%
Eat half now, half later 3%
Salad instead of burger 3%

Other tricks to ordering more "healthy" fast food

Ask for knife and fork and ditch the bun after eating contents.
Double garden: double lettuce, tomato, pickles on sandwich; replacing mayo with juicy vegetables.
If you order fries, get them with no salt.
less fried
Moderations is the #1 tip
places that use fresh items
Whole wheat or multigrain bun

How often do you feed your family fast food rather than cooking at home?

about once a week 40%
1-2 times per month 29%
more than once a week 18%
Never 13%

How often do you eat fast food?

more than once a week 52%
about once a week 28%
1-2 times per month 20%

Where do you live?

U.S. Southwest 35%
U.S. Midwest 24%
U.S. Southeast 13%
U.S. Northeast 11%
U.S. Northwest 11%
U.S. South 4%

How old are you?

36-45 30%
26-35 20%
18-25 15%
Under 18 15%
Over 55 11%
46-55 9%

Are you male or female?

Male 55%
Female 45%

zaxbys-logo

Zaxby's is a regional fast food chicken chain with over 500 stores in 11 states.  Founded in Georgia in 1990, Zaxby's focuses on fresh chicken items (grilled and fried).

zaxbys-storefront

I enjoyed my visit to Zaxby's.  The staff was friendly and the food was served hot.  The menu entirely made up of chicken items, with a focus on chicken breast sandwiches, wings and strips.  I opted for the Cajun Club, a hearty meal with a large white meat breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a sturdy bun.  The "basket" I ordered came with crinkle fries, a welcome sight.  The soda fountain even had crushed ice, my favorite kind.

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Next time you find yourself in the south and are hankerin' for a quick chicken snack, bypass that other southern chicken juggernaut and try this down home fast food treat.

Check out the menu

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Here's a scratcher I found in a box in my garage.  It's McDonald's Easy Pickin's Quiz, where you match a question against multiple choice answers.  If you guess correctly, then you scratch off one of six boxes to reveal a prize.  Here you can see I won a regular order of fries.   It is a crime that these fries have gone uneaten for 30 years (the contest was in 1980).  I also neglected to take advantage of the Wherehouse music coupon good for $2 off either a Smokey & The Bandit 2 or Xanadu soundtrack.

It's hard to read the fine print here, but the game was somewhat lame now that I read it: "Breakfast prizes will be awarded only during breakfast hours with the concurrent purchase of a breakfast entree" and "all other McDonald's food prizes will be awarded during dinner hours with the concurrent purchase of a large sandwich."  No wonder I didn't redeem - I couldn't drive in 1980 and my mom probably wasn't going to take me to McDonald's just for some free fries at dinner.  By the way, one of the large sandwiches that qualifies is the "Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich."  What happened to that?!

Still, I miss contests like this.  I am always happy when the Monopoly game rolls around.  There is something satisfying about the potential for instant wins, akin to the thrill of lottery tickets.  McDonald's - BRING BACK GAMES LIKE THESE.

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Cheeburger Cheeburger is a small chain with a handful of restaurants in about 20 states.  They're best known for their "invent your own taste" menu with over 30 free toppings that you can mix and match.  Check it out.

mcdonalds oatmeal

McDonald's introduced new Fruit & Maple oatmeal to its breakfast lineup.  I rarely eat breakfast and even more rarely eat oatmeal, so somebody will have to let me know how it is.

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In response to a class action lawsuit filed by a single individual in California claiming Taco Bell's meat is only 35% real beef, Taco Bell responded with a volley of media announcements as well as this You Tube response from the company's president:

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In a statement on the company's website, Taco Bell said "The lawsuit is bogus and filled with completely inaccurate facts."  The statement went on to say "The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products."

Fast Food Source will follow this story as it develops.  Meanwhile, Taco Bell, I love you but how about taking the opportunity in the spotlight to announce some unique menu items with unique quality ingredients, rather than parading out a Beef Crunch Burrito that gets its crunch from FRITO'S?!

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Providing fast food blogs, menus, locations and other information for over80 major chains

Since 2000, Fast Food Source has been the premier independent site dedicated to fast food lovers, offering fast food restaurant menus, and nutrition information, as well as fast food blogs, articles, forums, and fast food industry news. We offer fast food location information for over 50 cities and more than 80 fast food chains.

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