The Best Fast Food Restaurants

Who do consumers think have the best burgers, fries and shakes? What about value, service and decor? Zagat’s ranked it all.


Food and entertainment review company Zagat just released its annual ranking of 274 national restaurant chains. More than 10,000 consumers voted on categories ranging from best milkshake (Steak ‘n Shake) to best overall value (McDonald’s). It’s mostly fast food chains. Some full-service restaurants were included, but ranked separately.

You can dig into those details at Zagat’s blog, but here are some of the overall fast food results…

Top food mega chains (5,000+ locations)

  1. Wendy’s
  2. Subway
  3. Pizza Hut
  4. Taco Bell
  5. Burger King

Top food large chains (<5,000 locations)

  1. In-N-Out Burger
  2. Papa Murphy’s
  3. Chipotle
  4. Panera Bread
  5. Bojangles’

Top food quick refreshment (speciality shops)

  1. Rita’s Italian Ice
  2. Ben & Jerry’s
  3. Haagen-Dazs
  4. Peet’s Coffee/Tea
  5. Culver’s
Stacy Johnson

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