America Has 3 New Favorite Fast-Food Chains — and 1 Perennial Love

One restaurant remains popular year after year -- and we've got tips for saving money there.

America Has 3 New Favorite Fast-Food Chains — and 1 Perennial Love Photo by Pamela D. Maxwell /

Our taste for fast food is changing, according to the latest annual ranking of quick-serve restaurants by the firm Market Force Information.

It has found that America’s favorite chain has changed in three of five cuisine categories — Mexican, Pizza and Sandwiches — since the 2016 ranking.

CNBC reports that for the 2017 ranking, more than 11,000 people were polled about various factors, including:

  • Food quality
  • Service
  • Value
  • Restaurant experience

Restaurant chains received a score for each individual factor as well as an overall score used to rank the restaurants. The new winners are:

  • Mexican: Chipotle Mexican Grill (with an overall score of 57 percent) took the title of No. 1 Mexican chain from Taco Bueno, which led the pack last year.
  • Pizza: Marco’s Pizza (75 percent) took the No. 1 title from Papa Murphy’s.
  • Sandwiches: Firehouse Subs (77 percent) took the No. 1 title from McAlister’s Deli.

One cuisine category, Burger Chains, was new since last year. In-N-Out Burger won the category, with an overall score of 79 percent — the highest score of any restaurant in this year’s study.

In the remaining cuisine category, Chicken Chains, Chick-fil-A repeated as winner, with an overall score of 78 percent.

Chick-fil-A also holds the No. 1 title among every restaurant in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index.

If this news gives you a hankering for some chicken, be sure to first check out “6 Overlooked Ways to Save at Chick-fil-A.”

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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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