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What are the Best and Worst-Tasting Fast Foods in America?

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When Americans are craving a quick (but tasty), fast-food meal on the go, where do they turn? Consumer Reports recently set out to find the answer to this question, by ranking the best-tasting fast food burgers, sandwiches, chicken, and burritos in America. They surveyed 32,000 Americans and came up with a list that showed preference for fast-casual over traditional fast food. The overall best fast food chain, in all of its burrito-bowl-with-extra-guac glory, was (unsurprisingly) Chipotle, which also nabbed the best burritos spot.

Even though some chains like Chipotle and Firehouse Subs, are pretty delicious, most fast food menu items are disappointing.

Check out The Daily Meal's Fast Food Ads Vs. Reality (Slideshow).

Even though Chipotle outshone the competition, you may not have heard of the number-two best burritos spot, Rubio’s — a “fresh-Mex” chain based in California. As for best burgers, the larger chains, like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Jack in the Box, filled out the bottom. In-N-Out, the beloved West Coast burger chain, came in second, and dark horse The Habit Burger Grill came in first with an 8.1 overall ranking — an impressive feat with just over 100 locations, mostly in California. (We are seriously perturbed that Shake Shack that didn’t even make the list).

Despite their controversial political leanings, Chick-fil-A came out on top in the chicken category, with KFC ranking at the bottom. As for best sandwiches, the Chicago-style hotdog chain Portillo’s Hot Dogs took the prize. We are skeptical of hotdogs counting as sandwiches, so if you want a real sub, you may want to check out Firehouse Subs, which came in second overall.

Check out the full list over at Consumer Reports.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi

20 Unhealthiest Fast Food Items of 2017

How many times have you hit up the drive-thru this year? How many times have you made a conscious decision about what you were picking up?

Unfortunately, this past year, our favorite fast food joints managed to create outrageously unprecedented burgers and freakshakes with way more sugar than the USDA recommends for an entire day. Below, we've unveiled the worst of the worst of 2017's unhealthiest fast food disasters. We're hoping you continue to avoid these meals, along with these unhealthiest foods on the planet in the new year.

Shake Shack has some amazing flavor choices, from seasonal flavors to the classics. Beyond those, they also have peanut butter, black and white, and salted caramel. Their milkshakes are smooth, creamy, and delicious. Shake Shack's shakes are a bit more on the expensive side though, at $5.79 for speciality and $5.29 for the originals.

Have you heard about their newest shake yet, the Dr. Pepper shake? If you haven't, you need to catch up. If you're not into trying that new combination out, there are plenty more options. Burger King has the favorites (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) and the speciality Oreo from small ($2.49) to large ($3.59) in size. Sometimes they have limited-time shake flavors, so make sure to keep up.

Consumer Reports' best and worst fast food lists may surprise you

When it comes to fast food, the "food" is becoming more important than it used to be. More and more, quality is valued above price with many patrons, according to a new Consumer Reports fast food survey. And when it comes to diners' preferences, biggest and cheapest isn't always best.

In a report that will be featured in their August 2014 issue, Consumer Reports surveyed 32,405 subscribers about their experiences at 65 different fast-food and fast-casual (think Chipotle and Panera) chains.

Hamburger chains like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Smashburger received high marks for their tasty burgers, while world-famous burger chain McDonald's ranked last on the list. Well known chains like KFC and Sbarro also scored low for taste, and in other categories like clean surroundings and more for your money.

Readers ranked Subway, Jason's Deli and Panera Bread among the top of the list for offering healthy choices.

Fast-casual chains like Chipotle and Noodles & Company are becoming more popular, especially among millennials, for their higher-quality ingredients and greater variety.

Top fast-casual restaurants:

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Jason's Deli
  • Jersey Mike's Subs
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • McAlister's Deli
  • Panera Bread
  • Schlotzsky's

And even though these places also come with a higher sticker price, consumers don't necessarily think their traditional fast food is a bargain anyway — according to the report, only 22 percent of people surveyed "thought their meal offered excellent value." Del Taco, Little Caesars and Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza ranked highest in the "more for your money" category.

Chick-Fil-A stood out for the tastiness of its chicken, as well as the restaurant's cleanliness and the polite and speedy service.

Who were the overall champs? For hamburgers, it was the West Coast-based In-N-Out Burger, while Midwestern Portillo's Hot Dogs took the sandwich category.

Top 10 burgers, by taste:

  • The Habit Burger Grill
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Five Guys Burger and Fries
  • Smashburger
  • Fuddruckers
  • Culver's
  • Whataburger
  • Burgerville
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
  • Steak 'n Shake

At the top of the pizza list was Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza, and Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill for Mexican fast-food. Though the winners are relatively less well known, the lowest ranked are more recognizable — McDonald's, Sbarro and Taco Bell.

TODAY reached out to all companies. Some said they couldn't evaluate the survey since the methodology wasn't disclosed, and all companies noted that customer feedback is their top priority and they are always striving to deliver the best product.

Best-tasting animals

Andrew Zimmern: Probably the best meat I’ve ever eaten is freshly killed kudu in South Africa. It’s a small, hooved animal, one of 20 in the African venison family—antelopes are in there. But kudu itself, the meat is pale pink, light, and sweet—a beautiful, delicate flavor. There’s not an organ or muscle on that animal that isn’t delicious. If I put a seared kudu chop in front of you, you would think you’re having the finest veal you’ve ever eaten. Just sublime.


AZ: I prefer good donkey (and horse meat) to good beef, from a flavor standpoint. Donkey is light and beefy, very lean. It’s got the texture of lamb with a very tight grain of protein. It has a shorter finish on the mouth than fattier animals like lamb or beef. It’s also very versatile—in Beijing they have an entire donkey-restaurant city around the 5th Ring Road. We had dishes there with donkey skin, with the luxury cuts, its leg meat braised.

Giant scallop

AZ: Any animal from the ocean that you pull up, especially mollusks and bivalves—under the right circumstances there’s no finer thing on planet Earth. Eating raw giant scallops in Samoa was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Compared to scallops from, say, Hokkaido, this was 800 times better. It was so sugary sweet. These are scallops the size of basketballs, and it takes two people to lift up from the bottom of the ocean bed and put in a canoe. The tribal people were splashing calamansi and coconut juice onto raw sliced scallops, and I can’t begin to tell you how delicious it was.


AZ: The best seafood comes from places with fast-moving, cold waters. Off the Faroe Islands one time we were on a boat harvesting crayfish. The guy we were with only sells to a dozen restaurants, mostly ones in Scandinavia, and he developed this technology that overnights live crayfish in a box. So we’re on this boat. He picks up a live crayfish, peels the shell away from the tail, and shoves the meat into my mouth. I’ve never tasted something so sweet, so cucumber-y. It was twice as good as every raw oyster, raw fish, raw lobster, and raw botan ebi shrimp I’ve ever had. It was glorious.


AZ: To this day, one of my favorite foods I’ll probably never get to taste again is porcupine skin in Botswana. First, a lesson in physiology: When people eat pig snoot for the first time, you realize the pigs root around and so their snoots have thousands of tiny muscles. If you cut one in half you’ll actually see fat lined with streaks of red. Now imagine a giant African porcupine, ones that weigh 100 pounds. They look like the rodent from The Princess Bride . These porcupines are covered with an inch-thick layer of fat that surrounds the body completely. There’s quills that have to move, so there’s some finely streaked muscles within the fat. When we hunted porcupines in Botswana, the first thing we ate was this 4-by-4-foot carpet of skin and fat, which we threw over a dying fire. It became charred and crispy, and the fat melted but was held together by muscle. The fat tasted like olive oil. It was remarkably delicious, rich, and porky.

Best Unique Cheese Bite

Winner: Culver’s Wisconsin Cheese Curds

If you’re not familiar with this staple of America’s Dairyland, it’s time to seek out a Culver’s. (They’re no longer only a Badger State staple, so you probably live closer to one than you know.) The fast-food brand, famous for its ButterBurgers and Concretes, shines bright for something you once had to travel to eat: cheese curds. Each piece of un-aged yellow and white cheddar is fried to crispy perfection. Chew in bliss𠅊nd listen for the squeaks.

Runner-up: Dairy Queen Fried Cheese Curds

The home of Blizzards and Dilly Bars serves up a mean cheese curd. Like Culver’s, each piece is individually fried to buttery golden brown, and every piece offers that telltale squeak against the tooth. But the crust-to-curd ratio was a bit skewed to the crust side, which wasn’t the optimal curd experience. Still, if you have no Culver’s, you’ll not regret adding an order of these to your meal.

Woolton pie, also called Lord Woolton pie, is a pastry dish of vegetables, popular in Britain during the Second World War when rationing and shortages made other dishes hard to prepare.

It is also proof that food is a powerful force.

The Daily Beast has dubbed it, “The Pie That Won World War II.”

It’s was also known as a “weapon of mass nutrition that defeated the Nazis.”

While some recipes varied, it was basically a blend of turnips, carrots, cauliflower, and oatmeal.

3. Carl&rsquos Jr – Original Six Dollar Thickburger

The Carl’s Jr. Original Six Dollar Thickburger meets all the criteria for a delicious burger. This is the king of all burgers. The 1 and 1/3 lb. beef patty is charbroiled and comes with cheese, pickles, lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, ketchup, mayo and mustard all served on a solid premium bun. The patty is thick and juicy, and cooked to retain flavor. The burger’s construction is perfect and not messy. The Carl&rsquos Jr secret, aside from the bun, is that the toppings are placed under the meat patty rather than on top. This keeps everything together nicely. It seems to be working because eating a Thickburger is quite the enjoyable experience. No one likes a messy burger, especially when half of it spills out the bun. The Carl&rsquos Jr Six Dollar Thickburger is a good burger, but it struggles to make a dent in the burger world compared to some of its rivals. Other than their old racy ads and cannabis infused burgers, the chain doesn&rsquot have strong enough branding that would set it apart from the competition. Gotta give them kudos for being gutsy though. Aside from the stoner burgers, they also do sell Beyond Meat Burgers for the health conscious.

While asleep, I became hungry and awoke eating my pillow. Or at least that’s the textural experience of the Jack in the Box sausage biscuit—OK, maybe more like two pillows with a duvet and some cheese in between. There’s a generic, rather spongy biscuit with a large disc of sausage and a flop of egg. It’s not entirely tasteless, but it’s close.

The word that springs to mind is… blasé. There is no flavor to this biscuit. Its texture is sturdy and uniform, making it good support for a sandwich, but not worth much on its own. The bacon has the usual uncrisp texture of fast-food bacon but it&aposs not completely wet n’ wimpy the egg and cheese do at least have different textures, even if their tastes kind of meld together.

What are the Best and Worst-Tasting Fast Foods in America? - Recipes

If there’s anything we’ve gotten really good at over the past year, it’s ordering takeout. But as we’ve probably come to realize, all delivery orders are not created equal. That pizza or curry may taste fantastic after it’s delivered, but a steak and fries? Probably not. We consulted chefs for a quick primer on foods most likely to satisfy, as well as the dishes that might disappoint.

Good news for comfort-food fans: Hot, steamy bowls of soup and stew will be tasty even after a long ride to your house. “They hold heat really well, so you don't need to worry about any quality loss,” says Jack Slobodian, a professional chef and food blogger. “Saucy proteins and vegetables like Thai curries and chili are also a great option,” agrees Jim Mumford, a chemical engineer and cookbook author. “Liquid stays hot, generally does not change consistency, and can reheat very easily. So soups, pho, and the like are the best thing to have delivered.”

Pasta can be good leftover, but it doesn’t make for great takeout. “A properly made pasta in a restaurant is served at the perfect moment where there’s plenty of sauce and the noodles are al dente,” says Devan Cameron, chef and owner of Braised & Deglazed. “When you package pasta for delivery, the noodles soak up the sauce and continue to cook. The result is an over-cooked pasta with very little sauce left.” And who wants to eat gooey, undersauced noodles? We’ll pass.

If you just have to have some comforting, carby goodness, it’s not a total loss. Cameron recommends choosing crowd-pleasing lasagna over other Italian favorites. It’s sturdier than other pasta dishes, but most importantly, it will reheat better than other options, too.

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We love French fries as much as the next person, but they’re best reserved for wolfing down after you pull away from the drive-thru. “When fried foods are covered for delivery, they steam. The steam destroys the crispiness of foods and can quickly turn your fries into a soggy mess,” Cameron says. “Things like tempura, fries, nachos, and pretty much all bar foods lose their crispness when delivered.” Moral of the story: Pass on these guilty pleasures until you can enjoy them in all of their crisp, greasy glory.

Craving Chinese? Thai? Sushi? There are more winners than losers here, experts say. “From my experience, Asian dishes generally hold up quite well for takeout,” says Angie Chung, co-founder of BakingHow. “They usually come in very sturdy containers with multiple compartments so your food doesn’t mix unintendedly.” This can be a safer way to get your noodle fix, experts say, since Asian noodle dishes including chow mein typically aren’t as sauce-heavy and won’t get overly soggy. Sushi and poke are also good options, Cameron says. “They will need to be eaten the same day, as the next day the rice will dry out and you also don't want to eat old raw fish.”

Be careful, brunch lovers: We’re coming for your favorites. “If you’ve ever tried to order eggs benedict to go, you’ve probably noticed how it’s just not the same as in the restaurant,” Cameron cautions. “Poached eggs and hollandaise need to be at the perfect warm temperature and served right away. The problem is they can’t be reheated well without splitting the sauce or overcooking the eggs.” If eggs are a must, an omelette is a better bet for delivery, he says.

What if you just gotta have some sauce, though? Barbecue may be your answer. “You can never go wrong ordering this food,” says chef Carolyn Timbers of Kitchen Gadgets Maven. “Barbecues can lock in their flavorful sauce and smoky taste throughout a delivery. Even if served a bit cold, barbecues still taste amazing.” And as any barbecue lover knows, the leftovers can be legendary.

Take note, carnivores. While barbecue is delivery friendly, the same isn’t true for other meats. “It is literally impossible to have delivered meat arrive at the proper doneness,” Mumford says. “Carryover cooking is a thing, and in that car ride, the meat will rest in its own styrofoam oven.” If you simply must have a slab of meat delivered, he advises going down a notch from your preferred doneness (for instance, from medium to medium rare) to account for the cooking that happens en route.

If it’s always Taco Tuesday in your house, good news: Most Mexican food will be just as tasty when it’s delivered as it would be at the restaurant. “Mexican dishes all hold up fairly well to delivery,” Mumford says. “Tacos, burritos, and the like were meant to be street and travel foods, so they will be just fine.” Cameron says flour tortillas might be a better bet than hard shells, which could lose their crispness in transit. Also, toppings like guacamole or salsa are best packaged on the side to keep things from getting soggy.

The good news about salad: If packaged well, with ingredients and condiments separated, a salad can hold up fairly well for delivery. The bad news about salad: That rarely happens (and honestly, who wants to toss their own salad?). “I have not had a great experience with salad delivery simply because fresh ingredients like lettuce can easily and quickly get soggy, even if it’s packaged without dressing,” Chung says.

If your lust for lettuce is too strong, adding some carbs to those veggies may be the answer. “I’ve had good experiences getting sub sandwiches and different wraps delivered,” Chung says. “They are usually tightly wrapped with foil, and then with a layer of greaseproof wax paper. In some cases, they are placed inside of a fitted insulated delivery bag to keep warm.”

Seafood is a big category, but use caution. “Fully cooked fish like in takeout fish and chips will be fine, but I'd stay clear of shellfish or any medium-rare salmon fillets,” Cameron says. “Fish that's not fully cooked needs to be eaten right away otherwise, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. I'd also avoid most shellfish, as it doesn't reheat very well.” As always, fried seafood will fare the worst when it comes to taste, he says. “Don't even try to order calamari for takeout because it will be soggy and horrible.”

Duh, right? There’s a reason that pizza delivery figures so prominently into the busy weeknights of households across the nation. “Like soup, pizza is hearty and can hold up to long drives, even held at any temperature.” Mumford says. “Plus, pizza is super easy to warm up — or, let’s face it, eat cold!”

Frozen treats are a delivery risk for fairly obvious reasons. Cameron emphasizes that some restaurants will be a better bet than others — namely, quick-service places. “I wouldn't order ice cream from a regular restaurant because they're probably not prepared for it like other fast-food chains who've had tons of experience with takeout food.” You can also minimize your risk by ordering a whole pint, if available, instead of scooped ice cream, Slobodian says. “Tubbed ice cream is more compact and the packaging is very cold. Scooped ice cream is less compact and placed in a room temperature takeaway box, and was most likely scooped out of a tub with a hot ice cream scoop.” Another better bet for something cold, he says: Smoothies.

On the other hand, most other desserts, including pies, cookies, and pastries, will be just fine. “All of these desserts are great for takeout because they are generally served at room temperature and won't need to be kept warm,” Cameron says. “You can save them the next day by wrapping them in plastic or storing them in a sealed glass jar.” Mumford agrees, though he says you might want to steer clear of complicated desserts with a lot of components. He also cautions that you’ll be paying dearly to satisfy your sweet tooth with a takeout dessert. “The markup for a delivered slice of cheesecake, for example, is hefty,” he says. “You may be better off getting one from the bakery directly.”

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