Foot-Long or Double-Double? Let me Check my Zagat Guide’s Fast Food Rankings.

While Zagat is known for its rankings of high-end white table cloth restaurants, they also pay attention to food that’s more often carried out in a paper bag. 

In a survey asking the opinions of more than 10,500 respondents, Zagat’s annual Fast-Food Survey found that In-N-Out Burger is the most popular large fast-food outlet, followed by Panera Bread and Chipotle. Five Guys and the highly controversial Chick-fil-A rounded out the top five among chains with between 100 and 5,000 locations. Of all the restaurants, In-N-Out was the big winner, taking the Top Food, Most Popular, Top Service and Top Overall awards. Five Guys was voted the best Fast-Food Burger in the United States.

According to Zagat, the average respondent averaged 9.4 meals a month at chain restaurants, 5.8 of them at fast-food joints. That's an amazing 1.2 million chain meals per year. Other voting categories included: best grilled chicken (Chick-fil-A was tops), best coffee (Starbucks), best salads (Wendy’s) and a range of features at full-service chains.

Fast Food - Large*: 

1. In-N-Out Burger

2. Panera Bread

3. Chipotle

4. Five Guys

5. Chick-fil-A

Fast Food - Mega**: 

1. Subway

2. Wendy's

3. McDonald's

4. Taco Bell

5. Burger King

*Large chains have 100 to 5,000 U.S. locations

**Mega chains have over 5,000 U.S. locations


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