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Fast food is definitely the most popular dish in the US. If you plan to travel to the US, don’t forget to visit these popular fast food restaurants.


How big is the fast food industry in the US?

The fast food industry in the U.S. is big, being worth $296.6 billion. The fast food restaurant industry in the United States is the 2nd ranked accommodation and food services industry by market size and the 35th largest in the US.

Which states have the most fast food restaurants?


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Top 10 Most Popular Fast Foods in the US Today

1. Chick-fil-A

Named America's favorite fast-food chain year after year, Chick-fil-A recently introduced such innovations as Spicy Chick-n-Strips, Chick-n-Sliders, and the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap.

The bedrock here, however, is this basic offering: a slab of breaded boneless chicken breast pressure-cooked in peanut oil, served on a toasted buttered bun with dill pickle chips, lettuce, and tomato (a choice of three kinds of cheese is offered at extra cost).

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The "A" in "Chick-fil-A" has a meaning.

The "A" at the end of "Chick-fil-A" isn't just a play on the word "fillet." It also means Grade A.

Where to find Chick-fil-A in the US

Chick-fil-A has made its way into nearly every U.S. state. There are locations in 47 states, plus Washington D.C. The only states it has yet to set up in are Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont.

2. McDonald's

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You could argue that the Big Mac – perhaps the ultimate fast-food burger, with its double patty, sesame bun, American cheese, and pickles, lettuce, and onions – is the icon here. Or maybe it's the Egg McMuffin, which launched the breakfast sandwich craze when it was introduced back in 1972. But the one thing almost everybody seems to agree on – even people who'd never admit to eating a McDonald's burger – is that the fries are great, and maybe reason enough in themselves to pull into the drive-thru.

Their secret? Good potatoes, to begin with. But the spuds are treated with dextrose and sodium acid pyrophosphate for color, various preservatives, and "natural beef flavor." Whatever they do to them, it seems to work.

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3. Starbucks

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Starbucks is famous for its many specialty coffee drinks, most of all its blended Frappuccinos and its various lattes. But the one item most strongly associated with the chain – the one it first offered in 2004, and the one that has gone on to become its most copied creation by far – is the autumnal specialty called the Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL.

The day on which this drink, with its cinnamon-based spice mix, goes on sale each year is eagerly anticipated, and Starbucks is said to sell as many as 350 million cups of it annually.

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4. Burger King

In 1957, 11 years before the appearance of the Big Mac, Burger King launched this oversize flame-broiled burger, served with mayo, ketchup, and the usual lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions, on a sesame seed bun.

There are myriad ways to customize the Whopper by adding or subtracting ingredients, asking for light or heavy servings of the additions, choosing a variety of sides, etc. (the company website says there are 221,184 possible variations, though that seems unlikely).

5. Domino's

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Domino's has no other restaurant chains to manage, unlike Yum Brands, the parent company of rival Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell. Further, Domino's is a brand that is, essentially, all about one thing: pizza.

It's an advantage that Starbucks, another brand that Nomura predicts will publicly report 5% or better domestic same-store sales in the second quarter, shares — one company, one brand, and one product that the chain is best known for.

Focus on one specific market is a more likely recipe for success, which Domino's has clearly proved true. Although the chain does sell a variety of items, Domino's has found success in recent years when focusing almost only on the core product: pizza. This has helped consumers recognize Domino's as a go-to chain for this niche, and has consequently increased sales.

While Domino's continues to grow and clarify the company brand, competitors that were once a threat to the chain are doing the opposite. Or, at the very least, they're struggling to do what Domino's does quite as well.

6. Taco Bell

Authentic Mexican food is becoming easier and easier to find around the U.S. these days. This isn't it. But Taco Bell has brought at least some hints of Mexican flavors and ways of presenting food to a wide audience across America, even if they are in the form of such never-in-Mexico offerings as the Crunchwrap Supreme, the Quesarito, and the Fiery Doritos Locos Taco Supreme.

The basic Taco Bell order, though, is the crunchy taco – a staple of the chain's menu since founder Glen Bell is said to have invented the pre-formed crispy taco shell in the 1950 and filled it with seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheddar cheese.

7. Wendy's

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Some Wendy's fans might consider the Double Stack – two burger patties with cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion – to be the chain's most essential item. It's a little too similar to other fast-food burgers, though. That can't be said of the Baconator, introduced in 2007. This one also has two patties and cheese, but what makes the difference is three strips of bacon placed across each of the two burgers – six in all. The only other things on the bun are mayo and ketchup – no vegetables or mustard (though these may be ordered specially).

The chain has periodically featured variations on the Baconator, including one with jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle ranch sauce, and another that is a regular Baconator but with three patties and nine strips of bacon.

8. Dunkin'

Dunkin' puts such emphasis these days on its coffee, its frozen drinks, its bagels, and its sandwiches and wraps that it's easy to forget about the eponymous doughnuts. Nobody forgets about Munchkins, though – otherwise known as "Donut Holes." Jelly-filled, glazed, chocolate, and more, these are little spheres of doughnut dough, one-or-two-bite-size. Even people who might never eat a whole doughnut will grab one or two (or more) of these.

America actually does run on Dunkin', doesn't it? Those Munchkins are rather irresistible.

9. Subway

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Subway is the largest franchised store in the United States, with 24,798 locations across the country.

The store’s annual U.S. systemwide sales equate to $10.4 billion. California is the state with the most number of Subway locations, with 2,148 locations.

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10. Chipotle

Chipotle (CMG) is a Mexican grill restaurant with a limited menu and high degree of meal customization. The restaurant first opened in 1993 and currently has over 1700 stores in the U.S. and abroad.

Chipotle was voted America’s favorite fast-casual Mexican restaurant for the third year in a row, receiving 61% of the votes, according to Market Force Information. The poll surveyed 7,600 American adults.

Small Menu, Big Choice

One of the keys to Chipotle’s success is its small menu. A smaller menu has three benefits. First, since Chipotle only stocks fresh ingredients, there is always a chance of food spoilage. The small menu reduces the number of ingredients needed on-hand, thus reducing the likelihood of waste.

Second, small menus mean quick service. At other fast food restaurants, the kitchen can get overwhelmed by the orders and can make mistakes. At Chipotle, mistakes are almost impossible: order a soft taco, choose the fillings and pay. If the employee forgets to add beans, the consumer is watching and can point out the omission. It’s easy and fast and consumers love it.

Finally, a small menu also means that customers know exactly what’s for sale each time they visit the restaurant. Chipotle doesn’t need to develop new products or create flashy advertisements to let consumers know its offerings, and consumers aren’t disappointed by the disappearance of a product after a trial or promotion period.


Although there is a high level of fat, fast food is still popular in the US. Americans still love Mc Donald and Burger King. Grab a piece of burger or snack to enjoy a fast food meal without derailing your health goals. Why not?

If you are a foreign tourist, hopefully today's information about the most popular fast food in America will help you have a great time in America.

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