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Iconic fast food items in America. Photo: Mashed

People flocked to the quick-serve restaurants for their affordable and delectable fare, which introduced the idea of modern fast food to the United States in the 1920s with the opening of White Castle and A&W. Since then, the fast-food industry has produced a steady stream of fresh, creative dishes that have changed the way and what Americans eat.

But which fast-food dishes have become recognizable over time?

Listed in reverse order of restaurant fame are the top 9 most famous fast-food dishes that have become a staple of American cuisine.

From McDonald's to Taco Bell to KFC, there's nothing that screams "classic fast-food" than cheeseburgers, fries, tacos, and fried chicken. Read on to check out top 9 iconic fast food items in the US!

#9 Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza

Pizza Hut's Meat Lovers pie, which is stuffed with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, pork, and beef, is probably its most illustrious creation outside of the chain's stuffed crusts. Other chains have tried to imitate it because it has become so well-known. But for fans of Pizza Hut, the name is seared in grease.

#8 Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Photo: Refinery29

Numerous beverages are available on Starbucks' menu, but none have achieved the PSL's cult status. Fans will start sipping the pumpkin-themed beverage as soon as August's end arrives, regardless of the weather.

#7 Burger King Whopper

The Whopper, a flame-grilled masterpiece that has been around for more than 60 years, is regarded as one of the most innovative burgers. Today, it is available in seasonal special variations, and there is even a vegan Impossible Whopper. But the basic Whopper is as follows: On a sesame seed bun, the four-ounce, wide patty is topped with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onion.

#6 Domino's Pepperoni pizza

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Photo: Domino's

In addition to offering a customizable selection of three sizes, five crusts, nine sauces, and 27 toppings, Domino's also offers a dozen pre-made combinations (along with chicken dishes, pasta, sandwiches, and more) and is now the largest pizza brand in the United States. The most popular pizza topping in the country is pepperoni, and Domino's receives the most orders for this particular variation, according to sources including the food delivery app Caviar.

#5 Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins

These days, Dunkin' places so much emphasis on its coffee, frozen drinks, bagels, sandwiches, and wraps that it's simple to forget about the company's famous doughnuts. However, nobody ever forgets about Munchkins, also known as "Donut Holes." These tiny balls of doughnut dough, about the size of one or two bites, are filled with jelly, chocolate, glaze, and other flavors. Even those who may never consume a whole doughnut will likely take one or two (or more).

#4 Subway's Footlong Sandwich

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Photo: Island Gazette

Subway's footlong sandwiches aren't $5 anymore, but anyone who grew up in the 2000s will probably remember the "$5 footlong" jingle. Whatever the price, this giant sandwich is still a pretty good deal, especially if you're sharing with a friend.

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#3 KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken

Although other fried chicken may taste better, KFC's original fried chicken is still difficult to top. It has a deliciously crispy crust that is topped with savory spices and juicy meat. After the chain became well-known all over the world in the 1960s, fried chicken became a staple food.

#2 Taco Bell Soft Tacos

The soft tacos should be mentioned even though so many items on the Taco Bell menu have gained notoriety. There are many variations of these warm lunchtime tacos, including vegetarian options made with bean filling. Additionally, the chain offers a comprehensive customization menu that offers dozens of upgrades to the basic soft taco, such as the addition of toppings like onions or sour cream.

#1 McDonald's Big Mac

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McDonald's Big Mac

This double burger has existed since the 1960s and is arguably one of the most famous on the planet. Most children born in the 1970s can still sing along to the commercial jingle's lyrics, "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun!"

The special sauce is what keeps customers coming back for more, but the sheer size of this decadent fast-food dish isn't the only reason it became a permanent menu item at the Golden Arches.

The Caesar Salad is More Fattening than McDonald's Hamburger

This one is for all of you who always say, "I'm going to be healthy and order a salad." I'm sorry, but I think your dear friend who gets a hamburger is being healthier. Although their burgers may have more calories, their caesar salads have more fat, which is primarily from the dressing.

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