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Zagat Determines Who Has The Best Fries

Yesterday the results to the Zagat/Today Show Fast-Food Survey were announced. The survey, which was taken by 5,535 people (really? that's all???), declared Wendy's, Panera Bread Company and Outback Steakhouse as their top fast-food destinations. Forty-five fast-food chains were scrutinized and then rated on their food, facilities and service - healthy options were also taken into consideration. In addition to scoring each restaurant, the survey also determined the best burger, fries, etc. So who won best burger and which fast-food place has the best fries? To find out the answers,

  • Best Burger: Wendy's
  • Best Fries: McDonald's
  • Best Shakes: Dairy Queen
  • Best Chicken: Chick-fil-A
  • Most Child-Friendly: McDonald's
  • Favorite Mascot McDonald's
  • Top Food Mega-Chain: Wendy's
  • Top Facilities Mega-Chain: Wendy's
  • Top Services Mega-Chain: Subway
  • Top Overall Mega-Chain: Wendy's
  • Top Food All Chains: Panera Bread Co.
  • Top Facilities All Chains: Panera Bread Co.
  • Top Services All Chains: Chick-fil-A
  • Top Overall All Chains: Panera Bread Co.
  • Top Food Full-Service Chain: Outback Steakhouse
  • Top Facilities Full-Service Chain: Cracker Barrel
  • Top Services Full-Service Chain: Cracker Barrel
  • Top Overall Full-Service Chain: Outback Steakhouse

Visit for the top five restaurants in each category.

Source: Zagat

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oinkoink oinkoink 9 years
McDonald's absolutely does not have the best fries. Fries are my favorite junk food. When I'm in NYC I always try the different joints with fries. There are definitely places only in NYC with much better fries. I would recommend going to Pommes Frites in East Village or the Papapya King/ Papaya Dog places all over NYC. I especially like the one on 42nd and 9th for fries. In terms of fast food all over the country, I think Rally's had the best but they don't have a lot of restaurants all over the country. I like Arby's, Wendy's and Burger King fries more the McDonald's.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
McDonald's does have the best fries overall, only that you really have to eat them within 10 minutes because they get soggy fast - yuck.
silvermoon silvermoon 10 years
They obviously didn't check out the Wendy's near my house. They have the absolute worst service. Every person working there just doesn't have a clue.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Favorite Mascot McDonald's????? What? A big scary clown with big red hair and weird feet? That is weird. As long as the Burger King isn't, I guess....that guy is a freek! I would have guessed that Dave thomas from wendy's or jack in the box would have been higher than Ronald. What about Jared "pornmeister" Fogel from subway? i don't have a panera bread here. *sniff*
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Woot Woot for Athens! Those fries do look DIVINE :drool:
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
wow Orangek8 I went to college in Athens and they didn't have those kind of fries when I was there! So jealous, but definitely enjoy hot, crispy McD's fries!
Scarlet Scarlet 10 years
Wow, Burger King got shut out.
misogi misogi 10 years
McDonalds has the best fries? WHAT A LIE! How about Burger King? Arby's? Chick-fil-a's waffle fries are amazing! What a lieee. :X
Nicolel03 Nicolel03 10 years
Chick fil a definitely has the best grilled chicken sandwiches and i love their fries too!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
WOOHOO Chick-fil-A!! :woohoo: And thanks a lot orangek, I am now drooling all over my keyboard ;)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Panera is hardly fast-food by my definition. Sure you wait in line but there are no burgers and fries. There are soups, salads, and delicious and sometimes healthy sandwiches. and where i'm from, it's called St. Louis Bread Company.
orangek8 orangek8 10 years
Oops, I forgot the picture. I like them with a little malt vinegar!
orangek8 orangek8 10 years
Mmmm, the best fries are at O'Betty's Red Hot Dawgs here in Athens, Ohio.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I am sorry, In-n-out has the BEST fries ever. They are fresh cut in the store and fried in natural oils. They are the best, ever, I mean ever. I am sorry that they are only in California, Arizona and Nevada.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
Glad to see Panera on the list...its very easy to eat healthy there, and they post all their nutritional info and ingredients on their website.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I adore Panera Bread. I just wish that they had one near work!
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