I hope to help you sort through the floppy fries, cold beef patties, soft yellow lettuce, mystery fish or chicken, and stomach churning burritos to help you find good fast-food. I nearly gave up on fast food, until some very taste conscious and consumer savvy restaurants started concocting on their hot surfaces food that taste buds crave. Amazingly I was able to locate a grand total of 5 amazing fast food dinners that can most likely be found at a franchise near you, if not I’m sorry. Some are good enough to travel distances for.
NUMBER ONE:Culver’s Butter Burgers and Frozen Custard
The Culver’s fast-food legacy was born in Wisconsin back in 1984, and since then they have opened over 400 restaurants across the U.S. When you walk into a Culvers Restaurant you will instantly be mesmerized by their extensive menu, which includes just about everything you could want if you’re searching for a fast dinner. Culver’s has numerous sandwiches that are guaranteed to please. A must-have is one of their ‘Butter Burgers’ which are given that name because of their buttered toasted buns. The burgers are made from never frozen %100 beef, seared on a hot grill, which results in a natural taste. The burgers are only the top of the cake. Culver’s serves up a ‘Grilled Reuben Melt’ that can be served on rye or sour dough…because I’m not fond of rye. You’ll notice their menu was formulated with Midwestern tastes in consideration. Cheese Curds, Beef Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Chicken, and North Atlantic Cod are all menu items available to you. For dessert you can have some of their famous custard in endless flavor combinations. If you have a Culver’s in your town, you are truly a blessed individual, so don’t take it for granted. A Culver’s finally arrived in my town five years ago and my negative view of fast food suddenly changed to a positive one. Meal prices at Culvers range from $5.00 to $8.00 per meal which makes Culver’s a great dinner choice for a family or individual.
NUMBER TWO:Qdoba Mexican Grill
I chose Qdoba as the second best restraint to find a great fast food dinner, because they dish out a variety of enjoyable, quality, Mexican foods fast. Qdoba’s food never disappoints. Their prize selection is their large and delicious ‘San Francisco Mission Style’ burrito which you can stuff any way you like. Qdoba is like a Chipotle with more flavors thrown in, and some cheesy ‘queso sauce’ to boot. There are other great places found many towns and cities to find good authentic Mexican fast-food, but in terms of a national chain that produces consistent quality and flavor, Qdoba is the best. I like to load ingredients into my burrito and share it, because it’s sometimes too much for one person. The price of one big burrito with all the good stuff runs about $8.00, if you share it between two people it becomes a meal for two at only $4.00 per person. Qdoba started operations in Denver, Colorado and now has 500 grills from coast to coast.
NUMBER THREE:Fat Burger
My mouth is watering as we speak. Fat Burger has a simple menu which gives you the option of three meats for your sandwich which are hamburger, turkey, and chicken (grilled, crispy, or spicy). The toppings are the usual burger favorites, but they also offer two less traditional toppings chili, or an egg. Your burger is made in an open kitchen so you can see the entire burger making process, so all your fast-food nightmares will never come to mind. My preference at Fat Burger is their burgers, and an egg on top is surprisingly good. Fat Burger began in 1952 and has spread across the U.S. and around the world. While the burgers are wonderful, the prices can sometimes exceed the pocket book, nevertheless they do have some of the best fast-food and shakes to offer. If you stop in at Fat Burger during a promotion you might find a deal, and a small burger will only run you $2.99. If you want all the fixins’ and a larger burger you might have an 11 buck meal easily.
NUMBER FOUR:Good Times – Burgers and Frozen Custard
Good Times is not a large franchise, and their locations are mostly found in the Rocky Mountain West in states like Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Idaho. Although they haven’t expanded nationwide yet, they offer great burger choices like their popular and unique ‘Guacamole Bacon Burger’. Good Times has delicious fries that are unlike fries offered by other major chains. Good Times fries are lightly seasoned and fried consistently to a perfect crispiness with a soft center. Unlike other fast food restaurants the also give you the option of ordering onion rings and fries together which they call ‘Wild Things’. Their fries and onion rings are great with their custom ‘Wild Dippin’; Sauce’ which is zesty and slightly sweet with a mustard like tartness. Good Times also produces great custard, which is arguably the best. I would love a showdown between Good Times and Culvers Custard. Good Times focuses on quality over mass production and uses only fresh never-frozen 100% beef in all their burgers. Good Times prices are reasonable, usually $5.00 to $7.00 per meal.
Their new motto is “Quality is Our Recipe”. Wendy’s does consistently try to deliver good food, but because the chain is so large the consistency of quality taste and freshness can vary between franchises. Although you might need to find the best Wendy’s near you, the choices on their menus consistently change. A great new dinner choice on their menu is the ‘Bacon Blue Burger’ which is being tested in multiple markets and hopefully yours. I respect that Wendy’s is willing to experiment with flavors. The ‘Bacon Blue Burger’ may not suit every taste, but it is a quality menu option. I’m glad Wendy’s always adjusts the menus, because the same offerings can get stale. Culver’s tops this list because they offer a wide variety of choices for any taste, while maintaining quality. It seems Wendy’s is always making an effort to move up in the quality fast-food ranks, and that should be admonished.