The Best Fast Food in America

The 25 most fulfilling things to order at the drive-thru

All fast foods are not created equal. Among the sad-sack burgers and other vile mass-produced foodstuffs a few true culinary gems stand out—lauded by gourmet chefs even as they satisfy the simple cravings of on-the-move diners. These winning entrées—yes, they deserve the title—sides, desserts, and drinks can all be found at establishments with at least five locations and one drive-thru (naturally), yet they're anything but homogeneous, showcasing a range of distinct regional flavors. Consider this your Michelin Guide to the food you can eat while changing lanes.

2. Chick-fil-A's Chicken Sandwich

The chicken sandwich on a fast-food menu is often a mayo-slathered "healthier" alternative to the standard burger, but Chick-fil-A's signature dish—simply a thick, unbelievably juicy fried chicken cutlet with pickles on a buttered toasted bun—is so legitimately delicious that big-name chefs speak about it with reverence, albeit under their breath. Locations: 1,445, in 38 states

Photo: Michael Schmelling
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