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.

25. White Castle's Double Cheeseburger

While this burger is technically in the same genus as the Quarter Pounder and the Whopper, it's an entirely different species—a fact that detractors don't seem to get. These shrunken "sliders"—with their steamy buns, sweet-onion-flecked patties, and barely melted American cheese—create a glorious alchemy all their own, and the meat-to-bun balance is at its best when you order a double. Locations: 415, in 11 states

Photo: Michael Schmelling
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