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.

3. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen's Spicy Bonafide Chicken

Once you bite into the crunchy skin and juicy flesh, you and your grease-slicked fingers will immediately understand why Popeyes' fried chicken forges that rare state of consensus between drive-thru junkies and those for whom meals typically involve several silverware changes. Feel free to debate the merits of white meat versus dark, but spicy is the only way to go. Locations: 1,571, in 43 states

Photo: Michael Schmelling
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