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What Is America’s Best Fast Food Chain?

America is not only known for it’s vast diversity and growing population, but also for a wide range of cultures, food, and people.  

America has the largest amount of fast food chains and according to ibisworld.com, “There are 200,859 Fast Food restaurant businesses in the US as of 2023. The number of businesses in the Fast Food restaurant industry in the US has grown 0.8% per year on average over the five years between 2018 – 2023.” 

With so many different chains, food, and tastebuds, the answer to the question of the best fast food chain will vary. Though, multiple studies and polls have formulated a better form of response to the question. 

Of course, the most successful food chain in the world is McDonald’s. The restaurant was created in 1940 and has grown rapidly ever since. This chain according to a census by visualcapitalist.com, has a systemwide sales amount of $46 billion dollars, which is almost double the amount of the number 2 spot, Starbucks. Though McDonald’s is the most popular and successful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best. 

In a study/poll conducted by NexStar Media Wire in 2022, over 20,000 fast food customers were asked what their favorite fast food chain was. Some of the top 10 answers included Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Jimmy John’s.  

The number one spot, was held by Chick-Fil-A. The restaurant started in Atlanta, Georgia and not only has a multi-billion dollar net worth, but also is arguably seen as the most reliable fast food chain in America. Dating back from its original release about 57 years ago, the chain has expanded to nearly 3000 locations across America. With its success, the company has made it very hard for its competitors to take its number one spot for 2024. 

Though the question is only hypothetical, America’s best fast food chain is without a doubt Chick- Fil-A.  

Jaimee McCullen
Jaimee McCullen
Jaimee McCullen is a Sophomore Mass Communications major from Natchez, Mississippi. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2023-2024 academic school year.


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