The Definitive Fast Food Restaurant Tier List

If you love tier lists, you’ll really enjoy
this one! The list features 10 tiers of fast-food restaurants. Every eatery on the list is worth
visiting, but some are on a higher plateau. This comprehensive list is loaded with details
about some of the tastiest fast-food joints around. Tier 10 Tier 10 isn’t the top of the pile, but tasty
grub is still available at this tier. Our bottom tier includes Quiznos, Del Taco, KFC
and Pizza Hut. The distinctive characteristic that sets Quiznos apart has always been their
perfectly toasted sub sandwiches. With a high emphasis on the sandwiches being toasted,
Quiznos has a delicious line up of Artisan breads to choose from as well as much better
toasting methods then their competitors. Favorites on the menu include the Classic Italian, Turkey
Bacon Guacamole, Mesquite Chicken and Black Angus beef toasted subs. Del Taco doesn’t
play when it comes to their franchise. This Mexican style chain has been thriving in California
since the 70s! They have a bean and cheese cup, yum!, chili cheese nachos, grilled chicken
taco, double beef taco and of course a regular taco. We have to admit that it’s making us
want to travel to California, just to get some Del Taco. KFC is one of the biggest fast-food
joints in the world, in terms of the number of restaurants and brand awareness, but is
it the best? It does offer chicken with amazing seasoning, thanks to the Colonel’s secret
blend of herbs and spices. Our last tier 10 restaurant is Pizza Hut. This pizza chain
has been around since the late 1950s. The company recently tested out an intriguing,
“Incogmeato Pizza”. It’s a veggie pie with faux-Italian sausage, and its meat-free recipe
is right on-trend. However, Pizza Hut execs have warned shareholders that the company’s
growth is slowing down. Tier 9 Tier 9 is a small step up and it includes
Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, Church’s Chicken and Little Caesar’s. Hardee’s merged
with Carl’s Jr. in 1997. Hardee’s is known for its Great American Burger and All-Star
meals. Carl’s Jr. offers the very same menu items. Identity problems between the two brands
are one big reason why they’re in tier 9. Now, it’s time to talk about Jack in the Box. Jack
in the Box is known for its Really Big Chicken Sandwich, its Sourdough Jack burger and many
other tasty menu items, but it sometimes get overlooked because of other trendy burger
chains. Church’s Chicken is also in Tier 9. This fast-food chicken chain is known for
its Tender Strips meals, which come with spicy or original chicken tenders. Lots of other
tasty treats are also available, including Fried Okra, Honey-Butter Biscuits, and Corn.
This fast-food chain is doing well and growing. Little Caesar’s is at number 3 in terms of
fast-food pizza joints. This pizza purveyor keeps trying to make it to number 1, or number
2, through impressive marketing gambits with a bit of heart, such as offering veterans
free pizza on Veterans Day in 2019. Active duty members were also able to grab free pizzas
in honor of their service to America. Known for Deep Dish Pizza, Chicken Wings and Breadsticks,
this fast-food chain is always trying to move up to a higher tier. Tier 8 At Tier 8, you’ll find Arby’s, Panda Express,
Dairy Queen and Papa John’s. Arby’s is enjoying a little extra media buzz these days, thanks
to the introduction of its oh-so-classy Petit Filet Sandwich. This adds to the already stacked
Arby’s sandwich menu they are famous for, including their secret menu item, the Meat
Mountain, after all, they have the meats! Now, let’s talk about Panda Express, which is a
popular pick for Chinese food fans. This fast-food chain has over 2,200 locations and offers
some enticing fare, including Kung Pao Chicken, Beijing Beef and The Original Orange Chicken.
Other tempting menu items include Fried Rice, Cream Cheese Rangoon and Chicken Potstickers.
Panda Express is currently testing out the Bao Bun in its Innovation kitchen. Dairy
Queen is a favorite of those who crave cold and creamy treats. Dairy Queen also offers
fast food, such as burgers, fries and chicken strips. Many people visit DQ to access Blizzards.
Papa John’s is another tier 8 selection. It is currently the 4th-largest pizza delivery
service in the US. The pizza chain recently introduced Pizzas with Garlic Parmesan Crust.
Customers can build their own Garlic Parmesan Crust pizzas or choose specialty pizzas with
this exciting new crust. The company also offers fun desserts, including Cinnamon Pull
Aparts. Tier 7 You’ll love the restaurant choices at Tier
7; which are Subway, Jimmy Johns, Long John Silver’s and El Pollo Loco. Yes, there are
plenty of tiers left to go, but the picks for tier 7 are definitely worth a closer look.
One is Subway. The sandwich shop recently offered discounted sandwiches to celebrate
National Sandwich Day 2019. While Subway has great grub, some carnivores wish the Subway
sandwich chain would put a bit more meat in its subs. Now, what about Jimmy John’s? This
fast-food chain is known for its gourmet sandwiches, including fan faves, such as the Spicy East
Coast Italian, the Beach Club and the Jimmy Cubano. For sides, this restaurant chain offers
Jimmy Chips and pickles, and there are oatmeal raisin and triple chocolate chunk cookies
available for dessert. While Jimmy John’s may get overshadowed by other fast food joints,
it definitely offers quality food. It also offered a special deal to customers on National
Sandwich Day 2019. Long John Silver’s serves up a variety of seafood fare, the best in
our opinion being the baked shrimp and crispy fish sandwich which are amazing. Also in
this tier is El Pollo Loco, which is actually Spanish for “The Crazy Chicken”. This is an
apt name for this restaurant as they serve a wide variety of Mexican Fusion Chicken dishes.
Whether you’re looking for some Tamales, Chicken Bowls, Burritos, Roasted Chicken or even a
full dinner meal for the whole family, El Pollo Loco is a great stop if you’re crazy
for chicken! Tier 6 Tier 6 includes McDonald’s, Panera Bread,
Bojangles Chicken and Domino’s Pizza. What can we say about Mickey D’s that hasn’t already
been said? It’s a mammoth fast-food chain. Loyal fans find their consistency and high
level of quality control comforting and reassuring, while critics don’t like the food or the chain’s
image. McDonald’s has attracted new fans with its McCafé coffees and fun new initiatives,
such as bringing international menu items to American McDonald’s. Panera Bread doesn’t
cater to the no-carb crowd. It’s a place where people who appreciate and crave delicious
bread go to access quality. It’s a fine choice for tasty and relatively wholesome pastries,
breads and soups. While Panera has lots of fans, it has yet to break into the top of
the fast food world. Now, let’s talk about Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits. This
fast-food chain has been around since 1977 and most of its locations are in the Southeastern
U.S. Known for its fried chicken, its Cajun seasoning and its buttermilk biscuits, it’s
offering a Pork Chop Griller Biscuit, as of autumn of 2019. This is along with the usual
menu items and fixings. Bojangles has loads of fans in the South, but people who aren’t
based in the South may not have sampled Bojangles fast food. Domino’s is a good pizza fast-food
chain that offers a range of appealing menu items, such as build your own pizzas, along
with pasta dishes, chicken wings and desserts, such as Lava Crunch Cakes. Domino’s is pretty
consistent with the quality and its online tracker is something that so many people have
stared at while waiting for home pizza delivery. Tier 5 Now, we’re moving up to Tier 5, which features
Taco Bell, White Castle, Sonic Drive-In and Wingstop. Taco Bell is fast food that so
many people, including celebrities, crave. Taco Bell is so popular it’s got its own line
of merchandise, including hoodies and t-shirts. At Taco Bell, there are plenty of fun menu
items, including tacos with hard shells made from Doritos. While Taco Bell might not fit
every purist’s concept of what Mexican-inspired food is, it does please a lot of customers. White
Castle is also in our middle tier. There are 377 White Castle restaurants in 13 American
states. Most people consider White Castle to be the very first fast-food chain. White
Castle has been around for 98 years now. Featuring comfort food, such as the Sloppy Joe Slider,
Chicken and Waffles Slider, and Corn Dog Nibblers, this eatery is a little different from the
norm, but not too different. It’s quirky, with old-school charm. Sonic Drive-In is
a fun choice for great fast food. The American fast-food chain announced that it was adding
portable Mac & Cheese Bites and Chili Cheese Bites to the menu. It’s always fun when fast
food joints tweak their menus. This tier 5 pick is also a great place to grab burgers,
fries, slushy drinks, and toasted sandwiches. The thing is, Sonic is an old-fashioned drive-in,
with carhops, so it’s not for everyone. Wingstop is one of the modern fast-food joints that’s
all about chicken wings. It offers bone-in and boneless wings in individual combo meals
and group packs, as well as Louisiana Voodoo Fries, which feature golden-brown french fries
topped with Ranch, Cajun seasoning and cheese sauce. Crispy Tenders are also available,
for those who come to Wingstop but don’t feel like eating wings. Wingstop is popular but
has competition, including Buffalo Wild Wings. Tier 4 Our Tier 4 selections include Burger King,
A&W, Jersey Mike’s Subs and Zaxby’s. Burger King is a big burger chain that offers Whoppers,
fries and tons of other menu items. It’s known for its cheeky image, including the hilarious
Burger King mascot, as well as its unique, limited-time menu items, such as the Halloween
Whopper, which came with a black bun. BK is trying to grab tons of market share all of
the time, but the competition is stiff. A&W ranks higher than some of the other, more
popular “burger and fires” fast food joints on this list is because of their main attraction,
A&W Root Beer. Not only do they make an amazing root beer served in a frosty mug but they
also make a root beer float that might be even better! These are exclusive to A&W and
they are worth the visit alone. Jersey Mike’s Subs is a submarine sandwich fast-food chain
that was founded, as the name suggests, in New Jersey, USA. This chain offers hot subs,
cold subs, kid’s meals, breakfasts, drinks, and sides. The side option is basically limited
to potato chips, plus some desserts, such as cookies and Tastykake. Another tier 4 pick
is Zaxby’s. This fast-food chain is popular with sports fans. At Zaxby’s, amazing signature
sauces are available, which add zest to menu items. Popular Zaxby’s menu items include
the Chicken Finger Plate, Boneless Wings Meal and Traditional Wings & Things Meal. This
chain operates mostly in the American South, so people in other areas can’t always get
their hands on its fast food. Tier 3 Tier 3 has some awesome eateries, which are
Wendy’s, Popeye’s Chicken, Shake Shack, and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Wendy’s is a respected
fast-food chain that is all about freshness at a great price. Some of the more popular
items they offer are their famous Baconator, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Baked Potato, Chili
and their icey cool Frosty. Wendy’s was a pioneer with their value menu, offering some
of their favorite menu items at low prices, this was and continues to be a big part of
their success. Now, let’s chat about Popeye’s Chicken. People love this restaurant’s fried
chicken menu items. It’s new chicken sandwich is to die for, and caused a huge frenzy when
released. It was so delicious they sold out not long after release. Popeye’s scrambled
and re-stocked the sandwich as quickly as they could. Whether you’re going there for
the sandwich, or just some good old fashioned fried chicken, you won’t be disappointed!
Shake Shack is in the fast-casual category and it’s one of the newer fast-food chains,
having launched in 2004. Among the most popular menu items are the Double ShackBurger, SmokeShack,
Chick’n Shack, Shack Stack and the Shack-cago Dog. Their Cheese Fries are also very popular
and delicious! And yes, it actually did get its name from the movie “Grease”. Moe’s Southwest
Grill is also in tier 3. Moe’s is a fast-casual restaurant that offers delicious Mexican fare,
such as Burrito Bowls, tacos and nachos. One of their distinguishing characteristics is
their wide variety of salsas. Many of their menu items, and even salsas are named after
pop culture references which is a fun twist. Tier 2 So, which restaurants are featured in the
2nd tier? Well, you’ll find Whataburger, Culvers, Firehouse Subs, and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Whataburger
is a Texas institution that is known for really great burgers, some of the best french fries
around, and delicious shakes. They also offer two different kinds of Ketchups, a fancy version
and a spicy version. Whataburger has an amazing secret menu which features things as basic
as a grilled cheese sandwich to The Hulk, which is a drink that is the same green color
as The Hulk himself. Now, let’s talk about Culver’s. This casual fast
food restaurant offers some interesting menu items, including Wisconsin Cheese Curds which
are incredible, Butterburgers which they are famous for, and Fresh Frozen Custard, which
they offer almost 60 different flavors of. Culver’s mascot is also a giant scoop of custard,
and has one of the best “Harlem Shake” videos around. Firehouse Subs is a gourmet sub sandwich
franchise offers enticing menu items. Among the most popular are the Smokehouse Beef and
Cheddar Brisket, Italian, Turkey Bacon Ranch, Firehouse Steak and Cheese and Sweet and Spicy
Meatball. They also make an incredible Five-Cheese Mac & Cheese, which is the perfect side. If
you’re looking for one of the best fast food sub sandwiches, look no further then Firehouse
subs. Qdoba Mexican Grill is a fast-casual restaurant that offers some amazing choices,
including Lifestyle Bowls and Taco Salads. Chicken and steak prepared at Qdoba Mexican
Grill is fire-grilled and pork is slow-roasted. This chain offers yummy food that is fresh,
with plenty of toppings to choose from, as well as fresh salsa. This tier 2 pick also
serves breakfast. Tier 1 At the top of the pile, you’ll find Five Guys,
Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and In-N-Out. Five Guys is an unpretentious fast-food chain that
provides a comfortable, down-to-earth environment, as well as tasty, hearty grub. Choose burgers,
fries with original or Cajun seasoning, hot dogs or Grilled Cheese sandwiches. There are
plenty of menu items to choose from, and you’ll be able to select from a dizzying array of
delicious toppings. This burger chain is all about quality. Fries are delicious, burgers
are tasty. Actually, it’s all pretty darned good. Chick-Fil-A is a well established chicken
joint that really delivers on quality and flavor. Their Chicken Sandwich has no equal,
their waffle fries are the best in the fast food game, and their chicken nuggets, chicken
strips, hash browns and biscuits are no slouches either. The “A” in Chick-Fil-A is said to
stand for “grade A” and when it comes to their food, we couldn’t agree more. Chipotle has
become such a big player in the fast-food game, by offering customers Mexican fare that
they just can’t resist. They’ve been growing in popularity since first popping onto the
fast food scene and theirs no secret why. Their made to order, customized Burritos,
Bowls, Tacos and Salads are as good as it gets in the fast food world and quality is
second to known. In-N-Out is another burger chain that people adore. Even Gordon Ramsay
is a fan. There are roughly 347 In-N-Out restaurants in the USA, and a lot of people wish there
were more. Popular In-N-Out menu items include the Double-Double Combo and Shakes. This burger
chain is known for its quality and great taste. It’s a revered burger chain that customers
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