Top Ten Fast Food Chains with Cult Following
1. Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits
You can find Bojangles in eleven states across the South. The chain specializes in sweet and savory biscuits (sweet potato, cinnamon, boberry, etc.), crispy Cajun-spiced chicken sandwiches, sweet tea, and other regional culinary delights. Members of food-appreciation sites like Serious Eats and Chowhound constantly mention Bojangles as one of the best chains around.
Whataburger is to Texas what In-N-Out is to California, though it’s found in a few other states too, like Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. The menu has the usual burgers and chicken sandwiches, but also offers a surprisingly large breakfast menu—including items like Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits and breakfast taquitos—from 11 p.m. until 11 a.m. every day.
This specialty sandwich shop chain can be found in ten states, including Delaware and Nevada. It offers a plethora of different sandwiches, but the Bobbie, with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo, is the national bestseller.
4. White Castle
White Castle’s best known for its sliders, mini-burgers that are so popular, they come in Crave Cases that hold thirty of them. You can also buy them frozen in supermarkets across the country, but the experience just isn’t the same. Aside from being popularized in movies (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), this institution has the distinction of being America’s first hamburger chain.
Like White Castle’s, Krystal’s hamburgers are small and square-shaped. Unlike White Castle, Krystal is found in the South, in more than 380 locations. The chain also offers Pups, mini-hot dogs topped with cheese and/or chili.
6. Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
Taco Bell might be the chain numero uno for tacos in other areas, but Southern California residents like theirs courtesy of Wahoo’s. If you ever watched MTV’s Laguna Beach, you saw the teen stars hitting up Wahoo’s fairly often. And now the chain’s been extended to Texas and Colorado, too.
At least two of my coworkers have expressed interest in opening up a Chick-fil-A franchise. Is it the option of grilled and fried chicken sandwiches on the menu? Is it the variety of healthful and unique side items, such as Carrot & Raisin Salad and Fruit Cups? I think it’s the fact that Chick-fil-A puts chicken on a fast-food pedestal in the land of burger love.
What started as a hamburger joint in LA’s Baldwin Park in 1948 turned into hundreds of locations in California, with a few in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Not only does In-N-Out promote good business practices (Fast Food Nation’s Eric Schlosser used it as an example of fast food done right), but it’s top rated in customer satisfaction surveys, too. The menu itself is basic, but those in the know order off the extensive secret menu, with options like “animal style” (a beef patty cooked in mustard, with special sauce and grilled onions on top) and “flying Dutchman” (only beef patties and cheese).
I grew up watching Sonic commercials, but I’ve never actually seen one. Though Sonic has locations in more than forty U.S. states, they tend to be along freeways and in smaller towns. Supposedly the food’s not anything special; the drinks are what endear people to Sonic, with its variety of Limeades, Slushes, and flavored iced teas.
10. Raising Canes
This chain’s found in thirteen states, the majority of which are in the South. Raising Canes’ menu revolves around chicken fingers—either between two buns or next to sides of french fries, coleslaw, and Texas toast. But even with such slim pickings, customers can’t get enough of the crispy, tender chicken and special Cane’s Sauce.