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Subway, Wendy's and In-N-Out are rated America's top fast food chains... by reviewers of upscale restaurant guide Zagat

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I must admit that although I never eat fast food at home, sometimes when I travel for work and there is no other option (due to time on site) but the mall food court, I will seek out a Subway. Their offerings are at least vaguely healthy. I like their veggie sub, and it's my fallback if there is no other food to be found nearby.
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They've clearly never been to Five Guys
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I will seek out a Subway. Their offerings are at least vaguely healthy. I like their veggie sub,...

Same here only I consider Subway's veggie sub to be healthy 'cause of all the veggies. As for the bread, well, you eat that at home too.

But on the road I'm a junk food junkie!
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They've clearly never been to Five Guys

Agreed! I went to Five Guys just once.
Even McDonald's makes better burgers.
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Subway veggie sub

Thanks for the tip. It's sometimes convenient for us to stop for fast food while RVing. I've only tried Subway's meat and meatball subs, which are always disappointing. Frankly, after the juicy, garlicky, smack-yo-mama porchetta subs in Italy, I can't even face subs in America! (huh, the downside of travel)

The best American fast food IMO is BBQ, po' boys (fried fish/shellfish subs), and burritos at a great place--not a chain, then. I'm drooling remember the awesome burritos next to work in Cambridge MA...the carnitas, the bean & cheese, the chicken...the extras...perfect!

I don;t think fast-food burgers are worth it, although I liked them when they were new in our neck of the woods when I was a teenager. In adulthood, I always preferred the fish sandwiches. Even my husband can;t abide fast food burgers any more--I think I can date that to our switching to 80% lean grass-fed beef for grilled burgers at home (OMG! caution: not an LBYM tip ;-)

When we want fast food at home, we get cheap Chinese takeout. Our local joint has a nice special soup and awesome hunan shrimp (I try not to think about what kind of fat they might use for stir frying--most likely the cheapest available vegetable oil...cottonseed? soy?).

=alstro, misses McD's fries back in the 70s when they were fried in tallow--even Julia Child thought they were good!
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Vegies subs are OK. I load them up with everything and ask for extra cheese. Some locations also have veggie patties you can ask for, although it isn't always listed.
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Living 90 miles north of Mexico, I rarely eat Mexican food outside of the border states. Once while traveling we ran into an El Torito in Istanbul, needless to say, we didn't try it. Last month I had a burrito in Newnan, GA, but are burrito's really Mexican food? If you're in the south, boiled peanuts, BBQ, corn fritters, yum! If you're ever in Macon, try Jim Shaw's.

This reminds me of the time in the 80's when the Mexican Consulate in Caracas, Venezuela, put together a taste of Mexico dinner at a nearby hotel. I went and while the food was good, I didn't recognize any of the dishes. So, in CA, AZ, TX are we getting Mexican food or Americanized Mexican food?
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So, in CA, AZ, TX are we getting Mexican food or Americanized Mexican food?

In Texas it's definitely Tex-Mex. Can't vouch for AZ or CA. New Mexican food is a world unto its delicious self. Mexican food in Mexico is good, but very different. They cook tamales in banana leaves, for example, which imparts a slightly sweet flavor. The food can be spicy, but is often simply well-seasoned and delicious. Meals in Peru and Chile lean heavily on meat, lots and lots of meat--beef, pork, lama, alpaca, guinea pig, etc. The food seems, to me, to be well-seasoned, but not spicy because they aren't always going for that style of cuisine.

What you'll hear on the East Coast is, "But it's made by Mexicans," so it has to be good. Nooooo. They want to stay in business, so they've learned to cater to bland tastebuds with poorly seasoned dishes. It doesn't have to be spicy-hot to be good, but if the cook doesn't use cumin and garlic, at the very least, it's a fail, IMO.

Chili
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So, in CA, AZ, TX are we getting Mexican food or Americanized Mexican food?

I don't know about the other states, but in Texas you are getting Tex-Mex cuisine, which, while quite tasty in its own right, has about as much in common with cuisine from the interior of Mexico as the patois, Tex-Mex, has in common with the Sanish spoken in Mexico City.

I knew a lady from Mexico City who shuddered everytime she heard the Spanish spoken by 2nd and 3rd generation Mexico immigrants. She probably didn't appreciate lard either.
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Meals in Peru and Chile lean heavily on meat, lots and lots of meat--beef, pork, lama, alpaca, guinea pig, etc.

Speaking of meat, I still drool over Brazil's churrascarias.
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but are burrito's really Mexican food?
Not really - totally California/Mex.
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What you'll hear on the East Coast is, "But it's made by Mexicans," so it has to be good. Nooooo. They want to stay in business, so they've learned to cater to bland tastebuds with poorly seasoned dishes.
Same for Thai food in the US. Bland, sweet and nothing like what you get in Thailand. Since I started to cook Thai food a decade ago (from scratch, with mortar & pestle, the real thing), I never eat Thai food out any more. I can't find a restaurant that measures up to my food.
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Five Guys still figures prominently in their survey, and has for years. This year they are still the best burger. Last year, they were the top Fast Food - Large Chain, over Panera and Chipotle. This year they are still 4th on that list (In-n-Out jumped to #1, Chick-fil-a bumped down one to #5.)

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Tom (Five Guys fan, though I'll sometimes run across the street to McD's for fries if I'm taking it home.)
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The only "fast food", I like to eat is from Chipotle. I find the tacos to be fresh and flavorful. I probably go to Chipotle an average of once a week.

Donna (who has been known to go to Wendy's about once a month and eat a Spicy Chicken Filet.)

Donna
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My favorites are Subway, Wendy's and Burger King.

There was also an Apollo Burger in Salt Lake City which I liked very much.
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