Friday, May 20 2022

With travel restrictions in place last year, most of us have spent a lot of time near home. If you have lots of restaurants you love surrounding you, that can be great… but in a world of national chains (which tend to get a lot of attention), sometimes it’s just that hometown spot that satisfies. Usually, this is the place everyone loves the most, anyway.

United States today announced this year’s Readers’ Choice Best Regional Fast Food Restaurant winners, and we’re celebrating with a roundup of the nation’s favorites. The 10 channels that made the list represent just about every corner of the country. At United States todayListing the best regional fast food restaurants in, you might be delighted to find the closest and most expensive joint to you.

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A beloved Midwestern chain, Culver’s was founded in Wisconsin in 1984. Today, they’re known for their generous portions of dishes like ice cream and their “squeeze and sear” (read: Costs) Butter burgers. Culver’s chain also has a nice range of menus outside of the usual burger and fries, like the choice of a sourdough bun, 10 different soups, and a sometimes rotating side dish list.

Courtesy of Biscuitville on Instagram

You don’t know Biscuitville? The name says it all (and might make you want to take a road trip down south, pronto). Biscuitville has been known as “the home of the Biscuit Window” for 55 years, as the founder’s family offered him the choice between the family farm or the family cookie recipe. It’s clear how this rocked, with stores open in Virginia and North Carolina since the 1960s and 1970s. Biscuitville is known for its freshness, as well as its values: they partner with the same local flour supplier. for over 50 years, and they also work with nearby partners for eggs and meat. Biscuitville also closes at 2:00 PM daily, as they say, “give our team members more time for family, friends and the pursuit of their passions.”

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This chain is popular in the west of the country and relatively well known nationwide, thanks to its popularity with much of the Hollywood scene. In-N-Out Burger has been part of the SoCal landscape since its founding in 1948 (in fact, palm trees are part of their design standards), and there are over 350 In-N-Out Burger locations today. Like most successful stars, In-N-Out Burger also caters to its audience – they rent out “food trucks” that patrons can bring on-site for their own parties. And if you’ve hosted the burger but want to savor the memory, In-N-Out Burger is also a great souvenir shop – offering everything from palm-covered socks to, yes, an ugly In-N Christmas sweater. -Out Burger.

Courtesy of Cook Out

What is a Carolina chain without barbecue? The barbecue menu is definitely what sets Cook Out apart from all the other fast food destinations on this list. In addition to traditional burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes, Cook Out has been serving barbecue platters since 1989, when it debuted in Greensboro, North Carolina. Twenty years later, they opened their first store in South Carolina and have expanded into eight southern states over the past decade.

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“Ask anyone in Texas and they’ll tell you what their fellow Texans think about Whataburger,” says one of the United States today contributors to the survey. Founded in 1950, Whataburger today has 850 locations, offering, yes, burgers, as well as a popular all-night breakfast menu that includes honey butter chicken cookies and egg “taquitos”.

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Schoop's burgers
Courtesy of Schoop’s Burgers

There is just something nostalgic about the name “Schoop’s” alone. This seal says they “have been serving delicacies in Illinois and Indiana since 1948”. Their signature “Mickey” burger is a classic cheeseburger, while they also play for more local tastes – Schoop’s “Region Burger,” for example, is topped with a fried egg.

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skyline chile

Ohioans are familiar with this chain, while anyone, anywhere can appreciate a place that deviates from the usual fried combo meal. How did it happen? Although the founder is based in Cincinnati, he was actually born in Greece and the origins of Chile can be traced back to Southeastern Europe. Today, Skyline, named after the Cincinnati skyline, the neglected original location, offers everything from Coney dogs to chili burritos. With chili being a great source of several food groups and loaded with protein, it might not be surprising that Skyline’s brand of canned chili was sold in supermarkets during the pandemic.

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For the North Pennsylvanians, no chain holds the candle in Sheetz. The Altoona, Pa.-Based favorite started out as a chain of gas stations that served great hot dogs and coffee, but in the 1980s and 1990s Sheetz saw huge expansion in both its locations. and its menu. Today, they have over 600 stores in five states and remain known for their hot dogs, as well as “MTO” made-to-order subs, which, in terms of taste and nutritional value, are hard to beat. for most burgers (as well as Subway, which would struggle these days). Sheetz has a loyal fan base, indeed; in fact, when President Biden’s campaign passed through Pennsylvania, Dr Jill Biden posted on Twitter: “I’m a girl from Philly so normally I would stop in Wawa, but I’m in Pittsburgh today so Sheetz it’s the case!”

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As United States today Notes, it’s pretty hard to miss a Pal’s Sudden Service. That’s thanks to the giant hot dog that sits atop most Pal locations, which is clearly part of the chain’s charm. Another Southern favorite, Pal’s has been operating in Tennessee since 1956 with locations in Virginia as well, offering a good menu of sandwiches in addition to their burgers, hot dogs and “Frenchie” fries.

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Habit Burger’s Hatch Green Chile Burger is on our list of the worst fast food burgers of 2020, but that clearly hasn’t stopped fans from hitting Habit. This western chain is known for its Charburgers, as well as more contemporary fast food dishes like an Ahi Tuna Sandwich, a veggie burger, and the best salad menu from any restaurants we’ve seen on this list, including Habit Burger’s Santa. Barbara Cobb Salad and Superfood Salad, with lots of vegetables, dried cranberries and quinoa.

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Fast food restaurants are clearly thriving in most of the United States, but take a look at the seafood chain that just filed for bankruptcy.

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