Zagat Survey – The Fast Food Edition 2011

Last year I started my post about the Zagat Fast Food Survey with some of the Comment “Outtakes” and guess what? This year it’ll be more of the same thing:

Rule #1: don’t look inside the burrito.

The best part about going there is leaving.

Double up on the Prozac before you set foot in the door.

Pretty sure the chickens died of anorexia.

The pasta version of waterboarding.

Better than oral surgery, though it’s close.

Their bagels would make great chew toys for a rambunctious puppy.

They even fry the napkins.

If you want to make one more bad decision on a Saturday night at 2 AM – go here.

Cannot always tell if I am eating the pizza or the box.

Major food groups are well covered: grease, salt and burned.

Employees evidently required to bathe only twice a month.

Best known for expenses-spared facilities.

Their marketing strategy is add more cheese and they will come.

Helping generations turn into obese diabetics.

Consistently awful everywhere, but at least you know what to expect.

How can a salad have 1,700 calories?

Always entertaining – usually a brawl or arrest to watch.

I’ve also listed The Fast Food Edition 2010 & 2009 winners for comparison:

Five Guys is still in the top spot after last year’s surprise, meanwhile everyone else stays the same. I still can’t get over Whataburger not being on this list.

Best Burger 2011
1. Five Guys
2. In-N-Out Burger
3. Wendy’s
4. Burger King
5. McDonald’s

Best Burger 2010
1. Five Guys
2. In-N-Out Burger
3. Wendy’s
4. Burger King
5. McDonald’s

Best Burger 2009
1. In-N-Out Burger
2. Wendy’s
3. Burger King
4. McDonald’s
5. Whataburger


Chick-fil-A comes back into the Top 5 and Burger King drops off (which I can live with). Wendy’s moves over In-N-Out which I find kinda crazy since they’re fresh cut fries but hey, the new sea salted potatoes seem to be working.

Best French Fries 2011
1. McDonald’s
2. Five Guys
3. Wendy’s
4. In-N-Out Burger
5. Chick-fil-A

Best French Fries 2010
1. McDonald’s
2. Five Guys
3. In-N-Out Burger
4. Wendy’s
5. Burger King

Best French Fries 2009
1. McDonald’s
2. Burger King
3. In-N-Out Burger
4. Wendy’s
5. Chick-fil-A


Sonic Drive-In replaces Arby’s and I’m OK with that. I haven’t been a fan of Arby’s in years. I actually think the Best Value Menu is Wendy’s.

Best Value Menu 2011
1. McDonald’s
2. Wendy’s
3. Taco Bell
4. Burger King
5. Sonic Drive-In

Best Value Menu 2010
1. McDonald’s
2. Wendy’s
3. Taco Bell
4. Burger King
5. Arby’s

Best Value Menu 2009
1. McDonald’s
2. Wendy’s
3. Taco Bell
4. Burger King
5. Arby’s


McDonald’s is still 1st place with Chipotle moving up one spot to 2nd. Subway stayed in 4th place and is now tied with Panera Bread (who dropped 2 spots). Chick-fil-A moves into 3rd place and Taco Bell returns, rounding out the Top 5.

Best Value 2011
1. McDonald’s
2. Chipotle Mexican Grill
3. Chick-fil-A
4. Panera Bread & Subway (tied)
5. Taco Bell

Best Value 2010
1. McDonald’s
2. Panera Bread
3. Chipotle Mexican Grill
4. Subway
5. Chick-fil-A

Best Value 2009
1. McDonald’s
2. Wendy’s
3. In-N-Out Burger
4. Subway
5. Chipotle & Taco Bell (tied)


Same exact Top 5 as last year. Popeye’s is a favorite of mine so I was hoping it might make that jump to 1st.

Best Fried Chicken 2011
1. KFC
2. Popeye’s
3. Church’s Chicken
4. Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
5. Culver’s

Best Fried Chicken 2010
1. KFC
2. Popeye’s
3. Church’s Chicken
4. Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
5. Culver’s

Best Fried Chicken 2009
1. KFC
2. Popeye’s
3. Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
4. Church’s Chicken
5. Culver’s


The Top 2 and Last spots stayed the same. Einstein’s drops one & Chick-fil-A goes up 2. Au Bon Pain drops off the list (I still don’t know who they are). I’m a McDonald’s fast food breakfast kinda guy so I’m happy with the outcome.

Best Breakfast Sandwiches 2011
1. McDonald’s
2. Panera Bread
3. Chick-fil-A
4. Einstein Bros. Bagels
5. Dunkin’ Donuts

Best Breakfast Sandwiches 2010
1. McDonald’s
2. Panera Bread
3. Einstein Bros. Bagels
4. Au Bon Pain
5. Chick-fil-A & Dunkin’ Donuts (tied)

Best Breakfast Sandwiches 2009
1. McDonald’s
2. Panera Bread
3. Burger King
4. Dunkin’ Donuts
5. Chick-fil-A


Dairy Queen is still in first. Everyone keeps the same spot except Mcdonald’s sneaks in to tie with Ben & Jerry’s. Did I mention I love Ben & Jerry’s?

Best Milkshake 2011
1. Dairy Queen
2. Cold Stone Creamery
3. Sonic Drive-In
4. Chick-fil-A
5. Ben & Jerry’s & McDonald’s (tied)

Best Milkshake 2010
1. Dairy Queen
2. Cold Stone Creamery
3. Sonic Drive-In
4. Chick-fil-A
5. Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops

Best Milkshake 2009
1. Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops
2. Dairy Queen
3. McDonald’s
4. Cold Stone Creamery
5. Wendy’s

 

Make sure you check out the entire 2011 Zagat Fast Food Survey.

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