Zagat Survey – The Fast Food Edition 2012 #fastfood

Zagat announced the results of its annual Fast-Food Survey. I’ve also listed the Fast Food Edition 2011, 2010 & 2009 winners for comparison. There are more changes this year than last so they’re still worth a look. I’ve been doing this now for 4 years so I figured, might as well keep the tradition alive:

My Five Guys Burger

Five Guys is again in the top spot. Wendy’s and Burger King have each moved up a spot. In-N-Out is down 2 spots which I find kind of ridiculous and Fuddruckers replaces McDonald’s in the #5 spot. I’m surprised McDonald’s hung on for so long.

Best Burger 2012
1. Five Guys
2. Wendy’s
3. Burger King
4. In-N-Out Burger
5. Fuddruckers

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

The Big Winner in the Fry Category

Chick-fil-A is holding steady in the #5 spot. In-N-Out drops off completely so I’m smelling a conspiracy.  Burger King leaps into #3 with their new fries which are eerily similar to Wendy’s old fries. McDonald’s and Five Guys hold their spots but I prefer Five Guys Fries over McDonald’s which means I should have gotten in on the voting action.

Best French Fries 2012
1. McDonald’s
2. Five Guys
3. Burger King
4. Wendy’s
5. Chick-fil-A

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

I still think the Best Value Menu is Wendy’s but everything stays the same as last year.

Best Value Menu 2012
1. McDonald’s
2. Wendy’s
3. Taco Bell
4. Burger King
5. Sonic Drive-In

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

Big Mac Value Meal aka #1

Whoever is behind Burger King’s revamp needs a raise as they seem to be coming back to where they were a few years back.  Wendy’s jumps into the #2 spot. Taco Bell moves up two spots to #3 and Subway drops one. Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread fall out.

Best Value 2012
1. McDonald’s
2. Wendy’s
3. Taco Bell
4. Burger King
5. Subway

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)

Colonel Sanders

Three years running, same exact Top 5. Popeye’s is still my favorite but as far as icons go, no one tops Colonel Sanders.

Best Fried Chicken 2012
1. KFC
2. Popeye’s
3. Church’s Chicken
4. Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
5. Culver’s

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

World Famous Egg McMuffin

McDonald’s is still king in this category. Burger King again with a strong showing of #2. Panera Bread & Chick-fil-A each drop one while Dunkin’ Donuts holds steady at #5.

Best Breakfast Sandwiches 2012
1. McDonald’s
2. Burger King
3. Panera Bread
4. Chick-fil-A
5. Dunkin’ Donuts

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

Steak ‘n Shake Classic Shakes

Steak ‘n Shake debuts in the #1 spot in the Best Milkshake category, can’t say I care for it too much.  In-N-Out Burger which seems to be losing steam in other categories debuts at #2. Ben & Jerry’s moves up 2 while Dairy Queen falls three spots. Häagen-Dazs sneaks in at the #5 spot. Ben & Jerry’s is still my fave.

Best Milkshake 2012
1. Steak ‘n Shake
2. In-N-Out Burger
3. Ben & Jerry’s
4. Dairy Queen
5. Häagen-Dazs

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 2012 Zagat Fast Food Survey 2012.
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