Best Regional Fast Food Chains 2021
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The minute one of these of Best of lists drops, I’m instantly suspicious. I always question the validity of how the winners were chosen. Yet, this Best Regional Fast Food Chains list caught my eye.

Recently, USA Today has been pumping out a bunch of these types of lists with everything from Best Supermarket to Best Gas Station Brand to Best Free Museum. In defense of their listicle legitimacy, they did post a small explanation.

A panel of experts partnered with 10 Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

USA Today

It may be short, but at least it’s straight and to the point. The Best Regional Fast Food Chains is a good-looking list. I am familiar with and have eaten from six of these chains.

Biscuitville and Sheetz I’ve never even heard of or seen mentioned anywhere. The other two, Pal’s Sudden Service and Schoop’s, I drove by on my 2019 Road Trip through Tennessee and Indiana. Now I really regret not making those stops.

What do you guys think? Is there a regional fast-food chain in your neck of the woods that should be on this list? Leave a comment below, and let’s discuss.

Biscuitville

Biscuitville Spicy Chicken Biscuit
Biscuitville Spicy Chicken Biscuit, picture courtesy of Biscuitville

Biscuitville
Current States: North Carolina & Virginia
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Cook Out

Cook Out Bacon Cheeseburger
Cook Out Bacon Cheeseburger

Cook Out
Current States: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, & West Virginia 
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Culver’s

Culver’s Double ButterBurger with Cheese

Culver’s
Current States: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin & Wyoming
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Habit Grill

Habit Burger Double CharBurger with Cheese
Habit Burger Double CharBurger with Cheese

Habit Grill
Current States: Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia & Washington
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In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Tray of goodies
In-N-Out Tray

In-N-Out Burger
Current States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho (Soon), Nevada, Oregon, Texas & Utah
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Pal’s Sudden Service

Pal's Sudden Service Patty Melt
Pal’s Sudden Service Patty Melt, pic courtesy of Pal’s

Pal’s Sudden Service
Current States: Tennessee & Virginia
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Schoop’s Hamburgers

Schoop's Double Cheeseburger
Schoop’s Double Cheeseburger, pic courtesy of ChiBBQKing

Schoop’s Hamburgers
Current States: Illinois & Indiana
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Sheetz

Sheetz Beef Tacos
Sheetz Beef Tacos, courtesy of Sheetz

Sheetz
Current States: Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, & West Virginia
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Skyline Chili

Skyline Chili 4 Way
Skyline Chili 4 Way

Skyline Chili
Current States: Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, & Ohio
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Whataburger

Whataburger Double Cheese Jalapeño Burger
Whataburger Double Cheese Jalapeño Burger

Whataburger
Current States: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, & Texas
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5 Comments

  1. Flipping burgers at Schoop’s was my first job in high school and kicked off my life-long love affair with the hamburger! The smashiest of the smash burgers, we got super thin lacy edges using masonry trowels to flatten the 1/3 lb meatball on the flattop. If you ever find yourself passing through Northwest Indiana on your way to or from Chicago, I highly recommend stopping in at one of the several locations in the area.

    I literally just started “All About the Burger” tonight and Googled “burger beast schoops” to see if you’ve ever tried our Region’s little claim to burger fame. Cheers!

  2. I’ve had In-N-Out and recently tried Culvers. Both great burgers. I feel like Shake Shack should be in this list, especially now that the new Orlando location will have a drive-thru. I’ve been meaning to try Habit, just haven’t gotten around to it.

    1. I’m not sure what denotes a Regional Fast Food Restaurant for USA Today. Habit Grill is located in 15 states which seems kind of excessive for being “Regional.”

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