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This could very well be the most controversial article I have yet to write. For the sake of simplicity, I won’t be including local fast food places like In’n’Out, Whataburger and Sheetz. The contenders for this include Arby’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Popeyes, Taco Bell and Wendy’s. I have never had Sonic or KFC so those will not be in here.

Taco Bell
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You already knew this one was coming. Taco Bell is so elite for their prices, vegetarian options and hours open. When I’m hungry later in the night, I always know Taco Bell will be open. I am satisfied with their food and have to stop myself from ordering too much when I’m there. They frequently have new menu items, so I give the new items a try. For me, there is no competition for this first slot.


Wendy’s spicy nuggets really have my heart, and I am in love with the 4 for 4 deal. Wendy’s didn’t make it to number one because without their 4 for 4 deal, I wouldn’t be there very often. Their frosty’s are so satisfying and the fries are top-tier of straight cut fries. I went to Wendy’s once for breakfast, and it was honestly really good. I should give the breakfast another go, but it’s so hard when McDonald’s is right down the road. 

Alex Frank / Spoon

Okay, listen. I love McDonald’s breakfast, but I never go there any other time. I am pretty upset about the lack of breakfast all day since the pandemic, but as long as it comes back, I will be okay. McDonald’s breakfast is so good and if you have never had a McGriddle, I need you to run, not walk, to the nearest McDonald’s. The hashbrowns are unlike any other and no matter how hard I try, my Trader Joe’s frozen hashbrowns never taste the same.


I’ve only had Popeyes a handful of times, but they were so good when I did. They’re a better alternative to Chick-Fil-A, since I don’t like to support their values. Popeyes has the best dipping sauces for their chicken, my favorite being the blackened ranch. Perhaps I should try KFC and do a comparison, but for now, Popeyes has my vote.


Does anyone go here for anything but the fries? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone inside of an Arby’s and the only thing they have going for them are the curly fries. I wish I had more to say about Arby’s but I don’t know that I’ve ever had anything besides the fries. 

Burger King

I hope no one is upset by this, but I would never choose to go to a Burger King. I would rather try a full meal at Arby’s than go to Burger King. Their nuggets are always weird and dry and everything seems suspiciously inexpensive. I liked Burger King a few years ago, but it has been so off the past few years. I will say that their new packaging is really cute and I hope that helps them a bit. 

I feel like none of this was surprising, but maybe some people really like Burger King, or they hate Taco Bell. How would you rank all of these? 

Marita is a junior at CU and marketing major with a creative technology and design minor. She loves fashion, design and cooking. In her free time, she loves to go on walks and hang out with her bearded dragon, Walter!
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