Best Regional Fast Food (2019)


No matter where in the U.S. you live, chances are there's that one fast food joint that locals crave when they're away – food you can only get in the state or surrounding region. These 10 regional fast food joints are so good they really should be nationwide, but unless you're in the area, you'll have to travel to get them.

  • Habit Burger

    Habit Burger

    Habit Burger was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. Today, hungry diners can pick up a a smoky Charburger at locations throughout California and 11 other states.
    Photo courtesy of Habit Burger

  • Pal's Sudden Service

    Pal's Sudden Service

    A Pal’s Sudden Service location is easy to pick out, thanks to its giant fiberglass hamburger, hot dog and fries adorning the blue-green buildings. This quick-service concept takes “quick” seriously, with fast service through their drive-thrus. Signature items include the Sauceburger and Chipped Ham sandwich.
    Photo courtesy of Pal's Sudden Service

  • Whataburger


    A trip to Texas wouldn’t be complete without a late night trip through the Whataburger drive-thru. This quick-service concept, now available in 10 states, has earned a loyal following for its patty melts, saucy burgers and breakfast taquitos (available throughout the night).
    Photo courtesy of Whataburger

  • Sheetz


    If you’re in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio or North Carolina, be sure to stop at Sheetz, a combination gas station and made-to-order sandwich shop. The menu is available 24/7, with options like subs, sandwiches, salads, wraps and smoothies.
    Photo courtesy of Sheetz

  • In-N-Out Burger

    In-N-Out Burger

    In-N-Out Burger has long been a cult favorite fast food staple for West Coast residents, who come for Double-Double cheeseburgers, perhaps ordered “Animal Style” from the Not-So-Secret Menu.
    Photo courtesy of Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

  • Quaker Steak & Lube

    Quaker Steak & Lube

    Quaker Steak & Lube serves more than 30 million wings annually at their 50 locations throughout the Eastern United States. Wings come sauced with one of 26 different flavors, served alongside a menu of sandwiches, steaks, burgers and other fast food favorites.
    Photo courtesy of Quaker Steak & Lube

  • Cook Out

    Cook Out

    Founded in North Carolina and available throughout much of the South, Cook Out is a regional favorite for burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and Southern-style barbecue.
    Photo courtesy of Cook Out

  • Krystal


    This Southern fast food favorite serves up the region’s best square hamburger patties, as well as stellar fried chicken sandwiches, chili cheese fries, hash brown sticks and little hot dogs called Pups.
    Photo courtesy of The Tombras Group

  • Culver's


    Culver’s started as a small family owned restaurant in rural Sauk City, Wisconsin. Today, the restaurant known for its fresh frozen custard and ButterBurgers has expanded to states throughout the Midwest and American South.
    Photo courtesy of Culver's

  • Biscuitville


    Headquartered in North Carolina with 55 locations throughout North Carolina and Virginia, Biscuitville is a family owned line of restaurants specializing in Southern food. Biscuits are baked fresh every 15 minutes for the menu of breakfast sandwiches.
    Photo courtesy of Biscuitville

The top 10 winners in the category Best Regional Fast Food are as follows:

  1. Habit Burger
  2. Pal's Sudden Service
  3. Whataburger
  4. Sheetz
  5. In-N-Out Burger
  6. Quaker Steak & Lube
  7. Cook Out
  8. Krystal
  9. Culver's
  10. Biscuitville

Congratulations to all these fast food concepts!

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