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Best Regional Fast Food (2022)

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Everyone in the US has their favorite local fast food joint - something you can only get in your home state or region. These 10 fast-food restaurants are so good that they are worth traveling across the country to try! 

  • Dick's Drive-In

    Dick's Drive-In
    Washington

    This iconic fast-food hamburger chain opened in 1954 and has eight locations in Washington. It serves burgers with the finest fresh beef available, fries made from Washington potatoes cut daily by hand, and hand-dipped shakes that are individually whipped for an old-fashioned creamy texture. 10Best Contributor Robert Niles adds, “The long lines move quickly as Dick’s serves up some of the lowest-priced burgers in the industry from some of its best-paid workers. Just don’t ask for substitutions.”
    Photo courtesy of Dick's Drive-In

  • Sheetz

    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

  • PDQ

    PDQ

    PDQ is short for “People Dedicated to Quality,” and that describes founders Bob and Nick who set out to create a new kind of fast food restaurant with a focus on fresh, fast and affordable meals. Chicken tenders and nuggets are a specialty, served alongside a selection of seven signature sauces.
    Photo courtesy of PDQ

  • Whataburger

    Whataburger

    "Other states can keep their burger chains – ask anyone from Texas and they'll let you know how their fellow Texans feel about Whataburger," says 10Best contributor Eric Grossman. A trip to Texas wouldn’t be complete without a late night trip through the Whataburger drive-thru. This quick-service concept, now operating in 14 states, has earned a loyal following for its patty melts, saucy burgers and breakfast taquitos (available throughout the night).
    Photo courtesy of Whataburger

  • Culver's

    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

  • Runza

    Runza

    What started in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1949 has expanded to just three other states – Iowa, Colorado and Kansas – serving up the signature Runza sandwich stuffed with ground beef, onions, spices and cabbage. Besides these Runzas, diners can order burgers, sandwiches and classic sides.
    Photo courtesy of Runza

  • Schoop's Hamburgers

    Schoop's Hamburgers

    Residents of Indiana’s Calumet Region southeast of Chicago have been enjoying Schoop’s Hamburgers since 1948. The menu includes fresh, never frozen patties cooked to order on a grill and served on a toasted bun alongside fries, onion rings and classic soda shop beverages.
    Photo courtesy of Schoop's Hamburgers

  • Biscuitville

    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

  • Hattie B's Hot Chicken

    Hattie B's Hot Chicken

    Hattie B’s has a loyal following of hot chicken lovers who come for the sandwiches and plates. Heat levels vary from no-heat Southern to Shut the Cluck Up!!! with a serious burn factor.
    Photo courtesy of Joseph Woodley

  • In-N-Out Burger

    In-N-Out Burger

    "No visit out west is complete without a visit to In n Out," says 10Best contributor Gerrish Lopez. 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 In-N-Out Burger

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

  1. Dick's Drive-In
  2. Sheetz
  3. PDQ
  4. Whataburger
  5. Culver's
  6. Runza
  7. Schoop's Hamburgers
  8. Biscuitville
  9. Hattie B's Hot Chicken
  10. In-N-Out Burger

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

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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