O.K., that may be overstating it a little, but “fast food” (or takeaway, for you Brit’s) is not the healthiest food available. Healthy fast food is relative. This is to say, “healthy” it “ain’t”! Maybe just a little better for you. My list is geared to California, as this is where I have spent most of my life. Here is the list in no particular order, but feel free to comment.
Carl’s Jr. – Char-broiled burgers at their best, two very nice chicken sandwiches, a fish sandwich that is not breaded and deep-fried lead the menu. They offer the usual assortment of bargain menu items, but I do not recommend them. One unique feature is the offer to switch to a honey-wheat roll on any sandwich at no additional charge. Years ago, they began offering a top of the line sandwich called the six-dollar burger. “A restaurant burger at a fast food price.” It started out at apx. $3.50. Inflation has not been kind and the cost of the six-dollar burger will soon be…(drum roll) $6.00! I wonder what they will change its name to?
Burger King – Home of the “Whopper” burger. “Have it your way”, “Special orders don’t upset us” are two ad slogans they have used. The grilled burgers tend to be dry unless you order extra condiments. I do not recommend their breaded, deep-fried chicken sandwich on a white-bread bun. It is truly too much flour in the mouth and turns to paste, but that’s my own opinion. Just sayin’!
Jack-in-the-box – This place has a very large menu and usually offers a limited time special. It could be a patty melt on sourdough bread, a burger with six strips of bacon, or other gastronomic atrocities with things piled on. One recent special was marketed as the “hot mess” and was. My adult son said it was delicious, but his stomach is thirty years younger than mine. One nice feature at this chain of restaurants is that you can get breakfast any time of day. All items are available 24/7.
In-N-Out burger – My wife’s favorite. Limited menu, but that keeps food cost down. Good milkshakes, burgers, french fries. That’s about it on the menu, but everything tastes homemade. Very nice!
KFC – formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken. They do have good fried chicken, and the healthier “grilled” chicken is a noble attempt to rein in calories, but unless you peel off the skin, you are still getting a lot of calories. Check their nutritional menu. And let’s face it, most people like the crispy skin of the chicken, so they are not going to peel off the tastiest part and throw it away. They offer chicken pot pies, boneless bites, etc., but you have to go there looking for chicken…that’s their forte!
Arby’s – offering thin-sliced deli sandwiches, they are a true delight. Beef, chicken, turkey, pastrami, etc. All on a steamed sesame bun. They even offer a french-dip at a reasonable price. This place has the very best seasoned curly fries. Both sauces for their sandwiches are delicious, “Arby’s”, a BBQ sauce, and “Horsey”, a creamy horseradish sauce. If you order the “Arby’s DeLuxe”, it comes with a red sauce that tastes suspiciously like Kraft brand Catalina salad dressing. Milkshakes are also good at Arby’s.
McDonalds – no list would b complete without the fast food leader. Most offerings are renown and simple her, I.e. you know what you are getting when you order. Hamburger, Cheeseburger, double this, double that, usually on a sesame-seed bun. The fish sandwich is one of my favorites, but I have no idea why it should cost between $3 – $4. There are specials thast come and go, like the McRib sandwich, but my favorite items are on the breakfast menu, which closes down about 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. I like the fruit and yogurt parfeit, the breakfast burrito, and the sausage/egg biscuit, which I order without cheese. I prefer the biscuit to the McMuffin, and the McGriddle. I guess it’s a matter of individual preference. My wife prefers the McGriddle, which is like a blueberry pancake, but thicker and infused with maple syrup taste. McDonald’s has upgrade their coffee in recent years, and offers its main brew at a generous senior-citizens discount. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Please comment with your selections, comments, cheers, jeers, etc. I would love to hear from you about your most “Deadly” fast food joint. P.S. I did not get around to my beloved A & W Root Beer restaurant. Sorry, but “eight” is not “seven.”