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    What is your fast food "go to"

    im a pretty frugal guy. I just so happen to also be broke. I usually stick to mcdonalds value menu and use the $2 coupon off any $10 order from the mobile app and rack up mcchickens and hamburgers. If I am feeling really indulgent I might get a crunch wrap from Taco Bell or a few sandwiches from chick fil a. What's yours?

  2. #2
    Biggie Bag from Wendyís.

    And Arbyís if Iím ever where there is one.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chesapeake, VA.
    Spicy chicken sandwich from Popeyes. Yum.
    "We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, an effort which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world." --M. Proust

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    Winston’Salem
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Spicy chicken sandwich from Popeyes. Yum.
    Yep. This.
    "Amazing what a minute can do."

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
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    Watching carolina Go To HELL!
    Quote Originally Posted by acdevil View Post
    Biggie Bag from Wendy’s.

    And Arby’s if I’m ever where there is one.
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Spicy chicken sandwich from Popeyes. Yum.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    Yep. This.
    Yes to the Popeyes chicken sandwich. And yes to Arby's - hate their TV ads but they have the best assortment of sandwiches and they are really good. The "Beef and Cheddar" is my go to, their various turkey clubs and their Reuben are very good. And we routinely get coupons in the mail that the local store honors but doesn't "take the coupon" so I can reuse it! 2 Beef and Cheddars for $5, better than their normal 2 for $6. And I've always loved their Jamocha shakes! And for an afternoon snack, their sliders are $1 each from 2 - 5 pm. All good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZIE4DUKE View Post
    And for an afternoon snack, their sliders are $1 each from 2 - 5 pm. All good!
    Wow did not know this I will definitely be trying that. That is a great deal

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Asheville, NC

    Gotta go with the Redhead

    I enjoy the 4 for $4 from Wendy's with a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger. You get a little variety and it's pretty filling!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by PSurprise View Post
    I enjoy the 4 for $4 from Wendy's with a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger. You get a little variety and it's pretty filling!
    If youíre in certain states, the Cookout Tray is a fantastic deal along these same lines. I used to get a cheeseburger with sides of chicken nuggets and a corn dog (yes, seriously) with a milkshake at the location on Hillsborough Road for like 5 bucks.

  9. #9
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    Feb 2018
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    If youíre in certain states, the Cookout Tray is a fantastic deal along these same lines. I used to get a cheeseburger with sides of chicken nuggets and a corn dog (yes, seriously) with a milkshake at the location on Hillsborough Road for like 5 bucks.
    Yeah, since we discovered Cookout, we have no more use for McDonald's. The burgers are so much better, and the chicken strips are actually decent quality. The fries are not McD's, but they aren't terrible, either, and you can always get hushpuppies, instead. And, of course, the milkshakes are awesome.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Two slices of pizza in NYC or surrounding suburbs.
    Rich
    "Failure is Not a Destination"
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  11. #11
    Big Mac meal at McDonald's or 3 crunchy tacos and a bean burrito(no red sauce) from Taco Bell.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Phredd3 View Post
    Yeah, since we discovered Cookout, we have no more use for McDonald's. The burgers are so much better, and the chicken strips are actually decent quality. The fries are not McD's, but they aren't terrible, either, and you can always get hushpuppies, instead. And, of course, the milkshakes are awesome.
    Cookout for the milkshakes and hushpuppies.

    Chick-fil-A for the chicken. Popeye's has disappointed me too many times (both times I have gone there), so sticking with CFA.

    I love Steak N Shake's burgers and shakes, but so many of them have closed it's hard to find one.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Wendyís for me. A single and large chili. Fries if Iím really hungry.
    Bob Green
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    2010 & 2016

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Princeton, NJ
    Shackburger, Fries, Vanilla Shake. Add a Chicken Shack if hungry.

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    This has been the #1 "bad habit" I've picked up during COVID. Since haven't been able to go out to eat or bring the kids anywhere really, going through the "drive through" is the indulgence/special treat. Have definitely increased fast food consumption considerably. McDonald's, Chick Fil A, Portillo's are the go to's...occasionally, Culver's.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada (Ohio born and raised)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog View Post
    This has been the #1 "bad habit" I've picked up during COVID. Since haven't been able to go out to eat or bring the kids anywhere really, going through the "drive through" is the indulgence/special treat. Have definitely increased fast food consumption considerably. McDonald's, Chick Fil A, Portillo's are the go to's...occasionally, Culver's.
    YES! I kept telling my wife we needed to stop but she made a good point in that this was our only ďoutingĒ of the week really. We had to do something and fast food was an easy way to get out of the house.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog View Post
    This has been the #1 "bad habit" I've picked up during COVID. Since haven't been able to go out to eat or bring the kids anywhere really, going through the "drive through" is the indulgence/special treat. Have definitely increased fast food consumption considerably. McDonald's, Chick Fil A, Portillo's are the go to's...occasionally, Culver's.
    Maaaaan, I wish we had Portilloís down here. We do have a very good local Chicago dogs & Italian beef joint near my house, but they donít have those amazing chocolate cake milkshakes and stuff.

  18. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    Maaaaan, I wish we had Portillo’s down here. We do have a very good local Chicago dogs & Italian beef joint near my house, but they don’t have those amazing chocolate cake milkshakes and stuff.
    Yep, those are GOOD!! But do NOT look at the calorie count! But a dipped BIG Italian Beef with all the toppings is fantastic. Combine that with crinkle cut fries and a milkshake and you've got a winner. I often get the chopped salad as a second meal too.

    Portillo's has expanded somewhat to other states (AZ, FL, CA) beyond its Midwest origins, but is definitely not ubiquitous yet. On the other hand, I would love to have Cookout nearby. I think the places taste more delicious when they become harder to get / you don't get it very often because it seems more special.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog View Post
    Yep, those are GOOD!! But do NOT look at the calorie count! But a dipped BIG Italian Beef with all the toppings is fantastic. Combine that with crinkle cut fries and a milkshake and you've got a winner. I often get the chopped salad as a second meal too.

    Portillo's has expanded somewhat to other states (AZ, FL, CA) beyond its Midwest origins, but is definitely not ubiquitous yet. On the other hand, I would love to have Cookout nearby. I think the places taste more delicious when they become harder to get / you don't get it very often because it seems more special.
    Oh yeah, I get what you’re saying. We got a couple of Cookouts in Atlanta a few years ago and they were both NUTS for like a full year. That said, I’ve converted a good few of the previously unenlightened.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Phredd3 View Post
    Yeah, since we discovered Cookout, we have no more use for McDonald's. The burgers are so much better, and the chicken strips are actually decent quality. The fries are not McD's, but they aren't terrible, either, and you can always get hushpuppies, instead. And, of course, the milkshakes are awesome.
    One tip for Cookout fries: ask for seasoned. Same fries, but they add a seasoning similarish to Bojangles (kind of a Cajuney blend of spices). I agree their fries can be a little bland but everything else is so good. My typical order is:

    Burger with ketchup/musterd/lettuce/onion/chili/bacon/bbq sauce/cheese
    Side #1: Crispy chicken ranch wrap (so good)
    Side #2: Fries

    Sometimes if I'm in the mood (or I'm not as hungry) I get the BBQ sandwich instead of the burger. For a fast food joint the BBQ sandwich is surprisingly solid. No worse than Smithfields IMO. Their chicken tenders are definitely in the upper echelon of fast food chicken nuggets/strips.

    As far as the OP, I don't really have a "go to". I tend to rotate through pretty much all of them. I suppose my most frequent are Wendy's (the Biggie Bag is legit) and Taco Bell, but that's just because they're closest. A year ago I might have gone with Taco Bell as my go-to, but now that they've removed like 4 of my 5 favorite items with their latest batch of menu changes (and the KFC half for the joint locations got rid of the potato wedges which is a crime) I don't think I can say that anymore.

    McDonalds definitely isn't it though (although I will eat there, it is almost never my first choice), nor is Burger King (which I will only go to if I have literally 0 options, their burgers and fries taste terrible to me). The Tendercrisp sandwich was really good when it was rolled out (especially the spicy Tendercrisp which had a great spicy sauce) but they got rid of the spicy version years ago and I think they downgraded the quality of the chicken/breading they use now.

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