These are the top-rated fast food chains in every state and major city

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Which greasers patronize your compatriots from the region? A new study has revealed the lowest- and highest-ranked fast-food chains in every state and major city.

And for die-hard New Yorkers, the results may surprise you.

CashNetUSA, which conducted the survey, said it was “curious” how tastes differ in the US, where 37% of adults eat fast food every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

To examine geographic disparities in high-octane hunger, CashNetUSA identified the most popular fast-food chains for burgers, pizza, donuts, chicken and Mexican food.

They then located relevant retail locations in each state as well as the 50 most populous cities and analyzed Google Maps ratings for each in those regions.

The famous Chick-fil-A chicken and fries sandwich, cut on a waffle.

Finally, CashNet created a “weighted averaging system” to calculate the best and worst ranked fast food chains in each location.

The highest-rated fast food joint in New York State was Chick-fil-A, while Domino’s was the most maligned in both the state and the city — especially the Domino’s on Jerome Ave. in the Bronx, which had the lowest-rated fast-food outlet of any restaurant in the entire study.

And despite Dunkin’s lackluster reign in the Northeast, it was Krispy Kreme that took the top spot for New York’s favorite restaurant chain — not just for donuts, but overall.

When it came to corporate pies, the Empire Stater’s mass-market pizza purveyor of choice was—surprisingly—Chuck E. Cheese.

Domino Chicken Jalapeno Pie.
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Meanwhile, NYC’s best big-brand pizzeria was curiously absent from the list.

Overall, Chick-fil-A, which recently settled a $4.4 million class action lawsuit over allegations it raised delivery prices, came out on top nationwide, topping the charts in 34 states (including New York) and 27 big cities.

On average, the least favorite chain is Papa John’s, with the lowest ranking in 16 states.

Krispy Kreme reigned as New York’s most beloved chain.
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Looking state by state, the most popular burger, chicken, donut, Mexican and pizza chains were Five Guys, Chick-fil-A, Krispy Kreme, QDOBA and Papa Murphy’s, respectively.

The lowest-rated chains in those categories were McDonald’s and Burger King — tied with “least favorite” — Wingstop, Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell and, of course, Papa John’s.

Reviews of such chains online testify to their rank. Obviously, the poor service of these chains is a testament to their ranking.

According to Yelp reviewers for the worst-rated Domino’s in the country — where the Bronx branch boasts a paltry 1 star — the pizza is often either burnt or cold and takes forever to arrive.


“If I could give it a negative million stars, I WOULD!” snapped one critic. “I hate this place with a passion!!!!”

They continued: “I ordered two pizzas at 7:30pm EST and it never arrived.

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