The Chains – Are They Really That Bad?

Are fast food restaurant chains really that bad? It depends if you are looking just for something cheap that will keep the hunger away until a proper meal, no. But if you are trying not to be over saturated in fat, salt, and preservatives then the answer is yes.  Sure fast food does offer some nutritional value, but what comes with that is really something your cardiologist and endocrinologist are not going to be happy about. There are many chains out there that just don’t cut it anymore. Maybe at one time they were using unprocessed and locally owned small business.

Who Are the Worst?

Consumer Reports conducted a survey of 32,000 of its readers to learn that the smaller, local and regional fast food restaurants were the most popular with their readers. Really, this comes as no surprise to me. I have found that there are certain fast food chains that stay with me hours after I’ve eaten. The list of the worst of the worst doesn’t surprise me either, with one exception. The top loser is Sbarro, which specializes in New York Style Pizza. It was the first place I had experienced the deliciousness of a truly stuffed pizza, but that was over 17 years ago and it seems that Sbarro has slipped the farthest of them all. From best to worst:

  • With a score of 73/100 Panda Express, Taco Bell and Little Caesars, Domino’s, and Pizza Hut share in the better of the worst spots
  • With a score of 72/100 CiCi’s Pizza is next in line
  • With a score of 71/100 Burger King, McDonald’s, and Church’s Chicken are next in the list
  • With a score of 69/100 KFC places second of the worst
  • Again with the worst score of 65/100 Sbarro is at the top of the worst

Where There Any Surprises?

For me it was only the one, Sbarro, the rest really were no surprise at all. Just in case you want to know the parameters of the study,  a survey was designed based on five criterion for ranking: food quality and freshness, value, politeness, speed of service, and cleanliness. All together these criteria added up to a grade out of 100. Personally, when it comes to the type of service I receive, I take all of these factors into account as well. It seems that Consumer Reports hit the nail right on the head! I think for the best service you should buy local.
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