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We just can't resist fast food, even though we know it is not healthy. We've listed 30 worst fast food restaurants based on Consumer Reports. Do check it out to reconsider your quick dinner choices!
Pizza Hut has already opened for 62 years and is one of the world's most well-known chain restaurants. However, it received a score of 73%, which shocked its customers.
Domino's pizza is adored by many, but it also only received a score of 73% from Consumer Reports. Its plain dish quality, slow service, and poor dining environment together cause the low grade.
Because of the lack of freshness and food quality, Little Caesars only received a score of 73% on Consumer Reports.
Founded in 1952, Church's Chicken is already a nationwide chain restaurant. Although the public loves its biscuits, fried chicken, and fries, it couldn't stop the restaurant from getting a low bad grade of 72%.
Taco Bell's national popularity can't save it from getting a low grade, 73%, on Consumer Reports. Its food quality and freshness both contributed to such a rate.
The famous Asian fast food restaurant Panda Express was rated a mere 73% on the report. The low score is because of poor food quality, lack of freshness, and steep prices.
Consumer Reports' Grade: 72/100
CiCi's Pizza now has more than 500 restaurants in the United States. Although the chain ranked low due to the quality of the dishes and the cleanliness of the dining area, it did well with the politeness of its waiting stuff and the speed of its service.
Consumer Reports' Grade: 71/100
As another giant burger chain, Burger King fared poorly due to its plain food quality and bad value of its food. Burger King now has more than 13,000 restaurants all over the world.
Consumer Reports' Grade: 69/100
As one of the most popular fast food chains, KFC received low grades on the food quality, its value and the cleanliness of its dining area.
Consumer Reports' Grade: 65/100
Sbarro ranked low in this list because of its poor food quality and food freshness.
Only 41% of customers love the Potato Oles enough to keep driving through Taco John's. The others probably discovered that the Six-Pack and a Pound meal won't actually help them chisel a two-pack.
Long John Silver's has only 41% of loyal customers to dig into fish and chips and hushpuppies. But they mostly stick with the baked seafood and skip the fried platters which won't have them feeling confident about swimsuit season.
Only 34% of customers consider themselves Hardee's fans and it's most likely because of the char-broiled sliders, which contain a waistline-friendly 220 calories and 11 grams of muscle-maintaining protein in every single slider.
Jimmy John's may be "Freaky Fast, Freaky Fresh," but its ingredient quality and service speed only impress 34% of customers. After all, who needs a nearly 1,000-calorie sub delivered at the drop of a hat? Certainly not us.
According to the Consumer Picks survey, only 33% of survey respondents seem to crave Carl's Jr.'s fires and some other fast food, because these items have a calorie as high as 920. Guys, you may want to skip the Big Carl with that.
According to Arby's slogan, they've got "the meats." Arby's has a pretty simple formula that has kept it going for the last few years. The roast-beef-loving fast food joint touts their meats as a big draw for customers. However, there are obviously not as many people who crave roast beef to satisfy their fast food needs as one would think. What's worse, there were rumors about what goes into their roast beef, the fast-food chain has been struggling for a long time.
Bojangles' claims to specialize in chicken with unique cajun seasoning and buttermilk biscuits. However, it is only because they serve it all day, it doesn't make them experts. And, even though North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis stepped in to defend the home of 'Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits,' Only 43% of Consumer Reports taste testers would come back to Bojangles after trying their food.
Subway is one of the biggest fast-food chains in the United States. However, many people complain about the freshness of their salads and the quality of their meat. In 2018, Subway closed over 1,000 stores as people are seeking healthier options for their lunches. And only 42% of people said they would return for another meal at Subway.
For anyone not familiar with Krystal's food, just think of it as a worse version of White Castle. Krystal is a small fast-food chain with only about 350 stores in the United States. It is known for its small burgers – but sadly, the patty-to-bun ratio of their burgers is way off. The bland patty is complemented with a tiny amount of sauce that is tasteless when you eat it.
The Mexican chain Del Taco is basically a worse version of Taco Bell. Imagine that you've been waiting at a quick fast food stop seemingly forever, and when the food finally comes, it tastes unpleasant and unappealing. That's many customers' experience visiting Del Taco.
This fast-food chain might have gained popularity due to its role in the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. And its small and square hamburger is the star product. However, the hamburgers aren't as nice as they seem in the film. They're often too small that leaves consumers disappointed every time they order.
Although Wendy's has amassed many followers on social media, that can't save the fast-food chain from the quality of its food. In 2018, a video of Wendy's employee finding a mouse inside a bag of hamburger buns went viral. Of course, we hope it wasn't real. However, the fact is 38% of reviewers said they would come back to Wendy's for another meal.
Since 1986, Checkers has sold anything from hotdogs, hamburgers, and milkshakes to people around the country. However, according to the Consumer Reports' survey, long wait times were the top complaint about Checkers. Only 36% of customers said that they would go back to visit Checkers.
Sonic can be called a cult classic among fast food lovers because of their parking lot and roadside delivery style. The entire experience that Sonic provides has drawn many visitors. However, once customers try the quirky Sonic's food for the first time, they won't come back.
People headed to Einstein Bros. Bagels for some pretty good bagels, but the bagels served up at the chain were bland. This is the main complaint. What came inside the bagel was not much better. For example, the vegetables lacked freshness. Only 40% of the customers said they would return.
Quiznos has been toasting the submarine sandwiches since 1981, but there was a drop in store branches from 5,000 locations in 2007 to around 800 today. Truthfully, the quality of the food is fine, but most of the customers complained about the price of the sandwiches.
Jack in the Box is famous for its funny round-headed mascot. It started the business as a burger joint, and now it has expanded into fajitas, tacos, and all-day breakfast. However, the main complaint is the quality of the food as well as their bad service.
A&W is famous for its burgers, root beer, and 'beer floats' - merging the drink with a large scoop of ice cream. However, lots of customers have called their fries soggy and greasy, and some even comparing it to eating oil.
Auntie Anne's started its business as a small pretzel shop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Now, it has become one of the most famous fast-food chains in the country. Though Auntie Anne's has expanded its menu beyond sweet and savory pretzels and hot dogs, the problem is the bad customer service.
Consumer Reports' Grade: 73/100
McDonald’s sells nearly 1,500 burgers very minute in America. However, it is the quality but not quantity that matters. The Consumer Reports’ readers still rate its food quality and freshness as one of the worst.
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