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(Daily Mail)   America's favorite burger chain? Well it's not that one place, or that other place either   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 261
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2014-07-25 07:53:36 PM
I work right down the street from Habit #1. Definitely good stuff.
 
2014-07-25 08:07:33 PM
Never tried that one

/may have to next time I get down the hill
 
2014-07-25 08:22:20 PM
Thank goodness, but it will become East (Five Guys) vs. West (In N Out) again, so let me get in before that
 
2014-07-25 09:04:03 PM
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Not a chain, but if you're ever in Van Nuys, check out Bill's Burgers.
 
2014-07-25 09:10:18 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I think we need better standards for the definition of "national chain" for these things.  If you can't have ever heard of it if you don't travel, then it really doesn't reach you.  I'll throw an example out there: Sonic and Chick-fil-A, for the longest time, have advertised nationally without having more than a few widely spread out franchises in certain parts of the country.  Now you can say, CfA is not in every state, but everyone has heard of them.  Same with Sonic, though given their nature as drive-ins it's totally understandable that they don't have that many locations in the North.  But the point is, you've heard of them.

You can't say that about some company that only advertises or operates in certain areas or regions.  I know, for example, that I could walk down the street in Massachusetts and ask people at random about Zaxby's or Taco John's or possibly even Bojangles, and no one is gonna say they know wtf I'm talking about.  But you do that in the South (or west in TJ's case) and people will be able to say something about the places, even if it's not good.  That's what the problem is with saying a place like Habit is #1: That means absolutely nothing to a giant portion of the country.  (I know, Fark and all, but still.)

\there are exceptions, of course, like the Hardees/Carl's Jr. duality
 
2014-07-25 10:10:21 PM

usctrojans.com

IMO, better than Habit.

 
2014-07-25 10:14:24 PM
Go to hell, Culvers. Because I want fast-food quality burgers at sit-down prices and speed.
 
2014-07-25 10:37:01 PM
There are several Habit burgers in the SF Bay Area I ate at one last weekend.

/I've had worse, I've had better.
 
2014-07-25 11:00:10 PM
Chick-Fil-A is #1 according to the article.

"Say what you want about Chick-Fil-A: the sons of biatches know fried chicken!"

www.ecoustics.com
 
2014-07-25 11:04:07 PM
Pacific commons in Fremont CA has 5 Guys, Habit, and In-n-out in the same damn shopping center.
 
2014-07-25 11:18:45 PM
In other news, Habit burger hires new head of PR
 
2014-07-25 11:18:50 PM
Cook Out
 
2014-07-25 11:23:46 PM
I just blasted through a box of Bubba burgers on my grill. Sweet. Mother. of God.
 
2014-07-25 11:24:50 PM

CruJones: Cook Out


You ain't lyin'
 
2014-07-25 11:25:01 PM
I like Five Guys.  I try to hit it once a week. with small Cajun fries please.
 
2014-07-25 11:25:29 PM
I am not seeing Taco Cabana on the burrito list..They make a good burrito..Wish we had them around me..
 
2014-07-25 11:26:22 PM
I don't eat fast food often enough to have a strong opinion. I would like to try an In-N-Out burger someday, though.
 
2014-07-25 11:26:23 PM

DanZero: Thank goodness, but it will become East (Five Guys) vs. West (In N Out) again, so let me get in before that


I like both of those. The best we have around here is B-Bops.

ragekage: Go to hell, Culvers. Because I want fast-food quality burgers at sit-down prices and speed.


Smashburger should be before Culvers in that comment. At least Culvers makes a good root beer float.
 
2014-07-25 11:26:42 PM
I need someone to unskew these statisticals.
 
2014-07-25 11:26:50 PM
Fast Food Chains?  There is only 1 #1.

blogs.houstonpress.com

Kneel before Zod.
 
2014-07-25 11:27:35 PM
FTFA: The comprehensive survey included 65 chains at which 96,208 burgers, chicken sandwiches, subs, sandwiches and burrito's were eaten.

FARKING PUNCTUATION.
 
2014-07-25 11:27:51 PM

AeAe: I like Five Guys.  I try to hit it once a week. with small Cajun fries please.


Too bad their quality control is shiat.

/yay! a burger hate thread!
 
2014-07-25 11:27:52 PM
I agree that you should have to have more of a national footprint in order to be considered in these surveys.  I bet that there are dozens and dozens of locations across the area where single locations or small chains operate with a superior product.  Locals treasure and extoll their virtues, but few have the opportunity to try them.  That is not to minimize their delicious products but saying they are a best on a national survey is difficult.  About the smallest type national chain I would consider in these surveys is along the lines of In-N-Out which is in 6 different states across 2 regions of the country and even that is rather small on the national scale.
 
2014-07-25 11:27:53 PM

dolphkhan: I don't eat fast food often enough to have a strong opinion. I would like to try an In-N-Out burger someday, though.


Save yourself the trouble.
 
2014-07-25 11:29:20 PM
freddy's? really? those steakburgers so thin I need a triple just to feel like I ate something?

always nice to see taco john whallop taco bell although I don't think I've eaten at either one in a decade or more
 
2014-07-25 11:29:42 PM

trappedspirit: In other news, Habit burger hires new head of PR


Consumer reports?
 
2014-07-25 11:29:51 PM

CruJones: Cook Out


"Can I have a double cheeseburger?"

"Sure, would you like the meal? It comes with two sides?"

"Ok, give me a quesadilla and then a farking second quesadilla. On top of that, give me a farkin Cheerwine float because this is farking America!"

I love cookout
 
2014-07-25 11:30:28 PM
Five Guys is awesome.  That is all.
 
2014-07-25 11:30:59 PM

BKITU: I work right down the street from Habit #1. Definitely good stuff.



Hello neighbor
 
2014-07-25 11:32:09 PM
Well, if you like burgers give 'em a try sometime. I can't usually get 'em myself because my girlfriend's a vegetarian which pretty much makes me a vegetarian. But I do love the taste of a good burger. Mm-mm-mm. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?
 
2014-07-25 11:32:34 PM

dolphkhan: I don't eat fast food often enough to have a strong opinion. I would like to try an In-N-Out burger someday, though.


Make sure you try it when you're in a hurry for the full effect.

I tried In-N-Out when I was in California, and I did enjoy it because we were in a hurry and they were fast. It's not the best burger in the world, but it'll make you happy if you are hungry and in a hurry.
 
2014-07-25 11:33:02 PM
I don't see Super Duper Burger on the list, so I'm guessing it's too new for the survey, and still only has locations in SF. I haven't tried Habit, but Super Duper Burger blows In-and-Out out of the water. And their fries are awesome.

I'll have to keep my eyes open for Habit.
 
2014-07-25 11:33:12 PM
Had a very disappointing fat burger this week. Had a bad one last month too. Hadn't had one in years and now, after finally going back, am not sure I will again. Can someone tell me I should?  Because I love the place, but I'm at two strikes already and why have a disappointing burger when I could go to in n out and get the sure thing?
 
2014-07-25 11:33:45 PM

Tom_Slick: Well, if you like burgers give 'em a try sometime. I can't usually get 'em myself because my girlfriend's a vegetarian which pretty much makes me a vegetarian. But I do love the taste of a good burger. Mm-mm-mm. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?


A Shiatburger?
 
2014-07-25 11:34:13 PM
Can I ask how a chain with only 100 locations, or any regional chain can be named Americas favorite?

As a Canuck with limited American fast food exposure I can honestly say Culvers is my fave. Sonic was quite meh, 5guys here in Canada is way too expensive and why the hell would anyone purposely go to white castle? That is basically misery on a bun.

Still wants to try a real butter burger.
 
2014-07-25 11:34:45 PM
I live right near The Habit and used to eat at them all the time, but the quality has gone downhill so far and so fast, I can't even look at the place any more. Their burgers are alright but what's killing them is their fries have been awful - they're either fresh but undercooked, because they're in a hurry to fill orders, or they're mostly cooked right but they've been sitting around and are cold and stale.

I can expect (and forgive) a screwup from time to time, but it's literally been the last 7-8 times, consistently, and when I went to another California location, it was exactly as bad.

These sorts of things don't happen by accident; a fry cook making $10/hr has no incentive to cut corners. I hope they aren't sacrificing quality to expand far and wide, but since Five Guys just entered the local market in the past year, I fear that may be the case.
 
2014-07-25 11:36:29 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Fast Food Chains?  There is only 1 #1.

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Kneel before Zod.


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2014-07-25 11:36:40 PM
Clearly the entry from Best Korea was just whitewashed out.

Glorious Fatty, you were robbed!
 
2014-07-25 11:37:05 PM
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2014-07-25 11:38:15 PM
I think burgers, even fast food burgers, are an inherently regional thing.  I don't think much of Smashburger, Five Guys, Culver's, or Freddy's, but I know devotees of each one.  (We don't have In-N-Out here yet.)  But could eat at Whataburger every single day and be happy.
 
2014-07-25 11:38:21 PM

dolphkhan: I don't eat fast food often enough to have a strong opinion. I would like to try an In-N-Out burger someday, though.


They're pretty good.  I like them better than Five Guys which were too greasy.  There's a Habit near where I drop off my son for school so I'll give that a try.
 
2014-07-25 11:39:37 PM
No Big Kahuna Burger?
 
2014-07-25 11:40:25 PM
The Habit is pretty great, and definitely better than both In-N-Out and Five Guys. The one near me is a mob scene every weekday at lunchtime, in an area with a lot of food options. If you're ever in the area, try one. Never heard of Portillo's or Firehouse, but glad to see Schlotzsky's ranked high. Nearest one is like three hours away now though. :|

How did El Pollo Loco get #2 for chicken though? So bland, at least the one time I went. And it's hard to justify going back with both Chick-Fil-A and Popeye's nearby.
 
2014-07-25 11:41:41 PM

slotz: FTFA: The comprehensive survey included 65 chains at which 96,208 burgers, chicken sandwiches, subs, sandwiches and burrito's were eaten.

FARKING PUNCTUATION.


Phrasing.
 
2014-07-25 11:42:46 PM
nashvillelife.com
www.glutenfreecat.com


When in Nashville.
 
2014-07-25 11:42:48 PM
I never had one of those when I was in France but worthy of mention for this thread:

i.huffpost.com


Yes, the black buns were real:

m.cdn.blog.hu

www.myburger.fr

And you can order a beer with your meal.

/Voulez-vous coucher ce soir, Ronald?
 
2014-07-25 11:43:11 PM
This isn't America's favorite burger chain.  It's the highest rated burger chain.  The two things are not the same at all.
 
2014-07-25 11:43:39 PM

sdd2000: No Big Kahuna Burger?


Look at the big brain on sdd2000!
 
2014-07-25 11:43:39 PM

Tom_Slick: Well, if you like burgers give 'em a try sometime. I can't usually get 'em myself because my girlfriend's a vegetarian which pretty much makes me a vegetarian. But I do love the taste of a good burger. Mm-mm-mm. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?


Ok ok, I'll play.  A Royale with Cheese?
 
2014-07-25 11:44:16 PM
Elk Grove has The Habit, 5 Guys, Smashburger, and In-N-Out. They're good, but my fav is A&W's Papa Burger.
 
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