5 Best Fast Food Places in the South


I love my fast food. And in the lower half of the country, they do it right. It’s the whole 9 yards– a cute or clever saying when you pull up to the window, a big bag stuffed with a greasy burger, and all for under $10. Now, what’s more American than that?

I try to eat healthy most of the time, and I’m sure everyone here is right smack dab in the middle of their resolutions, but sometimes you need a little bit of garbage to round out the good.

So, here are the Top 5 Fast Food Places in the South:

5. Raisin’ Canes

It’s like Chick-Fil-A’s crazy uncle. When you roll up to the drive-thru, there are only a few options for you. Most everyone grabs the box combo, which is a couple of chicken strips, coleslaw, crinkle cut fries, Texas toast and the sauce.  Like Campfire sauce, but better. So much better that if you ask for more they’ll charge you for it. A little on the pricier side, but in the end it’s worth it. Plus you don’t have to get all political when you explain to your friends why you like it.

4. Taco Bueno

I know we all love Taco Bell. It’s a fact. But, you may not have tried Taco Bueno. I for one have never been sick from a meal at Bueno, so there’s no worries there. It’s just better all around. Better queso, better chips, better selection. The only downfall is that a couple years ago they changed their drinks from Coke products to Pepsi products, and a No.  7 with a Diet Pepsi just isn’t the same as a No. 7 with a Diet Coke. But, if you don’t have hang ups with a drink preference, then go for the Mexi-Dips and Chips Combo with a Diet Pepsi. You won’t be disappointed.

3. Braum’s

This may be just an Oklahoma thing, but Braum’s is my jam. They are known for their ice cream– and that’s it. But, their food is off the chain (if you’re really hungover). Try the Chicken Strip Dinner, or for breakfast they have incredible biscuits and sausage gravy. The good thing (or bad thing) about Braum’s is that when you order a combo you can substitute a milkshake for just a couple cents more. They also don’t have any locations outside a days driving radius from the farm, so everything is fresh. The original farm-to-table restaurant?

2. Sonic

If you live anywhere in the South you know the glory of a Sonic. Known mostly for the drink combos and perfect ice, there’s literally a Sonic on every corner (at least in Oklahoma, where the headquarters are located). But, let me tell you what’s the best about Sonic– the snacks. They range from mozzarella sticks to fried jalapeno poppers to cheese-covered tator tots and even a brief foray into fried pickles. Their meals are fine but it’s the little snacks that makes your trip special. Suggestions on drinks? A Mango Limeade.

1. Whataburger

Most of us visit Whataburger in the wee hours of the morning. Not me. A good cheeseburger from Whataburger is worth its weight in gold. I almost didn’t put it on here because I almost didn’t consider it a garbage fast food place. They make their own ketchup! But, just a classic burger here is incredible. If you’re feeling crazy, try the honey butter chicken biscuit. You won’t be disappointed.

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