These Are the Least Popular Fast Food Chains in America
We all know and love America’s favorite fast food joints — places like McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Chick-fil-A. But what about the least popular fast food chains in America? Read on to find out what Americans are passing on when it comes to a quick, cheap meal.
Subway definitely had its heyday (pre-Jared scandal), but nowadays it’s not exactly America’s favorite sandwich shop. According to Eat This, Not That, though Subway has roughly 27,000 shops in the U.S., only 42% of customers are repeats. If you ask us, their bread tastes more like foam than bread. And their vegetables aren’t exactly the epitome of freshness.
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Domino’s was so bad that in 2009, it ran the “Domino’s turnaround” campaign, which debuted a series of advertisements acknowledging how awful its pizza was. Surprisingly, it did actually work a little bit. Domino’s promised to deliver a better product, and customers believed it. However, “We’re here to tell you that Domino’s Pizza still sucks,” says Complex.
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3. Burger King
When you’re craving a decently yummy but bad-for-you burger, you typically make a trip to McDonald’s. If there isn’t a McDonald’s around, you might think about settling for Burger King. According to The Week, BK received a 71% Consumer Reports’ grade. The Week went on to describe the food as mediocre in quality and freshness — and an overall bad value.
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KFC is absolutely delicious once in a blue moon, but it is by no means a sustainable family meal. Daily Mail even named it one of the unhealthiest things you could feed your kids. According to Eat This, Not That, only 40% of KFC customers return.
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Sbarro, the quintessential mall food court necessity, also makes the list. “Only Sbarro makes a go at fast food pasta and lasagna with the lassiez-faire attitude and presentation we expect from our greatest national chains,” says Complex of the chain. “They don’t even have a signature dish that you associate with their mediocrity.”
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6. Carl’s Jr.
If you have to rely on sex appeal in your commercials, your food’s probably not very good. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, only 33% of consumer survey respondents reported enjoying Carl’s Jr. It is a 24-hour establishment, though, so at least it has that.
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7. Long John Silver’s
Shockingly, the need for a fast food joint that specializes in fish isn’t very great. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, only 44% of consumer survey respondents reported being fans of Long John Silver’s. Sorry Long John, but we think we’ll stick to the Filet-O-Fish to handle fast food fish cravings.
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