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Fischer’s Friday Five

While out to eat last weekend celebrating Valentine’s Day, at one point during the meal, Maggie says to me “you should do top 5 fast food restaurants for the next Fischer Friday Five.”  A good idea, especially considering how many different fast food joints I’ve eaten at over the years.  Then on Monday, I received this email from Wil in Chicago, “Jarrett, can I have a request for your top5 friday sometime to do your top5 fast food chains.”

Now obviously based on Wil’s fantastic grammar, he’s probably someone who’s eaten a lot of fast food over the years, but more importantly, the coincidence was too good to look past, so…I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my top five…


Just for the record, I didn’t take Maggie to a fast food restaurant for Valentine’s Day, I’m not that tacky. Instead, we ate standing next to a burrito truck, best $3 I’ve ever spent. (Actually where we ate will be a future restaurant review, and let’s just say I’m going to be even more cynical than normal).

So for this Friday Five, several factors need to be taken into play. First and foremost, it has to be at a place I’ve eaten at a minimum of a dozen times, it only seems fair that I give a place ample opportunities to provide me with food poisoning. Unfortunately for the west coast people, I’m going to have to disqualify places like Jack In A Box and In N’ Out. And also this means that Maggie’s personal favorite, Zaxby’s (which is essentially Chik-Fil-A on crack), isn’t eligible for consideration, but I will say that it is really good and I’m thinking about make the 4 hour drive to the closest one right after this. Second factor is the restaurant’s diversification. I like to have choices, whether it’s for the main part of the meal, or a side dish. Third, cleanliness of the restaurant…uh, nevermind. Fourth factor is a word I’m making up – “cravability” – basically meaning it’s they type of place that at times can make me want to crave their food. Please do not mistake this with “crapability” – which is also a factor I suppose to consider.

Honorable Mention: Burger King (should never have changed their fries), Arby’s (more places should serve curly fries), Quizno’s (better than Subway), Bojangles (100x better than Popeye’s and KFC) and Nathan’s (the best place to eat at on the Jersey Turnpike)

Dishonorable Mention: Checkers (haven’t forgiven them for serving me raw chicken strips 10 years ago) Continue reading