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We’ve been mostly writing posts about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle so far, but there comes a time where everyone needs to take a break. Call it a cheat day or treat-yo-self day, but today we’re going to have some fun and share our top three fast food joints.
Fast-casual places like Chipotle have upped the fast food game in recent years, forcing its competitors to respond with healthier choices. So whether you’re looking to pig out or trying to stay healthy-ish, you have a better chance of finding what you’re looking for these days.
And let’s be real, for those of us who got to go to McDonald’s after their YMCA soccer game or middle school band concert, fast food remains a special treat for us as adults. And in moderation, that’s perfectly fine.
1. Panda Express
Fact #1: Panda Express is not authentic Chinese food. Fact #2: It’s still highly addictive. Judge me all you want, but going to Panda Express reminds me of the good old days when hitting the mall was the highlight of any social outing as a teenager. Every so often, when I crave for Panda Express, I go for their classic–General Tso’s Chicken with fried rice.
2. Five Guys
When it comes to burgers and fries, I have to put Five Guys at the top for right now, although I have yet to have In-N-Out Burger. There’s nothing more scrumptious than biting into a burger dripping of melted cheese and assorted toppings. Shake Shack is good too, but it’s a little bit dainty for my liking. My usual takeout: junior cheeseburger with small fries drenched in malted vinegar.
3. Taco Bell
Taco Bell goes along with Panda Express in terms of its nostalgic factor. Much like Panda Express, Taco Bell is definitely not authentic, but it’s strangely good in its own way. I spent the majority of my childhood years in Arizona practically living off of their hard-shelled tacos and bean burritos. It’s unfortunate that I rarely get Taco Bell these days, but I still put it in my top 3 because of their taco sauce.
Is this a case of absence making the heart grow fonder? Perhaps. But in my burger rankings, In-N-Out always comes out on top. Since I live on the East Coast, my memories of eating In-N-Out come with California vacations and Vegas nights, which probably has something to do with it. But even without that, it’s just a dang good burger, and coming from someone who grew up in Steak ‘n Shake territory, that is saying something.
McDonald’s has the best fries around. Period. I’m also enjoying their new signature recipes, especially the pico guacamole chicken sandwich. McDonald’s is trying hard to stay relevant in a health-conscious era, and we’re definitely benefiting from that. Plus, sometimes when money and time are tight, it’s your wallet and sanity’s best friend.
3. Jimmy John’s
It’s the little things that make Jimmy John’s so much better than Subway and other sub shops: the finely-crushed ice in the soda, the great bread, the option to have a lettuce wrap instead of the great bread, and so much more. My favorite sub here is the tuna, but sometimes I switch it up and get the veggie as well. I like the vibe of the store so much that it’s one of the few fast food places I dine in.