Best and worst fast-food restaurants in America: Consumer Reports ranks top eateries

When dining out, consumers are more likely to be concerned with food quality than convenience of location, according to a new study.

Consumer Reports just released their latest reader survey, which lists the best and worst fast-food restaurants in the U.S.

According to Consumer Reports, Americans are spending over $680 billion a year to eat out.

Apparently consumers are “demanding more for their money, higher-quality fast food and greater variety,” according to Consumer Reports.

Readers said quality of food has become more important than convenience of location when they make their dining decisions.

Once you get past the big guys -- McDonald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, KFC, etc. – many regional fast-food restaurants show up on the list. Some of those include In-N-Out Burger, Jason’s Deli, The Habit Burger Grill, Portillo’s Hot Dogs and even Papa Murphy’s Takeout Pizza, according to the report.

When it comes to burgers, The Habit Burger Grill took top spot and McDonald’s came in last.

For chicken lovers, it’s all about Chick-fil-A.

In the sandwiches and subs category, Portillo’s Hot Dogs ranked #1, with Firehouse Subs a close second.

Chipotle came in first for burritos, with Taco Bell taking up the bottom spot.

See more of their findings in the graphic below.

Consumer Report subscribers were asked “On a scale of 1 to 10, from least delicious to most delicious you’ve ever eaten, how would you rate the taste?”

Consumer Reports says breakfast is then new fast-food battleground with more chains offering meals.

Tell us... which is your favorite fast food spot?

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