Many summer road trips include a stop at a fast food
Consumer Reports asks taste testers what they think
about some big national chains.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
A Consumer Reports survey of more than 30-thousand
of its readers turned up lots of other choices that
they say are much tastier.
That's today's On Your Side.
With about 14-thousand McDonalds in the U.S., you're
never far from a Big Mac.
But out of 21 hamburger chains, Consumer Reports readers
rated McDonald's hamburgers the worst tasting.
There are much better choices.
Our survey found that many of the smaller chains are
true regional gems.
They outperform the big guys, so they're really worth
seeking out if you're on the road and looking for
a great meal." Habit Burger Grill, with about
100 locations in California, Utah and Arizona, has
some of the best burgers.
Also great, In-N-Out Burger with close to 300 outlets
in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Texas.
When it comes to chicken, another big name - KFC -
was at the bottom of the barrel for taste.
Far better, according to Consumer Reports readers
- chicken from Chick-fil-A with 17-hundred locations
in 39 states.
"And your drink?" Those surveyed say it offers polite,
speedy service and they give its dining areas top
scores for cleanliness.
Tod Marks, "Mexican chains are another area in which
biggest definitely wasn't best.
Taco Bell in fact had the worst tacos and burritos
any of the Mexican restaurants in our ratings."
Survey respondents gave the burritos from national
competitor Chipotle Mexican Grill much higher marks.
And who wound up at the bottom of the list? Of the
65 fast food and fast casual restaurants Consumer
Reports rated, Sbarro got the lowest score.
Those surveyed didn't think highly of the quality
of the food or its freshness.
In Consumer Reports' survey, diners who ate at sandwich
shops were happier with the food and service than
those who ate at other fast food and casual restaurants.
I'm Martha Koloski and that's today's On Your side.