This Fast-Food Chain Is America’s Favorite Restaurant—For the 4th Year in a Row

Hint: They have an amazing chicken sandwich.

Fast-food fans often debate which brands have the best burgers, fries, or milkshakes—but only one fast-food chain is America’s favorite restaurant, according to a new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

The ACSI scored 18 of the most popular fast-food chains in the United States on a 100-point scale, as well as 12 full-service restaurants. Leading the pack as the top fast-food restaurant for the fourth year in a row? Chick-fil-A. Other restaurants in the survey include favorites like Starbucks, Subway, and McDonald’s, to name a few. Behind Chick-fil-A is Panera Bread with a score of 81. Now that you know how the restaurants rank, find out the inside scoop with secrets your fast food worker won’t tell you.

Although full-service restaurants had a higher combined score than fast-food chains, Chick-fil-A still has the highest score of any dining establishment. Customer satisfaction for Chick-fil-A is 86 in comparison to that of the highest scoring full-service restaurant, Texas Roadhouse, with a score of 83. Chick-fil-A’s high score likely stems from a few things: they never freeze their famous chicken, they have a huge secret menu, and there are locations in almost every U.S. state. Chick-fil-A might have the highest score, but it’s still a decrease from their previous one. Maybe this has to do with the fact that it’s not one of the 15 most convenient fast-food restaurants.

Don’t worry—this doesn’t mean your other favorite restaurants and chains didn’t improve. Cracker Barrel, Arby’s, and Chipotle all improved this year regarding customer satisfaction. As for pizza, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut both have a score of 80, followed by Domino’s and Little Caesars. If you’re curious to find out more about your favorite fast food restaurants, check out the craziest things drive-through workers have seen at work.

Emily DiNuzzo
Emily DiNuzzo is an associate editor at The Healthy and a former assistant staff writer at Reader's Digest. Her work has appeared online at the Food Network and Well + Good and in print at Westchester Magazine, and more. When she's not writing about food and health with a cuppa by her side, you can find her lifting heavy things at the gym, listening to murder mystery podcasts, and liking one too many astrology memes.