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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:31 AM
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Poll question: Fast food that's actually good
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 11:28 AM by undisclosedlocation
Ideally also good for you, or at least that won't kill you faster than say chain-smoking).

I'll take your nominations; do you think we can actually fill all 10 (or 9 with Other) slots?

(I just tried the Arby's "turkey reuben" last night. While the turkey was very tasty, the combination of flavors was very strange and not in the good way. Actually, since it isn't grilled, their corned beef reuben ought to be in quotation marks, too, but it's very tasty 9 out of 10 times.)

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:42 AM
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1. It depends on the Arby's
I've had the turkey reuben at one Arby's and it was heavenly...then I went to a different Arby's and...not so good.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:52 AM
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3. It might be more of a quality control problem
because with the corned beef ones, sometimes they're very gristly. There are three Arby's about equally far from me, so I spread my business around between them, but I think the gristly ones are mainly at one restaurant--but the best sandwiches are from there, too.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:44 PM
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32. Go to a freakin Deli and eat some real corned beef...
Not that overly processed shit...
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:43 AM
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2. the 64 ounce chicken fried steak
(a huge steak, breaded in thick batter and deep fried) at a restaurant in pasadena, texas.

if you can finish it in one hour, it's free.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:32 AM
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12. Not fast food, but I did put up a "locally-owned place" spot n/t
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:54 AM
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4. Taco Bell
Isn't all that bad.About the only fast food I eat. I quit eating at McDonalds about three years ago.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:21 AM
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8. It's up
Somebody'll be around momentarily to tell you about how their tomatoes are harvested using slave labor. (I get the #8 crunchy; no tomatoes :))
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:54 AM
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5. El Pollo Loco!
It even gets a whole-hearted endorsement from the South Beach Diet doctor. Healthy marinated grilled chicken, and most of the sides are even healthy (rice, beans, salad, etc.).
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:17 AM
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7. Not nationwide, but I'll put it on n/t
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:42 PM
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18. Most of my "fast food" meals are at El Pollo Loco.
Their food is so good, and my kids love it!
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:55 AM
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6. As Bart Simpson would say...
"I'm so hungry, I could eat at Arby's" :puke:

:P
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:22 AM
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9. Arby's has improved markedly; I was surprised, too n/t
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:40 PM
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39. I think that those words were said by either Sharri or Terri
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:23 AM
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10. Chick-Fil-A
I just had it for lunch :)
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:30 AM
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11. I've given them up finally, as a locally-owned place is now making
a knockoff that's better, and the local Chick-Fil-As are having significant quality control (or at least consistency) problems. Good thing too, as I was getting tired of having horrible Chick-Fil-A urges EVERY Sunday and no way to assuage them. (The locally-owned joint is open Sundays.)
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:53 PM
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21. This chain is owned by raging repukes. They only donate to red candidates
You may want to re-think your patronage of Chick-fil-A.

Just sayin....
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:33 AM
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13. The Wendy's deli sandwiches aren't bad
I like the turkey and pesto sandwich.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:33 PM
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16. I definitely would have put it on had time not run out
but there is an Other slot. :)
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:55 PM
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14. Duchess
They have them in CT, not sure if they're anywhere else.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:07 PM
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15. Never heard of them. Anyway, let's argue about it furiously;
you're about to hit your 28,000th post. :toast: :hi:
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:36 PM
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17. Arby's chicken salad sandwich
Unfortunately, I looked at the calories and it is a high calorie sandwich. On the otherhand, being on whole wheat bread and containing fruit and nuts does make it mutritious. It is tasty.
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mark414 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:44 PM
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19. In'n'Out burger
i need to get back out to the west coast soon...
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:33 PM
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31. second
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:02 AM
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44. ditto!
:9
except I live on the west coast..... :D

:hi: unfortunately, we don't have any joints in our town. Bummer.
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:52 PM
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20. Noodles and Company
Not sure how widespread they are as a chain, but they sure do taste the best (they even allow you to substitute tofu for meat in their dishes).
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:02 PM
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24. I think they are pretty good too
Of course, I live a further distance away from one, but did stop in when we were in close to one while doing big city shopping. The first time we ate there, I thought that this was a great idea for fast food.
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:00 AM
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43. There's a noodles in Fayetteville...
I started to eat there this weekend.. is it good?
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:54 PM
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22. Other - Wendy's
I like getting their Frescatas and doubles with cheese every now and then.
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:59 PM
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23. Fresh City
Not sure if this qualifies as Fast Food but I don't see why not.

www.freshcity.com
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:03 PM
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25. What about sub places?
Subway, of course, is most widespread. Quiznos, Erbert's & Gerbert's, and Jimmy John's are better though.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:46 AM
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46. Subs don't bother me
Just keep the onions off and I am fine
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querelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:04 PM
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26. A & W
Is A & W a fast food chain in America? Here in Canada they make the best burgers anywhere. Teen Burger with fries and their famous root beer. Is there anything better?

Q
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:12 PM
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29. There are several A&Ws in Wisconsin
Probably other places too.
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mark414 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:28 PM
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37. as a wisconsin resident i am lucky enough to have the a & w experience
but the only other place i've seen one was in eugene, OR
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 07:25 AM
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51. They have them in Michigan, and we used to eat there all the time
in Syracuse.

Michigan still keeps a few of the drive in kind as well.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:45 PM
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33. Chilie Dogs and Root Beer with a side of Onion Rings...
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:07 PM
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27. Harvey's. Only in Canada now, but I SURE wish they'd expand
to New England.

Redstone
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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:09 PM
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28. Our local food co-op
Since moving into a bigger facility, now has some pre-made stuff in a fridge case... veggie and feta wraps, sesame peanut noodles, all kinds of goodies! :)
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:26 PM
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30. Charro Chicken.
Rotisserie chicken with a southwestern flair. Mmmm. I think it's a new (probably small) chain.
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:52 PM
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34. I like Taco Time..
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 10:53 PM by Omphaloskepsis
The quality is a few notches above Taco Bell.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:58 PM
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35. This thread cannot pass without mention of Chipotle
Yes yes, I know they're owned by McDonald's. But, but... I can't get over the fact that even in a fast food joint, there's some dude or gal right on the other side of the counter actually grilling up my lunch right there before my eyes. Not a fryer in sight, as many salsa combinations as your heart desires.... that place is like kryptonite to me.
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:25 PM
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36. We can't be friends anymore
I HATE Chipotle. x(

Just kidding, haha. I still like you even if you eat that nasty fake "Mexican" at Chipotle. Actually, I wouldn't hate Chipotle if they didn't pretend that they were Mexican. If they just advertised as a fresh grilled wrap place, I probably wouldn't have a problem with it at all. I think Taco Bell is more authentic Mexican than Chipotle.

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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:31 PM
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38. Maybe where *you* are
But where I am, and don't think this is some kind of stupid "minuteman" rant, the people who work there are by and large Mexican. I think they know what they're doing. In my town, Taco Bell is just a sure-fire way to get... oh wait, no bodily function threads. Anyway, whatever the case may be in your town, let me assure you that Chipotle is tops in Colorado.
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:43 PM
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40. Ah, well if I'm ever out West I'll give Chipotle another try, then
Yeah, see, I hate it because here, Chipotle is the white suburban Chicago kid version of "Mexican" whereas I can go to a real locally-owned restaurant run and staffed entirely by Mexicans and get food that's 10000x as good for the same price. So it pisses me off when all these suburban whitebread kids get a "burrito" made by one of their classmates and think they're eating Mexican.

But if your Chipotle is staffed by Mexicans, it just might have good food. OK, you get a pass this time. ;)
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:56 PM
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41. Thank you
I can also say with pride that I've eaten at the original Chipotle location on Evans street in Denver, next to the University of Denver. Again, pretty durn good considering it's the original location and all. They even sell t-shirts that say "yeah, I've been to Evans". I should buy one.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:59 PM
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42. other
subway...turkey, or roast beef sub...lettuce, tomato, onion, bell peppers, a pinch of that sweet onion sauce...
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:45 AM
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45. Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits
;)

Green beans, red beans and rice, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, et cetera . . .

:bounce:
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 02:03 AM
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47. Your local Mongolian Barbeque
You get to choose your ingredients and can pass on the meat if you want. Most places will have takeout boxes. (I like lots of water chestnuts and mushrooms.)

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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 02:12 AM
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48. Jack in the Box
Their ultimate cheeseburger is the best thing going and they give you decently fresh salads and a choice of wraps and other healthier stuff.

Who the hell is voting for Chick Fil-A? Admittedly, I've only been to one, once but it was probably the worst meal I ever had in a restaurant. Limp grey chicken and watered down soft-drinks. Blech...
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 07:11 AM
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49. Pho 95, Pho Thang Long
Either place you get your noodles in 5 minutes. :9
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 07:16 AM
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50. Popeye's Crawfish Etouffee
Or when that is not available the red beans and rice.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 07:26 AM
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52. Culvers!!!
A fast food place that serves Custard!!! My kids love Culvers... I, used to...but my tummy can't take the dairy anymore. But their root beer is the best on earth! :hi:
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 08:21 AM
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53. On my Flat Earth Tour of the Midwest in '99, I was horrified by the signs
"Frozen Custard Butterburgers? Ewwwwwwwww!" And I wasn't even lactose-intolerant yet. Good to hear that they're actually good. (And that my eye was running together two separate signs.) :hi: back
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 09:22 AM
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55. Oh yes. Culvers is sooo good. I can't eat there anymore but I crave
their hot sourdough melt with extra pickles.

Their crinkle cut fries are perfect.

I would kill for Culvers right now.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 09:17 AM
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54. Baja Fresh
white meat chicken burrito, salsa, no lard, etc.


Their motto: No microwaves, no can openers, no lard.

Runner up: In and Out Burger - grind their own hamburger and cut fresh potatoes for their fries.
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