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Consumer Reports Survey Rates Best (& Worst) Fast Food

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Americans spend more than $150 billion a year on fast food and that doesn’t even include pizza.

We all have are favorites, but which fast food joints are best and worst?

Consumer Reports asked 36,000 subscribers for their best and worst fast food picks.

“We had our subscribers rate 53 restaurant chains for food quality, for service and for value,” Tod Marks, with Consumer Reports, said.

In all, the Consumer Reports poll covered more than 98,000 visits to five types of fast-food chains.

“Some big-name restaurants didn’t do so well because of low ratings for food quality,” Marks said.

Those chains are McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and KFC.

“McDonald’s burgers rated the worst of all and KFC was called out for being one of the slowest places to get ‘fast’ food,” Marks said.

The pizza chains Little Caesars and Sbarro also had low scores for food.

“On the whole, some smaller chains got especially high marks for food quality, and they offered speedy and polite service that some of the bigger chains didn’t match,” Marks explained.

Five Guys was one of the top-rated burger places. You can choose up to 15 toppings from its menu for free.

Chick-Fil-A, with its sandwiches, nuggets and salads, came out on top for – you guessed it – chicken.

And Chipotle ranked first for Mexican food.

“People found the service speedy and polite, and the food was highly rated,” Marks said.

Wonder who makes the best fries?

In Consumer Reports’ taste test of the big three chains, Wendy’s came out on top.

It has a new recipe that edged out McDonald’s.

Both chains beat Burger King.

Testers said BK’s fries were relatively low in flavor.

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