There are fast food restaurants everywhere in the United States – like, literally everywhere. We all know the big names: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and so on. But then, there are several other fast food chains you’ll only find in certain states, which is a shame because their food is so good it deserves to be eaten by as many people as possible.
If you’re passing through one of these states, be sure to check out their geography-specific fast food options. We promise you won’t regret it.
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Jollibee – Hawaii
A regional chicken joint with a stellar reputation, Jollibee was founded in the Philippines and has locations across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. However, in the United States, its presence is confined to Honolulu, Hawaii. Choose the crispy fried Chickenjoy (yes, that’s its real name) and their special pineapple-smoky bacon sauce. We’re salivating at the thought.
Jack’s – Alabama
Simple and delicious, the Jack’s menu offers an authentic taste of the American South. Peep fried chicken, biscuits, gravy, and grits, all made fresh by hand on the premises. Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, the chain now operates in Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee.
PDQ – Florida
The quality of food at PDQ is all in the name. It stands for People Dedicated to Quality. This phenomenal fast food joint has an open kitchen where you can see your food being hand-prepared from scratch, even the sauce!
Dick’s Drive-In – Washington
A Seattle-based burger joint in operation since the 1950s, Dick’s Drive-In serves up fresh, tasty food at prices you have to see to believe. It costs less than three dollars for a two-patty burger with the works.
In-N-Out Burger – California
A huge chain with several hundred locations, In-N-Out is still only available in three states – California, where the chain was founded, Utah, and Texas. There are also only three things on the menu: a cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, and plain hamburger. Fortunately, all three are entirely delicious, and at least, you won’t get stuck trying to decide!
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles – California
Another Golden State staple, Roscoe’s has been referenced in some of the most iconic movies of recent years, including Jackie Brown and Rush Hour. A small but perfectly-formed chain based entirely in Los Angeles, Roscoe’s serves up proper soul food: waffles, syrup, and delicious fried chicken.
Tastee Freez – Alaska
The snappily-named Tastee Freez, an ice cream shop, somehow managed to make a success of calling America’s coldest state home. How? It’s by serving up incredible iced treats, plus savory favorites, including salmon burgers made with fresh Alaskan salmon.
One of Texas’ biggest and best-known fast food chains, Whataburger has been flipping patties throughout the state since the 1950s and now operates in several other states across the South. Most of the main menu items feature a pun as an element of their name, including the ‘Whatacatch’ fish burger and the straight-up ‘Justaburger.’ Their breakfast is famous, too.