Much like a horoscope can be revealing, when someone tells me their favorite fast food restaurant, I feel like I'm looking deep into their soul. I can tell so much about a person just by knowing where they prefer to get their burger and fries. It's more than a McDouble though—it's about the culture and personality of the brand that defines who you are. Lucky for fast food chains, customers are devoted to their favorites and become lifelong customers. Fast food is what brings us together after a late night out with friends, pit stops on a family road trip, or even a first date. While it's all a personal preference, here's what your favorite fast food restaurant says about you.
You're no stranger to controversy, but in the end it's nothing but love. We all know how good the chicken is, but what makes Chick-Fil-A iconic is their sauce game. Telling people what your sauce of choice is reveals a lot about you, whether you like it or not. That means if you're not about Polynesian, I'm totally judging you. You have a sense of humor, because we all love a cow telling us to "Eat Mor Chikin." And while you love a rich milkshake with your meal, I do wonder about your grammar skills since their name and tagline's spellings are not getting you an A+.
You know a good bargain when you see it because what you get at Taco Bell is a steal. But sometimes it's hard to remain brand loyal since they removed Mexican Pizza and potatoes from the menu. You love dogs and still think about the lasting career of their mascot "Taco Bell Chihuahua." You sometimes underestimate yourself, like when you buy a 12-pack of soft tacos thinking you'll have some leftover for the next day, when in fact they're gone by the end of the night.
Ronald McDonald isn’t about egos. Whether you’re a CEO or a college student bartending on the weekends, nothing will ever be more satisfying than inhaling a McDouble at 2AM after a night out. You may not be a clown person, but you have a soft spot for this clown. Someone says Supersize me and your mouth begins to water. You’re a good person, paying for all your friends’ orders just because you feel like it. Happy meals really bring people together. You don’t get hung up on the haters judging you for getting McDonald’s for lunch (hard to believe people don’t like McDonald’s but yes, this is true). And above all, you’re brand loyal -- anyone who sees your social media knows how hard you go for McD’s.
When they say "I'm thinkin' Arby's," I'm slightly concerned for you. If Arby's is your go-to, you might be having a midlife crisis. You've lived your life on the safe side and haven't had a chance to venture out and try new things. You lack some key personality traits, as the brand doesn't really know how to define themselves. If they're barbecue, be the best barbecue of fast food. But no, instead they need to introduce the Greek gyro to their roster. If you're ordering a Greek gyro at Arby's, you've gone a little off the deep end.
You're so L.A. without even trying. It's not about the food, but a cultural moment. You like things that are overhyped, but usually the hype is valid. You like simplicity which comes in handy with In-N-Out's really basic menu. You love keeping a secret, but definitely spill the beans when you order things that aren't on the menu. In anything you do, you always take it up a notch—like why just have a double cheeseburger when you can make it animal-style?
You don't need to go to the south to have the best fried chicken you've ever tasted. You're all about the crisp and know that's the best way to do it. You love to share your food with others and family-style is usually your go-to. Whenever you have a friend feeling down, you bring over a bucket of chicken because you know it’s the perfect pick-me-up. And it's worth noting the crunch again, because it's just that good.
You have a craving for fast food, but only quality *fresh never frozen* fast food. You have a good head on your shoulders, knowing exactly what to say when you're feeling overwhelmed. With so many solid choices on the menu, it's understandable to freeze up when placing your order. You embrace change—especially when Wendy's introduced their new sea salt french fries and branding.
You feel like a King (or Queen) in everything you do. You may be vegetarian, because Burger King's Impossible Burger is arguably the best fast food vegetarian burger on the market. You live for nostalgia, because no matter how much Burger King has evolved, the taste of their fries instantly takes you back to your childhood. You're unique and original, like their original chicken fries.
Maybe you went to Boston once and now you feel a personal attachment to the brand. You're all about family and home cooked meals, even when you don't have time to do the home cooking yourself. You don't care about being relevant or keeping up with trends, and when you like something you stick to it. There's no "fry-yay" for you because you'll take mashed potatoes over French fries any day.
I have this theory that no one actually likes White Castle, they just loved the movie Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle so much that they wish their lives would be like those in the film. Your opinion in taste is questionable, as there really isn't a difference between getting the sliders at the drive-thru versus the frozen food aisle at your local supermarket. You love to try new things, like their pretzel chicken rings. Yes, they're literally chicken in the shape of rings with pretzel breading. They're innovative for sure—we gotta give them that.
You're an original tastemaker, and you don't like to brag but remain humble in all that you do. You may have a cowboy hat or boots in your closet to go along with KFC's southern charm. While you love a good burger, you prefer crispy chicken any day. Even though you don't know Colonel Sanders personally, you feel like you'd be old friends. You're strategic, because you know that a side of biscuits will enhance any meal.