Favorite Fridays: Fast Casual/Fast Food Chains

During the week, I try to cook at home so that I can eat healthier and save money at the same time. However, since I was running out of food this week, I decided to spoil myself with some Chipotle (yes, Chipotle is definitely a treat). Like most people my age, I l o v e Chipotle — it’s cheap, relatively healthy, convenient and tasty. It also makes the best leftovers. So as I was scarfing my Chipotle down as if it was my first meal in days, I came up with this week’s Favorite Fridays topic — fast food. Below you’ll find my most frequented fast food chains. These are the places that are comforting and the ones i’ll miss if i’m ever abroad.

ff fast food

1. Chipotle

Like I said earlier, healthy (relatively), quality ingredients (no more GMO – not that it means much, but woo hoo!), cheap, fast and tasty.

2. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Not sure if this counts since it’s only available in Austin and Dallas, but I am obsessed with everything at Hopdoddy — the truffle fries, the bread & butter pickles, the shake, the burgers, etc. Hands down, my favorite place to get a burger (with Shake Shack coming a close 2nd).

3. Shake Shack

I remember the first time I had Shake Shack in its original location in New York, I waited 1.5 hours for it. No, definitely worth it, but that’s what New Yorkers do — they just wait in line for everything. However, I love Shack Shack. I like their fries, shake and of course, burgers. Their house brewed beer is also pretty good and goes well with the burger.

4. Popeyes

Honestly, not many fried chicken places compares to the consistency and tastiness of Popeyes. While it’s probably the worst thing for your health on my list, it’s also delicious. I love the breading — so flavorful and crispy! Not only is the fried chicken good, but the cajun fries, the mashed potatoes and biscuit. Just sprinkle some cajun sparkle, and you’re good to go.

5. Chick-Fil-A

Two essentials one must get at Chick-Fil-A: the spicy chicken sandwich and the chick-fil-a sauce. And if you have never tried the Chick-Fil-A sauce, you need to change get off your computer and drive to the closest Chick-Fil-A.

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