A nice, juicy hamburger or a hearty burrito could be just what you want to eat. But Consumer Reports' Tod Marks says you might want to think twice before stopping at some fast-food chains.
Tod Marks with Consumer Reports explains, We had our subscribers rate 53 restaurant chains for food quality, for service, and for value."
In all, the Consumer Reports poll covered more than 98-thousand visits to five types of fast-food chains.
Tod says, "Some big-name restaurants didn't do so well because of low ratings for food quality."
Those chains are McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and KFC.
Tod says, "McDonald's burgers rated the worst of all. And KFC was called out for being one of the slowest places to get 'fast' food."
The pizza chains Little Caesars and Sbarro also had low scores for food.
Tod says, "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."
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.
Tod explains, "As for pizza chains, well, don't just go run off to the big names like Domino's or Pizza Hut. They got surprisingly low marks."
So which pizza chain pushed its way to the top of the ratings?
Papa Murphy's Take'N'Bake Pizza, where you custom order your pizza to make at home.
And Chipotle ranked first for Mexican food.
Tod says, "People found the service speedy and polite, and the food was highly rated."
Wonder who makes the best fries? In Consumer Reports' taste tests of the big three chains, Wendy's came out on top. It has a new recipe that edged out McDonald's. Both beat Burger King. Its fries were relatively low in flavor.