This is the best pizza in America
Picture a pizza in your mind, and you’ll probably conjure an image of a thin, round pie topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and maybe some pepperoni. But even though that may be the most popular type of pizza, there are countless other styles and toppings out there — one of which is the best pizza in America. The Best Pizza in Every State Every year, we set out to rank the 101 best pizzas in the country, with some help from a survey taken by chefs, restaurant critics, bloggers, writers and other pizza authorities.
Other chains are following in the footsteps of Chipotle, which last week announced free delivery on purchases of $10 or more through March as a way for diners to avoid public spaces during the coronavirus outbreak. © Courtesy of KFC kfc free delivery
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These meals will be made in kitchens dedicated to digital orders using a separate line of ingredients than what's available to walk-in diners, and everything that goes out for delivery will be protected by a tamper-evident packaging seal. You can even leave a note for your delivery driver to limit direct contact.
This is the most popular chain restaurant on Google Maps
Google Maps is turning 15 years old. The in-app and online tool, which launched Feb. 8, 2005, is celebrating the milestone by revealing which restaurant chain users searched for the most in 2019. Drive-thru heroes like Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and McDonald’s all have massive cult followings, but the top spot went to one of America’s favorite pizza chains instead: Domino’s. When Each Chain Restaurant Stops Serving Breakfast According to Google’sWhen Each Chain Restaurant Stops Serving Breakfast
Through April 26, KFC will also offer free delivery. Unlike Chipotle, you don’t need to spend a certain amount of money to get the deal, but a small fee will apply to orders under $12 before tax, tip and fees. To get the deal, order directly on kfc.com or through third-party services Grubhub and Seamless. Those who prefer to pick up their meal can do so by placing an order at kfc.com and then heading to their local restaurant’s designated pickup area at the front counter.
Plenty of fast food chains serve double bacon cheeseburgers, but few feel more indulgent than the Wendy’s Baconator. First introduced in 2007 to appeal to a younger audience, this half-pound beef burger with two square-shaped patties, cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise and six slices of bacon achieved that goal.
This is the most ordered takeout dish during the coronavirus pandemic
With more people staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the way people are getting their food has changed, especially as restaurants and bars have shut their doors. If you’re not the type who enjoys making bread from scratch or you're just tired of eating whatever is in the pantry, you’re probably going to rely on delivery services to settle your cravings.
Baja Blast (Taco Bell)
There are your average sodas, and then there is Taco Bell’s Mountain Dew Baja Blast. This bright blue tropical pop will hit store shelves from time to time, but if you want to get it on the regular, you have to hit up your local Taco Bell. This menu item is so beloved, the Tex-Mex chain has also rolled out the Baja Blast Freeze, a slushie version of the drink that pairs perfectly with burritos and tacos.
Big Mac (McDonald’s)
For over 50 years, McDonald’s signature burger has been the Big Mac, which famously features two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun. The Big Mac has its hardcore devotees, including Don Gorske, who holds the Guinness World Record for the most Big Mac burgers eaten in a lifetime. As of 2018, the Wisconsin man had eaten over 30,000 of these burgers, all while maintaining a clean bill of health.
Shake Shack reveals how to make its iconic cheese sauce at home
That cheese sauce that's half the reason you even order those amazing fries at Shake Shack is now something you can recreate at home. On May 11, the burger chain posted a video on Twitter and Facebook featuring its culinary director Mark Rosati that revealed the ingredients and step-by-step instructions on how to make this cult favorite fast food menu item. Restaurant Secrets Every Home Cook Should Know The beginning of the video lists everything you'll need, which include American cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, onions and heavy cream as the main ingredients.
Cascara Cold Foam and Nitro Cold Brew (Starbucks)
Starbucks first introduced cold foam nationwide in April 2018, allowing fans of foamy drinks to get their airy dairy fix with iced lattes and cold brews. The runaway hit of the cold foam launch is the Cascara Cold Foam. The aerated topping is sweetened with cascara, a natural sweetener that tastes similar to maple brown sugar. Cascara cold foam is a natural topper for the coffee chain’s nitro cold brew, a chocolatey, creamy coffee that actually has no chocolate or cream in it. It’s a decadent drinking experience that got such a cult following that Starbucks plans to have nitro taps in all of its company-operated U.S. stores by the end of 2019.
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Cheese Slider (White Castle)
Not all fast food joints have such massive cult followings that movies have been made about them, but White Castle (and its fans Harold and Kumar) has reached that status. Founded in 1921, White Castle is largely considered to be the first-ever hamburger fast food chain, and it’s anchored by its sliders, which come with square, steam-grilled beef, chopped onion and a slice of pickle. Real fans of the chain know this slider is even better when you upgrade it with cheese. How popular is White Castle? Well, it’s become a cult favorite destination for Valentine’s Day, with over 30,000 people making reservations at White Castle restaurants in 2019. That’s not the only White Castle-friendly holiday — people will even make Thanksgiving stuffing using the sliders.
You can now make an OpenTable reservation at bars and wineries
The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the restaurant industry, which is projected to lose $240 billion this year as a result. Bars and wineries have also taken a big hit, and as restaurants re-open for dining in, drinking establishments also face similar challenges in welcoming patrons but having to keep in mind new safety guidelines. "Bars and wineries must operate differently as they reopen," said OpenTable chief operations officer Andrea Johnston in a press release. "OpenTable is here to help with software to accept reservations, manage capacity, attract guests, and maximize revenues. People can visit their favorite places to socialize without waiting in lines or worrying about crowds.
Cherry Limeade (Sonic)
If you’re looking for a retro drive-in restaurant with a cult favorite fizzy beverage, head to your local Sonic. The Cherry Limeade is the fan favorite item here, and this fruity, fizzy beverage is indeed the perfect blend of sweet, tart and bubbly. People are so obsessed with this drink that a quick Google search reveals dozens of copycat recipes, most of which feature Sprite, limes and cherry syrup.
Chicken Fries (Burger King)
Burger King’s Chicken Fries are such a fan favorite that the fast food chain’s website even labels them as such. Chicken Fries were first introduced in 2005 and were a hit, but were eliminated from store menus in 2012. A rabid online campaign was launched to bring this cult item back to Burger King menus nationwide, including a change.org petition begging then-President Barack Obama to bring the seasoned, breaded and fried, thin white meat pieces of chicken back to life. Chicken Fry lovers succeeded — the item returned in 2015, and this time around, the fries are a permanent menu item.
Chicken sandwich (Popeyes)
A fast food menu item doesn’t have to be old to have a cult following. Popeyes launched its first-ever chicken sandwich in August 2019, and the seasoned, fried chicken breast with pickles and mayonnaise or a spicy Cajun sauce on a soft brioche bun was an instant sensation. The fried chicken chain actually sold out of its chicken sandwiches nationwide less than three weeks later.
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Chicken sandwich (Chick-fil-A)
While Popeye’s may be the newest cult-favorite chicken sandwich on the block, it’s far from the first. Chick-fil-A has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years and is now America’s third most-profitable chain, thanks in no small part to its signature chicken sandwich. The boneless chicken breast is seasoned to salty perfection and served simply on a buttery bun with pickle chips. What’s the secret? Copycat recipes and copycat products posit that it’s a pickle juice-based brine, which helps to explain that subtle tang that’s made Chick-fil-A go from a simple food court staple to a fast food giant.
Chips and guacamole (Chipotle)
There’s something particularly addictive about the guac at Chipotle. In fact, the chain claims that it sells nearly 50 million pounds of guacamole per year and goes through 450,000 avocados. People are so crazy about Chipotle’s guac that the standard 4-ounce isn’t enough. In September 2018, the fast casual Mexican chain launched a large size of its chips and guac. The 8-ounce serving reportedly is meant for three people, but you know folks are diving into this creamy, slightly tangy supersized dip all by themselves.
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Cinnamon Crunch bagel (Panera Bread)
There are a lot of great bagels across America, and one of the most popular is found at Panera Bread. What the Cinnamon Crunch bagel lacks in holes, it makes up for in sweet, satisfying flavor with a cinnamon sugar crunch on top that’s so decadent it almost feels like more of a dessert than a breakfast. It pairs wonderfully with raisin cream cheese or honey cream cheese.
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No meal is complete without a little bite of dessert at the end, and this is something that Subway knows well. That is why its stores have a small case of fresh, soft cookies right by the register. The best flavor is highly debatable if Twitter is any indication. Some swear by the classic chocolate chip, while others go nuts for the white chip macadamia nut, raspberry cheesecake or double chocolate. While prices and cookies available vary by store, we can probably all agree that there aren’t many better ways to finish a meal than with a soft, warm cookie.
Crunchwrap Supreme (Taco Bell)
While Taco Bell’s signature menu item may be its classic crunchy taco, ask a die-hard fan what their go-to order is and they’re likely to tell you that it’s the Crunchwrap Supreme. And it’s easy to see why people constantly tweet about their love of this item. It’s the best of both worlds, with a giant flour tortilla enveloping a crispy taco shell, ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, tomato and nacho cheese sauce. Vegetarians can easily get into the Crunchwrap Supreme game now too. In summer 2019, Taco Bell launched a new vegetarian menu, the star of which is the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme.
Curly fries (Arby’s)
Arby’s isn’t your typical fast food restaurant. It doesn’t serve burgers or chicken nuggets, and it doesn’t serve standard shoestring french fries. Instead, the default shape of Arby’s fries is arguably the best french fry shape: curly. Arby’s curly fries are loaded with paprika, cayenne pepper, onion and garlic and offer up a zesty, punchy flavor that’s wholly unique to this chain. Amp up your curly fries with some of Arby’s Horsey Sauce.
Doritos Locos Tacos (Taco Bell)
When Doritos and Taco Bell joined forces in 2012 to create Doritos Locos Tacos, the tacos were an instant, massive hit. This genius combination of junk food and fast food started a massive trend of chips and chains coming together as one. Since the launch of Doritos Locos Tacos, we’ve seen similar combinations including KFC and Cheetos, Sonic and Fritos and Pizza Hut with Cheez-Its. But none of those products can compare to the Doritos Locos Tacos; according to a Taco Bell representative, 2.4 billion of them have been sold since the product launched.
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Double Double Animal Style (In-N-Out)
One of the worst-kept secrets about In-N-Out is its “secret menu.” The most famous item on this so-called secret menu is the Double Double Animal Style. Let’s break down what this means. The burger patties at In-N-Out are quite thin, so hacking your order to make it a “double-double” means you’ll get two patties. Meanwhile, “Animal Style” means your burger will come dressed with a sauce made of Thousand Island dressing mixed with grilled onions.
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Double Down (KFC)
Though the Double Down, which features bacon, cheese and a zesty sauce between two pieces of boneless fried chicken breasts, is not currently on the American KFC menu, it’s still one of the most notorious and over-the-top fast food menu items of all time. According to a 2014 report on CNNMoney, the Double Down was purchased over 10 million times upon its launch in 2010. Though the item hasn’t been on the menu in years, it still inspires online chatter nearly every day as people wait for a comeback.
Every Lent, Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays, and it's a tradition for many observers to head to their local McDonald’s and pick up a Filet-O-Fish. It’s a simple sandwich, featuring a fish patty, bun, tartar sauce and slice of American cheese, but that is what makes it so popular. It’s also one of the few pescatarian-friendly items on the menu. According to USA Today, McDonald’s sells 25% of its Filet-O-Fish sandwiches every March for the Lent season, making it a bonafide seasonal fan favorite.
Starbucks has had Frappuccinos on its nationwide menus since 1995, but these blended drinks got more popular than ever starting in 2017 when the coffee chain rolled out the highly Instagrammable Unicorn Frappuccino. Since then, Starbucks has been steadily releasing limited-time Frappuccinos, including (but not limited to) the Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino, Zombie Frappuccino, Christmas Tree Frappuccino and Tie-Dye Frappuccino.
Frosty with fries (Wendy’s)
When the first Wendy’s opened in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969, it had just five items on its menu, one of which was the frozen Frosty Dairy Dessert. Another original menu item, of course, was french fries. We don’t know what brave soul first dipped his or her crispy fries into the chocolate milkshake-like dessert, but the salty and sweet combo is one for the ages. It perhaps works so well because Wendy’s Frostys are so thick, you really can’t sip them with a straw. Instead, you need to use a spoon — or a fry.
Gingerbread Latte (Starbucks)
Starbucks holiday cups are so anticipated every year, there are entire websites dedicated to counting down the days until these festive vessels return to stores. But what’s a jolly red cup without a seasonal beverage? A fan favorite Starbucks coffee drink is the Gingerbread Latte, a spiced drink that has all the best holiday flavors mixed with espresso and milk. The holiday decadence is then topped with gingerbread whipped cream and a crunchy wafer, which is oh-so comforting come November.
Iced coffee (Dunkin’)
There’s a joke about Dunkin’ (formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts) being so popular in Massachusetts that there’s one on every corner, but in one area of Revere, Massachusetts, there really are two Dunkin’ locations across the street from each other. The state’s obsession with Dunkin’ has inspired 'SNL' sketches and songs. So what are people ordering at Dunkin’? As of 2017, the chain’s most popular mobile order item was an iced coffee, we assume with plenty of cream and sugar.
McDonald’s McRib can be a bit of an elusive beast, but it tends to come back every year in October or November. This cult favorite item is so popular, McDonald’s has even launched a McRib finder online so fans of this barbecue-inspired sandwich can easily find one. Often imitated but never duplicated, the McRib is a boneless pork patty in the shape of a rack of ribs that is then slathered in tangy barbecue sauce and topped with onions and pickles. If you know the wonders of this addictive sandwich, then you know why it’s a favorite.
Nacho Fries (Taco Bell)
Taco Bell has always been different because it’s a major fast food chain without classic sandwiches or fries. But that all changed in January 2018, when it launched Nacho Fries. They were an instant sensation as the restaurant sold over 53 million orders of Nacho Fries in just five weeks. For now, Nacho Fries, while a fan favorite, are an elusive item, constantly disappearing and reappearing on Taco Bell menus. So, if you want to catch this seasoned potato side, you better keep your eyes peeled.
Pink Drink (Starbucks)
It’s not often that a drink gets upgraded from secret menu item to regular, year-round, everyday menu item, but that’s what happened to the Pink Drink at Starbucks. The pretty millennial pink beverage is made with coconut milk, Strawberry Acai Refreshers and a scoop of strawberries. The coffee-free, dairy-free drink first got a cult following on social media as a beverage customization, but was added to the official menu board in April 2017. That’s a real glow-up, folks.
Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks)
While there is no shortage of pumpkin spice products on the market, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte may be the standard for the fall season. They do own the trademark on PSL, after all. The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks has its own official Facebook group and devotees who anxiously await the release of this creamy, seasoned squash beverage every year. Starbucks seems to know it has a seasonal hit on its hands because the drink keeps coming back to Starbucks locations earlier and earlier, and while haters will keep hating on it, you can’t argue with the cult of the PSL.
Shamrock Shake (McDonald’s)
There aren’t a lot of great things about March. You want it to be spring outside, but it’s still technically winter until late into the month, and thus this month can frequently be gray and sad. But one great thing about March is the annual release of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Fans of this annual menu item wait all year for another taste. Originally introduced in 1970, this vanilla-based milkshake with a hint of mint and whipped cream has a light green color tied to St. Patrick’s Day that also just screams, “Spring has sprung!”
Spicy Chicken Nuggets (Wendy’s)
Wendy’s has kind of a wild online presence, and that means that this fast food chain’s chicken nuggets have gone viral numerous times over the past few years. One of the latest examples of this is when musician Chance the Rapper publicly wondered why the spicy nuggets were pulled from the menu and then got them to come back. Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets have a cult following for a reason — they have just the right amount of heat, a peppery yet crispy exterior and tender interior. Other nuggets quake in their presence.
Waffle fries (Chick-fil-A)
Chick-fil-A may be most famous for its sandwiches, but according to the chain, its waffle fries were the top-selling item of 2018. The crisscross cut of the fries is really what makes this particular potato shine. There’s a lot of surface area to a waffle fry, allowing for an optimal amount of crispy exterior and space for salt and ketchup, while keeping the inside perfectly pillowy. Whether you’re eating a chicken sandwich or Chick-fil-A nuggets, you need waffle fries to complete your meal.
Whopper (Burger King)
Whoppers inspire a lot of passion in Burger King customers. Remember those mid-2000s ads where people freaked out when they were told the flame-grilled burger with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, ketchup and a sesame seed bun was discontinued? Not every burger inspires that sort of passion, especially a no-frills one like the Whopper. But then again, not every fast food burger ranks among the most famous fast food menu items of all time.
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Burger King currently has $0 delivery fees on Grubhub for orders over $10. Beginning March 16, the burger chain will have free delivery on Postmates and, over the next month, free delivery will be available through all of Burger King's third-party partners including DoorDash and Uber Eats.
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Uber Eats has waived the delivery fee on more than 100,000 independent restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, to increase cash flow to local businesses, they have the option to receive their earnings daily, rather than weekly. All orders must feature tamper-evident packaging and can be left at the doorstep for minimal contact.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
If you're in the mood for ribs or pit-smoked chicken wings, Dickey's Barbecue Pit has initiated contactless free delivery. The option is available at participating locations nationwide now through April 30. Like Chipotle, all Dickey's food will come sealed with a tamper guard.
Getting people their prescription drugs is just as important as making sure they're fed, so Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B is temporarily offering free delivery on all pharmacy orders. All you have to do is call your local H-E-B pharmacy and request that your prescription be delivered to your home or work address. Same-day orders are available only on weekdays, you can only pay with a credit card and you must be 18 years or older to accept the delivery.
If you have a prescription at CVS, the drugstore is also waiving fees on home delivery.
"When you're in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act," Troyen Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health, said in a statement. "As long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat, we'll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members and customers."
The Daily Meal has reached out to see which other companies plan to follow suit, and we will update this article as we receive their responses. In the meantime, if you’re planning on stocking your shelves instead of ordering out, here’s what you should consider picking up at the store.
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