The 25 Best Chain Restaurant Dishes in America

Your essential guide to the nation's guiltiest pleasures.


Whiskey River BBQ Burger at Red Robin

What is it: A hamburger basted with Whiskey River® BBQ Sauce, served with cheddar cheese, crispy onion straws, lettuce, fresh tomatoes, and mayo on a sesame bun.

Why we love it: People who love Red Robin really ride for it hard, and it’s not hard to figure out why when you first get down on this stacked sandwich. The tanginess of the BBQ sauce and the crunch of the crispy fried onions are a winning combo, and the patty has enough beefy oomph to stand up to all the toppings.

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  • Bherz

    Mmmm …. garlic rolls at Bertucci’s ….. does this really qualify as fast good though? also killer that they give you dough to play with at the table.

    • Bherz

      oh wait this is chain restaurants, not fast food.

  • waaminn

    Man I suddenly have a major craving for a burger lol

  • Tracey Brooks Harbaugh

    No no no. The Banzai burger at Red Robin is the best burger in America! Anyone anywhere can get a barbecue sauced burger- yawn. But grilled pineapple and onion straws? That’s unique!

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  • bigrig

    I doubt I will visit a Red Robin again and don’t understand the the big bru-ha-ha over the chain.Same goes for In&Out, really, get out and explore some of independent restaurants. Some are great and better than chains and some miss the mark.

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  • GyJim

    Try the “Vesuvio Chicken in a butter/ wine/mushroom sauce with the roasted potatoes” at Sbarro’s. Not all of their restaurants serve it, though.

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  • jimmy

    Waffle House hash browns “all the way” now includes both chili and sausage gravy (powdered). Not recommended…

  • Brandon

    being from the PNW I haven’t heard of half these places…….

  • TheGreatGoblin

    You lost me at Olive Garden

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  • Jasmine

    Numbers 4, 7 and 8 are the only ones I would eat!

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