Very much a part of normal life in any modernized country is the fast food or quick serve restaurant chains. Although not a healthy choice, most of us are more than casually acquainted with at least one of these chains.
We are curious as to which is the best though, give your vote and let us know. You can also add to the list if your favorite is missing.
Dating back to 1919 with a walk-up root beer stand in Lodi California, A&W has been an American icon for a century.
Roy W Allen opened his root beer stand in 1919 and later partnered with an employee, Frank Wright to open their first restaurant. In 1923 the partners, using the initials of each last name, opened the first A&W Restaurant in Sacramento, California.
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Arby's, named for the Raffel Brothers who founded the chain, began with the first restaurant opened in 1964.
The Raffel Brothers created Arby's to be a franchise when they opened the first store in Boardman, Ohio. One year later, the first licensee of Arby's opened in Akron, Ohio. Arby's expanded during the 1970's and soon became a household name throughout the United States.
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It all started with a hot dog stand purchased in 1941 in Los Angeles by Carl and Margaret Karcher. BY 1945 the couple had expanded to owning four carts and moved to Anaheim, California where they opened their first restaurant, Carl's Drive-In Barbecue.
In 1956, the Karcher's opened two smaller restaurants in Anaheim and Brea, calling them Carl's Jr in reference to their smaller size.
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Chick-fil-A, Inc. opened it's first restaurant in the Greenbriar Mall outside of Atlanta in 1967. The company had been registered in 1961 after S. Truett Cathy discovered that a chicken fillet could be cooked in the same amount of time as a fast food hamburger using a pressure fryer.
With S. Truett Cathy as the founder of Chick-fil-A, the chain shares it's origin with the Dwarf House, originally the Dwarf Grill, located in Hapeville, Georgia. Truett opened the Dwarf Grill in 1946 near Ford's Atlanta Assembly Plant which has since been demolished.
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Founded in 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida as Insta-Burger King by Keith Kramer and Mathew Burns. The company was re-branded as Burger King after being purchased by two Miami, Florida franchisees, James McLamore and David R. Edgerton, in 1959.
After expanding the chain to more than 250 stores, McLangmore and Edgerton sold the company to the Pillsbury Company in 1967. Burger King has changed hands multiple times and has had some rough roads but remains as one of the most well known fast food chains in America.
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