How Wall Street rates 10 favorite fast-food joints

The shares of many of America's most popular restaurants are less than healthy.

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Aug 6, 2014 7:23PM
Chipotle is overrated, Wendy's is expensive (I bought 2 combo meals and 2 shakes for my husband and I - total $18.76), forget McDonald's , Papa John's will give you food poisoning (I've known three people who got sick after eating their pizza), and Jack-in-the-Box changed their taco filling to runny orange cheese-like stuff.  The rest of them are mediocre.  I think I'll just stay home and have a salad!
Aug 13, 2014 8:57AM
For all the complainers, get off you lazy butt and make your own hamburger or sandwich at home.  People have forgotten they can eat at home.  I don't have to worry about spit on my burger or onions when I did not ask for onions.   It is time we Americans wake up and start doing things for ourselves.   We can't even wash our car anymore.   We are all lazy. 
The fun will really start when the folks get here and start bitching about the wage of these super duper burger flippers.
Aug 13, 2014 9:40AM

I prefer 5 Guys Burgers & Fries. Slightly more expensive but a lot more tasty.

McDonalds is boring and Burger King lacks something. Wendy's is pushing oddball items as does Hardees. Salads from any of them are almost all lettuce. Taco Bell has decided to add layers of 'bread' around their mystery meat and cheese.

I seems all these places are interested in extracting every penny from the product at the cost of flavor.

Aug 13, 2014 7:16AM
You can keep Panera Bread.  When you get a sandwich it is filled with lettuce, etc., they forget to put much of the chicken salad, etc. in it, you have to search around for it.  Tried it twice, not worth the money.
Aug 13, 2014 9:13AM
Yes, all of these fast food restaurants are fast an that is it. They all share one thing in common, the are not healthy for you and are all expensive. You might as well go to TGI Friday, a Apple Bees on Mondays ($5 Special), Ruby Tuesday, or Chili's, they have a better selection and they have healthier options for about the same price
Aug 13, 2014 8:15AM

When Panera  changed their chicken salad sandwich, is when they lost my business. I loved the old chicken salad . 
Aug 6, 2014 8:42PM
Yep I just see a whole bunch of ways to get spit covered food by people who think the should get $15 per hour when they deserve less then what they are getting.  Don't like the wages, get off your butt and work harder to find a better job. 
Aug 7, 2014 12:48AM
MSN must have stock in Wendy's. They have had many articles in the last year of how great Wendy's is, and how all other fast food restaurants suck. I won't eat at Wendy's. They advertize how their meat is never frozen. I have had their burgers in the past that had a very foul taste to them. I think that is why you freeze meat. So it doesn't go bad!. I freeze burgers at home and when I cook them they taste great.
Aug 13, 2014 3:57AM
El Pollo Loco is by far the best on this list!! Still upset that they aren't in Foxwoods casino anymore….
Aug 13, 2014 12:47PM
If you eat fast food or as i call it junk food you should have no opinion about quality of food . And for the rest of you people leave the workers of fast food places alone they need a job and they should get paid more than minimum wage so do not hate on them, they are just trying to provide for their families .
Aug 13, 2014 12:23PM
there's not 1 & I am not being shitty, but none of them would I eat there junk food! If you just have to eat out find a mom & pop place, there are some in every town & city that serve great burgers & burritos or what ever you like with out tons of salt & other things you don't need a weeks worth in one meal!
Aug 13, 2014 11:01AM
Watch this fast food market and you will commonly see they are really up and down when it comes to profit lines.    Don't spend a lot of time in any of these, but have noticed these smaller portion meals under $5  seem to be popular.    Culvers may have the beset $5 and under.  Really good burgers.   If you go with large burger, large Fry and large soda times 2,,,,ya, you will find the bill at $15 plus.   Any of them really healthy?  Heck no
Aug 13, 2014 7:23AM
I don't get Chipotle's, their food and feel of place is just like Subway.  Food lying out in little bins is just fast food.  Wasn't worth the expectations I had when I went their the first and last time about a year ago.
Aug 13, 2014 9:21AM
In this area I eat at Culvers most of the time when eating out. Macs, B-King, and Wendys are up and down with food quality. One day a great meal and the next time just so-so. Culvers has great service, good food. Subway is ok too but don't like standing there having a sandwich prepared.
Aug 13, 2014 9:21AM
My wife likes Chick-fil-A  but none of these places have vegan food that I need.
Aug 13, 2014 8:26AM
Panera in Baltimore r good ...1/2 of ham&cheese on bread ,tomatoe basil soup r good 
Aug 13, 2014 11:33AM

since WHEN are places like Chipolte's and  Panera the like fast food?

Fast food is cheap, fast, no waiting, and thankfully - you can drive thru most of them in 5 minutes.

Heck, Panera is over $20 for my wife and I to have dinner...and that's IF we have water and watch what we order!  By comparison..."fast food" like Taco Bell or McD's have items that basically cost $1 and we can both eat for under $10 easily!

Aug 13, 2014 5:02PM
My favorite fast food joints are the ones that overcharge. I love me some good PANERA. Let's go over the experience shall we! Step one, walk through an isle of dirty tables and a filthy coffee station. Step two, wait in line forever and stare and the fine print you need a maginifying glass to read. Step three, order from the cashier who could care less and obviously is overworked since she'll have to grab the cookie your pretty much being forced to buy so she can keep her job. Step four, force your way up to the counter so you can SERVE YOURSELF. You notice something? Oh yes, the napkins are wet, the silverware has food on it and your half sandwich has more meat next to it that in it. Step five, CLEAR YOUR OWN TABLE because again...the company is piisss cheap and only one person to clean the whole dining room. They also happen to be on bathroom and trash duty at the same time- nice healthy touch Panera. Last step, CLEAR YOUR OWN  table and walk out the finger print laden doors into the dirty filthy parking lot. This is the best chain restaurants can give us. Mcdonalds is cleaner, faster and friendlier. The new crop of chains like Panera are A STEP DOWN from the lowest burger joint in every area except food selection. And this is the best america can do? They are ALL the same- all across the country and yet people wait in line hoping to save a few buck on table side service but get ripped off in the end. So sad.
Aug 7, 2014 12:07AM
Panera is the worst. Nothing like nasty microwaved panini's and soup out of a bag. Do I really have to pay for that crap?
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