Chances are, the only place you won’t find a fast food restaurant in the United States is the center of a desert. These places are so ubiquitous throughout the United States that, even if you were missing most of your senses, you could probably sniff your way to a McDonald’s (and its heavenly fries).
That said, there are quite a few that actually don’t spread too far from their origins. And it’s a shame because they’re so tasty that it’s practically criminal to not share their menus with as many fast food junkies as possible. These 15 limited chain restaurants might make you go grab your wallet and car keys…
1. Dick’s Drive-In: This Seattle-based burger joint has not only withstood the test of time, it practically spat in its face. For just $2.90, you can get a double-patty burger made with never-frozen beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickle relish. Take that, inflation!
2. Whataburger: Since the 1950s, this restaurant has been crushing the fast-food burger scene throughout Texas. However, it’s their breakfast that makes it stand out. Biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and taquitos with cheese all provide their own reasons for consumers to get up early and stop by before work.
3. Bojangles’: In a world of Popeyes, KFCs, and Chik-Fil-As, it takes a really special fried bird to capture the hearts of chicken lovers. Bojangles’ has just the recipe for that: with 12 hours of marination and a spicy breading, this restaurant makes mouths water all over the Southeast.
4. In N’ Out Burger: Only three things are on this menu — a cheeseburger, a double cheeseburger, and a hamburger — and they’re all mega-delicious. Though the chain has over 300 locations, they’re only in California, Utah, and Texas.
5. Jim’s Restaurant: When it’s 3 a.m. and you’re dying for something to eat, leave it to Jim’s to answer the call — so long as you’re in the San Antonio or Austin, Texas, areas. Open 24 hours, Jim’s will take care of any craving, seriously.
6. Krystal: Harold and Kumar may have had a wild night chasing down White Castle, but that’s only because no one told them about Krystal. This Southern chain produces small, square burgers too, but with a few additional perks like onions, mustard, and even a side of grits.
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7. Waffle House: There’s an old saying that goes something like “no one has ever been sad inside a Waffle House,” and once you’ve been into one of these 24/7 locations peppering the country, it’s easy to see why.
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8. Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles: Sorry, did you want a little chicken with your waffles? Well, this Los Angeles chain is the place you want to be then. They capitalize on combining sweet syrup and crunchy waffles with oh-so-savory chicken.
9. Arctic Circle: Though only in Idaho and Utah, people everywhere want to know what’s in this restaurant’s incredible secret fry sauce recipe! After one taste, your mouth “is in heaven.”
10. Texadelphia: This Texas chain takes Philly’s cheesesteak and gives it the old “welcome to Texas” treatment. Enjoy a side of tortilla chips with your sandwich and enter into that sweet state of bliss brought on by excessive, tasty carbohydrates.
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11. Burgerville: If you like restaurants that are powered entirely by wind, then you’ll love Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver’s 50-location burger chain. They’re also made with marionberries, Tillamook cheddar, and free-range beef.
12. Wings to Go: Sadly, the western half of the United States doesn’t have access to the 19 mouth-watering flavors this hot spot has to offer. Cooking up their famous wings since 1985, this chain stops at nothing to serve the most authentic chicken in the nation.
13. Original Tommy’s: Chili lovers, look no further. Paradise waits in Southern California (with a few spots in Nevada) at this restaurant. Each menu item at Tommy’s isn’t complete until a generous ladle of all-beef chili is put on top!
14. Tastee Freez: A very unique selection of frozen treats can only ironically be found in one of the coldest places in America — Alaska. They serve more than just ice cream, including their famous salmon burgers.
15. Jack’s: Bells and whistles are nowhere to be seen on the menu of this Birmingham, Alabama-founded joint, and to its many patrons, that’s A-okay. The food still has the people of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee coming back for seconds.
16. Wawa: Though more a ‘gas station stop’ than a ‘dine-in’ experience, this east coast chain has attracted customers everywhere in large part to their made-to-order hoagies. Apparently, they’re the best stop on a long road trip!
17. Torchy’s Tacos: The two main things you need to know about this place are the Brush Fire (Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapeños, and mango) and the Trailer Park (fried chicken breast topped with sautéed green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo, and shredded mixed cheese on a flour tortilla).
18. Godfather’s Pizza: Move over NYC slice and Chicago deep dish — there’s a new pizza place in town. A privately owned restaurant chain headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, this place operates fast, casual Italian franchises with “pizza you can’t refuse.”
19. Sonny’s BBQ: You’d be hard-pressed to leave this place without an urge to take a food coma-inspired nap. Pulled or sliced pork, ribs, and turkey all smoked for 12 hours. With only 150 locations across 9 states, criminally few people have an opportunity for a gorge-fest at Sonny’s.
20. Jollibee: Scattered across the eastern coast (oh, and Hawaii) this chain serves up the one and only fast food Aloha burger. With their special sauce, slices of pineapple, and smoky bacon, how could you not travel to the sea and give it a try?