The Best Obscure Fast Food Restaurants In America


For Summer, we are taking a road trip around America to eat at the best obscure fast food restaurants in America. Some may have heard of these restaurants — and had the pleasure to dine there — and for others, this will be an exploration into new and tasty fast food restaurant chains that had previously gone unnoticed. Travel along with us and get a taste for these obscure American fast food restaurant chains…


Spangles Restaurants

On a mission to serve the best high quality food, cooked to order, and served up fast; Spangles is a staple in Kansas. Their hamburgers are delicious, and the atmosphere has a family-feel to it. When it comes to delicious burgers, fries and shakes, Spangles is where you want to be.

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Spangles Locations

Spangles makes its home in Kansas, and have multiple locations near Topeka, Wichita, Hutchinson, El Dorado, and many more KAnsas cities just off the highway. When you are on your American road trip and need good burgers and fries in Kansas, stop-by a Spangles location

Spangles Restaurant Menu Highlights


Spangles Hamburger

 1/3 pound Garlic Parmesan Bacon Cheeseburger


Seasoned Fries


Spangles’ Chocolate Milkshake

All of the food at Spangles is delicious and affordable. We highly recommend a stop-by Spangles if you are in the Kansas area this summer.

Visit Spangles Restaurants for Yourself:

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Runza Restaurants

Serving traditional Runza sandwiches, crinkle-cut french fries, and the best onion rings in the Midwest, Runza is a chain of sandwich shops originally started in Nebraska. Their traditional Runza sandwiches are made with lightly seasoned ground beef and cabbage of a fresh baked roll. While their take on polish sandwiches is their call to fame, they also serve chicken, hamburgers and other classic American fast food items.

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Runza Locations

Runza restaurants are typically found in Nebraska, with select locations in Kansas and Colorado. These delicious sandwiches and sides are well worth the road trip to the American Heartland.

Runza Restaurant Menu Highlights


The Original Runza Sandwich


Southwest Runza Sandwich


Frings — French Fries and Onion Rings


French Onion Burger


Buffalo Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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Smothered Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Smothered Grilled Chicken Sandwich

If you get the chance to stop by a Runza while traveling on your summer road trip through Nebraska, Colorado, or Kansas, give the classic Runza sandwich a try… with a side of crinkle-cut fries and onion rings…

Visit Runza Restaurants for Yourself:

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Rally’s Hamburgers

Coupled with its sister-restaurant chain “Checkers,” Rally’s is a drive-through/drive-in restaurant chain that serves the basics: Good burgers and fries, at an affordable price. Famed for their seasoned french fries, their menu is simple, but serves up interesting takes on traditional fast food burgers and fries.

Rallys Locations

Rally’s Hamburger Locations

Rally’s Hamburgers locations are spread out across the country including locations in Arizona, California, Ohio and more… If you don’t see a Rally’s location in your current state, look for a Checkers Hamburgers, the chain’s sister-brand…

Rally’s Hamburgers Menu Highlights


Fry-Lovers’ Burger


Big Buford Burger


Big Chicken Sandwich


Rally’s Famous Seasoned Fries

The Seasoned Fries are the best french fries we have had at ANY fast food restaurant — period! If you get the chance to stop by a Rally’s, definitely grab the fries, but all of the menu items are quite delicious.

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Krystal Restaurants

Opened in 1932, and serving delicious sliders and meals for over 83 years, Krystal is a staple in Southeastern United States, Krystal is a fast food chain that specializes is small square-pattied hamburger sliders. Unlike another famous chain that specializes in sliders, Krystal delves even deeper into the world of sliders, offering breakfast sliders, chicken sliders and more…

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Krystal Locations

Centered primarily in Tennessee, Krystal restaurants can also be found in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Krystal Restaurants’ Menu Highlights

Classic Krystal

Classic Krystal

Bacon Cheese Krystal

Bacon Cheese Krystal

Krystal Chik

Krystal Chik

Game Time Wings

Game Time Wings

Krystal Chili Cheese Fries

Krystal Chili Cheese Fries

Krystal Chili Cheese Pup

Krystal Chili Cheese Pup


Krystal Grits

Sausage Egg Breakfast Scrambler

Sausage Egg Breakfast Scrambler

While all of the items at Krystal Restaurants are delicious, we are obsessed with the Breakfast Scramblers… It is the perfect fast food breakfast item that makes getting a full, healthy breakfast incredibly easy. If you get the chance to stop by a Krystal during your road trip in the Southeastern states, you will be satisfied and long for a Krystal location in your hometown.

Visit Krystal Restaurants For Yourself:

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Sweeto Burrito

Sweeto Burrito is a chain of burrito restaurants that are originally from North Dakota founded by a chef who loved stuffing tortillas with new and interesting fillings. Sweeto Burrito’s creations are dangerously delectable, stuffing fried foods such as french fries and onion rings into delicious burritos.

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Sweeto Burrito Locations

Originally founded in North Dakota, Sweeto Burrito has expanded to have locations in Washington, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Virginia and Florida. With locations scattered all across the country, a Sweeto Burrito location is just a short road trip away for anyone who wants to try these maniacal burrito creations.

Sweeto Burrito Menu Highlights

All American

The All American

A cheeseburger burrito stuffed with bacon, french fries, American cheese and fry sauce.

Break Neck

The Break Neck

A breakfast burrito stuffed with eggs, bacon, tater tots and “Neato Sauce.”

Buff Chick

The Buff Chick

A buffalo chicken burrito stuffed with deep fried chicken, tater tots and cheddar cheese.

Papi Chulo

Papi Chulo

A Spanish-inspired creation featuring ground beef, rice and black beans.

Rise and Shiner

 The Rise & Shiner

A breakfast burrito stuffed with steak and eggs, tater tots and a touch of sriracha.

White Chick

The White Chick

Grilled Chicken, Rice, Black Beans, Pepper Jack Cheese, Fresh Lime and Sour Cream.

All of the burritos and various entrees at Sweeto Burrito are incredible! If you get the chance to stop by a Sweeto Burrito location this summer, try out the “Carne Assassin,” and grab a side of their crispy onion rings.

Visit Sweeto Burrito For Yourself:

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Whataburger Restaurants

Founded in 1950 in Corpus Cristi, Texas, Whataburger is truly a fast food restaurant that will leave you exclaiming “What A Burger!” One of the last “big” hamburger chains to still use 100% beef and all natural ingredients, Whataburger has more than just burgers. Their breakfast menu, chicken sides, and all of the items on their menu are simply irresistible.

Whataburger Locations

Whataburger Locations

Primarily found in the southern states from coast to coast, you can find a Whataburger in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and other select locations.

Whataburger Menu Highlights

Avocado Bacon Burger

Avocado Bacon Burger

Honey Mustard WhataChiken Club

Honey Mustard Whatachiken Club

Patty Melt

Patty Melt



Whata French Fries

Whata French Fries

When it comes to the “big” fast food hamburger chains, Whataburger does it right. Still a family-owned and operated franchise chain, they are committed to quality food at an affordable price, and never cut corners.

Visit Whataburger For Yourself:

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When you are off on an American summer roadtrip, you get hungry quickly. The roadsigns for fast food that beckon you to exit the interstate are calling you to explore some of the more obscure fast food chains that this country has. So next time you see a fast food restaurant that you have never eaten in before, be sure to give it a try… There are more hidden gems of fast food restaurants out their waiting for you to try out.

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19 responses to “The Best Obscure Fast Food Restaurants In America

  1. Oh wow! What a great memory! I grew up in Texas, and ALWAYS seemed to have a Whataburger in my mouth! Now that I travel (work) all over the Nation, I can’t wait to have a job back down there. The first meal I’ll have (if I ever make it back) will be a Whataburger, fries, Dr. Pepper. *** My mouth is watering just typing this and thinking about it! *** LOL!

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great post! We have Rally’s where I live and they do have good, inexpensive food. I had not heard of the others and there are none nearby, but if I ever travel to any of the states the others are in I will look them up and give them a try. Thank you for this post:)

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