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…
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.
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
1/3 pound Garlic Parmesan Bacon Cheeseburger
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.
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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.
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
Mini Corn Dogs
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…
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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.
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
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.
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…
Centered primarily in Tennessee, Krystal restaurants can also be found in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Krystal Restaurants’ Menu Highlights
Bacon Cheese Krystal
Game Time Wings
Krystal Chili Cheese Fries
Krystal Chili Cheese Pup
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.
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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.
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
The All American
A cheeseburger burrito stuffed with bacon, french fries, American cheese and fry sauce.
The Break Neck
A breakfast burrito stuffed with eggs, bacon, tater tots and “Neato Sauce.”
The Buff Chick
A buffalo chicken burrito stuffed with deep fried chicken, tater tots and cheddar cheese.
A Spanish-inspired creation featuring ground beef, rice and black beans.
The Rise & Shiner
A breakfast burrito stuffed with steak and eggs, tater tots and a touch of sriracha.
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.
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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.
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
Honey Mustard Whatachiken Club
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.
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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.
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!
It is soooooo delicious.
Agreed! Everything about their burgers are great!
The Runzas are one of our favorites… and fairly healthy (For Fast Food).
Glad you got Whataburger in there! They are awesome.
We had to! Haha.
Great list! We love Runza. Time for a road trip!
Runza is so good!
Looks like I’d starve if I went to the U.S. I don’t eat any of that stuff
There are plenty of restaurants outside the Fast Food realm in the US. We just had to be a little indulgent on this one. Thanks for stopping by.
Now I am hungry!
We try and taunt our readers with deliciousness 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
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:)
We used to have a Rallys close-by but they didn’t really take off in Arizona. Thanks for traveling along with us.
YUM! (Picks up mouth off my computer) You should do a list for Washington DC!!
We will work on that. In the meantime, Thrillest covers great DC restaurants: https://www.thrillist.com/washington-dc
I am so hungry while see this cake. I need eating it right now
Wow. You have a lot of decent hamburger places in the U.S.. All that made me feel hungry!