Tier Lists

Top 50 Fast Food Brands Tier List

We’ve got a GTL Tier to all of your fast-food favorites. We’ve taken the top 50 fast food locals and ranked them into tiers. Check out your picks below next time you’re hungry and looking for that S Tier bite.

The below tier list is highly subjective, your favorite place to eat will always be S tier. We also leveraged market data to help rate the food, placing a heavy emphasis on total net sales. The more sales a restaurant makes, the more likely their food is rather good. So we take that into account as well.

If you’re wanting a clear winner right now, we’d give the S+ Tier to: Chick-Fil-A


S Tier

These are the all time best fast food places. You’re not going wrong with any of them. Here are some controversial picks. Subway and McDonalds beating out some of the fancier sandwich shops and hamburger places do so for a reason. The availability of Subway and the freshness of their sandwiches makes them the clear sandwich chain winner right now. McDonald’s fresh meat in the quarter pounder and their availability make them a knock out all-star on the list.

Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks and Taco Bell all provide frequent reliable food at reliable prices. This S tier feels very well rounded with places you can pick to eat at and never fail to be amazed.

  • Chick-fil-A
  • McDonald’s
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell

A Tier

The A Tier encompasses the remaining top dogs in the fast food arena. Wendy’s contains to innovate with fresh menu items quarterly. Burger King stays strong in the market. Dunkin’ is the primary rival to Starbucks. Domino’s has regained a lot of consumer love and Panera Bread offers upscale meals at near upscale prices.

  • Burger King
  • Domino’s
  • Dunkin’
  • Panera Bread
  • Pizza Hut
  • Wendy’s

B Tier

Everything below is good. Notable mentions are that Dairy Queen’s revamped food menu from a few years ago is still steller and Little Caesars is a value powerhouse. Arby’s innovations keep it high on the list.

  • Arby’s
  • Chipotle
  • Culver’s
  • Dairy Queen
  • Hardee’s
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jimmy John’s
  • KFC
  • Little Caesars
  • Moe’s
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John’s
  • Popeyes
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Whataburger

C Tier

These choices start getting into the more meh. Checkers/Rally’s for instance has great food but it’s very greasy. El Pollo Loco has a confusing menu. Firehouse Subs are highly niche steamed sandwiches. Papa Murphy’s provides take and bake pizzas.

They’re all good in their own right, but not as universally loved and quite honestly those once every few months kinda places.

  • Bojangles’
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Checkers/Rally’s
  • Del Taco
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Five Guys
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Jersey Mike’s
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Qdoba
  • Raising Cane’s
  • Steak ‘n’ Shake
  • Wingstop
  • Zaxby’s

F Tier

These are all I mean, they’re okay. I wouldn’t go out of my way or get excited for any of these.

  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Boston Market
  • Church’s Chicken
  • Jason’s Deli
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Tim Hortons
  • White Castle