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The Most Popular Items at McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, and Other Fast Food Chains

America loves its fast food chains. Maybe you want a burger or you’re craving some fried chicken. Maybe you just want an order of fries. Or perhaps what you really want is a milkshake. Regardless, you probably have a favorite chain to visit. (Even if you’ll only go through the drive-thru under the cover of night.) So it likely doesn’t surprise you that Americans have chosen a few favorite menu items at McDonald’s, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, and other fast food joints over the years.

While there isn’t any definitive data on the most popular fast food menu items across America, we’ve made some educated guesses. (Using available market research on America’s favorite fast food restaurants, plus the apparent level of enthusiasm for particular orders.) Read on to check out some of the most items on the menu at your favorite fast food chains.

15. A chicken bowl at Chipotle

employee assembling a burrito bowl with guacamole at a chipotle

employee assembling a burrito bowl with guacamole at a chipotle Many people order bowls, not burritos, at Chipotle. |Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Many credit Chipotle with changing the American fast food industry by making it possible to offer higher-quality food in a familiar fast food setting — something all Chipotle fans appreciate. Everybody’s favorite fast casual chain doesn’t actually share data on what its most popular menu items are. But Inverse learned that if you look down the service line and choose the most popular item at each point, what you’d end up with is a bowl with white rice, black beans, chicken, mild salsa, cheese and lettuce. A bowl is actually the healthiest order at Chipotle. And Chipotle does a great job of making chicken a delicious and nutritious option, whether you love a bowl or a burrito.

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