America, we know you love Barack Obama. But that doesn’t mean that when he eats somewhere, you have to eat there too.
According to a Zagat survey of Americans’ fast-food preferences, American’s favorite fast food burger is Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Also according to this survey, Americans have lousy taste in burgers.
Now, Five Guys isn’t awful. But the burgers there are more memorable for the sheer amount (and free-ness) of available toppings than for any inherent burger quality. The meat, the cheese, the veggies: Everything about them is merely alright.
The problem with this survey, we think, is one of access. In recent years, a number of high-quality (but still technically fast-food) burger places have cropped up around the country. Call them ‘upper-middle-class’ burgers, the Five Guys and Shake Shacks that (alongside old favorites like In-N-Out and Steak ‘n Shake) wipe the floor with those soggy and limp creations from McDonalds.
However, most of these franchises are regional: In-N-Out on the West Coast, Steak ‘n Shake in the Midwest, Shake Shack in New York City. Five Guys, however, is all over the U.S. Thus, when you do a nationwide survey of ‘Best Fast Food Burger,’ people are going to vote for the only ‘upper-middle-class’ burger (can we call them BoBo Burgers?) in their town. Consumers don’t know how good they don’t have it.
Or they could just be blindly following Barack Obama. (via The Guardian)