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    Wendy's Tops Zagat Fast Food Survey

    Subway, McDonald's, KFC and Burger King rounded out the top five overall.

    NEW YORK -- Restaurant guide publisher Zagat this week released the findings of its latest survey on the nation's best fast food, with Wendy’s—the chain that claims it's "way better than fast food"—coming out on top, according to media reports.

    Wendy’s, based in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, Ohio, rated No. 1 overall, followed by Subway, McDonald's, KFC and Burger King. Wendy's also ranked first in the previous Zagat fast-food survey, which was conducted two years ago.

    Winners were based on the responses of 6,107 consumers who participated in the survey, which charted 103 chains nationwide. According to Zagat, the typical surveyor eats at chain restaurants 11 times a month, Nation’s Restaurant News reported.

    Among the fast-food chains, McDonald’s took first place for best French fries, best breakfast sandwiches, most child-friendly, best drive-thru and best value.

    In-N-Out Burger, a West Coast chain, took best burger honors; while for coffee, Starbucks is still consumers' favorite, followed by Dunkin' Donuts, Peet's Coffee & Tea, McDonald's and Caribou Coffee, according to the Zagat survey.

    Other fast-food winners included: KFC for best fried chicken, Chick-fil-A for best grilled chicken; Long John Silver’s for best fish; Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops for best shakes; and Panera Bread Co. for best salad, the report stated.

    Among the full-service chain winners, Outback Steakhouse took the prize for best steak; Olive Garden for best pasta; IHOP, best breakfast; Red Lobster, best seafood; and Chuck E. Cheese’s for most child-friendly. For full-service best value honors, Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden and Cracker Barrel topped the Zagat survey.

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