Earlier this summer, the career site Zippia reported that there are 201,865 fast-food restaurants in the United States. World Population Review cracked into that information even further when they detailed the fast food business in each state, and in Massachusetts, the top-rated chain is relatively new to the region.
Zippia’s information states that Subway has the most locations, with 20,622 restaurants. That’s roughly 5,000 more than Starbucks. Furthermore, the report states, “The global fast food industry is worth $907 billion as of 2023.” That equates to 50 million people consuming fast food daily in America.
In Massachusetts, though there are Dunkin Donuts everywhere, that franchise is not the top-rated in the state. The actual top-rated fast food chain in the state has options for every meal. In fact, the first time this particular establishment opened in the Bay State was in 2014 in Chicopee (just north of Springfield). Then, eight years later, they opened in Boston.
We’re talking about Chick-fil-A
Unique breakfast items like the chicken biscuit and consistent lunch or dinner items like their traditional sandwich help make Chik-fil-A the top-rated fast food chain in Massachusetts. There are now 18 different locations scattered around the state (no, none of them are open on Sunday). Most of them include an efficient drive-thru process where it is common to see an employee outside taking orders with an iPad. In addition, there is outdoor seating on the patio. Zippia reported chicken has 8% of the fast food market share (burgers are 31%)
Though this popular chicken restaurant was the top-rated one, the fast-food chain that is most affiliated with Massachusetts also made an appearance on World Population Review’s list. Dunkin’ Donuts was named the best iconic brand from the state.
In addition to Massachusetts, 33 other states agreed that Chick-fil-A is the top-rated fast-food chain in America. They were joined by other popular establishments like In-N-Out, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, and Five Guys burgers. Raising Cane’s has opened in Boston recently. In-N-Out burgers remains primarily a west coast chain, however.