The simple reliability of fast food plus the understated charm of a small town: there’s something delicious about this combo. While we can all rattle off a list of national fast-food joints, local fast-food options are more elusive. You might only learn about them if you live within a certain geographical radius, or when you’re desperate for something quick on a road trip through a new place.
We’ve rounded up ten fast-food favorites that rarely make headlines beyond their region, but are adored by locals. And for more on the latest fast-food trends, check out 6 Most Anticipated Fast-Food Menu Items Launching This Year.
If you’re a resident of Southern California, you’re probably familiar with Wahoo. The chain’s build-it-yourself fish tacos are legendary, and in keeping with the theme, all 49 locations are decked out with a variety of fish and ocean-themed photos, stickers, and art. While most locations are Californian, the chain has a few random franchisees, including one in Hawaii, one in Texas, and one in New Jersey.