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Every State’s Favorite Fast Food During Coronavirus

With many dining rooms still shuttered, people are frequenting fast food restaurants
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When coronavirus turned the restaurant industry upside down, diners turned to delivery and takeout from local shops, but also fast food joints. From the time COVID-19 began to rapidly spread in March, one chain, in particular, saw a steady incline in traffic because of its 1950s-style carhop service. Here’s the lowdown on where each state in the contiguous United States is getting greasy eats during the pandemic.

Methodology:
Market research company Top Data analyzed the year over year average percent change in the number of visits experienced by each fast food restaurant chain. This particular data set compares June 2019 to June 2020. Alaska and Hawaii were not included.

Alabama: Sonic

Alabama: Sonic
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Alabama is the easiest state to social distance in, and diners are doing it from the comfort of their car at Sonic.

Arizona: Sonic

Arizona: Sonic
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Arizona is all-in on Sonic, where you can get a Cherry Limeade, a cult-favorite menu item.

Arkansas: Sonic

Arkansas: Sonic
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It doesn’t take long to grill hot dogs, but if you’re without a barbecue, you can pick them up at Sonic, Arkansas’ No. 1 fast food pick.

California: McDonald’s

California: McDonald’s
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California’s fast food joint of choice is McDonald’s, home to one of the most iconic breakfast foods of all time: the Egg McMuffin.

Colorado: Chick-fil-A

Colorado: Chick-fil-A
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Chick-fil-A is the fast food of choice in Colorado. For those craving a Chicken Biscuit, you better get there before 10:30 a.m, when the chain stops serving breakfast.

Connecticut: Wendy’s

Connecticut: Wendy’s
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The cheeseburger is one of the most iconic foods in Connecticut, and while some local places are closed, residents are flocking to Wendy’s for their fix.

Delaware: Chick-fil-A

Delaware: Chick-fil-A
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The people of Delaware are disproportionately crazy about french fries, and it looks like many are getting their fill at Chick-fil-A.

Florida: Chick-fil-A

Florida: Chick-fil-A
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Floridians can’t go to Disney right now, but they can go to Chick-fil-A.

Georgia: McDonald’s

Georgia: McDonald’s
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Georgia’s preferred fast food for the pandemic is McDonald’s. The chain serves Coca-Cola, which was invented in the Peach State.

Idaho: Sonic

Idaho: Sonic
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Idaho’s favorite fast food restaurant is Sonic. Beyond burgers and dogs, the chain sells french fries — the most-ordered food on Uber Eats amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois: Wendy’s

Illinois: Wendy’s
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Illinois loves Wendy’s, which once sold a Premium Lobster & Caviar Sandwich.

Indiana: Chick-fil-A

Indiana: Chick-fil-A
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The star of the show at Indiana’s favorite fast food restaurant, Chick-fil-A, is fried chicken — one of many dishes you didn’t know you could make in your cast-iron pan.

Iowa: Taco Bell

Iowa: Taco Bell
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You won’t find the best tacos in Iowa at Taco Bell, but this state loves the chain nonetheless.

Kansas: Sonic

Kansas: Sonic
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With everyone at the Sonic drive-in, Kansas is looking more like an American summer in the ’50s and ’60s.

Kentucky: Sonic

Kentucky: Sonic
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The future of social distance dining likely includes patios on sidewalks and in parking lots, but Sonic, Kentucky’s go-to spot, is already set for success in those aspects.

Louisiana: Popeyes

Louisiana: Popeyes
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Louisiana is showing up for Popeyes in its home state. The chain’s chicken sandwich is still widely considered one of the best in America.

Maine: Taco Bell

Maine: Taco Bell
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Mexican food is what Americans were craving in quarantine, and that’s quite evident in Maine, where the fast food of choice is Taco Bell.

Maryland: Chick-fil-A

Maryland: Chick-fil-A
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Chick-fil-A is Maryland’s go-to fast food spot. It’s also one of the best places to stop for a bite at the food court when they’re back open.

Massachusetts: Taco Bell

Massachusetts: Taco Bell
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Massachusetts is looking to Taco Bell for burritos, quesadillas and other items inspired by popular Mexican foods.

Michigan: Taco Bell

Michigan: Taco Bell
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Michigan quiere Taco Bell. The chain has all the Baja Blast, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Crunchwrap Supremes residents’ hearts desire, but maybe not these Mexican dishes you’ve never heard of.

Minnesota: Taco Bell

Minnesota: Taco Bell
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Instead of making their favorite Mexican dishes at home, Minnesotans are headed down the drive-thru at Taco Bell.

Mississippi: Sonic

Mississippi: Sonic
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Are hot dogs and burgers sandwiches? Yes, and the people of Mississippi are eating them at Sonic.

Missouri: Sonic

Missouri: Sonic
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Missouri — renowned for its must-try gooey butter cake — is all in on Sonic.

Montana: Wendy’s

Montana: Wendy’s
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Montana is here for the Baconator, one of the most famous fast food menu items of all time.

Nebraska: Sonic

Nebraska: Sonic
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While Sonic isn’t the one restaurant in Nebraska you absolutely need to visit, it is the state’s favored fast food chain.

Nevada: McDonald’s

Nevada: McDonald’s
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Beyond Ronald McDonald, the Golden Arches birthed the Hamburglar, Grimace and a bunch of iconic fast food mascots. McDonald’s is Nevada’s favorite fast food spot.

New Hampshire: Taco Bell

New Hampshire: Taco Bell
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Tacos are the best, and New Hampshire is on board with Taco Bell as its favored fast food place.

New Jersey: Wendy’s

New Jersey: Wendy’s
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New Jersey might be eating Taylor ham for breakfast, but when lunch rolls around, people are headed to Wendy’s.

New Mexico: Sonic

New Mexico: Sonic
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The most romantic adventure in New Mexico is at White Sands National Monument, though some might argue it’s a trip to Sonic.

New York: Wendy’s

New York: Wendy’s
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When they’re not out sampling some of the best pizza in America, New Yorkers looking to get down with greasy eats are excited by what Wendy’s has to offer.

North Carolina: McDonald’s

North Carolina: McDonald’s
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North Carolina’s favorite fast food joint is McDonald’s, famous for its Egg McMuffin among many things. Here’s how to make the beloved menu item in your own kitchen.

North Dakota: McDonald’s

North Dakota: McDonald’s
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When diners in North Dakota are craving a burger and fries or chicken nuggets, they go to McDonald’s.

Ohio: Taco Bell

Ohio: Taco Bell
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The most famous person from Ohio was Neil Armstrong. The most famous fast food restaurant in the state right now is Taco Bell.

Oklahoma: Sonic

Oklahoma: Sonic
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The top natural wonder in Oklahoma is the Great Salt Plains. Some might say that the top unnatural wonder is Sonic.

Oregon: Taco Bell

Oregon: Taco Bell
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Oregon is living mas at Taco Bell. Expert tip: If you get a side of guacamole, here’s how to make it last longer.

Pennsylvania: McDonald’s

Pennsylvania: McDonald’s
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You won’t find the best burger in Pennsylvania at McDonald’s, but residents love this fast food restaurant anyway.

Rhode Island: McDonald’s

Rhode Island: McDonald’s
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On their way to take in the prettiest sights in the state, Rhode Islanders are stopping for grub at McDonald’s.

South Carolina: Sonic

South Carolina: Sonic
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Take it from South Carolina: Why plan a fancy social distancing date night when you can just take your partner to Sonic?

South Dakota: Culver’s

South Dakota: Culver’s
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South Dakota is known for some pretty spectacular views — one being exactly what you see before you bite into a meal at Culver’s.

Tennessee: Sonic

Tennessee: Sonic
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Tennessee is famous for its love of fried chicken, but you won’t find anything Nashville hot on the menu at its most visited fast food restaurant: Sonic.

Texas: Sonic

Texas: Sonic
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Texas is totally with Sonic’s carhop-style service. For added nostalgia, the state is also home to vintage drive-in movie theaters that feel like stepping back in time.

Utah: Wendy’s

Utah: Wendy’s
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Utah’s preferred fast food restaurant is Wendy’s, known for its fresh, never frozen burgers. You can’t order your beef medium-rare here, but that’s OK — most Americans prefer their meat well-done anyway.

Vermont: Taco Bell

Vermont: Taco Bell
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Taco Bell is the No. 1 fast food chain in the family-friendly state of Vermont.

Virginia: McDonald’s

Virginia: McDonald’s
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Virginia loves McDonald’s, where you may have noticed the McFlurry spoon’s weird shape. Little did you know, there’s a reason for that.

Washington: Wendy’s

Washington: Wendy’s
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It takes 10 minutes or less to grill the perfect burger, and about the same to complete a trip down the drive-thru at Wendy’s, Virginia’s favored fast food place.

West Virginia: Wendy’s

West Virginia: Wendy’s
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A Frosty is not the official state food of West Virginia, but Wendy’s is officially the state’s favorite fast food place during a pandemic.

Wisconsin: Culver’s

Wisconsin: Culver’s
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Although the record for most McDonald’s Big Mac burgers eaten in a lifetime goes to Wisconsin resident Donald Gorske, most people in this state prefer Culver’s.