(May 26, 2010) Photo Credit: Rebecca Cooney
Wendy's is once again tops as voted by Zagat.com survey participants who weighed in on their favorite fast-food picks.
More than 6,500 diners voted in Zagat's latest survey, covering 97 major fast food chains and 39 full service chains and those results were released Monday morning.
Survey participants weighed in on everything from chicken to cheeseburgers to smoothies and seafood at fast food chains. The 6,518 ZAGAT.com diners ate at chain outlets on average 10.7 times per month.
A selection of the winners was announced live on the "Today" show Monday morning.
"Its virtually impossible to live anywhere in America without having a fast food chain outlet in the neighborhood. We know that these chains play an important role in feeding our population. Thats the reason why we undertook this survey and why we believe the results are so important," said Tim Zagat, the chief executive of Zagat Survey.
The winners include Wendy's as the No 1 pick for 2010's "Top Food" category among mega-chains. Also holding onto its title is West Coast burger chain In-N-Out Burger, which again ranked as the best in the "Top Food among Large Chains" category.
Ben & Jerrys prevailed in the "Quick-Refreshment" category, according to Zagat, while Subway won in the mega-chain category for "Top Health Options" and Jamba Juices all natural fruit smoothies helped them take the prize for best "Quick-Refreshment" in the same "Top Health Option."
Taking home the prize for "Best Value" among fast food establishments is McDonalds, which also celebrated top honors for its breakfasts, Value Menu, child friendliness and drive-thrus.
Who ranked top in coffee chains? Surveyors have ordered a double-shot of love for Starbucks, which wins in the category of "Best Coffee" once again. The Seattle-based coffee behemoth with more than 10,000 branches beat out rival Dunkin Donuts, which came in second, followed by McDonalds in third place.
This year, Virginia-based burger chain Five Guys has earned bragging rights in the hotly-contested Best Burger category, edging out regional and mega-chain competitors alike. However, no chain has been able to dethrone McDonalds which wins in the category of "Best French Fries" for the third straight survey.
For additional results, visit ZAGAT.com/fastfood.