November 03, 2017

19 fast food chains that aren't in Detroit, but should be

Admit it, you love fast food. Every region has their favorite spot, but these brands have yet to infiltrate Detroit — or at least within driving distance for lunch breaks. Here's to hoping it's only a matter of time.

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In-N-Out
This California-based burger shack is known as a celebrity favorite — Hilary Swank famously celebrated an Oscar win by smashing one of their sandwiches. Like all great fast food joints, you can get a burger, fries, and a milkshake — you just can't get them in Michigan. 
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In-N-Out
This California-based burger shack is known as a celebrity favorite — Hilary Swank famously celebrated an Oscar win by smashing one of their sandwiches. Like all great fast food joints, you can get a burger, fries, and a milkshake — you just can't get them in Michigan.
Photo via Shutterstock.com.
Chick-fil-A
This poultry-focused fast-food chain has a corporate agenda to “glorify God,” and a strict Sunday closure policy. The Atlanta-based, family-owned chain is heavily rooted in the South, but has expanded aggressively into new areas. The closest one to us is located in the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Religious agenda aside, we want those carnival-like waffle fries, that hotel-like hospitality, the fresh-squeezed lemonade with soft-serve ice cream, and that admirably bare-bones fried-chicken sandwich. 
Photo via Instagram user@Chickfila
Chick-fil-A
This poultry-focused fast-food chain has a corporate agenda to “glorify God,” and a strict Sunday closure policy. The Atlanta-based, family-owned chain is heavily rooted in the South, but has expanded aggressively into new areas. The closest one to us is located in the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Religious agenda aside, we want those carnival-like waffle fries, that hotel-like hospitality, the fresh-squeezed lemonade with soft-serve ice cream, and that admirably bare-bones fried-chicken sandwich.
Photo via Instagram user@Chickfila
Fatburger
This burger chain goes for the biggest, juiciest burgers that the human jawbone will allow. Now, if only we didn’t have to go to Los Angeles — or Panama, Shanghai, or Cairo — to get one.
Photo via Instagram user @lady_s.hwi
Fatburger
This burger chain goes for the biggest, juiciest burgers that the human jawbone will allow. Now, if only we didn’t have to go to Los Angeles — or Panama, Shanghai, or Cairo — to get one.
Photo via Instagram user @lady_s.hwi
Jack in the Box
This California-based chain has sweet and gooey ribeye sandwiches, burgers piled high with curly fries, and even purple Coca-Colas. They've got franchises around the country, but we're yet to see Jack anywhere in Michigan. 
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Jack in the Box
This California-based chain has sweet and gooey ribeye sandwiches, burgers piled high with curly fries, and even purple Coca-Colas. They've got franchises around the country, but we're yet to see Jack anywhere in Michigan.
Photo via Jackinthebox.com
Whataburger
This place specializes in hamburgers — you're shocked, I know — but, they also serve eggs for breakfast and chicken sandwiches for lunch. The fare may seem standard, but Whataburger succeeds because of its intriguing spicy cheeses. The chain is based in San Antonio, Texas and the closest location to us is in Alabama. 
Photo via Instagram use @whataburger
Whataburger
This place specializes in hamburgers — you're shocked, I know — but, they also serve eggs for breakfast and chicken sandwiches for lunch. The fare may seem standard, but Whataburger succeeds because of its intriguing spicy cheeses. The chain is based in San Antonio, Texas and the closest location to us is in Alabama.
Photo via Instagram use @whataburger
Stewart's Shops
This convenience store's catchphrase, “We are closer to you,” is both creepy and untrue for Detroiters. But, the Northeast chain shouldn’t stay confined to icy New England. With subs, ice cream, and coffee, everyone can find something satisfying at Stewart’s Shops. 
Photo via Facebook user @Stewart'sShops
Stewart's Shops
This convenience store's catchphrase, “We are closer to you,” is both creepy and untrue for Detroiters. But, the Northeast chain shouldn’t stay confined to icy New England. With subs, ice cream, and coffee, everyone can find something satisfying at Stewart’s Shops.
Photo via Facebook user @Stewart'sShops
Skyline Chili
Chili is more than just a bowl of spicy beans. It’s also a comfort food best enjoyed during the colder months. Nothing compares to the soul-warming qualities of Skyline’s 3-way noodle, cheese, and chili combo. The chili chain is based in southern Ohio and has a couple stores in Kentucky too.  
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Skyline Chili
Chili is more than just a bowl of spicy beans. It’s also a comfort food best enjoyed during the colder months. Nothing compares to the soul-warming qualities of Skyline’s 3-way noodle, cheese, and chili combo. The chili chain is based in southern Ohio and has a couple stores in Kentucky too.
Photo via @Wikipedia
Lion's Choice
Doesn't the name sound like a perfect fit for Ford Field? Their menu is made up of sandwiches filled with top-round roast beef that's slow-roasted daily and sliced thin. Sure, we have Arby’s, but Lion's Choice has a nice ring to it.
Photo via Facebook user @Lion'sChoice
Lion's Choice
Doesn't the name sound like a perfect fit for Ford Field? Their menu is made up of sandwiches filled with top-round roast beef that's slow-roasted daily and sliced thin. Sure, we have Arby’s, but Lion's Choice has a nice ring to it.
Photo via Facebook user @Lion'sChoice
Biscuitville
Looking for a quick bite of soul food — Biscuitville's got it. The only problem? You'll have to travel all the way to North Carolina or Virginia to get it. It's possible their fried chicken, flaky biscuits, and filling grits could be worth the trip.
Photo via Instragram user @agentpheeb
Biscuitville
Looking for a quick bite of soul food — Biscuitville's got it. The only problem? You'll have to travel all the way to North Carolina or Virginia to get it. It's possible their fried chicken, flaky biscuits, and filling grits could be worth the trip.
Photo via Instragram user @agentpheeb
Corner Bakery Cafe
Corner Baker Cafe began as a little Italian bakery in Chicago, but has grown into a fast casual sandwich shop of nearly 200 locations worldwide. Does Detroit need their Uptown Turkey Avocado melts? Why, yes, we do. Sadly, the closest location is in Wisconsin. 
Photo via @Wikipedia 
Corner Bakery Cafe
Corner Baker Cafe began as a little Italian bakery in Chicago, but has grown into a fast casual sandwich shop of nearly 200 locations worldwide. Does Detroit need their Uptown Turkey Avocado melts? Why, yes, we do. Sadly, the closest location is in Wisconsin.
Photo via @Wikipedia