Fast-Food Chains We Miss from Our Hometowns

Because going home means visiting your favorite local chain restaurant and stuffing your face with all your favorite nostalgic foods. Hey, no one needs to know.

Bojangles

Bonjangles

Bojangles

Those of us who grew up in the South or Southeast have spent many a night dreaming of those awesome Bojangles biscuits, killer breakfast sandwiches, spicy fried chicken, and out-of-control Cajun fries. Ah, we miss you, Bojangles!

What to Order: Bo-Berry Biscuit and Cajun Fries

Sonic

Sonic

Sonic

Sonic is in 44 states but, oddly, nowhere near where some of us happen to be at the moment. If you live near one, it's your job--nay, your DUTY--to pound down as many slushes as humanly possible.

What to Order: Texas Toast Burger and a Cherry Limeade Slushe

Whataburger

Whataburger

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What other fast-food chains offer “Spicy Ketchup” as a condiment? If you grew up in Texas or live within striking distance, you know what we're talking about.

What to Order: Whataburger Jr. or Hearty Burger and Fries

Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box

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From tacos to burgers to egg rolls, Jack in the Box has the craziest mishmash of a menu. For Jack aficionados, it's just what the (indecisive) doctor ordered.

What to Order: The Jumbo Jack with Curly Fries OR Tacos

Culver’s

Culver’s

Culver’s

Culver’s is just so wonderfully Midwestern-- and where else can you find cheese curds and deliciously thick milkshakes on the same menu?

What to Order: A ButterBurger, a Concrete, and Cheese Curds

Burgerville

Burgerville

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Burgerville, beloved of so many of us who grew up in Washington State and Oregon, is awesome because it uses local ingredients--from the cheese on its burgers to the strawberries in those rich milkshakes.

What to Order: Cheeseburger and Strawberry Milkshake

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

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El Pollo Loco, a California-based Mexican restaurant chain (it actually started in Mexico in the mid-1970s), makes grilled chicken that's the stuff of our daydreams.

What to Order: Anything involving chicken or tacos.

Steak N’ Shake

Steak N’ Shake

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Steak n’ Shake groupies love the Illinois-based chain's outrageous burgers--which were originally made with three different cuts of steak.

What to Order: Frisco Melt and Baked Beans

Cook Out

Cook Out

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You can turn the Southern-based Cook Out’s milkshakes upside down and they'll stay in the cup. They're that thick-- and delicious. Plus, you don’t need a car to pick up a quick order: Many of their locations have walk-through service.

What to Order: Footlong Hot Dog and a Malt

WaWa

WaWa

WaWa

Is it a gas station? Is it a convenience store? Is it a restaurant chain? Pennsylvania-based Wawa is all these things and more.

What to Order: A sandwich--any of them.

Dick’s Drive-Through

Dick’s Drive-Through

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If you live in the Northwest, chances are you've been to a Dick’s late-night. Great burgers, no fuss––what else can you ask for in the wee hours?

What to Order: Cheeseburger and a shake

Hardee’s

Hardee’s

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What we wouldn’t give to wake up to a batch of Hardee's beautiful hash rounds. Those of you from the South and Midwest know what we're talking about, and more East Coasters are about to find out.

What to Order: Breakfast Hash Rounds

Portillo's

Portillos

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Hot dogs? Sure. Beef and cheddar on a croissant? OH YES. You make us Chicagoans proud, Portillo's.

What to Order: Beef and Cheese on a Croissant

Lou Malnati’s

Lou Malnati’s

Lou Malnati’s

Chicago scores another win with homegrown deep-dish pizza chain Lou Malnati’s. Yes, we'll wait--and wait--in line for this.

What to Order: Deep-dish pizza, of course.

Kelly’s Roast Beef

Kelly’s Roast Beef

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Ma$$holes swear by this place. Don't believe us? Watch "Good Will Hunting."

What to Order: Roast Beef Meal

D’Angelo’s

D’Angelo’s

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Oh, the many dreary bus and train rides on the East Coast that have been saved by a melty, overstuffed D’angelo’s sandwich.

What to Order: The Classic Grilled Sandwich

Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Going to a place with a pizza buffet means no sharing and no conceding on toppings--and you can devour as many slices as you want. You can order off Pizza Ranch's menu, too, but where’s the fun in that?

What to Order: The pizza buffet, duh.

James Coney Island

James Coney Island

James Coney Island

JCI’s “Coney” dog is technically a Greek-style hot dog made with chili sauce. Let's just say it's so much more than your average chili dog. Some homesick Texans we know have even had friends ship those chili dogs to them--cross-country.

What to Order: Cheese Coneys (chili dogs)

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