A Data-Driven Guide to the Best Fast Food Fries

How does this work?

  • The list has to consist of ten establishments at minimum. This weeds out lists consisting of only three-five restaurants, which heavily favor the large chains.
  • The list can contain no more than fifteen establishments. If a list contains more than fifteen, only the first fifteen will be considered in the ranking.
  • No establishment can be counted twice on one list. No one cares if you had the waffles fries and potato wedges at KFC — KFC counts once.
  • Potato wedges do count as fries.
  • No weight is given to brands. Buzzfeed, while one of the largest brands providing data, was 8th in the search results. Even if Joe from his mother-in-law’s basement started a blog and drove his ranking higher than Buzzfeed, they are counted the same.
  • No attributions are counted. If an article directly references another source, only that source will be counted.

Round One

  • Dairy Queen and Del Taco — Four lists. Dairy Queen peaked at a number #3 ranking.
  • Rally’s, Culver’s, and A & W — Three lists. The star here was Rally’s, who peaked at a #4 ranking.
  • Whataburger, White Castle, Jack In the Box, Fatburger — Two lists. While they may be in the conversation for best burger or best indulgence in a stoner movie, they are unfortunately off the list for fries.
  • Checker’s, Taco Bell, Shakey’s, and Red Robin — One list. Let’s be honest, when’s the last time your friend ever dragged you to Taco Bell because you were missing out on their seasoned fries?

Round Two

  • Get an average ranking across all selections
  • Incentivize the establishments who appeared on the most lists
  • Sonic — 10.667
  • Carl’s Jr — 10.8
  • In-N-Out — 10.85
  • In-N-Out — 7.36
  • Sonic — 7.66
  • Carl’s Jr — 8.3

Final Round

  1. Mcdonalds: -2.7
  2. Arbys: -2.16
  3. Chik-Fil A: 0.16
  4. Shack Shack: 1.125
  5. Wendys: 1.8
  6. Five Guys: 2.278
  7. Steak N Shake: 4.333
  8. Popeyes: 4.786
  9. Burger King: 4.875
  10. KFC: 5.5




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Growth @Grammarly • Bostonian • Fan of sports and quirky theatre • Marketing Nerd • Substack http://mindmeld.substack.com ✍️

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