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The Best Fast Food in America: Esquire's Chef Survey

The country's top chefs tell "Esquire" magazine readers about 21 take-out joints they're not ashamed to love, from a California burger chain to the taco shack down the street.

The Winner: In-N-Out Burger
"The hamburger is definitive, greasy but oddly clean-tasting at the same time and the sauce actually is 'special.' And the shake tastes the way shakes tasted back when I was a kid. It makes me tear up just thinkin' about it." — Alton Brown, host of Iron Chef America
Order: One hamburger "Animal Style" and a chocolate shake

Honorable Mentions:

Chipotle: "I love their big, fat burritos. Sometimes we'll have them as a fast Sunday night dinner." — Brian Bistrong, Braeburn, New York City
Order: Burrito with extra guacamole and sour cream

Ted's Hot Dogs: "They have a charcoal grill right next to the register where they grill the dogs. I go to Ted's every time I visit my relatives in Buffalo." — Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar and Grill, New York City and Gotham Steak, Miami
Order: Foot-long dog with chili or mustard and relish, fries, and a chocolate shake


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