The Fast Food Bracket Eick March 16, 2010 Fast Food, Fast Food Bracket 90 Comments Have you filled out your Fast Food Bracket yet? (Click on Bracket for larger view) Ah March, that time of year when people put anything and everything into “bracket” form. Last year, So Good brought down the house with our wildly popular Meat Madness tournament. One full month of debates, arguments and voting, leading to some interesting final results, and ultimately, bacon defeating steak to be crowned the greatest meat in the land.Â We even had some controversy along the way, as Deadspin accused an ESPN reporter of copying the idea of a meat bracket. Rather than re-hash Meat Madness, this year So Good has returned with an all new competition: The Fast Food Bracket. The rules are fairly simple. Over the course of the next month, So Good readers will vote, match-up by match-up, to determine what is the best fast food chain in America.Â When we use the term “fast food”, we are using it loosely. These tournament competitors really fall under the larger umbrella of Quick Service Restaurants, or QSR. Please weigh in with your predictions, intriguing match-ups and thoughts in the comments! Here is how the participants and seeding were determined, working off last year’s list of the top 50 QSR chains: You must have a substantial portion of your sales come from food, specifically non-dessert foods (sorry Starbucks, Jamba Juice and Cold Stone, that means you’re out…Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donut’s, you guys have a big enough variety of food offerings, so you’re in) Only 32 chains are eligible. Sure, I could have done 64, but just like with Meat Madness, that would have taken forever to vote on. 32 it is. Complain in the comments about your favorite “bubble chain” that got bounced, but you’re just gonna have to deal with it. The top 16 chains by revenue get automatic berths, with the top 4 holding #1 seeds, next 4 holding #2 seeds, etc. Doesn’t matter how bad people think your food sucks, just like the big conferences get an edge in basketball, so do these guys. I combined Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. even though they are listed separately on the QSR 50 list, because they are jointly own/run. However, this did not move their seed up – tough noogies. After that, the seeding was at my discretion, but for the most part I stuck to the basic structure of ranking them based on revenue. The only chains outside of the top 32 in revenue that made the cut as “wild-cards” based on reputation and pop culture familiarity were: In n Out, White Castle and Five Guys. Voting begins when the “real” tournament starts on Thursday, with voting on two match-ups at a time during the first round. Make sure to check back to So Good at approximately noon each day so you can vote on each of the match-ups. Last year I heard stories from all across the country of people printing out Meat Madness brackets in their office, running an office pool or making their predictions. Glad everyone enjoyed it so much, and hope they enjoy this competition as well. Just like with Meat Madness, voting criteria is totally up to you. Want to vote just based on which you think is the best tasting and nothing else? Go for it. Maybe you want to factor in cost? Convenience? Quality of service? Number of locations? Variety of menu options? The choice is yours.Â But one thing is clear: in one month’s time, So Good will be crowning one lucky chain as the “Top Fast Food Chain” in America. We love Green Tea. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Eick Latest posts by Eick (see all) Surge Wins Discontinued Foods Bracket! - April 12, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket FINAL VOTE: Surge vs. Planter’s Cheez Balls - April 10, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket Final Four! Surge vs. Ecto Cooler - April 8, 2013 90 Responses « Older Comments Steve Nelson March 20th, 2010 Mac told Wendy that SONIC is the Burger King Reply KevinB March 21st, 2010 How can In-n-Out win? They’re only available in what, 3 states? I had one once in Vegas, and I thought it was OK, but it took almost 20 minutes after placing the order before I got my food. I know places that can cook a burger from frozen faster than that (and they still end up tasting pretty good!). Reply Stephen March 22nd, 2010 Sonic: Northern Iowa McDonald’s: Kansas I’ll let you figure out the rest… Reply Shane March 22nd, 2010 White Castle is going to be like Cornell – way underseeded there’s going to be some upsets. Reply josh is beasten March 22nd, 2010 zaxby’s is beast Reply josh is beasten March 22nd, 2010 final four Zaxby’s, five Guys, Chick Fil A, and Arby’s, then battle of the Chicken Zaxby’s vs. Chick fil a , winner is Zaxby’s Reply mr dude March 23rd, 2010 dude zaxby’s is the bomb. i doubt theyll win cus not that many people know about it but its the best restaurant ever Reply mr dude March 23rd, 2010 sonic isnt that good. i hope they lose Reply rg March 30th, 2010 Whataburger is the best. Reply david May 19th, 2010 one, twice-hyphenated word>>>> In-N-Out ….sorry that you don’t live in the wild West…i’ll have mine Animal with grilled, ty Reply trey August 5th, 2010 im thinking about creating my own fast food bracket i need help Reply Ellen Fleming September 23rd, 2011 First off, this is the first time I have viewed this sight and it literally couldn’t be more perfect. The only thing that comes slightly close to how good all these foods are is the ridiculousness of this competition itself (which I am taking completely serious.) I have to agree with one of the first comments by Laura M. Putting Wendys, an American classic up next to Boston Market is ridiculous. But lets get real, Boston Market had no chance of making it high in these ranks anyways. I have to make a bold statement and say that Five Guys, Chipotle, Popeyes, and Subway will be, if not should be in running to becoming number one. Reply Rogan May 8th, 2012 Maybe we should have a showdown between our 3 winners of tournaments: bacon, Dairy Queen, and oreos. Reply Rogan May 31st, 2012 Actually, now that I know Airheads won Candy Madness, we should have a showdown between bacon, Oreos, and Airheads and redo the Fast Food Bracket next year with some new contenders (Bojangle’s, Culver’s, and Jimmy John’s), and organized diferently. Also, Eick should have 3 Eick’s Choices. An Eick’s Chocie is where he chooses the other restaurant if it loses. He has to use all before teh Elite EIght. And for the name, let’s change it to Fast Food Frenzy. Just a suggestion, Eick. Reply Joel March 25th, 2013 my bracket http://george-w-kushh.tumblr.com/image/46299371755 this was fun tho Reply « Older Comments Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.