Update: Voting for the Fast Food Bracket FINAL is now closed.

Dairy Queen (37%) defeats Wendy’s (34%) and Sonic (29%).

Congratulations to Dairy Queen. After more than 50,000 total Fast Food Bracket votes, they now hold the title of top Fast Food chain in America as voted on by So Good readers.

The final vote is upon us. 32 food chains entered the ring for an all out brawl known as the Fast Food Bracket.  Click HERE to see how it all began.  There were surprises, upsets, and perhaps the most shocking final four vote ever, as Sonic and Dairy Queen somehow managed to tie with EXACTLY 4,267 votes each.  Due to this extremely unlikely turn of events, we have what should prove to be a hilariously awesome THREE-WAY vote to determine who is the best fast food chain in America.

For the Finals match-up #1 Wendy’s takes on #3 Sonic and #4 Dairy Queen in this epic vote.

No instant run-off voting in this one folks, we vote this week and then it’s all over but the whining, even if the margin ends up being 34%-33%-33%, the chain with the most votes will be crowned champion.

Voting will be open until 1 pm FRIDAY. The polling application has been set so that readers can vote once every 12 hours.

Who do you think deserves to win? Predictions on who will win?

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265 Responses

  1. Cary

    This is HORSESHIT. Dairy Queen IS balls. It is an ice cream shop. The fact that Five Guys or Taco Bell weren’t in the top four is a crime against humanity.

    I call shenanigans.

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  2. Peter

    Yeah I really don’t understand at all how DQ won this. I literally do not know anyone who likes DQ. I’m chalking this one up to the fact that Sonic has fewer locations so less people have tried it. Especially in the upper midwest, there are tons of DQ’s and no Sonics. As for Wendy’s, I’m surprised they did not win. I can’t think of the reason why…people with negative comments towards Wendy’s on here mostly say “the food is nasty” or “they got my order wrong”, neither of which I have ever had happen in numerous trips to Wendy’s. I guess we all have different experiences based on which locations we go to. (Although, I’ve been to probably 5 different DQ’s and they have all been the same: dirty, old, smelly, slow, and average-tasting.) Whatever. This vote doesn’t change my opinion.

    1. In-N-Out, by a thousand miles
    2. McDonald’s
    3. Wendy’s
    4. Sonic
    5. Burger King
    6. Taco Bell
    7. Pizza Hut
    8. KFC
    9. Burgerville
    10. Five Guys

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  3. Greg

    Must be ice cream fans that pushed DQ over the top. Their burgers are truly subpar compared to Wendy’s or Sonic. What kind of bracket competition has 3 finalists anyhow? Head-to-head, either of the burger places would have clobbered DQ.

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  4. JoeCool

    Wendy’s deserves to lose. Ever since Dave died the food has suffered. Poor service too. AND WTF IS WITH GETTING A NEW CUP EVERY TIME I GET A REFILL ON COKE? or rather a refill on ICE, with a damn teaspoonful of Coke.

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  5. James

    Hey how do we vote its friday and its past 1pm but i do not see anything to vote on help any one???

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  6. Kelly

    peter: the fact that u dont know ANYBODY that likes DQ only shows the cheap crowd u hang with…take my hand and jump into the the upper scale fast food world!!!!! GO DQ>>>AND CONGRATS WELL DESERVED!!

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  7. Kelly

    LMAO I just cant stop laughing at the sonic, wendys fans that are blaming the DQ lovers for voting twice and thats how we won…..LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Kelly

    for all u sonic and wendys lovers go buy a cone from dq,sonic, and wendys…let them melt together….see which one lasts longer….NUFF SAID!!!! DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!

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  9. Mike H

    It’s BS how you guys had a three way vote at the end. Why did you not just wipe the numbers and tell people to revote between sonic and DQ?
    What chain has the best food and makes the most money?
    Wendy’s.

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  10. Peter

    LOL @ Kelly…I hope all DQ fans aren’t conceited bitches like you! As I said previously, this vote doesn’t change my opinion…just because more people voted for DQ doesn’t mean my taste buds have changed. Eat your Dairy Queen. I don’t care. But you’re missing out.

    Also, how does the fact that Dairy Queen’s cones melt slower make them a superior fast food chain?

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  11. Kelly

    why do they melt faster?lol…like I said,do ur homework!!!!!!!!! the fact that u call female a b****, only shows ur lifestyle belongs at lower scale wendys!!! WAY TO GO DQ!!!!!!! my time has ended, we won and what an amazing decision that was to all the SMART people!!! Oh well sonic and wendys, theres always next time;)

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  12. Peter

    Once again being all conceited about it…’I eat at Dairy Queen so I’m better than you’…’You use the word bitch so I’m better than you’. I don’t see how fact that I like Wendy’s and you like DQ makes you smart…It’s just a preference. Now go wait at the DQ drive thru for 15 minutes behind one car for some ice cream. I’ll go to Wendy’s and not have to wait at all for a delicious $2.99 value meal and a frosty.

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  13. Steve

    Wow, DQ really won. Maybe DQ is better in other parts of the country. I haven’t been to one in awhile being they all closed except for one. If anything though, if Sonic didn’t win, they should have come in second, because they are better than Wendy’s; that should be a fact by now! I guess it goes to show, Wendy’s being more mainstream and having more restaurants, goes the long way were people haven’t had Sonic, like CT. One day, everyone will know the truth. Sonic is the best fast food you can ever have!

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  14. kelly

    lol your soooo right, I would love to wait, FRESH FOOD!!!! thats why more peeps picked DQ< when u get it that fast, its been sitting in a pass thru, collecting bacteria, from the heat!!! like I said DO UR HOMEWORK!!!

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  15. Jennie

    the closet Wendy’s is 45 minutes away. Every time I do grocery shopping out of town, I bring 2 large chili’s home. One to eat as chili frito pie and the other like a taco salad. YUM. DQ chili sucks.

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  16. Patrick

    peter: the fact that u dont know ANYBODY that likes DQ only shows the cheap crowd u hang with…take my hand and jump into the the upper scale fast food world!!!!! GO DQ>>>AND CONGRATS WELL DESERVED!!

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  17. mikey

    to everyone who thinks Wendy’s is so great.. try to contain yourselves.. first of all, their portions are WAY too small, second only to McDonald’s. but what I’d really like to know, why is it that, 15 years after everybody else has done it, do they STILL not let you make your own soda? I’d really like to hear what their thinking is behind that. and a real answer, not some heat-of-the-moment rambling from someone who thinks Wendy’s can do no wrong..

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  18. robert

    lol Kelly you are seriously making a fool out of yourself here. what are you in 6th grade? because you talk like you are, and your logic is certainly not any more mature than that. I’m actually glad your choice won because no one would want to hear you be such a crybaby about DQ losing. who knows how long that would go on for. it’s funny (and really sad at the same time) how excited you got over this insignificant little voting contest on this basically unknown website.. lol you really do come across like a little girl.

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  19. Peter

    Just because Wendy’s is more efficient than DQ doesn’t mean their food sits there collecting bacteria. Let me guess you’re still in waiting in the drive thru. Hey when you get your cone turn it upside down and see how long it will take to melt on your head you dunce!

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  20. Karen

    It’s BS how you guys had a three way vote at the end. Why did you not just wipe the numbers and tell people to revote between sonic and DQ?
    What chain has the best food and makes the most money?
    Wendy’s.

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  21. Lulu

    @Wendy’sRocks

    “DQ will make you fat”? Really? I’m sure everyone knows that if they eat ANY junk food or fast food junk for that matter…they’ll get fat. Even Wendy’s can make you fat.

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  22. Kelly

    lol, ahhhhhhh the FRESH food was sooooo the wait. I just appreciate your involvement in the jokes about how long it takes for DQ to melt. Now you get it tiger:)

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  23. Dave

    for all u sonic and wendys lovers go buy a cone from dq,sonic, and wendys…let them melt together….see which one lasts longer….NUFF SAID!!!! DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!

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  24. Gregg

    I’m going to DQ to try this oh-so-delicious food AGAIN, including ice-cream, and if I don’t like it, I’m coming back to virtua-slap every single one of you people who sat here hyping up DQ like it’s the GOAT.

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  25. Peter

    Kelly, why are you not understanding this…Wendy’s food is just as fresh as DQ’s. The reason it takes you so long to get your food at DQ is because the employees, in my experience, are idiots. Wendy’s has much higher standards, which is why they are way more efficient. Wendy’s gives you fresh food FAST, something that DQ will never do. If DQ was any good maybe they would make more MONEY, like Wendy’s. Every DQ I have ever been to looks the same as it did when it first opened. And when was the last time a new DQ was built? I don’t know, but I’ve bever seen one that was less than 20 years old. And once again, I do not care how long it takes their ice cream to melt, because when I go to a fast FOOD restaurant, I get FOOD.

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  26. Kelly

    fresh food fast…hmmmm, well lets just sit on that for a while…last i checked every fastfood rest. cooks food on heat. damn, u must not ever travel outta ur small ass town. ever heard of a grill n chill?… try hittin up a big city my friend, DQ prices are high, the food is higher quality, and make LOTS of money , my fam owns most of them in my state. trust me you have no experience in the food business, just some low class cheap ass that eats CHEAP WENDYS!!!cheap watered down ice cream melts fast and its cheap! DQ is “ICE MILK” less air, water which is why it costs more…I dont even eat at Wendys cuz I know the FACTS, like I said do ur homework! But I will complement u on supporting my fam business eating DQ. Thanks for takin one for the team;) TTYL lmao!!!

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  27. Peter

    Wow you seem to think you know me pretty well. News flash: I live in a big city, thank you very much. DQ prices ARE high, which is part of the reason I don’t go there, because for the quality of the food it’s not worth it. Clearly you are biased because your family owns DQ. We obviously do not live in the same state, because no one where I live eats DQ because it sucks here. Maybe they’re good wherever you live, I don’t know. And how the fuck do you know if I have experience in the food business? YOU DON’T. And for your information, I do. As I mentioned, I don’t give a fuck about ice cream at Wendy’s or DQ. So shut the fuck up about it. Also, I’m not “low class” or “cheap ass” and you don’t fucking know me, so SHUT UP. You just think you’re SO much better than everyone don’t you? Well you’re not.

    P.S. – Yes, Wendy’s is cheap, that’s part of the fucking appeal, good food at a low price, but you wouldn’t understand that because you’re a fucking idiot.

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  28. Ian

    I’m going to DQ to try this oh-so-delicious food AGAIN, including ice-cream, and if I don’t like it, I’m coming back to virtua-slap every single one of you people who sat here hyping up DQ like it’s the GOAT.

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  29. Kelly

    lol ur mad huh?…sucks to lose:( Im suggesting like I requested many times that you do your HOMEWORK. Your spending waaaaaay to much time with anger and cussin at me, does that mean you dont know much anymore as to why YOU LOST?… Gotta go to work now, (gotta support my upper class taste) :)

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  30. Peter

    Wendy’s lost, not me. But I’m sure they don’t care since they make more money than DQ anyway. More people choose Wendy’s than DQ every day. How are you going to argue with the American people? Probably by telling them to “do their homework,” and insult their taste, calling it “low class.” Neither or which make any sense whatsoever, because you don’t need to do any homework to decide what tastes better. And the idea that your taste is “better” than someone else’s is ridiculous because taste is a matter of opinion, and one’s taste cannot be better than another’s. Sorry if that makes too much sense for you.

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  31. kelly

    can u explain how u think u know the income result of each company?… Im actually really looking forward to your response…

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  32. Eick

    @kelly

    I’m not sure about profits, but Wendy’s was a #1 seed because in terms of overall revenue they make more than Sonic and Dairy Queen. So the statement that more people choose Wendy’s everyday is in fact true, they have more locations, more customers and higher sales.

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  33. Cary

    @ Kelly,

    I for one would like to see you crunch the financials of the top three, and if you could do so in a way that avoids all text messaging short hand it would be appreciated. You’re coming off as a troll rather than someone level-headedly discussing fast food chains.

    Also, Taco Bell should have won. My taste buds are in the minority.

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  34. Shane

    I honestly think that Chick-fil-A should have won. I was actually shocked that they didn’t make it any further than they did.

    ANYWAY, I like all three of the finalists. Our local DQ is located in a really trashy truck stop right off the Interstate in the middle of nowhere, and doesn’t really have good food service, but the food is still pretty good, though I hardly ever go there because it is so far out of the way of everything. It would have probably closed long ago if not for Interstate travelers stopping there. Despite that fact, I agree with Dairy Queen winning the competition, and I hope that our restaurant doesn’t close down anytime soon.

    Our local Wendy’s and Sonic restaurants are actually located in town, so they are much more accessible. They are also A LOT nicer than our Dairy Queen. I don’t eat at either restaurant very often, because they are on the opposite side of town (I live in a small town of 8,000 residents, so we only have one of each), but they are also very good (though Arby’s is much better than Wendys, and Dairy Queen is much better than Sonic, in my opinion).

    @ Cary: I am not a big fan of Taco Bell. I honestly think that their tacos has a “fake” taste. I do like some of their nacho stuff though, and I appreciate you giving your opinion.

    Anyway, sorry about such a long post! I know I am kinda off subject from the present conversation, but I just thought I’d put my two cents worth in on this subject.

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  35. Peter

    Wendy’s revenue in 2009 was $3.58 billion. Sonic’s was $718.8 million. I couldn’t find a very recent figure for Dairy Queen, but in 2006 it was $476 million. There.

    @Cary

    I was cold on Taco Bell for a while, but the 89-cent 5-layer burrito brought me back!

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  36. Kelly

    OF COURSE YOU COULDNT FIND A RECENT FIGURE!!!

    Dairy Queen is big business. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns Minneapolis, Minn.-based IDQ, which services a system of more than 5,700 Dairy Queen stores in the United States, Canada and 22 other countries. Hoover’s reports that the nearly 5,000 Dairy Queen franchises in the U.S. had $91.5 million in sales in 2009. The company is part of a fast-food restaurant industry that had $184 billion in revenue and $8.3 billion in profit in 2009, according to IBISWorld’s Fast Food Restaurants in the US Industry Report.

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  37. Peter

    That literally says nothing relevant to this discussion. They’re owned by Berkshire-Hathaway, which has a yearly revenue of almost $100 billion…but that doesn’t say how much of it comes from DQ. Since the 2006 figure was $476 million, I would guess the 2009 revenue was in the $450-550 million range. So let’s recap to make it simple for you Kelly:

    Wendy’s: $3.58 billion
    Sonic: $718.8 million
    DQ: $450-550 million

    You can’t argue with the numbers.

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  38. Kelly

    22 other countries ARE YOU FREAKING STUPID???!!!!!!!!! WOW! I just cant have anymore discussions with you, the fact that you spent 30 min. in between your last two comments at 230am! you lost suck it up, peace!!!!

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  39. Cary

    @Kelly

    Please show us all three chains numbers and rank them accordingly. You then have the right to call anyone stupid.

    But until then, DQ IS BALLS.

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  40. Peter

    I don’t even know why I wasted time trying to argue with a child on the internet. And I still can’t figure out how you think cold, hard stastistics are wrong. It’s kind of mind-boggling. I guess I should expect no less from someone who thinks Dairy Queen tastes good. But I digress.

    P.S. – It wasn’t 2 AM, I live on the West Coast. So suck it.

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  41. Eick

    @kelly

    I’m not sure what you are getting so worked up about.

    Wendy’s is BY FAR the biggest of these three chains in terms of revenue. By far. Sonic is also ahead of DQ. More people buy more food and spend more money at Wendy’s and Sonic each year than do at Dairy Queen.

    That’s not debatable, it’s just a fact.

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  42. James

    bill people like fresh made food not food that has been sitting there for an hour like at let see mcdonalds, burger king, KFC, and probalbly alot others. Sonic and Wendys at least cooks there stuff to order. I dont know what DQ does for cooking because none of the three around my area serve food. so someone else can tell us how DQ cooks there food.

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