The drive-in deity known as Sonic began as a simple root beer stand & steak joint before switching over to the more popular burger & fry side to become the roller skate-clad empire we all know and get fat off of today. But that’s not all the Sooner State has to offer, they’ve got outposts of Texas’ Burger Street, Taco Bueno, Whataburger, Golden Chick, Grandy’s, and Schlotzsky’s, plus hamburgers, hot dogs & ice cream from OKC originals Braum’s and Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, and even frozen custard from Freddy’s. So, yeah, if you go here looking for some quality fast-food options, you’ll probably be more than OK (sorry).
Notable fact: Shawnee, OK is the birthplace of Sonic, which used to be called Top Hat.
“I decree: let there be a coney joint on every corner,” Mitten State founder Steve Michigan didn’t say, because he isn’t real. But the coney thing, well, that’s very, very real, as you can find a Michigan-made dog pretty much everywhere. And when your state’s as long as Michigan from wrist to the tip of the Upper Peninsula, “everywhere” means a lot of land. But it’s not just hot dogs that make Michigan’s fast food exemplary: it’s also the abundance of local chains. Starting with National and other cultishly beloved fast spots in the D (what up, Travis burgers!), a trip North gets you something different in every part of the state, from Halo Burger to Big John Steak & Onion and Freeway Fritz (selling Frankenmuth fried chicken) all the way up to grab-n-go pasties above the Mackinac. Michigan takes its car food seriously (understandable, given the automotive history).