There’s a new best burger in fast food. The foremost French fries have been crowned. The debate over which fried chicken sandwich reigns supreme has ended.
Thrillist’s first fast food awards show, The Fasties, have arrived to bestow the ultimate honors on the best foods to come out of drive-thru windows in 2019. We rolled out the ketchup carpet for some of the industry’s biggest names and the rising stars everyone should know about. Hosts David So and Tim DeLaGhetto of Thrillist's Send Foodz presented golden burger trophies to the winners in 16 categories, ranging from Best Burger to -- and this is a big one -- Menu Item of the Decade. We also celebrated a fast food icon's decades of important contributions with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and we said goodbye to the menu items we lost throughout the year during a touching "In Memoriam" reel. The show culminated with the biggest award, Chain of the Year. Of course, there were some shocking upsets.
The ceremony at New York City's SubCulture was complete with glamorous fast food fashion statements, an enormous spread of fast food favorites, a truly astounding performance by professional competitive eater Miki Sudo, and even an adult-sized ball pit -- filled with both balls and actual adults. No, it was certainly not the first time fast food has been celebrated with awards, but it was a fun-filled party that took Thrillist's fast food expertise and our unmatched hunger for all things served in grease-stained bags to the next level.
Long before the advent of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich and the runaway plant-based burger trend, we've had a borderline-obsessive focus on telling you about the latest from chains like Wendy's and Burger King, how to order from In-N-Out Burger's secret menu, and even how to get, say, your favorite nuggets for free. In fact, writers and editors here have been on the fast food beat for more than a decade.
Yes, handing out shiny cheeseburger statuettes to corporate chains may sound ridiculous, but that's the point. We take fast food seriously, but we also don't take ourselves too seriously. Just look at this ultra-specific ranking of McDonald's dipping sauces or this hour-long podcast all about Taco Bell.
Now, order up your favorite chicken sandwich, make yourself a rum-spiked Frosty, and join us for the show (shown above). You'll also find the winners and nominees in each category listed below.