Everyone has their fast food guilty pleasure spots, right? (For me, it's "most of them.") But we also tend to have places that we avoid like the plague. McDonald's seems to be a popular answer there, though let's face it, some people saying that might just be food elitists who secretly eat a Big Mac in their dark car at least once a week.
But when it comes to the absolute worst fast food, The Fiscal Times (via MSN) thinks there's a clear answer: Irving-based Chuck E. Cheese's. Or so says their list of "The 25 Worst Fast Food Restaurants in 2016."
The pizza chain beat the likes of Sonic (No. 25), Taco Bell (No. 7) and some place called Krystal (No. 4), which is apparently so bad that we as a state have said, "No, ma'am. You take your burgers somewhere else."
The Fiscal Times says that Chuck and his cheese earned the "top" spot because "This kid-friendly pizza joint with an arcade and animatronic show has the lowest rankings in eight of 10 categories among pizza chains. The only categories it didn’t score the lowest in are in atmosphere and reputation."
And no, the slideshow/story doesn't get very specific about where all that data is being pulled from. But seriously? Who doesn't get hungry looking at this?
OK, OK, maybe that's not the greatest example (though it's still making me hungry). But I went to Chuck E. Cheese's a lot as a kid and I remember the pizza being just fine. Plus you could pour drinks yourself and mix all the sodas together into one super-soda that was probably disgusting, but I remember it being da bomb.
At least Chuck E. Cheese's scored higher for atmosphere, probably thanks to these awesome folks.
Oh gosh. OK, um... Now I remember that I always thought those things were slightly terrifying. How'd this place get high marks for atmosphere? Weren't other kids scared?
To be fair, I haven’t actually been in a Chuck E. Cheese's in several years. It’s a hard place to frequent as a 20-something dude with no kids. You get looks.
Coppell-based CiCi's Pizza is also on the list, coming in at No. 17. The Fiscal Times says, "This pizza joint posted low scores in cleanliness, atmosphere and craveability," but come on. Sometimes you just deserve all-you-can-eat pepperoni, plus some little chocolate brownies with powdered sugar. Treat yo self.