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Did any Texas-based fast-food chains top this coveted list for 'excellence'?

Breakfast tacos at the Arlington location of Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos.
Breakfast tacos at the Arlington location of Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos. bud@star-telegram.com

We all know Texas has plenty of delicious fast-food chains, but can they crack the list for having the best overall experience?

Taste matters, of course, but in addition to tantalizing your taste buds, these fast-food joints must also make you feel right at home when you place an order and when you sit down for your meal.

Well, none of them took top honors, but a few crept their way into the top 10 of Sandelman’s highly coveted "Awards of Excellence" for 2017 that was released in late January.

Actually, making the list says a lot since it is gleaned from 994,000 quick service restaurant occasions representing 76 U.S. media markets. It also includes a variety of different chain types that range from burger and chicken to pizza and sandwiches.

Before we dive into the list, it may -- or may not -- be a shock that the Atlanta-based fast-food chain, Chick-fil-A, took the took spot. Also, Texas' beloved Whataburger chain had to watch one of its top competitors, In-N-Out Burger, claim the second spot, while Louisiana-based chicken finger chain, Raising Cane’s, landed at No. 3.

All three of those chains were repeat winners with the highest overall excellent ratings.

But the good news is that two Texas-based fast-food chains, Torchy's Tacos and P. Terry's Burger Stand, cracked the top 10 of Sandelman's list for the first time. Regardless of where you choose to grab a quick bite to eat Sandelman believes that every restaurant that made the list has something in common: taste, quality of the food and the strength of the brand.

Dig in, or just read below and see for yourself.

  1. Chick-fil-A 64%
  2. In-N-Out Burger 63%
  3. Raising Cane’s 60%
  4. la Madeleine 59%
  5. Torchy’s Tacos 58%
  6. Five Guys 56%
  7. Lion’s Choice 56%
  8. P. Terry’s 56%
  9. Habit 56%
  10. Mod Pizza 55%

Note: percentage of diners rating overall experience "excellent"

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