> The Baconator
Some Wendy’s fans might consider the Double Stack — two burger patties with cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion — to be the chain’s most essential item. It’s a little too similar to other fast-food burgers, though. That can’t be said of the Baconator, introduced in 2007. This one also has two patties and cheese, but what makes the difference is three strips of bacon placed across each of the two burgers — six in all. The only other things on the bun are mayo and ketchup — no vegetables or mustard (though these may be ordered specially). The chain has periodically featured variations on the Baconator, including one with jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle ranch sauce, and another that is a regular Baconator but with three patties and nine strips of bacon.
7. Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ puts such emphasis these days on its coffee, its frozen drinks, its bagels, and its sandwiches and wraps that it’s easy to forget about the eponymous doughnuts. Nobody forgets about Munchkins, though — otherwise known as “Donut Holes.” Jelly-filled, glazed, chocolate, and more, these are little spheres of doughnut dough, one-or-two-bite-size. Even people who might never eat a whole doughnut will grab one or two (or more) of these.
> Deluxe Chicken Sandwich
This controversial chain — known for its anti-LGBTQ activism — has recently introduced such innovations as Spicy Chick-n-Strips, Chick-n-Sliders, and the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap. The bedrock here, however, and the reason many diners are willing to overlook other considerations, is this basic offering: a slab of breaded boneless chicken breast pressure-cooked in peanut oil, served on a toasted buttered bun with dill pickle chips, lettuce, and tomato (a choice of three kinds of cheese is offered at extra cost).
> Pepperoni pizza
Now the largest pizza brand in the United States., Domino’s offers its popular and ubiquitous specialty with a customizable choice of three sizes, five crusts, nine sauces, and 27 toppings, as well as a dozen ready-made combinations (plus chicken dishes, pastas, sandwiches, and more). According to the food delivery app Caviar, among other sources, pepperoni is the nation’s number-one favorite pizza topping — and pepperoni pizza gets ordered at Domino’s more than any other variation.
10. Pizza Hut
> Pepperoni pizza
Edged out of the number-one pizza shop by Domino’s a few years back, Pizza Hut is still a strong number-two. Like its rival, the chain offers some standard pizza toppings as well as the opportunity to customize, but again it’s the tried and true that rules: a large pepperoni pizza is the most popular order here.