Fast-Food Items You Should Never Order

Before you coast up to that drive-through, find out which menu items fast-food employees think you should skip and why.


Two men choose food in a fast food restaurant.

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Fast-food frenzy

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Grabbing a quick bite to eat is convenient, but certain fast food items will have you wishing that you cooked yourself a meal at home instead. Make sure to avoid these fast-food items that even employees won’t order.


Vegetable salad with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber in clay pot. Top view.


Gimmicky food

Within the past decade, fast-food chains made a conscious effort to include lighter fare on their menus, more salads and the option of apple slices or yogurt with kids’ meals instead of fries. More recently they’re touting newer menu items as hand-crafted or even artisanal, but don’t believe the hype. “There might be a few extra toppings on the burgers or sandwiches we call hand-crafted, but they aren’t any better quality than the stuff you’ve been eating for years,” says Tricia, who has worked at two popular fast-food establishments as she attends college. Employees would probably recommend you try one of these new items coming to fast-food restaurants.

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