August 09, 2019

25 fast-food chains that aren’t in Tampa Bay, but need to be

We have McDonald's. We have Burger King. We have Chick-fil-A, Krystal, Popeyes, Five Guys, Arby's and well, you get the idea. But let's be honest, enough is never enough. Seriously, when are we getting an In-N-Out?! So, here are a few chains with cult-like followings that aren’t in Tampa Bay, but absolutely need to be.

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In-N-Out Burger 
In-N-Out is a cult classic, plain and simple. The So-Cal native burger chain has been referenced in verses from Childish Gambino and received the stamp of approval from Mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri. Supposedly, the chain even contributed to Tupac and Biggie’s East Coast/West Coast rivalry, by pitting In-N-Out against Shake Shack. Some say that keeping close to the Golden State adds to In-N-Out’s novelty appeal, but isn’t it high time to settle the feud once and for all?
Photo via In-N-Out Burger/Facebook

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out is a cult classic, plain and simple. The So-Cal native burger chain has been referenced in verses from Childish Gambino and received the stamp of approval from Mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri. Supposedly, the chain even contributed to Tupac and Biggie’s East Coast/West Coast rivalry, by pitting In-N-Out against Shake Shack. Some say that keeping close to the Golden State adds to In-N-Out’s novelty appeal, but isn’t it high time to settle the feud once and for all?

Photo via In-N-Out Burger/Facebook
Bonchon
This Korean-fried chicken chain is arguably the best Korean-fried chicken chain, and we're not the only ones who agree, it has a massive cult following. Unfortunately, the only Florida locations are in Orlando and Jacksonville. Hurry up and give us that Bibibmbap!
Photo via Biggby Coffee/Facebook

Bonchon

This Korean-fried chicken chain is arguably the best Korean-fried chicken chain, and we're not the only ones who agree, it has a massive cult following. Unfortunately, the only Florida locations are in Orlando and Jacksonville. Hurry up and give us that Bibibmbap!

Photo via Biggby Coffee/Facebook
Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits 
Bojangles’ never-frozen chicken is delivered daily and it’s culinary wizards crank out a batch of biscuits every 20 minutes on average. Needless to say, it’s good stuff. Unfortunately, this southern staple of chicken frying and fresh biscuit baking is woefully absent in the Bay. There are three Bojangles’ in Jacksonville. Three! Get it together Bojangles’!
Photo via Bojangles’/Facebook

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits

Bojangles’ never-frozen chicken is delivered daily and it’s culinary wizards crank out a batch of biscuits every 20 minutes on average. Needless to say, it’s good stuff. Unfortunately, this southern staple of chicken frying and fresh biscuit baking is woefully absent in the Bay. There are three Bojangles’ in Jacksonville. Three! Get it together Bojangles’!

Photo via Bojangles’/Facebook
Fatburger 
Fatburger’s name may sound like the brainchild of some early aughts Nickelodeon sitcom, but we can assure you that this burger chain is very real. Speaking of real, Fatburger uses never frozen, 100% USDA lean beef, and its massive patties don’t hit the grill until you place your order. With locations in every continent except Australia and Antarctica, Fatburger has to come to the Bay at some point, right? 
Photo via Fatburger/Facebook

Fatburger

Fatburger’s name may sound like the brainchild of some early aughts Nickelodeon sitcom, but we can assure you that this burger chain is very real. Speaking of real, Fatburger uses never frozen, 100% USDA lean beef, and its massive patties don’t hit the grill until you place your order. With locations in every continent except Australia and Antarctica, Fatburger has to come to the Bay at some point, right?

Photo via Fatburger/Facebook
Del Taco 
If you’re really craving Del Taco, you aren’t totally shit-out-of-luck. This Mexican/Americana fast food haven has a location in Orlando. Del Taco’s fresh ingredients, vegan options and low prices might even make it worth the drive. Honestly, though, we want to try some secret menu hacks over here in the Bay. Supposedly, if you say “go bold” at the end of your order, they put crinkle-cut fries on your taco, or burrito, or burger or whatever. Intriguing.
Photo via Del Taco/Facebook

Del Taco

If you’re really craving Del Taco, you aren’t totally shit-out-of-luck. This Mexican/Americana fast food haven has a location in Orlando. Del Taco’s fresh ingredients, vegan options and low prices might even make it worth the drive. Honestly, though, we want to try some secret menu hacks over here in the Bay. Supposedly, if you say “go bold” at the end of your order, they put crinkle-cut fries on your taco, or burrito, or burger or whatever. Intriguing.

Photo via Del Taco/Facebook