Here at Short Order we consider ourselves connoisseurs of the best gourmet grub Miami has to offer, but there's always room for a little quick and easy (and often greasy) indulgence every now and then.
When those fast-food cravings come calling, Miamians have more than their fair share of McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Pollo Tropical locations to choose from. But sadly, as any transplant can tell you, we're missing out on some of the best on-the-go eats that other cities offer.
Here's our list of the top fast-food joints we'd like to see make their way to the Magic City.
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Our North Florida cousins are lucky to have this popular Southern burger chain at their growling stomachs' beck and call. The pink-slime-free establishment is famous for its make-your-own burger options, which include a whopping 36,864 ways to get your beef on.
5. Taco Cabana
This self-billed Tex-Mex "patio café" serves tasty Mexican favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. An impressive alternative to Taco Bell, Taco Cabana dishes up sizzling fajitas and also offers items to suit vegan and gluten-free customers' unique needs. Score.
4. Jack in the Box
This primarily West Coast favorite makes the best burgers, tacos, and Oreo shakes in five minutes or less. A late-night mecca, Jack in the Box boasts locations that are open 18 to 24 hours, and its sense of humor alone is reason enough to love it.
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Good hoagies are hard to find. But dedicated fans of Capriotti's authentic subs look no further than their favorite Italian sandwich chain to quash their cravings. The drool-worthy "Bobbie" -- featuring turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo (Thanksgiving on a roll) -- was named Best Sandwich in America by AOL.
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2. White Castle
Harold and Kumar can corroborate that White Castle's square sliders are addictively delicious. Topped with onions, ketchup, and a pickle and wedged into a cardboard sleeve, these patties are a New York ritual. And don't let anyone tell you Krystal is just as good. It isn't.
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Ask anyone west of Louisiana, and they'll extoll the virtues of this purveyor of fresh and simple burgers. Winning carnivores over since 1948, In-N-Out has a minuscule menu and handmade fries that are a cult fave. There are even "secret" menu options (ask for Animal Style).
So keep your fingers crossed, Miami fast-food fans. Maybe these chains will someday grace our fair city with their presence.