This Irvine, Calif., fast-food chain won top honors in the 2008 Quick-Track Awards of Excellence, grabbing "excellent" overall ratings from 60 percent of the survey's participants. The chain finished in the top three of eight of the 15 categories surveyed.
Matt York, AP
Based in Baton Rouge, La., this new chicken-tenders chain garnered 59 percent "excellent" approval on overall customer satisfaction. Must have something to do with the sweet tea and Texas toast.
Bill Haber, AP
This Chicago pizza favorite received a 56 percent "excellent" rating in the 2008 survey for its gooey stuffed pizza touted by the chain as "world famous."
The Atlanta-based chicken chain, renowned for its sandwiches and waffle fries, made the grade with 55 percent "excellent" approval.
This St. Louis-based bakery-café, which serves up artisan breads and hot panini, ranked fifth in the 2008 Quick-Track Awards of Excellence, winning 54 percent "excellent" ratings from diners.
The Denver-based home of the burrito bowl scored 52 percent "excellent" ratings in the survey of 93,800 diners.
The 2007 overall excellence winner dropped to seventh place in the 2008 survey, but the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based chain still won a respectable 51 percent "excellent" rating for its pan-Asian flavors.
Cassandra Shie, AOL
A Jacksonville, Fla., favorite blazed to eighth place in the 2008 survey, winning a 51 percent "excellent" rating from fans of its hot specialty subs.
El Paso's Mexican grill, Taco Tote, made its way to the fast-food superlative list with a 50 percent overall "excellent" rating from diners in the survey.
This Wheat Ridge, Colo.-based burrito chain rounds out the overall Top 10 in the 2008 Quick-Track Awards of Excellence with a 49 percent "excellent" rating from customers.
The survey ranked everything from top ice cream (Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops) to smoothies (Smoothie King), and ranked restaurants in a "Top Food" category. On the fast food front, In-N-Out Burger won among large chains, Wendy's took top nods for mega chains and Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops won for quick-refreshment shops. P.F. Chang's China Bistro won the top food nods for full-service chains.