Is this a good thing? Colorado in top 10 for fast food

February 2, 2015

The tireless trivia gatherers at have released its scientific conclusions to compile “Every state in the USA, ranked by its fast food”.

Colorado ranked No. 8, which depending on your fast food frame of mind, could be good or bad. Here’s how the rankings worked:

“…we ranked every state by the fast-food options available there, concentrating on a variety of factors, including:

1) the big chains (Burger King, KFC, etc.) that began there
2) the regional ones (Whataburger, Culver’s) that also originated there
3) the cool, little chains just in that state
4) the variety of choices and presence of enviable franchises
5) the deliciousness and uniqueness of their options in general

We also created a set of criteria to determine which places were fair game: there had to be counter service, food had to generally take between 1-8 minutes to prepare, and there had to be at least three locations for a place to be considered a chain. Also, no pizza. Stop calling pizza fast food, even if it’s hot and/or ready. Clearly this ranking is based on science, math, technology, and hard facts (and maybe our extremely correct opinions)…”

About Colorado, Thrillist said, “The billion-dollar burrito makers at Chipotle started with one restaurant that caught on and became a phenomenon. But CO also can claim Quiznos, Qdoba, Noodles & Company, and Smashburger as homegrown success stories – as well as local up-and-comer Good Times, known for tasty custard, but sadly not based on a TV show from the ’70s.

Notable fact: Chipotle started a block away from the campus of the (University of Denver).”

For the rest of the rankings, go to

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