Highline students love fast food

By Sophia Latifyar and Krystal Robbins - Staff Reporters

Highline students have a broad spectrum of tastes when it comes to fast food.

Eight of 10 young adults report eating fast food monthly, while half of them eat fast food on a weekly basis. 

Fast food restaurants in America serve 50 million customers a day. On average, Americans spend $1,200 a year on fast food.

An informal survey of Highline students showed a greater preference for McDonald's. Burger King and Wendy's were other choices, but McDonald's still holds down the No. 1 spot locally. That ranking reflects the number of stores each chain has internationally.

As of 2016, McDonald's  was the world's largest fast food joint with 35,000 locations, followed by Burger King with 14,000 locations and Wendy's with 6,500 locations.

Results showed 23 of 113 students preferred McDonald's, whereas 10 of 113 students chose Burger King, and lastly 9 of 113 students favored Wendys.  

Some students had one favorite spot while others had a couple that they go to. 

Student responses for their particular fast food preferences included:

"Chick-fil-A's spicy buffalo sauce is my favorite,"  a student who identified as Baby said.

"I love Wendy's spicy chicken nuggets," Savannah said.

Students such as William Otto and Kevin Horne said they love Wendy's burgers.

"I don't like McDonald's because of the taste it has. I like Jack in the Box because of the taste, more crispier and good quality," said Marina, a Highline student. 

"Taco Time has new fish tacos and I love them," Jocelyn said. 

"Love how Starbucks have multiple coffee drinks to choose from. You can get anything," Sarah said.

Some students choose a fast food joint that is close to their culture:

"I choose taco trucks because it draws me into my heritage because I am Mexican. Better than burgers and more authentic," Carlos said. 

Still, McDonald's has its loyal  fans:

 "I am a vegetarian so McDonald's offers a variety of salad bowls that I can choose from," student Araceli said. 

"I like McDonald's chicken nuggets because they are my favorite. The barbecue chicken sandwich is really good too," said Han, an employee at the Bookstore. 

"McDonald's is my go to," Stacy Acorda said.

For at least one student, there is a perceived difference in freshness between burger joints.  

"I like Wendy's because the food is more fresh and natural than other fast food places," Jasmine said.

"Wendy's Frosties are bomb," Esmeralda said.

Other students disagreed.

Kham Siam, Courtney Cecil, and Ayuka chose Burger King as their favorite fast food joint.

"I like Burger King's $1.49 chicken nuggets," Randy said. 

"I go to Burger King because it is closest to my house," Khoa said. 

For most students, distance is not a factor.

No one chose the only fast food joint near Highline —Church's Chicken. 

Students said they travel a little farther to other fast food joints around the neighborhood for a wider variety. 

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