Why Idaho’s Favorite Fast Food Restaurant Is A Total Joke

You’re not trying to get into the habit of eating fast food, but sometimes the day doesn’t go the way you thought it would.

A last minute meeting popped up at work and kept you in the office longer than expected. You want to get food on the table for the family as quickly as possible, so you head to the drive-thru. No time for a good seated meal between two appointments? Have a valuable meal. You discover that the food you intended to prepare for dinner has gone bad. Fast food is so much easier than grocery shopping for new ingredients!

Whatever your reason for choosing fast food, we’re not going to judge. Heck, we look forward to McDonald’s during Lent, because having Filet ‘o Fish with the family on Friday was something we remember fondly.

That said, we will unconditionally judge the “research” of this jewelry store Shane Co. did to determine the most popular fast food restaurant in each state. In order to compile their list, they surveyed people in each state by asking them the question “Which fast food restaurant has the best burger?” They received over 2,000 responses. From there, they analyzed Google Trends data from 2021 and 2022 for the burgers named at the most popular restaurants in each state. They combined the results to come up with the final list.

So… what is the most popular fast food restaurant in Idaho? According to their methodology, this is one you can’t even visit in Idaho! Yes, In-N-Out Burger was named the most popular fast food restaurant in the Gem State.

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Do not mistake yourself. We don’t call In-N-Out Burger itself a joke. We love a Double Double Animal style just as much as the next guy. We call the fact that a fast food restaurant was named the most popular in a state no joke! But it’s a joke that we think we can explain.

The study looked at Google Trends data from April 2021 to April 2022? Well, news that In-N-Out has officially filed for a permit to build a location at the Village at Meridian broke in March 2022. A month later, public records showed they were reviewing old Pier imports. 1 at Boise Town Square. Mall as second location in Idaho. Naturally, Idahoans who had wanted an In-N-Out Burger for years Googled the news! Just because we were looking “In-N-Out” does not mean we ate there.

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Wondering how close we are to becoming a reality in Treasure Valley? Public records show the city is considering a waiver request for the location of the mall. The attached floor plan was dated August 24, so it looks like things are moving forward.

Shane Co’s choice for Idaho’s most popular fast food burger makes a lot more sense. They said it was McDonald’s “McDouble”. Do you think it’s a little strange that a jewelry store commissioned this research? Apparently, they were trying to figure out where couples preferred to go for fast food dates, whether they dined out or went to the drive-thru. ::raise your shoulders::

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