Love biting a McDonald's burger? Then you're likely not a Consumer Reports subscriber. Some 32,405 subscribers weighed in on their experiences at 65 fast-food and fast-casual chains, and they handed McDonald's the title of worst-tasting burger (on a scale of 1 to 10, the chain's burgers registered a 5.8), the Washington Post reports. The best-tasting burger can be found at Habit Burger Grill, though the burgers at In-N-Out, Five Guys, and Smashburger followed close behind. The Golden Arches isn't alone in the fast-food hall of shame. KFC was found to have the worst-tasting chicken; Taco Bell took the worst-burrito category; and Au Bon Pain sat on the bottom of the subs and sandwiches division.
Consumer Reports notes US consumers are spending more than ever to eat out—$680 billion per year—and are putting more stock in quality and less in convenience of location, as compared to the magazine's 2011 report. The survey also looked at dining options that are a "step up" from fast food: fast-casual dining spots. Chipotle topped that list, followed by by Firehouse Subs, Five Guys, and Jason's Deli. The full report is available here. Meanwhile, McDonald's emerges as the loser in a recent Quartz report on the number of menu items containing cellulose, or wood pulp. It can be found in 14 of the chain's items, compared to 13 at Burger King and 10 at Wendy's. (Read more McDonald's stories.)