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Zagat Fast Food Survey gives high marks to local chains Chipotle and Red Robin

Everyone loves to hate on fast-food chains -- but even restaurant ratings experts like Zagat recognize their utility in a rundown now and then. The restaurant rating aggregator just released its third annual survey of fast-food faves:

While Colorado chains like Smashburger and Noodles & Company were (woefully?) neglected, local heavy-hitters Chipotle and Red Robin made the cut, each running away with some top recognition.

Notably, Red Robin received the "Best Burger" nod in the full-service chain category. Chipotle, meanwhile, won recognition for "Most Popular" and "Top Food" (in the "Large Chains" category), as well as "Best Value" and "Best Grilled Chicken."

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"Top Food" honors in the "Large Chain" and "Mega-Chain" categories went to In-N-Out and Wendy's, respectively. Meanwhile, though McDonald's was mentioned in six food- and menu-related categories, it didn't even make the top five overall among mega-chains.

Curly fries and jamocha shakes aside, Arby's shockingly squeaked into the "Best Value Menu" category. Also, perhaps diminishing the credibility of surveyors, KFC and Popeye's occupy the number-one and -two spots in the "Best Fried Chicken" category.

More than 6,500 fast-food fans voted in the online survey, which asked surveyors to vote on 97 major fast-food chains and 39 full-service chains.

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