Fast food just feels different at Chick-fil-A. Whether it’s the straightforward menu of chicken-centric creations or the classic milkshakes topped with a maraschino cherry, there’s something for everyone at the chicken chain born at the Hapeville Dwarf House in Georgia. Now with more than 2,000 restaurants in over 42 states, the restaurant from humble beginnings has become something of an icon in American fast food. While the menu has expanded over the years to include chick-n-strips, grilled nuggets, hashbrowns, and the chicken club sandwich, there’s still one chicken sandwich that rules them all. So when it comes to Chick-fil-A original chicken sandwiches, which cities ordered the most in 2016?
Before we begin, let’s recap about what exactly is the original chicken sandwich. It’s wildly simple: a breaded chicken breast filet on a toasted bun (totally buttered up) with two dill pickle chips. Easy and delicious. Hungry yet? Let’s check out those cities.
10. Baltimore, Maryland
Sneaking into the Top 10 for ordering the most of the classic Chick-fil-A sandwich, Baltimore is putting down the seafood for their poultry fix.
9. Los Angeles, California
Six years ago, the chain opened its first California location. It seems Los Angeles has wasted no time getting acquainted with the brand’s signature sammy. With the healthy reputation of California, it’s a wonder the grilled chicken club isn’t their top choice, but it just might be.
8. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Florida
If you’re not a Floridian, you might wonder what these three cities have in common, apart from their combined love of Chick-fil-A chicken. There’s no Chick-fil-A outside of Walt Disney World yet, so it seems customers from all over flock to what they know best.
7. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Did you know there are 16 colleges and universities in this triangle of North Carolina? Hungry college students must rely on the chain to get them through the late afternoon study sessions before the evening exam.
I’ll bet this is one town that wishes Chick-fil-A was open on Sundays.
6. Charlotte, North Carolina
North Carolina sure loves their Chick-fil-A! There are 19 restaurants in the city, and even a new location inside the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport for those just passing through.
5. Washington, D.C.
How often do you see Washington, D.C. rank in the Top 10 for any type of list? That means that those on the Hill must order Chick-fil-A on the regular. It sounds like those large to-go orders for lunch meetings is working in the chain’s favor.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Per The Chicken Wire, only three baseball stadiums in the country have a Chick-fil-A inside and Citizens Bank Park is one of those. Of course that location doesn’t account for all of the little sandwiches ordered in 2016. Philadelphians just know what they like!
3. Houston, Texas
Everything’s bigger in Texas! Houston isn’t just ga-ga for the original chicken sandwich, the city is actually home to Ford Fry, an acclaimed chef who’s worked with Chick-fil-A to spruce up the menu. Those include the Superfood Side and the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich. Fry, we thank you.
2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Beat out by the number one city by only a margin, the Dallas-Forth Worth area of Texas sure knows exactly where to get their chicken sandwich fix. Now the real question is, chocolate chunk cookie or a fruit cup for dessert?
1. Atlanta, Georgia
Officially Chicken Town, U.S.A, and unsurprisingly the birthplace of the original chicken sandwich itself, it feels fitting that Atlanta takes home the title. In 1964, the chicken sandwich was first served up by Truett Cathy in a small diner that would later launch the chain in 1967.