Five Guys named favorite burger chain, taking spot from In-N-Out

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The 2017 study, based on input from more than 100,000 consumers, named Five Guys the Burger Restaurant Brand of the Year, a title In-N-Out has won twice.

Four of the top 10 burger restaurants, however, are not located in the Fresno area, with No. 3 Shake Shack the highest-ranked chain absent from the Valley.

The difference now is back in 2003, Five Guys switched to a franchise model with over 1,500 restaurants worldwide whereas In-N-Out keeps their animal style fries to only 313, company-owned locations mostly in the West and Southwest.

The poll surveyed more than 100,000 USA consumers, age 15 or older, and asked them to rate 4,000 different brands online.

"It's a simple burger that's filling and delicious in a guilty sort of way", Hollis Johnson wrote in his Business Insider review of Five Guys.

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The first Five Guys opened in 1986, in Arlington, Va.

Plenty of people probably strongly disagree with these choices, but sadly you'll just have to wait until next year's poll to cast your vote for your favorite fast food spot in America.

In-N-Out opened its first drive-thru in 1948, and has more than 300 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas and OR - but not Colorado.

In 2013, 48% of respondents were familiar with Five Guys, according to The Harris Poll. In the poll, the chain got an 81 percent familiarity rating among generation Z and millennials.

Other favorite restaurants included: Casual Dining (Cheesecake Factory), Chicken (Chick-fil-A), Coffee (Starbucks), Mexican (Moe's), Ice Cream (Ben & Jerry's), Pizza (Papa John's) and Sandwiches (Subway).

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