Thrillist Fast Food Awards Celebration Is Back for Seconds to Present Nominations For, The Fasties

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Company Release
April 13, 2021

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NEW YORK, NY – (April 13, 2021) – Thrillist, the #1 food, drink and travel brand for Gen Z and Millennials [source: Comscore Media Matrix & Plan Metrix, Q3 2020] fast food awards celebration is back for seconds to present nominations for, The Fasties. The program was created in 2020 to unabashedly celebrate the world of fast food with a new additional focus this year on excellence in fast casual. The glitzy, award show-style event was a showcase of the fast food industry’s important contributions to the culinary world in a hilariously over-the-top — yet completely serious — celebration of fast food.

In 2021, The Fasties, hosted by David So and Tim Chantarangsu of Thrillist’s Send Foodz, will be a cross country roadtrip with the guys tasting their way through chains to identify the Chain of The Year. The virtual celebration will highlight the greatest foods we ate out of grease-stained paper bags throughout the year and honor the people working on the front lines behind drive-thru windows every day across the country. New categories such as “Best Value Menu,” and “Best First Responder Deal” will also reflect today’s heightened appreciation for quick, convenient, and accessible food you can get with, say, the crumpled five-dollar bill in your pocket. Celebrity guest Big Freedia will join the party to take a bite out of Popeyes' best.

“Thrillist has a long history of covering fast food, and our passionate editorial team brings true expertise to this category. As a brand who takes fun seriously, what better way to offer a moment of levity during this time than bringing back our over-the-top celebration of America’s most beloved convenient cuisine.” said Meghan Kirsch, Chief Content Officer at Thrillist. “This year, we have broadened our scope to acknowledge the chains that have really gone above and beyond to serve those on the frontline. Our program looks to give them the proper recognition and shiny gold burger trophies they deserve.”

Please find 2021 Fasties nominees here:

1. Best Breakfast
 •  McDonald'sWendy's
    •  Chick-fil-A
    •  Taco Bell
    •  Jack in the Box

2. Best Chicken Nuggets
    •  Jack in the Box: Chicken Nuggets
    •  KFC: Popcorn Nuggets
    •  McDonald’s: Chicken McNuggets
    •  Chick-fil-A: Nuggets
    •  Wendy’s: Crispy Chicken Nuggets

3. Best Onion Rings
    •  Whataburger: Onion Rings
    •  Jack in the Box: Onion Rings
    •  Culver’s: Onion Rings
    •  Dairy Queen: Onion Rings
    •  Sonic Drive-In: Hand Made Onion Rings

4. Best Fish Sandwichs
    •  Jack in the Box: Fish Sandwich
    •  Long John Silver’s: Wild Alaska Pollock Sandwich
    •  Whataburger: Whatacatch
    •  Popeyes: Cajun Flounder Sandwich
    •  Culver’s: North Atlantic Cod Filet Sandwich

5. Best Bacon Cheeseburger
    •  Checkers: Baconzilla!
    •  Whataburger: Bacon & Cheese Whataburger
    •  Burger King: Bacon King
    •  Wendy’s: Baconator
    •  Sonic Drive-In: SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger

6. Best Plant-Based Meat Item
    •  Quiznos: Plant-Based Corned Beef
    •  Carl’s Jr: Beyond Fiery Famous Star
    •  Carl’s Jr: Beyond Famous Star with Cheese
    •  White Castle: Impossible Slider
    •  Del Taco: Beyond Tacos & Burritos

7. Best Soft Serve Ice Cream
    •  Wendy’s: Frosty
    •  Dairy Queen: Vanilla Cone
    •  Sonic Drive-In: Vanilla Cone
    •  Burger King: Soft Serve Cone
    •  McDonald’s: Vanilla Cone

8. Best Value Menu
    •  Taco Bell: Cravings Value Menu
    •  Sonic Drive-In: Everyday Deals
    •  Del Taco: Del’s Dollar Deals Menu
    •  Taco John’s: The Value Menu
    •  Wendy’s: Big Deals Menu

9. Best New Menu Item
    •  Chick-fil-A: Kale Crunch Side
    •  Church’s Chicken: Chicken Sandwich
    •  Culver’s: Harvest Veggie Burger
    •  Wendy’s: Maps Bacon Chicken Croissant
    •  Taco Bell: Chicken Chipotle Melt

10. Regional Chain of the Year
    •  Culver’s
    •  Whataburger
    •  Bojangles

11. Chain of the Year
•  Taco Bell
    •  Wendy's
    •  Popeyes
    •  KFC

12. Best First Responder Deal
•  (no nominee)

13. MVP (Most Valuable Pickle)
•  (no nominee)

14. Lifetime Achievement Award
•  (no nominee)

And here are the nominees in the three new fast casual categories:

1. Best Cheeseburger (Fast Casual)
•  Five Guys: Cheeseburger
    •  Smashburger: Classic Smash Burger
    •  Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Freddy’s Original with Cheese
    •  Shake Shack: ShackBurger Single
    •  BurgerFi: BurgerFi Cheeseburger

2. Best Fried Chicken Sandwich (Fast Casual)
•  Shake Shack: Chick’n Shack
    •  Fatburger: Crispy Chicken Sandwich
    •  Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Crispy Chicken Sandwich
    •  Wayback Burgers: Crispy Chicken
    •  Zaxby’s: Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich

3. Best Fries (Fast Casual)
 Zaxby’s: Crinkle Fries
    •  Smashburger: Smashfries
    •  Five Guys: Five Guys Style Fries
    •  Shake Shack: Crinkle Cut Fries
    •  Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Freddy’s Shoestring Fries

The full coverage of Thrillist Presents: The Fasties can be found here.

About Thrillist:
Thrillist is the #1 food, drink and travel brand for Gen Z and Millennials [source: Comscore Media Matrix & Plan Metrix, Q3 2020]. Thrillist serves as a guidebook for those that want new experiences and long to turn a good time into a great time. Our nonstop coverage of local culture inspires audiences to discover their world and celebrate every moment. In a serious world, we take fun seriously. In December 2016, Thrillist joined forces with NowThis, The Dodo, POPSUGAR and Seeker to form Group Nine Media -- a global top 10 publisher.



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