The Daily Beast
is back with yet another of its rankings of American cities. This one charts the top 40 "Fast-Food Capitals"
as defined by the number of fast-food restaurants per 100,000 residents. Having driven all over the metro area as part of my restaurant-reviewing duties, I was certain that St. Louis would rate a mention in this list. I was certain we would rank highly.
I was wrong. On both counts.
St. Louis isn't included, and I choose to believe that this is because we really aren't the fast-food mecca we seem to be -- rather than the more likely explanation that the study considered the City of St. Louis rather than the larger metro area.
Orlando nabbed the top (bottom?) spot with 196.3 fast-food restaurants per 100,000 citizens. To the surprise of no one who has visited the state, Florida is very well represented in the list, as is Texas.
As a bonus, listed with each of the 40 cities is the chain most "prominent" there. In all but nine of the cities, that chain is Subway
. Not sure how to interpret that except to conclude that the $5 Footlong song is one hell of an earworm.