How Fast-Food Eaters Split Along Ethnic Lines

Business Week, May 29, 2013

Nothing tops ethnicity as a predictor of a diner’s taste in fast food.

Asian Americans are nearly four times more likely to visit a Jamba Juice (JMBA) than the average consumer, but less likely to visit McDonald’s (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy’s (WEN), and Taco Bell (YUM), according to a report released today by Placed, a location analytics company. “Ethnicity is quantifiably in the driver’s seat when determining fast-food consumption,” says Placed Chief Executive David Shim. “No single demographic trait—age, gender, income—provides the signal that ethnicity does in terms of restaurant preference.”


Here are some of the findings from the Placed report, which is based on data from 70,000 U.S. consumers in April:

These chains get more traffic from Caucasian customers:

• Taco Johns
• Culver’s
• Tim Horton’s
• Steak ‘n Shake
• Caribou Coffee

“The listed quick-serve restaurant locations skew toward the Midwest and East Coast,” says Shim.

These chains get more traffic from Hispanic customers:

• Pollo Tropical
• El Pollo Loco
• In-N-Out Burger
• Wienerschnitzel
• Del Taco

Shim says the data for Hispanic consumers “quantifies a preference to fast-food categories that have roots in their ethnic background.”

These chains get more traffic from African American customers

• Church’s
• Checkers
• Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits
• Krystal
• Rally’s

For African American diners, the data show there are “two defined categories—chicken and burgers—in terms of fast food preference,” says Shim.

These chains get more traffic from Asian customers

• Jamba Juice
• In-N-Out Burger
• Jack In The Box
• Starbucks
• Panda Express

“This is one of the most diverse mixes of quick-serve restaurant categories based on ethnicity,” Shim says.


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  • Puggg

    Blacks: Popeye’s, Church’s, Checkers, Rally’s, Krystal.

    Oh no, no reason for stereotyping at all.

    Krystal is basically the White Castle of the South, but they’re greasier and not as good IMO.

    • pawcatch

      Krystal started to diversify their menu long before White Castle ever did.Krystal has offered some for of the chicken sandwhich for over twenty years now.

      • Morris LeChat

        I went to a “Krystal” once, when traveling down south. I could not believe how bad it was. It was like dog food with onions in a bun that was mostly air.

    • The__Bobster

      Krystal is like White Castle with a lot more bun and a lot less drunks.

      • I take that personally. Back when I was still drinking, I had my particular “Drunk at 2 AM” White Castle. Most St. Louisans do.

        • jane johnson

          That’s hilarious, Q.D., we had a 24-hour Krystal that was so popular with late night drunks that the cops used to watch for gaps in the drive-thru line(where peeps had passed out), and got their quotas of DUIs without leaving the parking lot.

      • Robert Binion

        The thin portions cook quickly and there is less chance you will get a burger not completely done. These little sliders can be great depending on the location since two cooks can use the same ingredients and oven and get completely different results. In general, Southerners do not know how to make a hamburger; we cook one until it is like leather. Now pork, that’s another story. Try this: sweat diced onion and soften chopped apples. Mix them with ground turkey, salt and pepper, and fresh sage or rosemary grown on your back porch–mine are coming along nicely–and smoke as burgers on the grill. Cheap, healthy and delicious.

        • Svigor

          Sheeeit, you’re just eating the wrong southern burgers. Go to Melvin’s or Bessinger’s in Charleston, or Smitty’s in Savannah. Burger perfection.

      • Jethro

        In Tennessee, Waffle House gets the drunks.

    • OlderWoman

      Krystals are crap. They were great back in the 60’s and 70’s. We called them ‘gut bombs’ but we loved them then.

      • Svigor

        They’re both crap, and great. I used to call ’em rat burgers. Before I scarfed 10 of ’em in a sitting.

    • Svigor

      I have to admit, I love me some Popeye’s and Krystals. They both retreated from this town so I haven’t eaten their food in ages. Sliders are great drunk-food, and Popeye’s beans and rice…mmmm.

      Checkers is pretty good too, but their fries, meh.

      I would say I’ve got a black gene, lol, but I stopped eating fast food altogether and that’s way too white.

    • Morris LeChat

      just wait until the day some lib wakes up and takes crime statistics of neighborhoods and correlates them to the racial makeup of those neighborhoods.

  • Exoplanet Finder

    Certainly tipping pizza and other delivery drivers diverges along ethnic lines as well. Any studies about that?

    • The__Bobster
      • WR_the_realist

        Wow. An amazing post. Of course the poster had to be anonymous, because in Amerika telling the truth gets you sued.

        • Paleoconn

          In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act
          –George Orwell

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        I’m glad to hear the restaurant owner succeeded in removing the blacks from his establishment. I only hope business picks up for him soon; it sounds like a very pleasant restaurant to visit.

      • T_Losan

        Great post but the comments are incredible. Almost to a person, they deny that blacks are bad customers, say that the restaurant owner is being unfair, he’s lucky the feds didn’t catch him, it’s not race it’s class, and so on and so forth with the litany of boilerplate excuses.

    • Howard W. Campbell

      I delivered Pizzas many years ago, no they will almost never tip. I cannot remember delivering to a Hispanic or an Asian (this was an area that was almost exclusively black or white). We had two black delivery drivers and they were the only ones who packed heat (before that state streamlined concealed carry). .

    • anonymous_amren

      I’ve got something to say to people who complain about Black people not tipping:

      You are corrupt.

      That needs to be understood by more Americans. If you want people to pay more, charge them more. Don’t be a crook and complain when people don’t pay more than the price.

      • Saint Cyprus

        You have no understanding of the concept of Western society. We should charge you more just to live here. Stingy negroes.

  • Since In-and-Out is mainly a west coast chain, and Krystal is in the South, and many Hispanics live on the west coast and many blacks in the South, this might be more a regional coincidence than anything.

    • onetwothree

      It’s pretty obvious. Aside from Popeye’s I’ve never heard of any of the african american ones. And Tim Horton is pretty much only in Canada. Popeye’s is pretty good though.

  • T_Losan

    Oh, so races are allowed to exist if the purpose is to sell us crap, as well as to tell us how terrible whites are. One has to keep on top of when races exist and when they do not.

  • So CAL Snowman

    My fellow White people should not be eating ANYTHING that comes out of a greasy fast food wrapper. Just another way THEY are trying to kill us.

    • ncpride

      Exactly! If we must eat out, say while traveling out of town, Subway is the place to go. I’m surprised that one didn’t make the list for White folk. Our Subway in this tiny town is always packed.

      • a multiracial individual

        I work in an office alongside many Whites and Jews. NONE of them eat fast food, zero. They all eat pretty healthy. Of course, eating healthy is more pricey. That is part of the liberal argument. “Of course, Blacks and Hispanics have higher rates of obesity, all they can afford is Fast Food. We need to provide them with affordable, healthy alternatives.”

        • ncpride

          Somehow, I doubt they would eat a healthier alternative even if it was provided for them. I’ve read articles about urban schools and the waste they see at lunch, especially fruit. If these kids won’t even an apple or an orange, what hope is there for broccoli or green beans?

          • Even when presented with the easy option and ability to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, blacks will tend to buy fatty salty choices of meats. I see that kind of thing with my own eyes about once every two weeks on average.

        • Except if one knows how to cook and prepare food, eating healthy is less expensive than swilling from the 365BellCurve heart attack shacks.

          • Homo_Occidentalis

            Family meals shouldn’t average out to more than four or five dollars a person most days.

        • Xerxes22

          They always have an excuse for their pet’s failures. Eating healther is cheaper than that fast food garbage. But it takes longer and it’s a lot of work to prepare home cooked meals. It’s much easier to go to the place with the clown and get your warmed over slime right away with your EBT card.

        • invrasion prans

          Tell us about Asian fast food do they serve up canine and feline dishes on the go

        • Golly’s Favourite

          They already have “affordable, healthy alternatives”: Welfare, WIC, EBT, Free Lunch Program, Free “Breffiss” Program, etc. And they can afford more and better than I ever could, since the average welfare recipient makes more in money and benefits per month than I made as an E-6 in the Navy with 20 years on the books (the Navy Times outed them back in 1996).

  • gordon ramsey

    Well I have noticed some new burger joints like five guys and burgerfii (has free WIFI).I can only assume these places are catering to whites.But I have noticed that with high unemployment more whites are working at places where you would normally find african americans.

    • The__Bobster

      High prices, dress codes and country music are good Zulu repellents.

      • WR_the_realist

        If I operated a fast food restaurant it would be playing Bach all day long. And it would sell stir fries with plenty of real vegetables. That would keep out the riff raff. I’d probably get a good many Asian customers, which would be fine by me.

      • OlderWoman

        I live in Nashville…country music is a good repellant for me. Can’t stand it at all. And I’m White.

        • Svigor

          Gotta break some eggs to make omelets.

        • Jenna Kerr

          I don’t understand the popularity of country music, especially modern country. It’s so simplistic and boring.

          • nobody

            The old stuff was really good. Now it is just more crappy pop music. The stuff I used to hear on the radio as a little kid is nothing like the stuff you hear today. There are still good country artists out there though, like Hank III.

          • Morris LeChat

            all pop music is simplistic and boring. It all is rather catchy for the first time you hear it, then each additional time you hear it it becomes more and more irritating

          • Jenna Kerr

            Unlike Classical music.

          • Morris LeChat

            The thing about classical music is that there was tons of it that was written that has faded away into obscurity. There were actually composers during Mozart’s time that were much more popular than he was but their music has not stood up over time. Time has a filtering affect, only the good stuff lasts.

          • Jenna Kerr

            That makes sense.

        • StillModerated

          Real country music has no drums. I’ve become a bluegrass man myself. Bantus hate the sound of violins. And I love Nashville!

          • Robert Binion

            One of my prized possessions is a picture of Del McCoury with me and Nao, a lovely student from Japan who once lived with us.

          • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

            I guess we could call this and “outlier” exception to the rule.


          • nobody

            That’s it, dance a little jig, shuck and jive for whitey boy.

      • MBlanc46

        Maybe if it’s really roots country. A lot of Italian joints around here play Sinatra and Dean Martin. It doesn’t do a lot for me, but I imagine it keeps the soul-folks away. Service compris might help, too, although I suppose that most of them are too ignorant to realize that a tip was automatically included in the prices.

      • Golly’s Favourite

        Aye. And bagpipes… Bring on the “Scotland the Brave”!!!

  • joemcgee

    Racial stereotypes about food preferences are true, it turns out.
    Stereotypes are right the vast majority of times. Every so often, there’s the exception to the rule, but otherwise, the stereotype is correct. The few exceptions don’t disprove the rule.

  • The__Bobster

    Tim Horton’s? Good grief. They’re a Canadian chain, with most of their American customers coming from right across the border. What color do they expect their customers to be?

    • So CAL Snowman

      Tim Horton’s makes a damn fine doughnut. Good coffee too.

      • nobody

        Try their food sometime. Not bad at all.

    • Richard from Vancouver

      I didn’t realize that Tim Horton’s existed across the border. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Someone mentioned that Subway was a mostly white fast food haunt. Perhaps, but where I live every Subway and Wendy’s is owned and operated by non English speaking East Indians. At Subway you never quite get what you ordered, and at Wendy’s you risk food poisonng from rancid meat (personal experience). Needless to say I don’t frequent these restaurants anymore. White Spot, another Canadian chain, makes a great burger, fries and shake, and whose clientele is mostly white. Hey you can get alcohol there if you choose.

      • saxonsun

        The Subways here in the USA, at least in the Northeast, are also owned by Indians, as are the gas stations and 7 Elevens. The Subways also feature Africans making the food. Where are all the white people?!

      • Golly’s Favourite

        I’m amazed they’re allowed to be called “White Spot” these days. Next thing you know, they’ll start getting the Paul Fromm treatment and have to call up Doug Christie to defend them in Human Rights Court or whatever against racism charges…

    • Henry

      They been bought out by Wendy’s since 1995, so in reality they are another American chain now.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Culver’s really is great. The one closest to me is always staffed with white teenagers, who make the meals correctly and aren’t rude like blacks and Hispanics.

    The customer base also seems to be almost all white. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a non-white in there. It’s very relaxing.

    • Svigor

      The whitest fast-food chain I know if is Chick-Fil-A. Even the non-whites there ack white.

  • StillModerated

    Church’s and Checkers are black-owned chains and they place their franchises in White-free zones. I’m pretty sure they spit in YT’s food, too. I never eat there. I won’t eat at McDonalds either. I will eat at Chick-fil-A because I like Dan Cathy. In the Southland there’s a chain called Cook Out which makes a damn fine BBQ sandwich. Wash it down with a Cheerwine float!

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I like Chick-fil-A too, especially their breakfast menu. They have the only fast-food breakfast that I actually enjoy.

      • bubo

        I like how they mostly hire young white kids who get my order correctly and don’t give me an attitude.

        • StillModerated

          I was dining at the Chick-fil-A in Capitol Heights and overheard the manager tell a group of new hires,”You’re all here because you attended Vacation Bible School.” And the (black) employees are the cream of the crop; polite, friendly, and don’t make mistakes — even when 500 conservatives show up for lunch.

          • Golly’s Favourite

            Capitol Heights is pitch black and dangerous, just like District Heights, Suitland, Southeast DC, East “Balmer”, West “Balmer”, etc.

    • Aspiring rapper

      Chick-fil-A is where we eat.

  • pcmustgo

    There’s nothing wrong with fried chicken. I enjoy it. Collard greens even, are not from Africa. Pretty much only yams, and maybe okra are.

    Blacks behavioral problems are the problem. Not the fried chicken.

  • Jefferson

    [QUOTE]Asian Americans are nearly four times more likely to visit a Jamba Juice (JMBA) than the average consumer, but less likely to visit McDonald’s (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy’s (WEN), and Taco Bell (YUM)[/QUOTE]

    That would explain the lower obesity rate among Asian Americans.

    • Jenna Kerr

      Asians get diabetes at higher rates than Caucasians. Many Orientals with type 2 diabetes are thin to normal weight. Blacks and “Hispanics” who have type 2 diabetes tend to be obese.

      • Bossman

        Yes, this was on the news this week.

    • saxonsun

      Not here in NY–the Koreans take over the McDonald’s every Sunday. They just sit for hours, and yes, they also eat tons of Ronald’s food.

  • edie

    I haven’t eaten at fast food places for decades.
    Have you noticed the people making your food there?
    Do you trust them handling your food?
    Do you trust the huge companies to not load the junk food with preservatives, coloring and other chemicals?

    • Jenna Kerr

      I don’t eat at fast food place because of the reasons you mentioned.

  • AutomaticSlim

    I never heard of half these places.
    Krystal? Rally’s? Culver’s? What are these places?

    They forgot “Pink Berry”. Here in the NYC area, the Asians practically live there.
    I tried it once. Did not care for it.

    I tried Jack in the Box in Houston once. The hamburgers are not bad for fast food.

    • Puggg

      Rally’s and Checkers are both owned by the same parent company. They’re small joints with two drive thru lanes and a walk up window, but no indoor dining facilities.

      When Rally’s first opened up in St. Louis, they were called Zipps.

      The food is even sloppier and greasier than the typical fast feeder. Even though Rally’s seasoned fries are pretty good.

      I have heard that mentions of Rally’s have occurred in Nelly rap lyrics.

      • nobody

        There was one in the shitty black neighborhood where I used to live. It is kind of like a ghetto Hardee’s.

    • bubo

      Krystals are tiny hamburgers. And they are good.

    • jane johnson

      Krystals are like White Castle up north. Yum!

  • Romulus

    The statistics listed appear to be a regurgitation of market analysis. Ethnic and cultural influences certainly are a key factor in peoples dining habits. However, direct marketing and mass media do an excellent job of steering the public, as has been reiterated many times over in sociological studies, popular blogs( amren,American thinker, etc.)

  • haroldcrews

    We have Steak-N-Shakes and Starbucks. I’ve heard of Popeyes, Churches and Checkers. But the rest of them I’ve not so much as even heard of before.

  • OlderWoman

    Oh, how I miss El Pollo Loco and In-and-Out Burgers. Best fast food ever. I’ve been trying to get an In-and-Out Burger in Nashville.

    • One chain I wish would have had more recent success is A&W. Their burgers are great, and I love their diet root beer.

      • Morris LeChat

        several of those opened up in the Boston metro area right before the current depression. They all closed within a few months. WE have ONE Crystal in the Boston area now. I hear it does well.

        • Dunkin Donuts is too dug-in in the northeast for The Kreme ever to have been able to make any inroads. However, at one point, it was speculated that the Catholic Church would buy Krispy Kreme, just so they could buy the rights to the neon signs, to hang one out in front of every Parish and turn on the neon sign that reads, “Hot Salvation Now” during confession. Of course, that was the same source that said that the Catholic Church would buy Microsoft and rename its flagship product “Stained Glass Windows.”

          • Morris LeChat

            I don’t buy that ” Dunkin Donuts is too dug in ” argument. The product at Krispy creme was just not very good, not what the people in the northeast like. There was a lot of excitement when they first opened up around here. There were actually long lines of cars of people waiting to buy the famous Krispy Creme. That lasted for about a week. So we waited in line, we bought some…. we weren’t impressed. Their product was too sweet, too light and airy and the coffee was not good. I wonder how they got their product to be so sweet, I suspect they use a good dose of fructose along with the sucrose.

        • Golly’s Favourite

          If I remember correctly, Kelley’s (the original one out on the beach) was featured in one of Rick Sebak’s PBS specials (available on DVD… Probably “Sandwiches You Will Like”).

      • Golly’s Favourite

        I loved A&W in California in the 1960’s. The food and atmosphere were fantastic (and all White). Best root beer and burgers on the planet. You could never get away with drive-ins nowadays. Too dangerous for the carhops and White customers. Can you just imagine the enormous mess and potential for Cat 5 chimp-out kerfuffles? They would never be able to use those nice little glass root beer mugs they used to have, either.

  • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

    Try Maurice’s Bar-B-Que when in the Columbia, SC area. They know how to “keep it White”.

    • Pulled pork in a mustard-based sauce. South Carolina is the only place you’ll find that style.

    • WR_the_realist

      molokai14 is horrified. They have a picture of the owner with a Confederate flag, and sell Tea Party books. I’ll have to drop by if I’m in the area.

    • Bootstrap

      Maurice was the Grand Dragon of the KKK back in the day, so I hear.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Where I grew up, there was a two block section that had 4 fried chicken joints. The YT neighborhood stopped before you rolled through this area of town and all of the establishments had a LOT of traffic. Yes, some white customers, although they tended to frequent a place called Bojangles (which makes top notch fried chicken), A lot of whites down south will frequent the places listed for the blacks just because that is what is available locally.

    I haven’t had a malt liquor since high school. Guess I’m keeping the stereotype about who drinks malt liquor alive.Groups frequenting a restaurant chain shouldn’t come as a surprise. Thank goodness you don’t see the Muzzies at a Pork BBQ joint.

    • Muhammad

      When no one watch, I go eat pork BBQ. Wow! Delicious!

    • Morris LeChat

      I’ve never had a “malt liquor”

  • Jim L

    If “eating raw” takes on as more than a fad, it should sort out the revealing
    effects of human evolution as it differed among variious “kinship groups”.
    If people dealt with body odor merely in terms of drinking clean water and
    rinsing in water and eating raw–the distinctive odor differences along lines of race
    would be more evident. The effects of deodorants in masking the evolved distinct
    natural odors is obviously linked to the common processed foods–Macs/ pastries/
    etc. etc.– as a means of
    masking natural food preferences, notwithstanding that among processed foods,
    as the article points out, differences are still manifest. The assertion that “we
    are all the same” is facilitated by all the masking of natural underlying differences.

  • Richard Zuckerman

    Last night, on Russian Television “RT”, they discussed “White Flight”, mentioned the rape of many White women by dark-skinned Muslims. Somebody said it is how much money the White people have and their age, not the color of their skin, which is causing the “White Flight” into the suburbs. I am amazed at how few White women I see nowadays in Arizona, Southern California. I’m planning on heading up for the 2013 Seattle Hemp Fest. An blog article posted yesterday on said their FEMA source says the U.S. Government will declare Martial Law by June of 2014.

    • Golly’s Favourite

      Usually, RT (and Al Jazeera) are far more accurate than the Big Three, CNN, etc. During the Haitian earthquake coverage (right about when the usual African-style behaviour began to kick off), I nearly laughed myself into a knot when I saw the BBC-style article title at the bottom of the screen… “Hideous Haiti”!!! I’ll never forget it.

  • Vanga

    I don’t think those results are very meaningful. They reflect where races live more than anything else. For example, the places most patronized by “caucasians” (what I call “whites”) are located in areas that are almost all white. Taco John’s is based in Wyoming and has hardly any outlets in, um, diverse areas. Culver’s is based in Wisconsin. Tim Horton’s is a Canadian chain and almost all of its USA locations are near the Canadian border (Ohio/Michigan kind of thing). Steak N Shake and Caribou Coffee are almost entirely located in white areas.

    Likewise, the Hispanic list is dominated by chains in the Southwest, like In N Out Burger, El Pollo Loco, Del Taco. The black list consists of chains that target blacks (Church’s, Popeye’s) or are primarily located in the South, the region with the heaviest black population (Krystal, Rally’s, Checker’s). The Asian list is kind of random.

    Much more useful would have been to see the prevalence of diners of particular races at the national chains (Taco Bell, McD, Wendy’s, BK, etc.)

  • bigone4u

    When blacks are working in a fast food restaurant, the food often comes dried out or sloppily assembled. The order will often be incorrect. Black employees are the curse of the fast food gourmet.

    • nobody

      I would never eat something that a black person touched. Just saying.

  • MariaO’Connor

    Only the very poor eat in fast food restaurants. An educated person, independent of race/ethnicity will not eat unhealthy food. I guess the study does not include South Americans Hispanics because they love meat, potatoes, pasta and salads; so it seems they are not included in this study.

    • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

      Compared to Mesoamerican and Carribean Hispanics, South Americans simply don’t have the numerical presence in the US to register in a rather coarse survey like this one.

      • Bossman

        All of Latin America is almost tropical, so they have the sames choices and the same taste.

        • MariaO’Connor

          Not quite so. The Andes are cold due to high altitud and southern Chile and southern Argentina are as cold as Canada.

      • MariaO’Connor

        Too bad, they are fun to be with.

    • jane johnson

      That’s not true at all. We’re solid middle class, but gotta have those Krystal burgers when the craving hits. Same as White Castle, for you northerners.

    • evilsandmich

      Boy you’re no fun. Out of all the bad habits I could have, my once every six month sack of White Castles is hardly the worst.

      An educated person, independent of race/ethnicity will not eat unhealthy food.
      Then what am I supposed to eat when I’m drunk? 😉

    • Morris LeChat

      What is so unhealthy about an egg mcmuffin? You don’t eat eggs? You don’t eat ham? You don’t eat bread? You can not be more wrong. The middle class eats at fast food restaurants, not “the very poor”. Do fast food restaurants take food stamps? I’ve never seen that.

      • MariaO’Connor

        Morris: Fast food is unhealthy due to the high contents of salt, sugar and preservatives, even in ham and bread.

        • Morris LeChat

          Maria, the ham you buy in the store has the same amount of salt, sugar and everything else as the ham you get on your mcmuffin. The muffins are the same as well. No sugar in an egg.The amount of sugar in the orange juice is so much greater than in the egg mcmuffin that it makes the whole matter about sugar moot if you get the orange juice as well. You can order a coffee without sugar, but my guess is that even at home, you put sugar in it. You do not escape any of those bogeymen by eating at home or better restaurants. The fact is, the customer base of fast food is not at all limited to “the very poor”. A poor stupid person will eat even worse with what they buy at the supermarket with food stamps.

      • Michael P

        Besides the powdered eggs and all the chemicals they put in there?

        • Morris LeChat

          No powdered eggs, sorry. None at all. Same chemicals as the food you buy in the grocery store.

      • Golly’s Favourite

        Pig meat is bad for you, and yep, EBT cards are now allowed to be used at the 365Blacks (I think that started in 2012). But I agree. Egg McMuffins are delicious (especially with those oval hash browns that give you heartburn).

  • Ella

    Where is Subway? They have more Subways in the world than any other restaurant. Maybe it’s too White with Jared to make the list, lol. Jamba Juice is great -really good pumpkin smoothies.

    • I worked Subway in Colorado Springs after I got out of federal prison. We kept a clean shop. For me, it was 10:00 to 16:00 shift, every day, and I’d go back to the store with my own tools to repair stuff like malfed lighting after dinner at home. I’d get a day off every month or six weeks, but I was always available whenever a party platter was going for someone. I worked pretty much every day, sometimes double-shifts. I got a free six-inch sub every full shift, and I still love that food.

      I haven’t been back to Subway. I was released without cause in September 2004, by the new owner, who appointed his mistress to my old shift. I don’t feel bitter about it, but I would have wanted the same four weeks notice the Sean Dill PoS expected from us. Don’t eat at Subway in Colorado Springs.

  • humura

    Many Southerners, Black and White, may prefer some of the same foods. My favorite is PopEyes, – where else can you get red beans and rice at a fast food? And Krystal is great too. Most Blacks in the North have Southern roots, and that may explain their choices in food. I live in the North, but still prefer PopEyes.

    • Bossman

      As far as healthy foods go, spicy food is good, beans are very good, green vegetables very good. Latin Americans have a greater variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices to choose from.

    • Morris LeChat

      one trip to a popeyes with a black staff is all it took for me to never go back

      • Golly’s Favourite

        Best bet, get some Schilling-McCormick Cajun Seasoning and make it at home.


    These results appear to be more related to geography than race. The black chains are all based in the South, the Asian ones on the West Coast, the Hispanic ones in LA and Miami and the white ones I never heard of so they must be in the rural Midwest or something. It actually tells you nothing.

    I think what this is measuring is the percentage of a certain chain’s customers that are from a certain race.

  • Kblankenship7

    Not a single schnitzel on the Wienerschnitzel menu…disappointing.

    • StillModerated

      Only Der Wienerschnitzel. And they’re a California chain favored by Mexcrement.

      • Golly’s Favourite

        What a drag. I used to love to go the one on Second Street in El Cajon in the early 1970’s. Yummy.

  • skara_brae

    Perhaps Sergio Garcia had a point and shouldn’t have wasted his time grovelling.

  • Frank Wheeler

    What? No Los Pollos Hermanos?

  • StillModerated

    Back in the day, there was an eatery in Arlington, VA called Whitey’s. Blacks were scared to death of the name, not that it meant the clientele to be racist. I consider my Whitey’s t-shirt to be a prized possession. I think there should be a franchise!

    • jane johnson

      Outside Jacksonville, FL, we have Whitey’s Fish Camp that serves up great fresh seafood to a heavily Caucasian clientele. Back in the day, we had a Sambo’s Restaurant, which was a favorite after hours breakfast place. All us rednecks would meet there when the bars closed for the night. Wish I had taken photos of the signage…it was EXACTLY what you’d expect at a place called Sambo’s.

      • Ella

        I remember them and then, they became Happy Lion. After name change, they went out of business. Sambo’s lost the edge. Wow, that was years back.

        • Golly’s Favourite

          They lost the edge because they didn’t have the cojones to remind these whinging prats that Little Black Sambo was a dot head who was chased around a tree by a tiger in India, not a cannibal in Africa, where they only have lions. Of course, they (the whinging prats) might have figured that out if they had ever bothered to read the book…

  • Von

    Anyone else notice all McDo9nalds ads feature blacks or a black with a white blonde female who is so excited by the wonderful negro she is so near to>

    • Morris LeChat

      maybe they are promoting pet ownership

  • evilsandmich

    Asians have a preference for Panda Express? I’m glad to see that whites aren’t the only ones prone to self-hatred.

  • Paleoconn

    I liked In-N-Out. I hate McD, Wendy’s and BK.

  • One of my best friends of 32 years was down here last week, and I made him gourmet “Boulder” sandwiches. One was a BLT, and the other was a hamburger patty made from ground chuck I’d soaked in Worcestershire sauce and pan fried before refrigerating, cutting in half like a burger bun, putting pepper-jack cheese in between, and then re-reheating it. Each with herb lettuce mix, fresh tomatoes, fresh sliced onion, and home-grown chives.

    The bread was sliced, toasted herbed Italian bread from Wal Mart.

    Glenn thought it was the best thing he had in years, but Sayaka, Ariadne and I eat good food every day.

    • Ella

      Portabella sandwiches are a good substitute for meat or reduce the meat with a large cap. They are great with seasonings and then, grilled in skillet or outdoors. I tend to make mine spicy for a good, flavour kick (Cajun seasonings). Thanks for the burger idea. Subway probably is a cleaner place to eat due to the nature of sandwiches, not raw meats. I’ll skip the ones in Boulder if I’m in CO again. I wish.