McDonalds -- $1 McChicken (or double Cheese) and $1 side salad. Water. (or similar at Wendy's)
How do you beat that?
I always feel like they glare at me when I pay like(#$@$#!!! another one is beating the system!). But no sooner do I pull away and they're all smiles as someone behind me is order a "value meal". " We got a live one!" I hear as I drive away.
Pack a lunch...
A review Fast Food Nation | Grist
Hard to beat a Whopper Jr for a buck.
They aren't exactly cheap and most of these places are not even close to fast. But if you want to support a locally owned place making a homemade breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, often with local ingredients, check out the map I put together with a guy from another forum:
Tenderloin Sandwiches - Google Maps
Disclaimer: Map is in beta stage.
http://des-loines.blogspot.com/ (as found on DesMoinesReport.com) , but I see you're affiliated (or one in the same?).
WENDY'S HANDS DOWN!!! I can get 2 double cheese burgers and a crispy chicken sandwhich for $3.16 with tax and it fills me up! Need a drink? Just get a water and save yourself $1.XX. If you dont think they give you enough water, just ask for a large water and they usually dont complain. I do this most everyday and it doesnt get old. By the way this is the Fort Dodge Wendy's which surprisingly taste better than the average Wendy's.
Depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking at doing fast food several times a week then the $5 footlong blows everyone out of the water if you aren't looking to blow up like a Macy's day parade balloon. Wheat bread, Turkey breast and Ham, NO MAYO and you'll be full and won't gain a bunch of fat.
contrary to atkins belief, carbs are not bad for you. In fact you need them.
edit: what is bad for you is all of the artificial chemicals they add to fast food, along with all of the fat and grease. Oh don't forget, there is little to no nutritional value in those meals - just empty calories.