Burlington has the most fast food restaurants per-capita than any other city in the U.S. Some are not proud of this statistic, but regardless of how you feel, this opens up a lot of options that may have not been available to you in the past, specifically if you’re from the North. With that said, here are the top 5 Fast Food restaurants by Elon University.

5. Bojangles

Bojangles sounds southern, and it is. This is one of the fast food restaurants in the area that are unique to the south which serves as a nice treat for many students coming from other regions. Bojangles Chicken Supreme is their staple dish and you get your monies worth to say the least. This is about a 5-7 minute drive from campus and is certainly an Elon favorite. Similar to Taco Bell, many people knock it before they try it, and it is highly recommended that you try it once as the chicken is delicious and again you are certainly getting your monies worth with Bojangles coming in at #5.

4. Taco Bell

Coming in at #4 on this list is the famed Taco Bell. People often describe Taco Bell as disgusting and claim that they use fake meat. These people have likely never tried Taco Bell. Plenty of Elon students rave of the incredible amount of food you can get for just a few dollars. Always remember to order off the cravings menu as you can truly get a little bit of everything. Another huge positive for Taco Bell is it’s late closing time. Open till 1am, your options are limited, and if you’re not feeling the classic Cookout, then Taco Bell is a great way to change it up.

3. McDonald’s

McDonald’s is a staple in the American fast food industry. There are no shortages of them within a 10-mile radius as you can find 4-5, some within a mile or two of another one. While McDonald’s prices have increased to a certain extent in recent years, it’s quality has improved as well. You can combine a delicious milkshake with some delicious burgers, nuggets, fries, and even a breakfast burrito. McDonald’s will always have a special place in Americans heart for one reason or another, and its vast reach touches us all.

2. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A has risen to the top as an Elon favorite. There is actually a Chick-fil-A on campus at Elon (that is currently being renovated) but the options are limited. With that, there are then two Chick-fil-A within a 8-10 minute drive that see as many cars from New Jersey as they do from North Carolina. Chick-fil-A is beloved by those in the North as it simply doesn’t exist there. The curse of not being open on Sunday certainly effects their business here as Chick-fil-A serves as a hangover cure. The fries our beloved and Elon students will continue to love it as it comes in at #2.

1. CookOut

It should come as no surprise that CookOut takes the number one spot on this list. While some students go there for dinner, it is fair to say that 95/100 students at Elon have gone to CookOut after 2am for one reason or another. Cookout combines amazing taste, with low price. If you’re not getting a tray, you’re not doing it right (seriously it’ll cost a lot more money). What puts CookOut way over the top are their milkshakes. Not only do they have a vast array of options, but they taste incredible too. Cookout will forever be Elon’s favorite fast food restaurant.

Elon is surrounded by incredible Fast Food options. Burlington can be partially defined by its Fast Food and this should be taken full advantage of. If you haven’t already make sure to check all of these places out, specifically CookOut, because not only is the food amazing, but the experience genuinely creates memories that last forever.


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Skyler De Groot


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