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The people I met were flawed and real. They were different, smart, and trying to make it. Although I no longer work there, I miss my fast-food job at times. I'm sorry that it had to take ten years for me to realize the humanity of fast-food workers, but I now have the lifelong friends and oil stains to prove it. -- Amanda Cormier, Westview H.S.

My favorite fast-food restaurant is In-N-Out, and I have been an In-N-Out snob for some time. My family has always eaten little fast food, but when we did it was pretty much only In-N-Out. These days my love of quality burgers has not lessened, so I still frequent In-N-Out. My favorite meal is a double-double with grilled onions, and it has yet to disappoint. My burger is always fresh and -- most shocking -- what you get looks like the pictures they use in advertisements.

Aside from In-N-Out, my fast-food consumption is minimal. No other burger joint comes close, so the only other fast food I eat is California burritos from Señor Koteehas, a Mexican restaurant near my house. Their burritos are another one of those things I can never seem to get enough of; they are massive, cheap, and satisfying. (For those who do not know the delicacy that is a California burrito, it is a carne asada burrito with french fries inside.)

As far as not-so-satisfying fast food goes, McDonald's has never done anything for me. Come to think of it, McDonald's does do something for me -- it paints a vivid image in my mind of what the food in prison must be like. I don't know about you, but if I'm clogging my arteries, it had better taste amazing. I cannot think of any reason to eat at Mickey D's. -- Grant Barba, La Jolla H.S.

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Robert Padilla Jan. 3, 2008 @ 3:36 p.m.

I agree with all the above mentioned posts. In-and-Out rocks Mickey D's sucks although when I was in high school the big-mac and whopper reigned supreme but then of course there weren't very many other healthy alternatives in those days and people definitely weren't as health conscious as they are today. Take it from me (I was diagnosed with GERD in my mid-twenties) less grease = less grief and your health will benefit!


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