For years the fast-food industry has centered itself around the value of the American dollar. Now, it seems that every eatery under the sun boasts an affordable chicken sandwich, a value cheeseburger, and a small side of french fries — but let’s be honest, it doesn’t get any better than your total coming out to $1.
Regardless of how much you’re willing to spend, you can always cure your hunger without spending a fortune. Lucky for us fast-food lovers, there’s a handful of $1 menu items that will remain superior to the regular menu, no matter what their price tag.
Jack In The Box Two Tacos // $0.99
Jack in The Box tacos have existed since the early days of the famed fast-food eatery. In fact, earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that more than 554 million Jack In The Box tacos are sold annually, so it’s only obvious to put this irresistible pair of tacos at the top of this list.
White Castle Original Slider // $0.71
Think about it, there was an entire movie series dedicated to two stoner friends, overcoming fear, anxiety, and finding love — all because of White Castle’s Original Cheeseburger slider. Plus, these bite-size burgers are perfect for eating on the go. While the price can range between 0.70 and 0.75 cents depending on location, we’d consider spending less than a buck on lunch a steal.
Del Taco Half-Pound Bean & Cheese Burrito // $1.00
While Del Taco remains a West Coast staple, if you ever find yourself near a location, do yourself a favor and slide through the drive-thru. Del Taco’s original tacos are always a perfect way to satisfy any late-night craving. But, if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck, go for the half-pound bean and cheese burrito.
McDonald’s Apple Pie // $0.99
While McDonald’s may be known for its Big Mac and chicken nuggets, their apple pie is a classic. Dessert for only $1 basically means dessert all the time.
Taco Bell Cheesy Roll-Up or Spicy Potato Soft Taco // $1.00
Now that you can get married at Taco Bell, just have your guests order from the dollar menu during the reception. JK, the wedding package comes fully catered. It’s for the better because it might be hard to choose between the Cheesy Roll-Up or taco. Both, perhaps?
Wendy’s Frosty (Small) // $0.99
The Frosty has been a staple on the Wendy’s menu for years. While there may be a debate on what flavor — chocolate or vanilla bean — is superior, everyone seems to agree on the fact that it’s the best $0.99 milkshake ever created.
Burger King Hamburger & Cheeseburger // $0.99
Burger King has always been home to the charbroiled burger patty, and best of all, it comes topped with melted American cheese, crinkle cut pickles, yellow mustard, and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun. Winning.