chick-fil-a versus amy's drive thru
We put sandwiches from Chick-fil-A and Amy’s Drive Thru to the test.

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There’s no rule that says fast food has to make you feel terrible.

In recent years, American consumers have shown a craving for healthier fast food. Restaurant chains that offer low-calorie meals — that remain convenient and affordable — have sprouted across the US, forcing legacy brands like Taco Bell and McDonald’s to rethink their menus.

The fast-food revolution is no more apparent than in Rohnert Park, California, where a Chick-fil-A sits across the street from up-and-coming vegetarian fast-food chain Amy’s Drive Thru. On a visit to both restaurants, we found Amy’s buzzing with diners long after the lunch hour.

We tried sandwiches from both Amy’s and Chick-fil-A. Here’s what we liked better.

On a recent visit to California’s wine country, I stopped in Rohnert Park for a bite to eat.

On a recent visit to California's wine country, I stopped in Rohnert Park for a bite to eat.
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There was no shortage of options. A highway exit off Redwood Drive offers access to Arby’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Amy’s Drive Thru, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, and El Pollo Loco.

I decided to eat at Chick-fil-A before visiting Amy’s. They’re located across the street from each other, and they both make sandwiches the star of the menu.

I decided to eat at Chick-fil-A before visiting Amy's. They're located across the street from each other, and they both make sandwiches the star of the menu.

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Plus, Chick-fil-A generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast-food chain in the US — a testament to the fried-chicken chain’s loyal fan base — according to QSR magazine.

Within the last few years, Chick-fil-A has remodeled hundreds of stores to give them a modern farmhouse feel. The Rohnert Park location showcased that new image.

Within the last few years, Chick-fil-A has remodeled hundreds of stores to give them a modern farmhouse feel. The Rohnert Park location showcased that new image.

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The tables were clean, but tightly packed and mostly empty.

The tables were clean, but tightly packed and mostly empty.

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My party of two ordered a classic Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, a Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Nuggets, Waffle Potato Fries, and a soft drink. The bill came out to about $19.

My party of two ordered a classic Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, a Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Nuggets, Waffle Potato Fries, and a soft drink. The bill came out to about $19.

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A restaurant employee delivered our food to our table — a nice touch.

A restaurant employee delivered our food to our table — a nice touch.

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The Chick-fil-A Nuggets were plump, with the perfect ratio of chicken to breading.

The Chick-fil-A Nuggets were plump, with the perfect ratio of chicken to breading.

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The Waffle Potato Fries did not disappoint: crunch on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

The Waffle Potato Fries did not disappoint: crunch on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

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The Spicy Deluxe Sandwich lit up my taste buds with a smoky chicken patty, which is hand-tossed in a hot-pepper breading. Melted pepper jack cheese doubled down on the heat.

The Spicy Deluxe Sandwich lit up my taste buds with a smoky chicken patty, which is hand-tossed in a hot-pepper breading. Melted pepper jack cheese doubled down on the heat.

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Crisp lettuce and a thick slice of tomato delivered just the right amount of juice.

When I opened the packaging around the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, I was flabbergasted by how sad it looked. A squishy bun flanked a huge piece of chicken.

When I opened the packaging around the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, I was flabbergasted by how sad it looked. A squishy bun flanked a huge piece of chicken.

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There were two yellowish pickle slices, but no fresh produce or sauces. When I bit in, the flavor was bland and dry. It’s worth updating to the deluxe.

There were two yellowish pickle slices, but no fresh produce or sauces. When...