Sandwiches, Burgers, & Fast Food

Southern California’s car culture and the population’s reliance on automobiles for transportation throughout California’s vast cities, has widely contributed to the popularity of the classic drive-in and modern drive-thru restaurants.

Famous restaurant chains such as McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, Carl’s Jr., Der Wienerschnitzel, Del Taco, Taco Bell, Panda Express, Original Tommy’s, Fatburger, and Bob’s Big Boy were all established in sunny Southern California .

Regional fast food menus differ throughout the state, generally depending on the ethnic composition of an area. In Southern California, smaller chains like The Hat feature hamburgers, Mexican food, chili fries, and pastrami.