Last month, while traveling in Michigan, I stumbled upon an outlet of Chicken in the Rough, a small fried-chicken chain I'd never heard of before. Upon further research, it turns out that Chicken in the Rough has a long history (and a really amazing logo -- see for yourself at ckenintherough.com/History.html).
All of which has gotten me thinking about small, regional fast-food chains that have managed to hold on and hold their own against the McDonald's and Burger Kings of the world. Among those I'm aware of, aside from Chicken in the Rough:
- Kewpee Burger
- Halo Burger
- Krystal's (not really so small, but very regional)
What other smallish fast-food chains are out there?